Thu, September 4, 2014

The Jewel by Amy Ewing Review

The Jewel book cover

The Jewel book cover

The Jewel
By Amy Ewing
Publication date: Sept. 2, 2014
HarperTeen, 358 pages
Source: Publisher

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

— description

BOOK MATH! The Jewel = The Winner’s Curse (slavery) + Eve (girls forced into surrogacy) + The Selection (really wonky social classes).

Things sort of evened out for me on The Jewel in terms of things I liked I things I didn’t. Let’s break it down…

Things I liked:
– Forbidden loooove
– Annabelle and Raven are AMAZING female friends to Violet

Things I didn’t like:
– Instalove
– Too many evil people! So depressing and scary!

The tie-breaker? A big-ole cliffie that recaptured my interest! Which I think pushed me over to the side of “liked it.” What about you? Do you like any of the books in my “book math”? Will you read this one?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Anna Weimer said:

    I have read mixed things about this book. Your likes and dislikes sound just like what mine would be. Instalove is always a big turn off for me. But I am intrigued enough to read it eventually. Plus, I love the cover.


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  2. Teen Underground said:

    Thanks for the honest review! I’ve read so many mixed reviews, but I’m glad to see that the ending pushed you over to the positive side. I’m still intrigued enough to keep it on my TBR list!


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  3. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed said:

    Ugh, why is there still instalove in books???
    I still want to read this one, mostly because of that pretty cover. I’m a sucker for those…


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  4. Andi said:

    I am one of the few that really loved this book and wasn’t bothered by the instalove. I mean that stuff doesn’t usually bother me as I know it can happen, but it didn’t in The Jewel because I got where it was coming from. They were just desperate for a real connection that they chose themselves so when they sparked and connected it just clicked for them. But I can see why people have issues with it. And man that ending! Still gets me.

    Great review.


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  5. Sue said:

    I’ve had my eye on this book because of it’s beautiful cover – but I have yet to read a “love it” review. So disappointing…


    Posted on: Thu, September 4, 2014

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