Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

jewelTitle: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publication Date: 4th September 2014 (Walker Books)
Pages: 368
Genre: Dystopian
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones|  |Book Depository|

“Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become Lot 197.”

The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing.

Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel. Her sole purpose is to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess – a woman Violet fears and despises.

Violet is trapped in a living death, her name and body no longer her own. She fights to hold on to her own identity and sanity, uncertain of the fate of her friends, isolated and at the mercy of the Duchess. [Goodreads]

It’s gotten to the point where I’ve read so many dystopian novels that it’s become hard to not compare them to each other. The Jewel is one of those books, however, the further you read the more grateful you are for pushing on and finishing the book.

As I started I instantly kept linking it to other novels. ‘Oh, this is like this book, this is like that’ and I did find myself doing this until the near end. It’s become a habit that I’ve started to compare books to one another but that doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable. The plot twists in this book more than any book I have read so far. They come out of nowhere. And then once one goes, oh wow, there’s just a huge tidal wave effect.


Okay, I’ll slow down a bit. Let’s slow down.

The plot is really interesting. The whole idea of the novel is interesting. The idea that girls are sold onto the royals to be surrogates. They grow up and are sold to families to birth a child. Once they’re sold, they loose their rights and become property of another. For Violet, she becomes Lot 197. She hates the idea. Loathes everything about it but has no choice and having the Duchess as her owner doesn’t make anything better. Being pulled away from her family and then to be separated from her best friend, the drastic change is somewhat hard hitting (especially when she finds out what it’s really like for them). Then stumbling through the hallways of her new home she meets Ash. Someone who understands her situation more than anyone else under the same roof. He too has been bought and is owned by the Duchess. They are drawn together instantly, but being controlled like puppets doesn’t make anything easy between them with more deadly things happening behind the scenes.

This book was what I wanted from The Selection and didn’t get. If you have been considering on reading The Selection I urge to push you to read this one instead. So much scandal and political madness and it’s great. To be fair, there is a bit of instalove but with everything else, it worked for me, even with the numerous cliché scenes that popped up.

In short, there are similarities and clichés that appear in this novel but the twists are far wilder than imaginable. If you can withstand that then read this book. If you can’t, I don’t recommend this to you at all.

My rating:
I really liked it

4 cup



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