Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City
Publication Date: September 02nd, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
• Did you really give The Jewel a chance? Yes, I read half way through the book before I put it down.
• Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre? Yes, I have read and enjoyed quite a few dystopians.
• What ultimately made you stop reading? I stopped at or shortly after the funeral, it is the last part I remember, but before that I literally could not stop rolling my eyes at the things that kept happening in the book. I found things ridiculous or overly dramatic, and then there were times when things were boring. I was really put off by the lack of back story and history. I really wanted to know why this society was the way it was and what had made them go the route they were going. Or had it always been like this. Lack of information always kills stories for me.
• Was there anything you liked about The Jewel? Not really. It’s been awhile since I read this book to writing up this review and the impression I’m with from them was that I was bored while reading it. Actually, Violet was a pretty good character, she was pretty much the only enjoyable part of the story and the reason I read as far as I did.
• Would you read any other books by this author? Sure, I don’t think that not having a good experience with one book is a good reason not to read another by this author.
• So you DNF’d the book – but would you still recommend it to anyone? I don’t think I’d actively be like ‘read this book’ but, if this sounds like something you’d like, then sure, go for it.
The DNF Q&A is something I borrowed from Nikki at There were books involved, with permission of course. Thank you Nikki for letting me borrow your wonderful idea.