Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
Release Date: September 1st 2014
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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.
Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers–if not for that shitty, awful romance. That’s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful–I call a lot of things shitty, but awful. That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.
Oh, and noticed how I said “many other readers”? Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me. It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games (they had rings around the city and the larger rings are for the poorer sectors) and The Selection (the atmosphere and writing), but there were really just some stupid things I couldn’t understand about this one. *grabs notes* Let’s get started, friends.
“I have absolutely no idea what it must be like to be pregnant.”
What. The. Hell? Weren’t these girls brought up to be surrogates in the future? Why does it seem like Violet seem to have zero idea about pregnancy? Throughout the novel, she was basically ignorant and constantly confused–just SNAP OUT OF IT AND GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF, OKAY?