February 27, 2015

Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
Author: Amy Ewing
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
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.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing was okay, but there were so many things that I didn’t like that made it hard for me to fully enjoy. 

I was quite confused with the Auguries, I feel like they were never fully explained. For instance, how were they acquired? Why did only surrogates have them? 

The world was very intriguing and dark. The royal families are unable to have their own children so poor girls are taken from their homes with no choice to facilities where they remain until they are auctioned off. I found this to be inhumane and disgusting, these dystopian worlds seem to be getting worse and worse and I’m not sure if I like it. 

The plot twists were all very predictable for me, other than the final one, which I really was not fond of. I didn’t see it as a plot twist, more of an unnecessary cliffhanger to push readers into buying the next book. 

Now, my main problem with this book was the relationship between Ash and Violet. It was so, SO instalovey. She meets him, has one conversation with him and a while later when ignored by Ash we get this: 
"The pain of this is a sharp, physical thing, almost like the aftermath of an Augury except that it's not my head that feels like needles are being shoved into it.

CRINGE! I felt that their relationship was awful, I was shrinking back from the book each time there was a scene between them. Any time a relationship progresses as fast as theirs did it really turns me off toward the whole book, especially when her only concern was Ash after she had only known him for a month or so. 

I didn't particularly enjoy Violet or any of the characters, except Garnet, for that matter. They were all very stereotypical and flat. Violet underwent absolutely no character development, and she especially annoyed me with her instant love for Ash, who was nothing special. The relationship between Violet and her family felt very forced, and I didn’t see a bond between them at all.

I found myself so bored with the plot that I was skipping passages for lack of interest. Overall, I don’t think I hated it but there was just too much wrong for me to really enjoy it. 

Sidenote: I really liked the cover! 


  1. I enjoyed this book more than you did, but I can definitely see where you're coming from. Insta-love has ruined many a good book!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  2. I've just heard bad things about this book. Insta-love is one of the things I hate the most in books. I'm actually surprised you rated it 3 stars even when you had so much issues with it, but anyway, great review.


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