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' 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.
Debut author Amy Ewing expertly crafts an enchanting story full of riches, rivalries, and riveting twists and turns that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until the very end.
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- Jenn R
In spite of all its blunders, this was an OK read.
The pacing. The story really drags. At times it feels like it's picking up, but then it goes back to, well, dragging. It's basically a lot of wandering around the Duchess' home and attending balls and fancy dinners and dealing with the every day life of being a rich person's abused pet--I mean, surrogate. And then you have your tiny little plot points in between these to get the story going at a snail's pace. It's not until around 70% that the story finally starts to roll and get really interesting.
It's a cliffhanger, which I have no problem with, except this one ended in like the middle of a scene; it was very abrupt, so my reaction was: shock! and then, wait, is that it? oh. ok?
She wasn't great on the guys' voices sometimes, but it was decent.
LOL. You guys are funny.
The MC is a Mary Sue, which is the term for those characters that are oh-so-beautiful-and-perfect-and-special. I am usually annoyed by these type of MC's, but Violet was all right, despite her MarySueness. The romance was guess what? That's right. INSTA-LOVE. Shocker. But hey, at least I can say it wasn't the worst insta-love I've ever read/listened to. coughcough Alice in Zombileand coughcough The Kiss of Deception. And something else I should point out, the Duchess, which is your villain, was a well done, intriguing character. I liked her.
Bottom line: Not the best, certainly not the worst, but entertaining enough to keep on listening.
- Bookworm "YA connoisseur-wannabe"