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So I'm the type of reader who tends to get more into the romance connections than the main plot and story line- but for once that wasn't the case. This had to be the absolute worst build up to a romance and relationship I have ever read. It was so quickly moving and predictable and childish it was absurd. I understand that the main character is 16 and incredibly ignorant to relationships but it seemed like the author was as well. Absolutely 0 emotion was pulled from me other than annoyance when I was reading about them.
The story line is average- also very predictable if you're paying attention. It has a lot of potential & I'm hoping since the next book got better reviews it builds better. Even the ending was completely predictable. You can tell this is the authors first book. It's all laid out step by step almost like there was a time line of matter of fact events wrote about one at a time. Again, I felt like it was written for an 11 year old but then it's all clearly adult content so it leaves me baffled.
The performance by the narrator was sub par. Her voices, even the males, all sound the same. Violet and Ash sound exactly the same it's absurd. I do like her voice for Violet though.
Overall disappointing but I will still read the next one because I can see it got good reviews. The book has potential- I'm hoping the author learned from her mistakes on the sequel.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
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.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
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?
What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?
She wasn't great on the guys' voices sometimes, but it was decent.
Do you think The Jewel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
LOL. You guys are funny.
Any additional comments?
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.
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