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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Probably not. I bought the book because of my obsession with dystopian fiction. The premise seemed like a nice mixture of The Selection and The Handmaid's Tale.
The beginning of the book was actual pretty good. I was intrigued. Then about half way through it was ruined with romance. Now I enjoy a little bit of romance in my novels but this was just set up so poorly that it was completely unbelievable and took me out of the story.
The book had potential to be a great science fiction novel. I will still hold out hope for the next one.
Left Me Feeling Annoyed
- Carol Dunn