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Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
Genre: Young Adult (Dystopian Romance)
Date Published: September 2, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

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 is the first book in The Lone City series. This book had a definite The Selection vibe to it with the main characters from lower levels of society being plucked out and put into the houses of the rich and royalty. And Lucien reminds me soooo much of Cinna from The Hunger Games. Before you roll your eyes and think "unoriginal", take note that I did rate this book four stars, because with all that being said, it still stands on its own feet pretty well. Violet and Ash are attracted to each other immediately, then he finds out she's a surrogate. Game changer. Life of a surrogate it pretty crazy. Some are treated well, some not so great. All are treated as if they are pets with their leashes and collars. I liked Garnet right away. He's obnoxious and causes trouble, but you know me! That always gets my attention in a character. I can't help it. So yeah. I'm already Team Garnet, and I don't even know if he's supposed to have a team.

The Jewel kept my attention with very little down time, and what about that ending? I didn't want it to end just yet!!

Click here for an excerpt.

Check out my reviews of the other books in this series!

Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

To learn more about Amy Ewing and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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