I have been having a hard time finding a book that as I read its synopsis pulls at my “oh I need to ready that” button. I have looked around Pinterest on those if you liked this you will like that type of pins and was getting no where until I saw The Jewel by Amy Ewing. I thought now there is a book that looks good. I’m always a fan of the strong female who concurs all!
The Jewel has many meanings: wealth, beauty, royalty. But for Violet, the Jewel has always meant servitude.
Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the elite and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns that beneath the Jewel’s glittering façade lies the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life…all while fighting for her survival. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control. A forbidden love sparks.
But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.
As I started reading I’ll admit I was a little surprised by some of the mythical parts of the book that I was not expecting but it definitely gave it a twist, and the intrigue was well written.
As I read, I started to see some parallels to “The Handmaids Tale” which confession: I have read and is most definitely NOT a clean book. Shhh don’t tell my mother 😮 That being said the jewel in my opinion is a YA version of handmaids tale with some of its own twists.
I enjoyed her writing style and how she made it seem realistic even with the slightly magical side of things. My pregnant, full of hormones self had a hard time with how real and cruel she made the royalty a appear, but it was just an example of how well she wrote it as reality.
I got to a point towards the end where I thought why is this girl being so dumb! To the point where I didn’t know if I wanted to read the next but then she did a really good job of cliff hanging the ending just right so now I just have to find out what happens next. –A.B.