Title: The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)
Author: Amy Ewing
Published: September 2nd 2014
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.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I know I bought it, and sadly also the second book, simply because of it’s cover. I mean, you guys, it’s gorgeous. It’s just not fair. Honestly, I didn’t stand a chance. I fell for the covers for The Selection series, and those actually turned out to be some of my favorites, so I thought maybe it would work out with this book too… Not so much.
Let me break it down for you in gifs real quick, if you want a fast review.
Me scrolling through reviews on Goodreads, before starting the book:
Me after actually reading through the book and thinking about it for a while:
The writing itself wasn’t bad, I really don’t think that it was, but it was the fact that it was used for things that didn’t really do anything for the actual book. It was used to describe pretty dresses and how creepily the Duchess kept staring at Ash. Oh, speaking of Ash, it was also used to describe insta love as well. Isn’t that just fantastic? I do say, ’twas fantastic.
I was actually really excited because at first, there wasn’t a love interest taking over the plot, just like in The Selection. Basically, I thought I was going to get a new version of The Selection series, with the pretty dresses (in the book and on the cover), and a badass MC. Turns out, I got that for about, eh, 80% of the book. Which is cool, that’s fine, but it’s not cool, nor is it fine, when that MC meets a guy a few times before confessing her undying love to him.
I’m talking major insta love. Like I can’t even begin to try and cover it up or excuse it, insta love. And, I could honestly see a love triangle starting up sometime in this with the guy I originally thought was going to be the love interest, and I don’t think I’m down for it. And that says a lot because I’m literally the queen of love triangles; they’re my thing, man.
In this gif, I’m Sam and the author, and her insta love and possible love triangle in the next book, are Dean:
I’m probably going to read the next book anyways, simply because I already own it, but I’m not sure I’m going to rush to try and get to it above the rest of my giant tbr list staring me down..
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!