Author: Amy Ewing
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014)
Rating: 2 stars
The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold.
The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control, and a forbidden love erupts. 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.
Go ahead and admire the beautiful, striking cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? I mean it’s breathtaking. Too bad that’s all that there is to The Jewel by Amy Ewing.
I tried. I really tried to like this book but in the end it was bland and so boring. I never read a more boring book in my life. The plot went nowhere the entire time that I was reading. I was waiting for so sort of action to take place—I waited in vain. Having not yet read The Selection I can’t compare but I did read The Handmaid’s Tale and I can tell you this is a strip down version of that wonderful and complex book. It’s YA so I guess you can’t really describe the forced abuse that takes place. Sex is bad so we don’t talk about it. I get it but to compare this to The Handmaid’s Tale is just wrong. I guess it’s my fault for thinking that I would a overly complex and enthralling tale, instead I got a stupid and unbelievable plot with one dimensional characters.
I’m still trying to find out why Violet is so special besides that fact that she has violet eyes. Yep, Violet with the violet eyes. Can you be more pretentious and predictable. Secondly, I hate and I do mean hate the insta-love bullcrap. This girl Violet met Ash by accident and she instantly–like two seconds in is head over heels in love. WTF!
I never thought much about kissing, but the idea of Ash’s lips against mine…
At some point she giggles and blushes and looks at herself in the mirror imagining all sort of impure thoughts. Whatever. She’s happy–for the time being. The next time she see Ash, he totally ignores her because you’re not suppose to fraternize with the surrogate. Talk to the surrogate. Look at the surrogate. She is invisible. Only there for one purpose and that is to carry the child of the rich wealthy and powerful woman of….oh geez I forgot where Violet is from. Whatever. Anyways, Violet has a meltdown and is complete heartbroken because Ash doesn’t paid any attention to her.
The pain of this sharp, physical thing, almost like the aftermath of an Augury except that it’s not my head that feels like needles are being shoved into it.
Seriously, you’re in that much pain after meeting this boy just yesterday? Okay I get that she wants some attention because of the way that she is treated. Pretty much like a leper but girl no need to throw your love and affection to the first boy that shows you some attention. It’s not that serious.
Aside from the insta-love and lackluster plot there wasn’t much world building and I didn’t connect or care for the main characters. Instead of rooting for them I wanted Violet and Ash to go away. Far, far, far away. I didn’t care that she was forced to be a surrogate against her will or that she was forced to do test and be experiment on. I was just tired of her and her stupidity. And her oh-so-beautiful-unique eyes.
In all seriousness, I really wanted to like this book. I’m sad that it was such a disappointment. The case of beautiful cover buy gone horribly wrong.
Side Note: I’m older than what this book was probably intended for so that might be why I was swayed by all the pretty dresses and glitz and glamour.
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