Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Series Status: 1st book in The Lone City Trilogy
# of pages: 358
My rating: 3/5 stars
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 picked this book up on a whim because the cover was pretty and it was a story I had seen going around. There was nothing really wrong with this book but it failed to hook me.
One of the main problems for me was the plot. It was so slow and there was not really any major plot happening until well over into a hundred pages into it. I found the story dragged because it was pretty much about nothing until that point and then the only focus seemed to be the romance.
This and the fact that the characters felt one dimensional to me. Our main character, Violet, gets a little development at the beginning but is quickly pushed into an anonymous role where she can’t share anything about herself and I felt like her development became incredibly staggered and placed only around the romance as emphasis.
Then there is the romance which was unrealistic and full of insta love. I was hoping since it took a hundred pages for the love interest to be truly introduced and brought into the story that maybe it would be a slower pace romance to fit the story but instead it immediately pushed insta love and made everything about their relationship seem unrealistic.
Overall this book was not horrible but it didn’t have anything to get me to want to continue.