Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review of The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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.


I was looking through my Kindle library trying to find a book to read and came upon this one. Not sure when I bought it, just seem to collect them and get to them later sort of thing. I liked the cover and figured, "why not give it a go?" Two days later I was finished with the book and left very satisfied!  

This seems to be a distopian sort of novel or maybe it's another world entirely. Either way I'm glad it's not the world I live in. The pace of this story is spot on and moves quickly, not giving anything away to soon and leaves you plenty to guess about. I found it easy to relate to Violet and felt empathy for the situation she found herself in. 

This is most certainly is a teen novel, or young adult, but even as a 30 year old I still enjoyed it immensely. It's a dark world in which it is set but I think if you like The Hunger games or The Selection. I can totally see myself reading the next book in this series at some point in time.