The Jewel

The Jewel

Amy Ewing / Jun 26, 2019

The Jewel Today is my last day as Violet Lasting Tomorrow I become Lot The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author Amy Ewing Sold for six million diamantes Violet is now Surroga

  • Title: The Jewel
  • Author: Amy Ewing
  • ISBN: The Jewel
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    B00H7LW82S
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    English
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  • Page: 297
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Today is my last day as Violet Lasting Tomorrow I become Lot 197 The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing.Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel Her sole purpose is to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess a woman Violet fears and despises Vi Today is my last day as Violet Lasting Tomorrow I become Lot 197 The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing.Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel Her sole purpose is to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess a woman Violet fears and despises Violet is trapped in a living death, her name and body no longer her own She fights to hold on to her own identity and sanity, uncertain of the fate of her friends, isolated and at the mercy of the Duchess.The Handmaid s Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Download Excerpt Or buy for Kindle Edition, 373 pages Published September 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen More Details Original Title The Jewel ASIN B00H7LW82S Edition Language English Series The Lone City 1 Characters Violet Lasting, Lot 197 Other Editions 40 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Jewel, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book similar to The selection 13 likeslike 4 years ago See all 11 answers Anne It has a similar feel and the authors have similar writing styles, but the plots are not the same The Jewel is a little darker but if you like and It has a similar feel and the authors have similar writing styles, but the plots are not the same The Jewel is a little darker but if you like and want a book similar to The Selection, this is a safe choice less flag is the book really good 5 likeslike 4 years ago See all 9 answers Catherine No It is a crime against humanity flag See all 61 questions about The Jewel Lists with This Book Bedazzled Books 7 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 28, 2014 Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves why do i hate myself DNF at 95%, because I just don t give a fuck My frail resolve wavers I think about what sort of person I want to be I owe Lucien my life, and I will be loyal to him until the end But Ash has nothing to do with that Ash is separate, a part of my life that is just mine There are things that are bigger than us, it s true Saving the surrogates Destroying the royalty Is loving Ash worth the risk You get one fucking guess What do you think she chooses This book is called The Jewel It is a DNF at 95%, because I just don t give a fuck My frail resolve wavers I think about what sort of person I want to be I owe Lucien my life, and I will be loyal to him until the end But Ash has nothing to do with that Ash is separate, a part of my life that is just mine There are things that are bigger than us, it s true Saving the surrogates Destroying the royalty Is loving Ash worth the risk You get one fucking guess What do you think she chooses This book is called The Jewel It is a misnomer, because had the title been accurate to the contents of the book, it would have been called The Big, Stinking Pile of Shit.This book is similar to Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale if it had been written for people who loved pretty dresses, Mary Sues, and hates being offended In short, it s for people who watch Fox News The Handmaid s Tale is a true dystopia in which the ruling class keeps a group of women around, solely for reproductive purposes The main character in that book is a breeding cow There is where the similarity ends This book had none of the complexity, an interesting setting that quickly descends into absurdity and a character who is bred for perfectiona pretty breeding cow, chosen for her genetic superiority The difference is that every ounce of flavor, every bit of grittiness, every iota of realism, every implication of the dark side of surrogacy and sexual abuse has been bleached the fuck out of this so called dystopia.What s left is a flavorless, bland, utterly insipid dystopian version of every Mary Sue insta love you can ever imagine.The Summary My skin is ivory, an odd contrast with my hair color, and my eyes are violet I don t need a mirror to tell me that They re what I was named for. Our heroine is the fantastically named Violet Lasting, who I will henceforce address as the html color code of 800080, the code for purple Why Because I can t type Violet Lasting without gagging, that s why.In this Dystopian world, we have regions known as The Farm, The Smoke, The Bank Each region has a ruler, a countess, a duchessDue to some kind of genetic mutation, the upper class are no longer able to bear children It would be an unusual world except for the stupid fucking fact that almost everyone is named after a theme For example, all the people in one region are named after colors Here are a sample of the names Ochre, Hazel, Sable, Violet, Raven, Cobalt, Crow, Ginger THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY COLORS, PEOPLE YOU RE GOING TO RUN OUT OF THEM EVENTUALLY.Which is why I ve decided to name our Violet 800080.So no normal pregnancies for the rich here Instead, they get genetically blessed girl like 800080 to have babies for them But rather than being forced to go through, like, sexual abuse and stuff like that, these girls are or less pets for the family that buys them They are slaves, exquisitely dressed slaves, extraordinaryly pamperedsometimes abused slaves Not to mention breeding mares, who never have to have sex EVER Whoo Totally PG, y all And the painful, excruciating, lengthy process of in vitro fertilization Turned into an artificial gloss of pain, without any authentic feeling of violation or despair.In any case, 800080 is beautiful Extraordinarily talented Exceptionally lovely In an auction of 200 girls, the highest ranked is the most beautiful, the most prized 800080 is ranked I exhale 197 Raven grins Looks like we re hot commodities 800080 is bought by one of the wealthiest rulers, an extraordinary woman, The Duchess, for an unheard of price Sold the auctioneer cries, and all my muscles turn to jelly Sold for six million diamantes To the Duchess of the Lake And 800080 is so fucking perfect, so brilliant, so smart So excellent at the magical art of Augury wut lol , that for the Duchess, she is a prize beyond compare Yes, the Duchess murmurs, almost to herself I think you are exactly what I ve been looking for Yes The Duchess runs a manicured finger down her cheek I ve been waiting for you, she says, her dark eyes fixed on mine For nineteen years. 80080 has the most dreadful existence in the world 800080 can t believe the injustice of it all Her body is not her own She is a slave, a possession, there to be used, abused, and thrown away.Horrifying But thenCora gets the chance to do something about it There is a secret rebellion that could free the entire fate of her fellow caged brood mares She can free herself She must believe you are on her side You have to make her trust you It is our best chance of getting you out as quickly and safely as possible So naturally, with this grand plot in mind, 800080 must focus all her energy on looking at her lovely reflection The stranger in the mirror has been transformed.I blink rapidly, trying to reconcile her with the image I had of myself in my head The image of a pretty girl, slightly plump, full face, big eyes The woman I am looking at now is beautiful Stunning Her cheeks seem thinner, molded to accent her high cheekbones, and her eyebrows arch delicately over luminous eyes, lined in rich purple with accents of lilac and gold Her lips are glossed in pale pink, and her hair tumbles over her shoulders in thick curls, one side pinned up with a jeweled clip, encrusted with amethysts that form the shape of a butterfly There is a shimmer to her skin, almost like she s glowing. Exploring her enormous wardrobe Wearing glamorous new nightgowns I m wearing a white silk nightdress, not unlike the one I wore at Southgate, embroidered with green and gold thread The lady in waiting holds up a jade dressing gown, and I slip into it Now I match this room. Wearing lovely dresses At five to seven, I stand outside the doors to the ballroom dressed in a pale green gown that makes the footman s eyes pop before he can stop himself The bodice leaves my shoulders bare, and the skirt falls to the floor in layers like the petals of a flower, their edges woven with glittering crystals A choker of diamonds wraps around my neck and diamond earrings hang from my ears. And making judgmental calls on other people wearing beautiful dresses My goodness, isn t she just a vision, the Electress gushes She wears a gown of rich crimson velvet with a large dragon embroidered on its skirts it seems like too much material for her small frame and her lips are painted bright red Like at the Auction, I am strongly reminded of a child playing dress up. 800080 is powerful, her magic in Augury is strong She can change the world Or she can explore the palatial mansion in which she is imprisoned.I want to explore a little of this palace on my own, decide for myself where to go and what to see Several maids are cleaning the windows that look out onto the garden, and I flit past the doors, pausing in between them to make sure I m not seen.With so much power, so much strength, that is being built up and trained every day, 80080 can do extraordinary things Standing in the doorway is a boy Not a boy, a young man he looks to be about the same age as the Duchess s son Tall and slender, with tousled brown hair and a strong jaw His mouth curves a bit at the corners, like he s holding back a smile One hand rests in the pocket of his pants and his shirt is open at the collar.But it s his eyes that have me pinned in place They are a soft gray green, and they look at me in a way I haven t been looked at since I started my life in the Jewel like I am a girl, a person, not a surrogate And yet, it s something than that they look at me in a way that makes me feel hollow and strangely buzzy. Things likefall into insta love Beautiful Boy Ash is a slave himself He is a companion, a sexual boy toy to wealthy, older woman who are, naturally, disgusting and nasty and so unlike the pure, beautiful, and virgin Mary like 800080 Together, they are not strong Together, they are a danger This is forbidden love, if there ever was one He could be severely punished if they were caught She could be killed at the Duchess whim And forget about her grand rescue mission.So what does Romeo and 800080 do Violet, he says, and when he looks in my eyes, my stomach somersaults I think I think I love you I feel myself dissolve into a thousand molecules, amazed at how three small words can completely alter my state of being I think I love you, too, I whisper. flag 437 likesLike see review View all 103 comments May 27, 2014 Faye, la Patata rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves young adult, what the hell, what the flying fuck, bad worldbuilding, annoying brats, annoying love interest, instalove, the chosen one, superpowers, stupid heroes heroines A place where noble women cannot reproduce.A place where these women buy beautiful, talented, peasant girls from the Auction.A place where these teenage girls are bought to become surrogates.A place where these surrogates have unfathomable powers that change shapes, colors, and sizes.Is it me or are dystopian novels getting weirder and weirder every year Either the world s running out of ideas and isgrasping at straws, or the world s trends have moved on ahead of me, cause I do not get it A place where noble women cannot reproduce.A place where these women buy beautiful, talented, peasant girls from the Auction.A place where these teenage girls are bought to become surrogates.A place where these surrogates have unfathomable powers that change shapes, colors, and sizes.Is it me or are dystopian novels getting weirder and weirder every year Either the world s running out of ideas and isgrasping at straws, or the world s trends have moved on ahead of me, cause I do not get it and I feel like an old woman now.In any case, I read this book with a very open mind I was having weird feelings about the premise initially, but I still wanted to give it a chance just in case it did have the potential to be a blockbuster It started okay, a bit confusing at first, but around the thirty percent mark it started spiraling down the rabbit hole for me I was really, really struggling, but I trudged on, hoping to find something that would make me appreciate it Unfortunately, the romance read insta love to the max entered, annoyed and enraged every fiber and nerve of my being, and The Jewel never manged to resurface from the abyss since then.That left me very, very grumpy.Now, don t get me wrong The writing was decent There were times it was vivid, and it was definitely easy to read Unfortunately, we see the story unfold in the MC s eyes who is oh so special and frankly, quite boring to boot, so while the writing may have had potential, it left a lot to be desired.Meet Violet, a determined, beautiful girl who has violet eyes Can it not get any cheesy than that For some otherworldly reason, aside from having such a rare color of eyes, she is also incredibly talented in Auguries, a kind of magic teenage girls like her have, that give them the ability to change colors like making the painted skin in a portrait green , shapes and sizes life like making a bud turn into a sapling or flower And oh, before I forget, she also is the most sought after surrogate in the Auction We are repeatedly told of how special she is from her looks, to her talents, to her playing the Cello but we re not given much foundation aside from that, and we are simply expected to accept her awesomeness And may I say that she is so dull She never really undergoes any substantial character development throughout, and she is so monotonous in her narration I guess that s to be expected from someone who is groomed to be a surrogate, but come on, we re in her thoughts, man This is the chance to give her some spine and personality Some oomph in her bones But nooooope Violet who has violet eyes man, I just can t get over that has to be a one dimensional twit.And nothing really happens For 95% of the bloody book, nothing really happens The MC eats breakfast, gets sneered at by the Duchess, plays music, walks around the mansion, wears dresses, gets sneered at by the Duchess, attends balls, goes to the doctor for check ups and experiments, gets sneered at by the Duchess, attends balls, wears dresses, plays music And oh, gets complimented at for being so awesome, beautiful, extraordinary, and talented between the activities, while wallowing in self pity It felt so damn repetitive There would be twists introduced here and there, but they were written in such an anti climactic way that the best it got from me was a yawn.So, was I surprised when something did bloody happen, it gets cut IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS and now we have to wait for the next book Dude Just what the hell There are cliffhangers, where the book ends with a question or an event but STILL giving us a proper ending to an arc of the story, and there are ANNOYING CLIFFHANGERS, like the one incorporated here, where something is happening and then it gets cut in the middle FUCKD DON T GET ME STARTED ON THE ROMANCE ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH.One word instalove INSTA BLOODY LOVE.It made me rant, rage, and swear exotic curses in my mind I m telling you, folks, you wouldn t want a peek into my brain during that span of time lest you want to escort me to the authorities It was one of the worst and fast paced romances I ve ever read, and that s saying something.Imagine, the first meeting that they had where they talk a bit about music and where it ends with him being rude to her and she tells him this I ve never met anyone like you before, I say I blush furiously that didn t come out the way I d intended That very night, as in JUST A FEW HOURS LATER, she s saying this I stare at my reflection pink cheeks, tiny smile, bright eyes the girl in the mirror looks truly happy, for the first time I ve never thought much about kissing, but the idea of Ash s lips against mine I giggle AND IT DOESN T END THERE When she sees him at dinner, she goes It s only been a couple of hours since I met him, but he s somehow even handsome than I remember My whole body feels like it s blushing Are your eyes twitching yet HAHAHAHA BUT I M NOT DONE YET When Ash promptly ignores her, she now goes The pain of this is a 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 Jesus, girl I would understand if you ve known each other for some time already, but you don t you just met him a few hours ago A FEW HOURS AGO It s not that serious, darling Believe it or not, it isn t And in their third meeting, apparently, the guy can t stop thinking of her either And then, they kiss And soon after a few fumblings, they tell each other the following I think I love you I want you forever, Ash And I was Seriously, this would have been bearable if the romance felt natural It moved way too fast for my tastes They keep saying they see something in each other, but I never read enough that could justify the feelings they had It felt so superficial and it was hard for me to regard it seriously It was far from beautiful, it was far from deep To me, they looked like rabbits in heat that just wanted to get it on already EAGER BEAVERS MUCH And the world building is absolutely shaky The kingdom or whatever is divided into rings, where there s the FARM where I guess the farmers live , and there s the MARSH where some kind of people live x_x , there s the SMOKE where there are the factories I guess , the BANK where there are merchants and the JEWEL or where the nobles live, and each quadrant North, South, East, West there are holding facilities for girls like Violet who have bloody violet eyes where they are trained to be surrogates For some reason, the nobles can t have babies so they hold Auctions, where girls go to the highest bidder And oh, the nobles with fight each other through some sort of court intrigue Aaaaaand that s it.The Farm, the Marsh, the Smoke, the Bank and the Jewel And those descriptions Not enough atmosphere or anything Although there is some history with regards to the how the noble houses came to be today, but I m pretty sure the world building isn t limited to that.Overall, this book had the potential, but the awesome self pitying girl and the shaky world building and the migraine induing romance made me want to scream out loud If you liked The Selection you may like it, as some reviewers pointed out that the feel is quite similar I still encourage you to try it out for yourself to see if it works for you This seems to be of a hit or miss book, judging by the mixed reviews that are posted right now flag 143 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Oct 11, 2014 Kat OKeeffe rated it it was ok review of another edition Interesting and entertaining, but ultimately I thought this was just okay I had a lot of trouble suspending my disbelief with this one I didn t really buy into the world and so many of my questions went unanswered And while I ve never really agreed with most claims of insta love in books, the romance in this one was so sudden and undeveloped, I felt nothing for the relationship There s a lot of build up but no payoff it s not so much a cliffhanger as it is an abrupt stop in what feels like Interesting and entertaining, but ultimately I thought this was just okay I had a lot of trouble suspending my disbelief with this one I didn t really buy into the world and so many of my questions went unanswered And while I ve never really agreed with most claims of insta love in books, the romance in this one was so sudden and undeveloped, I felt nothing for the relationship There s a lot of build up but no payoff it s not so much a cliffhanger as it is an abrupt stop in what feels like the beginning of the climax.That being said, if I had it in front of me, I might still read the next book in the series just to see what happens This one wasn t bad, and I never had to push myself to keep reading I flew through it in a few hours but I personally just did not click with this book It really reminded me of Wither and The Selection books that I also felt were just okay, not necessarily for me so if you liked those, you might like this However, I did like both Wither and The Selection than this one.Bottom line Interesting and engaging, but with flimsy worldbuilding and legit insta love this book was just okay flag 110 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 12, 2014 Aimee Aimee, Always rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves arc, i am not pleased with that cliffie, let me gouge your eyeballs out, insta love lust attraction, eye roll, oh the fluff, no chemistry, predictable, romances i cant understand, ending sucked Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers if not for that shitty, awful romance That s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful I call a lot of things shitty, but awful That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.Oh, and noticed how I said many other readers Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers if not for that shitty, awful romance That s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful I call a lot of things shitty, but awful That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.Oh, and noticed how I said many other readers Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games they had rings around the city and the larger rings are for the poorer sectors and The Selection the atmosphere and writing , but there were really just some stupid things I couldn t understand about this one grabs notes Let s get started, friends I have absolutely no idea what it must be like to be pregnant What The Hell Weren t these girls brought up to be surrogates in the future Why does it seem like Violet seem to have zero idea about pregnancy Throughout the novel, she was basically ignorant and constantly confused just SNAP OUT OF IT AND GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF, OKAY This novel was also had a billion cliche scenes lines I mean, how many times have you read about the girl in the mirror as she transformed That s seriously one of the most annoying bookish scenes ever, and I can t help but cringe every time I read about those.And drama Drama llamas everywhere, people The Jewel could totally be turned into the next High School Musical Really, the characters have already practiced See Her voice is sweet and she sings a traditional Marsh song, one we all know Two other girls join in.And here we go the romance Excuse me while I go laugh hysterically, folks Because this romance gave me a huge migraine I feel like vomiting just thinking about it But still, I present to you THE STAGES OF THE ROMANCE IN THE JEWEL Take note that the novel is only about 350 pages long, so these are actually really close to each other 1 They meet They lock eyes What can Violet say about Ash s eyes T hey look at me in a way that makes me feel hollow and strangely buzzy 51% in the eARC 2 When Violet leaves Ash s room, she thinks of kissing him 53.8% in the eARC 3 A few hours after they first met, when they meet again, Violet says, My whole body feels like it s blushing 54.3% in the eARC4 First kiss 70.7% in the eARC 5 Second kiss 73.9% in the eARC 6 Admission of love 85.7% in the eARC 7 They get married, ride off into the sunset and have babies Hopefully NEVER Okay, I should get over that Moving on This book also had some fantasy elements mixed in I did appreciate that, since fantasy is my favorite genre, but I still have many unanswered questions in my mind about the magic and sorcery in this book Well, I had questions about ALMOST EVERYTHING, actually Why were there surrogates How come only magic wielding girls can be surrogates I also felt like the fantasy aspect of the novel was just forced into it it didn t really seem to fit with the mood of the story, but maybe that s just me.One last thing STEREOTYPING Women were portrayed as either too helpless and idiotic Violet or vicious and bitchy basically all of the women who bought surrogates Men were portrayed as handsome and always drunk Garnet the only character I could tolerate or kind gentlemen Ash pukes Where are the normal, average, REALISTIC people The only positive thing I can say about the book is that I did enjoy Ewing s writing It was easy to read and I just flew through the pages without much reading related problems.Well, this review turned out a lot longer than I planned Anyway, I m off to bleach my brain after re thinking about this novel flag 71 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Mar 24, 2014 Fenia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books like drugs, favorites, my current book obsessions OH MY GOSH BRILLIANT BOOK I adore it It truly surprised me I bought it because well because it was cheap,the reviews i read were bad,but i thought oh well,lets give it a try and OMG THIS BOOKS IS SOOOOO GOODDDDD I JUSTUGH I M SPEECHLESS Its not like Selection not that i didn t like Selection.BUT This books is deep and it touches some really serious issues like slavery Violet is a strong character and i love her for it Ash ishot and dreamy and kind and broken All th OH MY GOSH BRILLIANT BOOK I adore it It truly surprised me I bought it because well because it was cheap,the reviews i read were bad,but i thought oh well,lets give it a try and OMG THIS BOOKS IS SOOOOO GOODDDDD I JUSTUGH I M SPEECHLESS Its not like Selection not that i didn t like Selection.BUT This books is deep and it touches some really serious issues like slavery Violet is a strong character and i love her for it Ash ishot and dreamy and kind and broken All the characters are well based Even the Duchess became a character i loved to hate and hated to love The ending was so heartbreaking and WHAT OMG THAT ENDING The big twist I can t wait to read the next book i need it NOW LOVED LOVED LOVED IT A unique book A category of its own WOW flag 70 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Feb 13, 2014 Jessica Silverbow Rabid Reads no rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, matchy matchy, dystopian, here be slaves, some kinda magic, cliffhanger boo hiss, meh, rabid reads reviews, ya, fantasy 9 30 17 ON SALE for 1.99 by Rabid Reads3.5 starsViolet Lasting is a Surrogate She lives in a world where blue bloods can no longer produce viable offspring BUT Before they begin to die out, a doctor discovers a genetic quirk that fortuitously exists most frequently in the lowest caste of their society a quirk that allows the girls who have it to carry a royal child to term And so it is mandatory on pain of death for every girl to be tested f 9 30 17 ON SALE for 1.99 by Rabid Reads3.5 starsViolet Lasting is a Surrogate She lives in a world where blue bloods can no longer produce viable offspring BUT Before they begin to die out, a doctor discovers a genetic quirk that fortuitously exists most frequently in the lowest caste of their society a quirk that allows the girls who have it to carry a royal child to term And so it is mandatory on pain of death for every girl to be tested for this quirk upon reaching puberty If the girl is a Surrogate, she is taken from her family to be raised, groomed, and educated for life in the Jewel.But being a Surrogate means than simply having a womb capable of playing host to a royal baby The first time I coughed up blood, I thought I was dying But it stops after a year or so Now I only have the occasional nosebleed. Being a Surrogate also means being able to manipulate the three Auguries color, shape, and growth Having command of the first and easiest Augury means being about to change the superficial aspects of something like wait for it color Same goes for the shape and growth Auguries, but the interesting thing here is that the royals who purchase their Surrogates at the Auction intend for the girls to use their gifts specifically on their child.In utero.Kind of cool Kind of creepy.Kind of dangerous for the Surrogate.Or at least that was my early impression Anything that causes severe headaches, nosebleeds, and coughing up blood cannot be good for you BUT Like I said, only the lower class has this ability, and everyone knows poor people have no power, so the upper classes are free to use them as they see fit.I actually thought this was a clever premise Anyone who has taken any kind of History of England or any Western European country knows about the weakness and illness that began to plague the royals, b c of all the inbreeding And in this inexplicably dystopian, presumably post apocalyptic b c Lone city world, who s going to stop them from abusing their power and exploiting the peasants No one, that s who.There were lots of interesting little details that made this story stand out for me 1 Iron bars in the shape of roses on the windows of the facilities where the girls lived until it was time for their Auction beautifully ironic.2 The use of real folk songs I cannot hear or read the lyrics of The Water is Wide without getting goosebumps.3 The flashback to the girl getting her head chopped off for trying to escape becoming a Surrogate gave me goosebumps too The girl was wild, long black hair tangled around her face, framing eyes of a brilliant, almost shocking, blue There was something fierce and untamed about her appearance She couldn t have been than a few years older than me.She didn t fight of struggle against the two Regimentals restraining her She didn t cry, or beg She looked strangely peaceful When they put her head on the block, I could swear she smiled The magistrate asked her if she had any last words This is how it begins, she said I am not afraid Her face saddened, and she added, Tell Cobalt I love him Then they chopped off her head. 4 Violet s first cello performance YEP, goosebumps.5 I m sure there s probably some female version of the male occupation of companion in this world, but in this story, it s the male version in the spotlight, which is still terrible, but also refreshing somehow.6 I saw that twist at the end coming, but it was still a very cool twist.BUT there were even things that were either strangely familiar, or did not work for me at all 1 The inexplicable and presumably parts of the world building We re given no explanation for the lack of any other cities, or how this one manages to have marshland in concentric rings with the rolling hills and vineyards of farmland Mighty convenient that.2 Violet s eyes are violet This is a personal peeve of mine, b c NO SUCH THING No, not even Elizabeth Taylor Her eyes were very, very blue, NOT purple So Unless it s an alien or some type of Fae creature, if it has violet eyes, I m going to roll mine.3 If a noun isn t named for exactly what it is, or some obvious attribute industrial part of the city is called Smoke, farm part of the city is called Farm, Violet has violet eyes, etc it s named some other animal, vegetable, or mineral Raven and her twin brother Crow The royals are all named after precious gems, or in one case, rare and expensive wood Ebony It s weird and distracting.4 Lucien is Violet s very own Cinna And yes, I realize that Lucien is not an animal, vegetable, or mineral, but he is also property, and I have suspicions about what his real name is.5 The Surrogates have their own version of District Twelve s three fingered salute.6 The It only takes one small stone to start an avalanche, and, one crack spreads until the whole wall crumbles, lesser versions of, It only takes a spark 7 For a smart girl, Violet is incredibly dense sometimes view spoiler Ash is a freaking companion What does she think he s doing with Carnelian AND how does she not consider the possibility that she could be pregnant with her own child after her shenanigans with Ash ALSO, she doesn t seem to pick up on the fact that the girl whose head she saw get chopped off was Lucien s sister hide spoiler 8 The insta love It s not as bad as most, but it is still, undeniably, insta love.So yeah, there were problems But overall it was an entertaining read with a great premise I finished it in an afternoon and I ll definitely read the next book Amy Ewing s THE JEWEL is a solid first installment in her THE LONE CITY series It combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create an interesting new whole, so if either of those sub genres are your thing, I d check this one out flag 65 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Aug 24, 2014 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing review of another edition My first thought about THE JEWEL was that the gorgeous silver cover was strangely similar to the covers for THE SELECTION series I wasn t sure, after reading the synopsis, if this book would also have a similar plot I was totally wrong.In one word, THE JEWEL is FANTASTIC When I began reading, I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style and the very xmen like twist that this ball gown story took on THE JEWEL is brilliant and unique, and so creepy in the way the society is run, that I fo My first thought about THE JEWEL was that the gorgeous silver cover was strangely similar to the covers for THE SELECTION series I wasn t sure, after reading the synopsis, if this book would also have a similar plot I was totally wrong.In one word, THE JEWEL is FANTASTIC When I began reading, I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style and the very xmen like twist that this ball gown story took on THE JEWEL is brilliant and unique, and so creepy in the way the society is run, that I found myself unable to put it down I flew through all 368 pages in just a few days in the middle of a huge move and edit, as well it was that good.In Violet Lasting s world, identity isn t important She s not a name she s just a number As a surrogate, raised to bear a child for whatever member of the royal Jewel section of society purchases her in an auction, Violet has been trained for years to be submissive and poised and perfectly fine with being in the background The twist to this story comes with something called the Auguries special powers that each surrogate has, where they can change the colors and shapes of objects, as well as grow things In Violet s case, the third augury, Growth, is her best gift.When Violet is taken to the auction and purchased by the Duchess of the Lake, she s thrown into a world full of fancy balls and mansions and dresses and makeup But there s a dark side to Violet s new, glittering world.There s death There s destruction There are lies and manipulations, and somehow, very well twisted into the middle of it all, is forbidden love.Violet soon discovers that she can never be who she truly wants to be Danger is around every corner Love is not an option And when Violet discovers she might have a way out, even darker secrets are revealed The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, from Violet herself, to her fellow surrogate and best friend Raven, to the horrible Duchess of the Lake Even Violet s maid, Annabelle, a girl who can t speak, was so well done that I felt like I knew her The love interest, Ashe, is totally shiptastic.This story is just incredible I fell in love with it, and by the time I finished warning there s a cliffhanger , it was 1am and I was dying for book 2E JEWEL is definitely not a copy of any other story it stands out on its own, and is sure to be a bestseller Fantastic I loved the terrifying, beautiful world that Amy Ewing created I need book 2 now And I ve preordered my own hardcover copy for my personal shelves flag 64 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 02, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves damn pretty covers, dystopian, ebooks i own, ya, romance 3.5 stars Bueno, Jewel cuenta la historia de una sociedad distopica donde los miembros de la realeza no pueden tener hijos, debido a un gen que, al parecer ya no poseen para ello recurren a un grupo de mujeres, las Sustitutas, que provienen de la poblaci n m s pobre Las mujeres de all si tienen la habilidad de procrear, pero no s lo eso sino que tambi n dichas mujeres poseen habilidades extraordinarias que las hacen de suma importancia y valor Una vez que la joven ha entrado en la pubert 3.5 stars Bueno, Jewel cuenta la historia de una sociedad distopica donde los miembros de la realeza no pueden tener hijos, debido a un gen que, al parecer ya no poseen para ello recurren a un grupo de mujeres, las Sustitutas, que provienen de la poblaci n m s pobre Las mujeres de all si tienen la habilidad de procrear, pero no s lo eso sino que tambi n dichas mujeres poseen habilidades extraordinarias que las hacen de suma importancia y valor Una vez que la joven ha entrado en la pubertad se le hace varios ex menes y, sin son positivos a aquel gen, se le lleva a unas bases donde son entrenadas hasta cumplir la edad para luego ser subastadas al mejor postor real para ser la incubadora de su pr ximo hijo a.Vale, debo decir que, a pesar la incesante comparaci n que ha tenido ste libro con The Selection, la premisa llam mi atenci n Nunca hab a le do un libro que tratase sobre criar a un grupo de mujeres para simplemente convertirse en teros ambulantes Y s , s como suena eso pero llam mi atenci n Encontramos a Violet, una joven Sustituta que est a punto de ser lanzada a subasta junto con sus compa eras de lote y su mejor amiga, Raven Desde un primer punto se nos muestra la incre ble inconformidad y desolaci n que las chicas sienten al ser separadas de sus familias durante a os para, posteriormente, ser vendidas a una extra a familia que puede o no tratarlas bien.En adici n a eso se les califica en tres aspectos, las tres habilidades extras que todas esas mujeres poseen las Augury La primera es cambiar de color las cosas, la segunda es cambiar sus formas y la tercera es hacerlas crecer Los puntajes de cada una son revelados y de ah su valoraci n.Nuestra chica obtiene puntajes bastantes altos en las primeras dos y una excelencia absoluta en la ltima, gan ndose as el abrumante deseo de la Condesa del Lago pero pronto sus peores pesadillas se har n realidad y se ver envuelta en una red de traiciones, asesinatos, codicia, poder y amor que revelar n su car cter y en quienes puede o no confiar.El libro empez bien a mi parecer me encontr con personajes que me agradaban y situaciones extra as que a ad an algo extra a la historia, y muchos no pensar n as pero Violet es una protagonista bastante decente Sabe escuchar y se desempe a en lo que puede bajo el rol que le toc sin estar en los rincones llorando o en depresi n Hay que destacar eso Mi problema fue con la autora.La idea general es buena, en serio, y podr a haber sido desarrollada de manera m s siniestra y hubiera sido maravilloso pero por desgracia la autora decidi incluir personajes que ya conoc a de otros libros y s lo les alter un poco la personalidad y el f sico Si fue intencional o no, no lo podr a decir, pero me hall a mi misma pensando que estaba releyendo alguno de esos libros que leyendo algo nuevo.Raven Hana de DeliriumLucian Cinna de THGAnnabelle Avox de THGGarnet Adrian Ivashkov sin todo lo bueno de Adrian de BloodlinesCarnelian Jessamine Lovelace de TIDY podr a seguir y seguir, tambi n un problema que tuve con la autora es que no me dej saber nada del mundo donde se desarrollaba la historia Siendo ste un libro del g nero distopico quer a saber como llegaron a la fundaci n del imperio, qu papal jug cada casa, como se hizo la repartici n de los t tulos, como empezaron el programa de Sustitutas, porqu justamente esos poderes y dem s, pero no obtuve nada de eso.Realmente quer a que la historia se desarrollara un poco diferente, porque la idea era bastante buena pero desde la segunda mitad las cosas fueron a pique.Para mi Ash no ten a relevancia en lo absoluto Y saben que no me molesta mucho el insta amor pero hay casos en los que funciona y casos en los que no La atracci n que Violet sinti hac a l era simplemente lujuria e impacto porque ella hab a pasado varios a os sin la presencia de un chico Mucho menos en presencia de uno tan atractivo y aunque la historia de Ash era triste, no alcanz para ganarse mi simpat a y deseaba fuertemente que se largara del lugar.Tal vez si su relaci n hubiese sido de amistada, no me hubiese molestado como lo hizo pero ambos viv an rodeados de un lazo de estupidez que me hac a rodar los ojos m s que seguir leyendo.Sin embargo hay cosas que me gustar a que se apreciaran.1 Violet no es tonta en lo absoluto, a pesar de su amor o con Ash, y realmente quiero leer m s de ella.2 La Duquesa me pareci un personaje completo y disfrut ley ndola.3 Disfrut de la forma en como Amy fue presentando los hechos.4 La evoluci n de los personajes fue bastante buena.5 Oh, JODIDO LTIMO P RRAFODIDO LTIMO P RRAFO.Qued gratamente sorprendida con el giro que tomaron las cosas y ojal Ash se pudra por ah en una celda, la verdad Adem s estoy a la expectativa de todas las cosas que necesitan ser resueltas en el siguiente libro flag 53 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 01, 2017 Sana added it review of another edition DNF pg 65Will come back to this sometime in the future On hold for now BR with my friend IRL I really want this to be good flag 51 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Sep 03, 2015 Jessy MelodyofBooks rated it it was amazing review of another edition Die Rezension ab 01.10.15 flag 47 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2014 Ben Alderson rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this book I loved the idea of it and can not wait for the next one flag 46 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 12, 2014 Valeria Andrea marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves english, youngadult When I saw this I couldn t help but think The Selection.But with a better cover a better blurb , I hope, a better everything else Damn, oh, well My curiosity has brought the better out of me yet again flag 43 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jun 16, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2015 new years resolutions challeng, dystopian, fantasy, challenges, netgalley edelweiss, paranormal, r2r complete, read 2015, romance, sci fi Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss Sometimes, I wish I hadn t been born a surrogate This was an enjoyable dystopian, with girls with special powers being sold as surrogates.I felt quite sorry for Violet in this story, her whole life had been changed by one blood test, and she was forced to carry someone else s baby after being sold at an auction I did think that she made some very dubious decisions at ti Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss Sometimes, I wish I hadn t been born a surrogate This was an enjoyable dystopian, with girls with special powers being sold as surrogates.I felt quite sorry for Violet in this story, her whole life had been changed by one blood test, and she was forced to carry someone else s baby after being sold at an auction I did think that she made some very dubious decisions at times though, and she should probably have covered her tracks better than she did The thought of being pregnant, of having someone else s child growing inside me, is terrifying The storyline in this was about Violet being sold as a surrogate, and being forced to demonstrate her powers over the Auguries being able to change somethings colour, change its shape, and encourage it to grow I did think the world building was pretty good, even if it did remind me of other books, although I wondered why the surrogates didn t use the Auguries view spoiler Violet really missed a trick with that pregnancy test She could have used her powers to turn it green, making everyone think she was pregnant, and meaning that she could pretend for a couple of weeks and avoid them trying to impregnate her again during that time hide spoiler The lone city is divided into five circles, each separated by a wall, and all of them but the Marsh have nicknames based on their industry There was a bit of a forbidden romance in this one, and it was a very bad idea really Then his mouth is on mine.I feel entirely new The ending to this was pretty good, and now I remember what happened I can start book 2 Yay 7 out of 10How it ends view spoiler This is a giant spoiler, so don t read unless you ve already read this book view spoiler Lucien a male lady in waiting gives Violet the serum which will cause her to appear dead, and tells her to take it the next night He will then retrieve her body, and make her disappear Violet sees Raven at a dinner party, and she is pregnant, and does not look well Raven collapses at the dinner table, and Violet decides to give the serum to her instead Violet then goes to visit Ash the companion of her mistresses niece , and apologises to him for not being honest with him about what she was planning The Duchess catches Ash and Violet alone in his room, and has Ash knocked out and dragged off to the dungeons to await execution Violet is taken to her room where she uses the tuning fork which Lucien gave her to try and contact him, but instead her call is answered by Garnet, the Duchess own son The End hide spoiler hide spoiler flag 42 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 18, 2015 Laura Evlolle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2015, 3 stars Die erste H lfte war echt cool, aber danach fand ich s nur so meeeh Vor allem die Liebesgeschichte hat mich total genervt flag 40 likesLike see review Feb 12, 2014 Anne rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves kindle, mature ya, read in 2015, sci fi 2.5 starsI was sort of bored throughout the book I m thinking the subject matter just didn t interest me, so you might have a different experience with this one than I did.Fabulous cover, though The Royalty that live in the Jewel can t have babies any Poor people, yes Rich people, no.But the nobility have found that some of the poor girls have these abilities that can allow them to manipulate a fetus in their wombs Make it a viable pregnancy Even make the child better looking, smarter, 2.5 starsI was sort of bored throughout the book I m thinking the subject matter just didn t interest me, so you might have a different experience with this one than I did.Fabulous cover, though The Royalty that live in the Jewel can t have babies any Poor people, yes Rich people, no.But the nobility have found that some of the poor girls have these abilities that can allow them to manipulate a fetus in their wombs Make it a viable pregnancy Even make the child better looking, smarter, talented, etc So, they test all of the poor girls as soon as they get their period, and if they have this ability then they whisk them off to be raised in solitude Once there, they train them to use their powers, until they are old enough to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.Violet is one of the surrogate girls, and she s about to be auctioned off when the story starts The book goes on about how she is used and abused, her concern for her friend, what is expected of the surrogates, how they are treated as less than humand so on.Plod, plod, plod.Of course, her abilities are special More Better Something that hasn t been seen before.I don tI m still not sure what the hell her abilities are, but it has something to do with the life force of things Like, she makes plants grow and stuff Lots of pain, nosebleeds, and coughing up blood happen when their powers are used, by the way Kinda gross when the girls are spewing blood all over the dinner table, you know hoark Plans are made to help her escape by a mysterious servant with a magical tuning fork No, really But before she can escape, she needs to fall in love with a boy, right Yes Yes, she does.Done Love is in the air, and it feels somewhat boring and rushed BUT The main thing is that they desperately love each other, there will be horrifying repercussions if they are caught, and that she will act foolishly for love.Ta da The last 5 pages are excellent, and left me with a cliffhanger so good that I would almost consider reading the next book, just to see what happens next.Yes, really.It may be that I have read too many books with a similar feel to them, but this just didn t do it for me However, that doesn t mean that I would warn anyone off of reading it, because it wasn t badly written.Sorry, book.It s not you, it s me flag 38 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 12, 2014 Sara Raasch rated it it was amazing review of another edition BRACE FOR FEELS.This book is the kind of stressful addictive engaging story that is almost dangerous in its demand to be read It will keep you up well past your bedtime with all the INTENSITY and PAIN and TENSION and just when you think you re nearing the end and maybe your heart will get a breakNOPE.That ending THAT ENDING OH IT HURTS flag 38 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 31, 2016 Isa Cantos Cr nicas de una Merodeadora rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 La Joya fue uno de esos libros que me sorprendi gratamente este a o Por la portada me imaginaba que ser a algo muy del estilo de La Selecci n una historia s per rom ntica que enmascaraba una revoluci n en ciernes por una sociedad oprimida e inconforme Pero no, La Joya rompe los esquemas con una premisa que yo nunca antes hab a visto Todo empieza con la Ciudad Solitaria, un reino dividido en c rculos, siendo el m s pobre el Pantano y el m s rico la Joya A lo largo de los siglos, la rea 4.5 La Joya fue uno de esos libros que me sorprendi gratamente este a o Por la portada me imaginaba que ser a algo muy del estilo de La Selecci n una historia s per rom ntica que enmascaraba una revoluci n en ciernes por una sociedad oprimida e inconforme Pero no, La Joya rompe los esquemas con una premisa que yo nunca antes hab a visto Todo empieza con la Ciudad Solitaria, un reino dividido en c rculos, siendo el m s pobre el Pantano y el m s rico la Joya A lo largo de los siglos, la realeza ha empezado a debilitarse, pues han perdido la capacidad de reproducirse ya que todo son abortos, muertes e hijos deformes As mismo, con el paso de los a os se han dado cuenta de que algunas mujeres del Pantano, el c rculo m s pobre, desarrollan unos poderes especiales, los Augurios, y son perfectas para devolver la grandeza a la realeza Cada a o, las mujeres de las grandes familias acuden a una Subasta en la que venden a las mujeres m s prometedoras, que han sido entrenadas en sus Augurios, para comprarlas y usarlas como vientres externos para concebir a sus herederos Aqu es cuando conocemos a Violet, la protagonista, una chica que tiene uno de los mejores puntajes en los Augurios y, por tanto, es de las m s cotizadas en la Subasta Como una de estas mujeres especiales, Violet siempre ha sido criada y entrenada para pensar que el ser la Sustituta de una de las mujeres de la Joya es un gran honor, pero poco a poco se empezar a dar cuenta de lo oscuro que es el mundo de las intrigas reales Las Damas y Duquesas viven de apariencias y har n lo que sea necesario para que nadie socave su imagen de poder y control y Violet entender todo esto a las malas, mientras trata de sobrevivir a las humillaciones y maltratos a los que la somete su nueva due a La Joya es un libro en el que las apariencias lo valen todo, en el que el juego de poder est a la orden del d a y en el que el amor est , b sicamente prohibido A lo largo del libro, conoceremos a personajes intrigantes como la Duquesa del Lago, la Dama de la Piedra, la Electriz, el Exetor, Lucien, Ash y Garnet Cada uno de ellos juega un papel important simo en las rivalidades entre las Grandes Casas, en la mafia que realmente es el sistema de las Sustitutas y en el boicot que se est gestando debajo de las narices de todo el mundo sin que nadie lo note El universo que crea Amy Ewing en esta primera parte de la trilog a es un universo cruel y despiadado en el que se debe pelear con las garras o con una m scara impenetrable para poder sobrevivir A medida que avanza la historia ves la clase de vej menes que sufren las Sustitutas y no puedes evitar estremecerte Si bien Violet no es un personaje completamente memorable o con el que te identifiques inmediatamente, s que sientes de alguna manera todo por lo que est pasando Qu fue lo nico que no me convenci de este primer libro La historia de amor Vaya, vaya No mencionar nombres, pero creo que era algo que sab amos que iba a suceder y, encima, que sab amos c mo iba a terminar La posici n de una Sustituta es algo bastante precario como para que la cosa no acabara de la manera en la que acaba y, la verdad, tampoco es que hubiera muchas bases para esa relaci n S , es cierto que la chica nunca hab a visto a un chico guapo que se interesara en ella en toda su vida pero no se justifica un romance a lo loco as porque s Eso s , lo que tengo que rescatar de este romance es que le da pie a una l nea de historia que promete ser interesant sima en el segundo libro Una l nea de historia que involucrar a un personaje en el que no s si confiar, pues la imagen que nos pintan de l en La Joya es bastante alejada del papel que tiene pinta de ir a jugar en el segundo libro En resumen, La Joya es un libro incre ble y diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados a ver en el g nero de las distop as juveniles Si quieren leer crueldad a raudales, no se lo pierdan flag 40 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 25, 2014 Steph Sinclair rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves yabc, young adult, harpercollins, 2014 release, print arc, omg that ending, books i should hate but i don t, 2014 reads, serve me up insta love, could have been better I think on some level I should probably have disliked this book, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit It s a light read and I sped through pretty fast and none of the characters irritated me too much This might have something to do with the fact that books that explore a Reproductive Dystopian world fasciate me I didn t really love the romance because it is on the quick side of things, but somehow that did not seem to bother me much The plot seemed to than make up for that, and The I think on some level I should probably have disliked this book, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit It s a light read and I sped through pretty fast and none of the characters irritated me too much This might have something to do with the fact that books that explore a Reproductive Dystopian world fasciate me I didn t really love the romance because it is on the quick side of things, but somehow that did not seem to bother me much The plot seemed to than make up for that, and The Jewel had good pacing and even better anticipation One thing you might want to consider is that this book does have a terrible cliffhanger It s the worst I know I ll end up reading book two just for that alone I only hope that book two either expounds on the romance or gets rid of it completely.I can t compare this to The Selection because I haven t read it, so if you are looking for me to do that, I m not the best person to ask flag 35 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Aug 26, 2014 Moonlight Reader rated it did not like it review of another edition Hello If you ve found this review, perhaps you are wondering why I appear so irked by this book Giving it one star, and all.Well, it s because MARGARET ATWOOD already wrote this book Also, the girl on the cover, yeah, she is way too well dressed to be a slave.Some books do not need a dumbed down romance version with a bunch of silly tropes The Handmaid s Tale is one of those books It is a serious treatment of a serious subject Why is there a need to publish a glossy new version with girls Hello If you ve found this review, perhaps you are wondering why I appear so irked by this book Giving it one star, and all.Well, it s because MARGARET ATWOOD already wrote this book Also, the girl on the cover, yeah, she is way too well dressed to be a slave.Some books do not need a dumbed down romance version with a bunch of silly tropes The Handmaid s Tale is one of those books It is a serious treatment of a serious subject Why is there a need to publish a glossy new version with girls in pretty dresses I have nothing against YA I love YA Some YA is wonderful This book, though, this one has ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN Read the fucking original It will make you smarter.Thank you I just realized that they have made this a trilogy A trilogy Margaret Atwood was able to tell this story in a single, classic, amazing book that is still studied in high school and college courses Why is this a trilogy Are we now at the point where YA publishers are unable to publish anything that isn t a series flag 32 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 03, 2018 Sara rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fantasy, fiction, apocalyptic dystopian, young adult Violet is a surrogate, born with unique gifts to shape the world around her, yet bought and sold to the highest bidder in a world where royalty rules all This had a lot of flaws, and unfortunately it really hindered my enjoyment of what could have been a good story The main issue I had was just how unoriginal I found the story Reading this felt like deja vu Poor yet beautiful girl with unique gifts brought into a different world Check Evil ruling power that manipulates said girl Check Du Violet is a surrogate, born with unique gifts to shape the world around her, yet bought and sold to the highest bidder in a world where royalty rules all This had a lot of flaws, and unfortunately it really hindered my enjoyment of what could have been a good story The main issue I had was just how unoriginal I found the story Reading this felt like deja vu Poor yet beautiful girl with unique gifts brought into a different world Check Evil ruling power that manipulates said girl Check Dull and one dimensional love interest leading to instalove Check I also think I rolled my eyes several times over the names of some of these characters One character is called Cinder And her brother is Ash Seriously My other main issue was Ash The love interest The story takes a significant dip after his introduction, as he s so dull with no definable characteristics or charm He s basically Finnick from The Hunger Games without the emotional depth When Violet starts fawning over him after meeting him for all of ten minutes, I knew this story wasn t going to end the way I wanted it too I much preferred the relationship between the various surrogates and their owners , and the dynamics and rivalries that are barely explored but had so much potential I didn t think there was any need to introduced Ash at all If anything, he hinders the plot I found all of his scenes very cringy, and I often skim read them Violet as a main character is also severely lacking in personality She goes from petulant teen to submissive slave with no in between She s got no emotional depth, and bumbled from one scenario to the next, relying on other people to rescue her Several times I was also confused by the world itself We don t see anything outside of The Jewel except very briefly at the beginning The rules of the world aren t explained very deeply either, and are often contradictory Why treat some surrogates well, others badly, yet always have them dressed up like dolls all the time Why are they repeatedly drugged It felt like an easy cop out to explain any passage of time What are the various Auguries, and why do only poor girls have these powers They weren t explained well, or integrated well into the story, and I often felt confused when Violet uses any of them Also, their use with regards to childbirth is justodd This really wasn t for me The potential was there, but the execution fell flat flag 31 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 27, 2014 AH rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves arc edelweiss, fantasy, young adult, zzread aug 2014 ARGHH It is not often that I give 1 star to a book I usually try to find the good in each book that I read Even books that I have not finished do not get a star rating, that s just how I review But this book drove me bonkers and I must highlight the things that drove me crazy.1 This is a dystopian book along the lines of The Selection which I haven t had the pleasure of reading, but the synopsis sounds right and The Handmaid s Tale of which there is absolutely no comparison 2 Young wo ARGHH It is not often that I give 1 star to a book I usually try to find the good in each book that I read Even books that I have not finished do not get a star rating, that s just how I review But this book drove me bonkers and I must highlight the things that drove me crazy.1 This is a dystopian book along the lines of The Selection which I haven t had the pleasure of reading, but the synopsis sounds right and The Handmaid s Tale of which there is absolutely no comparison 2 Young women are groomed to become auctioned off as surrogates to the wealthy and privileged royalty of this world They are given a lot number and dressed up in spectacular gowns and costumes and sold to the highest bidder Sounds like slavery to me Oh, the girls are never referred to by their names, only lot numbers 3 The women are treated like pets by their owners They are led about on a leash, told what to eat, what to do, and how to behave Good behavior is rewarded, bad behavior is punished.4 There s a lot of invasive medical testing with our main character being drugged, poked, and prodded way too many times 5 Too much emphasis is placed on the beautiful dresses and gowns and balls The reality is that this is a race to produce a super baby.6 There is a much sinister aspect to this whole baby making process Surrogates are told that once they produce a child, they will go on and retire in another part of this world Wonder if that s true Also, there is work to lobotomize the surrogates so they would just have a breeding womb available Gross 7 The writing is weak The story is told in first person POV, so we only know what Violet is doing or thinking See my status updates for an example 8 Love triangle is there or isn t there Can t tell you for sure Our heroin falls in love with a character, who is the love interest of another.9 Cliffhanger If you hang on until the end, you ll be treated to a surprise cliffhanger I m sure that there will be plenty of people who will enjoy this book For me, it was not a pleasant read Read at your own risk Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for a review copy of this book. flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 25, 2015 Kiki rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves lolwut, i hate that i love you, ya Goddamn That was a clusterfuck if ever I saw one Review to come flag 31 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2014 Melanie rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves young adult, romance, arc, books i own, fantasy, dystopian utopian, could have been so much better, take your instant love and get lost, sci fi, omg the cover people See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsMini review After the early reviews started rolling in for this one I was getting less and less excited about reading this one I mean, JUST LOOK AT THE COVER HOW COULD I NOT WANT TO LOVE THIS Anyway, I had this period of time where I just decided that I was going to skip this completely, BUT THEN I saw three people give this 3 4 stars and they re all people whose reviews I completely trust and well I gave in to the cover and read it Well, I didn t rea See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsMini review After the early reviews started rolling in for this one I was getting less and less excited about reading this one I mean, JUST LOOK AT THE COVER HOW COULD I NOT WANT TO LOVE THIS Anyway, I had this period of time where I just decided that I was going to skip this completely, BUT THEN I saw three people give this 3 4 stars and they re all people whose reviews I completely trust and well I gave in to the cover and read it Well, I didn t really read it I like, barfed through it.I ll give the book this it was a light and fast read I was almost finished by no time but then figured that there was no longer any point so I DNFed it after Ash and Violet just started overly infuriatingly cheesy Note that they were already infuriately cheesy and instant lovey beforehand The instant love is actually so bad.This is when they first meetI can only stare His mouth curves into a full smile and I feel my lungs contract, making it very difficult to breathe.And then just moments later when Violet is alone, staring at her beauteous self in the mirrorI ve never thought much about kissing, but the idea of Ash s lips against mine I giggle.Oh and then later at that night intense staring ensuesI look up and meet a pair of bray green eyes, no longer soft but blazing Ash doesn t look away, and neither do I His gaze is fierce, and open, and it makes me feel alive He isn t looking at a surrogate he s looking at me I mean really, no shit he s looking at you eyeroll It s only been a couple of hours since I met him, but he s somehow even handsome than I remember My whole body feels like it s blushing.I CAN T DO THIS ANY LONGER.Anyway, if you like the whole X meets Y thing, the best I can give you is The Hunger Games meets The Selection That being the excellent potential of The Hunger Games but actually just as bad as The Selection I m done here.Celine did a full review on the blog and it s 10000 times better so you should check that out flag 30 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 12, 2014 Kassidy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2014 release, for review, books i own, arcs I was really captivated by the characters, the world, and the plot However, the insta love just did not work for me flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 17, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves bea14, arc, physical arc Nose Graze Book reviews blogging tips The Jewel was an awesome book until the romance But on that later I really loved the plot in The Jewel I think it s definitely similar in vibe to The Selection which it s being compared to However, my feelings about it are the total opposite In The Selection, I adored the romance but didn t care much about the rest of the plot In The Jewel, I adore the plot but hate the romance The Jewel has a lot of political royal scandal and Nose Graze Book reviews blogging tips The Jewel was an awesome book until the romance But on that later I really loved the plot in The Jewel I think it s definitely similar in vibe to The Selection which it s being compared to However, my feelings about it are the total opposite In The Selection, I adored the romance but didn t care much about the rest of the plot In The Jewel, I adore the plot but hate the romance The Jewel has a lot of political royal scandal and it s fascinating Everyone is basically frenemies The royals invite each other over for tea parties and dinners, but they actually hate each other and plot against each other.Also, the whole idea of surrogates was HORRIBLEbut in a good way Like obviously it was sad and disgusting, but that s what made the book so interesting I mean, the girls are bid on at auction, purchased, given collars, walked around on leashes, compared as if they re trophies or trading cards bragging about stats or talents their surrogates have , etc That whole part of the book was really disgusting, but fascinating I was outraged and felt so sorry for Violet I love that the book got me so riled up.My only gripe with the plot side of things was I didn t fully understand why the surrogates existed It was only briefly explained why the royals couldn t have their own children The author explained how their children died early or were sickly, etc but I didn t fully understand WHY.But then somewhere around page 250, the romance kicked in and it sucked Violet meets this guy Ash, they exchange about two glances, then his lips are on hers, then they re making out, then they re saying I love you They have like three interactions, zero conversations, and they re already in love Waaaa I was really disappointed because there could have been a lot of potential with this romance, but it was easily the weakest part of the book I didn t connect with it at all I went from being addicted to The Jewel to kind of making a wtf face at it while reading.I was pretty devastated to have my love for this book plummet so hard, because up until that point, I was ADDICTED I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours I loved it so much, then the romance just sucked WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME But the book is still worth reading, even if just for the cool plot and crazy political scandals The different houses of royalty are constantly plotting against each other and it s pretty crazy what lengths they go to flag 25 likesLike see review View all 19 comments May 14, 2014 Sue Hollywood News Source rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves dnf reads, edelweiss arc I picked up The Jewels salivating, thinking this book could be a better and finer version of The Selection Both books offer the same prose in some way Trust me with this, we do not need another disastrous The Selection Trilogy, one is enough There were so many bad things about this book I don t even know where to start The writing is sloppy In other circumstance I don t mind when authors don t use huge words as long as the characters and plot is compelling enough but this book isn t givi I picked up The Jewels salivating, thinking this book could be a better and finer version of The Selection Both books offer the same prose in some way Trust me with this, we do not need another disastrous The Selection Trilogy, one is enough There were so many bad things about this book I don t even know where to start The writing is sloppy In other circumstance I don t mind when authors don t use huge words as long as the characters and plot is compelling enough but this book isn t giving me something to work on The characterization of the characters are monotonous and one dimensional They lack depth Insta love I would have probably like it if the protagonist and the guy interacted and have build an actual relationship first before professing their eternal love and loyalty to each other And lastly the most difficult thing for me about The Jewel, is there isn t any solid foundation of the world building It s not believable and it s so hard to connect with that.Over all THE JEWEL is sloppy writing, lackluster shallow characters, a complete nonsensical You wont see me running for the sequel like ever flag 24 likesLike see review Sep 10, 2016 ItsMedea rated it it was amazing review of another edition OMG Mit dem Ende h tte ich echt nicht gerechnet Muss mir unbedingt den zweiten Band kaufen Total verdiente 5 5 Spannend von vorne bis hinten, bin sehr begeistert flag 24 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2014 Alys Bookish Wonderland rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves dystopia, young adult, fantasy There are perks to being a surrogate We get to dress how we want, eat what we want, sleep late on the weekends We get an education A good education We get free food and water, we always have electricity, and we never have to work We never have to know poverty and the caretakers tell us we ll have once we start living in the Jewel.Except freedom They never seem to mention that For a long while, this was two stars for me It was good, but not exceptional It was an innovative idea, There are perks to being a surrogate We get to dress how we want, eat what we want, sleep late on the weekends We get an education A good education We get free food and water, we always have electricity, and we never have to work We never have to know poverty and the caretakers tell us we ll have once we start living in the Jewel.Except freedom They never seem to mention that For a long while, this was two stars for me It was good, but not exceptional It was an innovative idea, but not something I hadn t heard before For a long time, the execution fell flat until Violet is bought at the Auction and reaches the Jewel, as the new surrogate for the Duchess of the Lake.But let s start from the beginning.Violet Lasting lives in Southgate When she became a woman, her blood test showed abnormalities, magical abilities, which meant she was to become a surrogate for the royal families Every woman who has magical abilities becomes a surrogate They live a sheltered life until they have proven their abilities, and then they are auctioned off The Jewel reminded me of The Hunger Games ft The Selection ft Eve and I was delighted to find that it s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be Yes, there s insta love but come on, what dystopia doesn t have insta love and yes, the MC, Violet, comes across as a little bit too sheltered at times she wasn t sure whether sex involved lying down Really but in the context of the story, it worked The Duchess gives some polite response, but the world is suddenly muted as I take in the surrogate attached to the chain.She is hugely pregnant.I can t quite make out her face through the veil, and her eyes are downcast But she can t be much older than I am.Reality hits me like a block of cement.I m staring at my future The Jewel put the fear of God in me That may sound melodramatic, but just imagine it in the future, all girls between the ages of 11 12 and 18 will not have a future They will be surrogates for powerful families, and then they will die And if they aren t magical, they will be destined to live in the slums with no chance to get out It was creepy, to see all these young girls attached to leashes, chained like dogs, and heavily pregnant And it s even creepy when you realise that these girls you re growing up with They re not only your friends, but your sisters, your cousins, any female relative that has an inch of magic in their bodies The girl sniffs and turns to another surrogate, pleading for information The lioness catches me frowning at her and glares What I don t understand you, I say She was just looking for help The lioness laughs I don t understand you, she says All of you You act like sniveling weaklings, afraid of your mistresses WE make their children WE have the power And in the end, that s what it comes down to power and there is nothing these women won t do The Duchess raises an eyebrow The Electress seems to have forgotten that I have been around much longer than she has I am descended from one of the four founding Houses, not some shopkeeper in the Bank She thought she could change the rules She is a disgrace to the throne, and an embarrassment to her title, and yesterday she learned that no one is untouchable She glances at my dumbstruck face and her mouth curls into a smirk Welcome to the Jewel The Electress which I assume is the queen of the Jewel has just had a baby son Every royal woman is racing to have a baby girl, so that their families can be joined in marriage And Violet, having the strongest power in growth is being pressured into succeeding And this is why the Duchess bought me I say Because I m so good at Growth Has she spoken to you already I nod She gave me a whole list of qualities she wants her baby to have But I don t know how to do any of it Not just that, Violet, Dr Blythe says She wants her daughter to be born first She believes that, with your abilities, her child can be born much faster than the usual nine months And it will be advanced than your typical infant You can speed up the developmental process as well as the physical It s a race against time, but Violet is and against harming the child that way, especially when she meets Ash, a companion and cue the insta love.I knew it was going to happen, and it didn t shock me, and I didn t buy into it It felt very much like a teenage girl s wet dream, and it did nothing for me, but it helped the plot move along and if this was Ewing s intention, then good for her because it worked.And am I the only one who wants Violet to end up with Garnet, not Ash I am so, so, SO over the sweet, pretty boy routine Boring.The one thing that annoyed me was how this book quickly became a colour chart I mean everyone in this book is named after a colour Don t believe me Garnet, the Duchesses son Violet, the surrogate Pearl, the Duchess Raven, Violet s best friend Sapphire, another Duchess Carnelian, the Duchesses niece.WE GET IT I highly doubt there s a reason behind this and even if there was, I wouldn t care It s too much TOO MUCH.If you don t mind your usual YA dystopia tropes, ie insta love, insta attraction, an impending revolution and pretty surprising plot twists then this is the book for you It does have all the tropes, and then some So I highly recommend those who don t want to read something like that to stay away, because it ll annoy me.Also, what the hell was with that cliffhanger WHY THIS IS NOT OKAY flag 23 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 06, 2014 percy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 star, dystopia, fantasy, magic, romance, young adult, diversity, read than once, romance erotica mf, ya hall of fame So, I wasn t originally going to write a review for this, since I guess I m not really a review writing sort of person But then I saw the overwhelmingly bad reviews, and I felt sorry for this book which I thought was actually rather good getting so much negative attention.First of all, I didn t have tremendously high hopes upon starting this book I expected it to be mediocre at best, and awfully problematic and rage inducing at worst To my surprise, it was actually far better than I was e So, I wasn t originally going to write a review for this, since I guess I m not really a review writing sort of person But then I saw the overwhelmingly bad reviews, and I felt sorry for this book which I thought was actually rather good getting so much negative attention.First of all, I didn t have tremendously high hopes upon starting this book I expected it to be mediocre at best, and awfully problematic and rage inducing at worst To my surprise, it was actually far better than I was expecting Things I Liked Female friendship There was genuine, real friendship between Violet and her best friend Raven, as well as some other girls in the novel It s great to see non duplicitous friendships in YA novels between girls I hate it when the heroine s only friends are either a boy or girls who she s only pretending to like Characterisation I ve heard a lot of people complaining about Violet being whiny, but I completely disagree I really do not see how she is whiny at all She was a strong character, rebelling against her mistress whenever she could but clever enough to be submissive when she had to be, to gain her mistress s trust She did complain sometimes, but never enough to be excessive and she had just been sold at auction, as property, and was going to be forced to carry someone else s child Isn t a bit of complaining justified in such circumstances Gosh I also liked the Duchess of the Lake s character it would have been so easy to make her shallow and overwhelmingly evil, but instead we see other sides of her that are rather unexpected, and add to her complexity as a character VIOLET I mentioned this in the last point, but I really did like Violet She was a strong female character, and she wasn t afraid to acknowledge her beauty something which I also found refreshing, as a lot of YA heroines think of themselves as plain until some boy comes along and then suddenly she realises she s pretty, but this wasn t the case with Violet at all The fact that she s named after her eye colour is a bit cheesy though, I must admit that.Things I Was Uncertain Whether I Liked Or Not The Auguries Whereas it did add a touch of originality and magic to the story and I do have a very large weakness for magic , it wasn t really explained why the surrogates had this power, and as such it felt a little out of place The Worldbuilding It was great in some parts we learn about the royal houses and how the Lone City is arranged and who does what and what goes where, but shaky in other parts The Lone City is surrounded by water are we to assume it is an island Are there any other countries that are lurking beyond the sea, or is the sea too perilous to even try and venture past And, of course, we still know next to nothing about the Auguries Things I Didn t Really Like The romance It wasn t as bad as some I ve seen, and it wasn t abusive like in certain other YA books view spoiler cough Hush Hush cough hide spoiler but there was a definite element of insta love about it, and it went far too fast to really be believable But it wasn t super terrible, at least So this wasn t a perfect book, by any means, and there wasn t really much in the way of diversity either although it wasn t devoid of diversity altogether, there was still much to be desired But I don t think it was a bad book, by any definition of the term, and if you re contemplating reading this book but are put off by the negative reviews, I would say just go for it edit 22 06 2018 i don t have anything profound to add i m just laughing at how 4 years ago i wasn t a review person and now i review like everything djsjdjsdksd character development flag 23 likesLike see review Feb 03, 2016 Joshee Kun rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves physically owned, dystopian, romance, fantasy This is how the Jewel operates Status is our sole occupation Gossip is our currency The Duchess of the LakeHonestly, The Jewel caught my attention because its cover reminded me of The Selection, which is one of my favorite series of all time laughs wickedly However, my superficial and biased attraction soon became authentic interest after reading the first chapter.I ve always been invested in dystopian and gender related discourse, so I was inevitably intrigued by the premise of this book This is how the Jewel operates Status is our sole occupation Gossip is our currency The Duchess of the LakeHonestly, The Jewel caught my attention because its cover reminded me of The Selection, which is one of my favorite series of all time laughs wickedly However, my superficial and biased attraction soon became authentic interest after reading the first chapter.I ve always been invested in dystopian and gender related discourse, so I was inevitably intrigued by the premise of this book Violet Lasting, a working class girl, was trained to be a surrogate for the upper class In the Jewel, the center of wealth and power, she was then constrained to a life of sweetened pain, temporal wealth, and forbidden love.The structure of Violet s problematic society was not new to me It was basically just The Hunger Games all over again In this case, the Capitol and its outlying Districts were the Jewel and its similarly outlying Circles Further, if the elites in The Hunger Games toyed with the Tributes for entertainment s sake, the elites in The Jewel purchased the surrogates for procreation With that in mind, I was quite jaded while reading about Violet s dystopian world.If I were to isolate Violet from her unique and fantastical powers as a surrogate, I would not like her as a character I read this book eight months ago, and all I can remember about her is that she was often helpless, impulsive, andhorny She was indeed headstrong and family oriented, but I believe that I would not want to be friends with her in real life Her flaws made me expect the worst of the other protagonists Fortunately, I experienced a paradigm shift when Ash Lockwood entered the scene I was darkly pleased to finally witness my sex gender being objectified in YA Since time immemorial, males have been the proprietors of objectification, never the victims of the latter Thus, it was very refreshing to get to know Ash and his emasculating history Don t get me wrong I did not actually like how he was being treated I was just happy to feel a sense of gender equality In light of their mutual form of suffering, Violet and Ash were practically perfect for each other As quick and engrossing as it was, Violet and Ash s relationship was not the highlight of the plot The Jewel, like most dystopian novels, advocated the value of democracy Unbridled romance was merely one of the characters incentives for demolishing the Jewel and its ironically dependent citizens Overall, The Jewel was significantly predictable, but I somehow managed to like it because of its refreshing approach to gender equality Also, if you re into literature which dethrones the upper class, you ll probably devour this book like candy flag 23 likesLike see review View all 8 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity YA Buddy Readers The Lone City Series by Amy Ewing Reading from The Jewel The Lone City 1 from October 1st 2018 85 65 Oct 31, 2018 04 45PM YA Buddy Readers The Jewel The Lone City 1 by Amy Ewing Restarting March 25th 2018 179 225 Mar 28, 2018 11 27PM Crazy for Young A The Jewel The Lone City 1 by Amy Ewing Start Date November 20, 2017 16 18 Dec 03, 2017 07 27PM Coffee Break Buddy Reads Lorien, Jasey, Joanna Abbigail The Jewel The Lone City 1 by Amy Ewing 07 02 17 4 12 Aug 08, 2017 02 01PM Am I the only one who sees hints of Garnet 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        Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University Unfortunately, her acting career didn t quite pan out She worked in restaurants, as an Amy Ewing is the young adult author of The Jewel, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University Unfortunately, her acting career didn t quite pan out She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries


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    1. DNF at 95%, because I just don t give a fuck My frail resolve wavers I think about what sort of person I want to be I owe Lucien my life, and I will be loyal to him until the end But Ash has nothing to do with that Ash is separate, a part of my life that is just mine There are things that are bigger than us, it s true Saving the surrogates Destroying the royalty Is loving Ash worth the risk You get one fucking guess What do you think she chooses This book is called The Jewel It is [...]


    2. A place where noble women cannot reproduce.A place where these women buy beautiful, talented, peasant girls from the Auction.A place where these teenage girls are bought to become surrogates.A place where these surrogates have unfathomable powers that change shapes, colors, and sizes.Is it me or are dystopian novels getting weirder and weirder every year Either the world s running out of ideas and isgrasping at straws, or the world s trends have moved on ahead of me, cause I do not get it A plac [...]


    3. Interesting and entertaining, but ultimately I thought this was just okay I had a lot of trouble suspending my disbelief with this one I didn t really buy into the world and so many of my questions went unanswered And while I ve never really agreed with most claims of insta love in books, the romance in this one was so sudden and undeveloped, I felt nothing for the relationship There s a lot of build up but no payoff it s not so much a cliffhanger as it is an abrupt stop in what feels like Inter [...]


    4. Another example of wasted potential, The Jewel could have been the next big thing for many other readers if not for that shitty, awful romance That s pretty bad, considering I almost NEVER say something is awful I call a lot of things shitty, but awful That is a hundred times worse than shitty in the Language of Aimee.Oh, and noticed how I said many other readers Yes, because even without said shitty, awful romance, this book is just not for me It was a bit similar to The Hunger Games Another ex [...]


    5. OH MY GOSH BRILLIANT BOOK I adore it It truly surprised me I bought it because well. because it was cheap,the reviews i read were bad,but i thought oh well,lets give it a try and OMG THIS BOOKS IS SOOOOO GOODDDDD I JUSTUGH I M SPEECHLESS Its not like Selection not that i didn t like Selection.BUT This books is deep and it touches some really serious issues like slavery Violet is a strong character and i love her for it Ash ishot and dreamy and kind and broken All th OH MY GOSH BRILLIANT BOOK I a [...]


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