“Hope is a precious thing, isn’t it,” she says. “And yet, we don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.”
Date Published: September 2, 2014
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 358 pages
Status: Read from December 23 to 28, 2015
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
I buddy-read this book with a friend.
A good book especially if you’re into royalties with combined dystopian. There’s also a taste of fantasy because of the abilities of the surrogates. The cover reminds me of The Selection series by Kiera Cass but the idea is totally different. The concept is pretty much new to me because this is the first time I’ve read a book about surrogates and I don’t know what to feel about that subject. Fast-paced and definitely a page turning! I didn’t expect it to be this good, although of course there’s still the YA dystopian cliches. The concept is interesting and entertaining, but the one thing I don’t like about this book is the instant romance between Ash and Violet. True, it is sweet and exciting – a forbidden love. But I felt like it is too rushed.
Out of all the characters in this book, the most intriguing one is the Duchess of the Lake. She’s pretty much cruel but there are moments in the story where she shows something about herself that made me curious; I’d love to read more about her.
The main character, Violet, is also interesting because of her braveness and determination. I also liked how she shows her love for her best friend, Raven. Her relationship with Annabelle is also cute. I just love the two of them.
It ends with a cliffhanger that would definitely make you want to get the second book and start it right then.