Review: The House of the Stone by Amy Ewing


“I am a person. I am Raven Stirling. They are monsters.”

Date Published: July 7, 2015

Published by: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062385666

Pages: 87 pages

Status: Read on December 29, 2015

Format: ebook

Rating: ★★★★


In The Jewel, we followed Violet in her servitude under the Duchess of the Lake. Now we’ll hear Raven’s story and her time as a surrogate for the Countess of the Stone in this digital novella from Amy Ewing.

When Raven is bought at the Auction, she knows immediately that things will not go well. And when she arrives at the Countess’s palace, Raven quickly discovers that the Countess is much less interested in having a baby than experimenting with Raven’s mind and body. Raven can only hope for an escape…and to see Violet again, all the while reminding herself that she is Raven Stirling, and she does matter.

HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.


Only one thing kept repeating in my mind while reading this: just WTF?

First of all, I know the Countess of the Stone is not treating Raven nicely but to think that she’s actually torturing her is beyond what I was thinking. I thought the Duchess of the Lake is already cruel but she’s actually nicer than the Countess, because at least Violet has a nice chambers and was given a cello and other privileges.

Raven, on the other hand, has to suffer. One thing I really love about Raven is that even though she’s really scared, she’s trying her best not to show it. The surrogates already suffer because of their fate, their duty – the royal should’ve at least treat them nicely. I feel like Emile, Raven’s lady-in-waiting, has a good heart but because of his job, he can’t do much to help Raven.

Despite what happened at the end of The Jewel, Violet was still lucky that she was bought by the Duchess of the Lake.

Being a short novella, the writing style is fast-paced that you can read it within an hour or so.


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