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.
Goodreads rating – 3,82/5 stars
My review –
The storyline of the book is very original. I’ve never read a book like this before but the writing did remind me of The selection by Kiera Cass as did the main character. I was very intrigued with the story when I started to read it and I couldn’t stop. The idea of young girls having to carry the royalty’s babies was certainly unusual and a refreshing read. It’s a very easy read, though it go a little complicated at some point with the world building, overall the writer did a great job creating the image of this society. I really really liked this book and I can’t wait to know how the story develops in the next two books.
The downside of this book was the main character – Violet, our heroine, was a little boring. Nothing about her made her stand out in any way. The author obviously tried to make her unique by naming her Viole because eyes are like a light purple, violet color. However this just makes the novel seem childish and unoriginal.
So other than the boring name, Violet is just like any other protagonist. She’s kind, puts her loved ones first, naive and stupid when it comes to boys and romance. Why do all YA novels have a naive and stupid protagonist that turns out to be extremely brave. They can never create a character with a unique personality. Being at an institution with only girls for the majority of her teenage life, may have had an effect on her teenage brain,but STILL! She’s a surrogate in a royal house, completely aware that she is not allowed to have a relationship with anyone and what does she do? Find “forbidden” romance.
Overall I did enjoy the book and am very excited to read the second book! I would recommend it, but it is not very original. The storyline is, but the characters are so boring, but it’s a fun read.
My rating – 4/5 stars
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