August 31, 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Jewel by Amy Ewing


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Jewel by Amy Ewing. 
Today I have my review of the book, an excerpt , the book trailer and an epic tour-wide giveaway!

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 2, 2014
My Review Copy: E-ARC via Edelwiess
My Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:
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.

The Jewel definitely had an interesting concept. It was unique in the fact that young girls from poor families are taken to holding facilities, trained in the three Auguries(a magic-like ability), and then sold at auction to the wealthy women of the Jewel. The women who live in the Jewel are barren, so they purchase surrogates to have their children.
This was unlike anything I have ever read before. Having two children of my own, I could never imagine being forced to carry someone's baby in my body, and then have to give it to them. It's the worst form of slavery, as the girls are being violated in such a personal way. I completely felt the anger and other emotions that Violet(the main character) experienced.
Speaking of, I liked most of the characterizations in this book. Violet was strong, resilient, and loyal to the people she loved. Even the "bad guys" were written in a way that made me understand why they were evil, mean, sadistic, ect. Even if I don't LIKE a character, I still want them to be well written, and for the most part I found that in The Jewel.
This book was pretty fast-paced, and the story flowed nicely from one plot point to the next. The suspense had me turning the pages late into the night. There was romance in this book. It was a bit quick to develop, though given the characters' circumstances, I am more forgiving than I usually would be.
One thing I found interesting were the Auguries. They are these magic-ish abilities that the surrogates have that enable them to manipulate the physical world in certain ways. I do wish there had been a bit more explanation as to the Auguries origin, but maybe that will be explained in the next book.
Overall, The Jewel was a unique story with a courageous main character, great pacing, and a surprising cliff-hanger ending. I will definitely be reading the next book. I can't wait to read more about the unique world of The Jewel and see where the author takes this story next!


My Rating:
4 STARS

Disclaimer: I received a digital advanced copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This in no way influenced my review, positively or negatively.
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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 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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7 comments:

  1. I am super intrigued by this book. Thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

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  2. Thanks for the post and giveaway

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  3. Sounds like an awesome book. Would love to read! littlequeenie29@msn.com

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  4. Can't wait to read this!:) Thanks for the giveaway<3

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  5. Can't wait to read this book!!

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  6. Hi Amy!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I'm loving everything about this book. The cover, which is beautiful, the synopsis, which is intriguing, & the excerpt which pulls you right in. I can't wait to read it!! Thank you also for your generous donation for the rafflecopter!! Have a WONDERFUL evening/day & Happy reading/writing/blogging!! :) :) :)

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  7. Our assessments of The Jewel were pretty much the same - except the insta-love bothered me slightly more than it did you. Otherwise, this could have been my review. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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