The Jewel

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 358
Source: Purchased
Challenge: 100 Books in 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 know 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.

The cover of The Jewel is what drew me into this first book. It is absolutely gorgeous. It makes you want to grab the book and read it.

The Jewel overall was a really good book and I enjoyed everything but the love story that unfolded.

The storyline of the Jewel was very interesting. The Jewel is narrated by the main character Violet. Violet is a teenage girl in a dystopian society. The first half of the book follows Violet and the other surrogates as they prepare and are led to the Auction. The concept of the surrogates and the auction is interesting. Each of the surrogates are trained in the auguries. I really enjoyed the magical aspects of the surrogates powers and really want to learn more about these powers.

Violet was strong willed and spirited. She is very sheltered since she has been in the holding facility. Because of her life in the holding facility she is extremely ignorant about many things. I am hoping she continues to grow into a strong character. I did not like Ash at all. Something about him just rubs me the wrong way. Lucian is great for the brief moments we meet him. I love the mystery surrounding him. I can’t wait to learn more about him and his story.

My biggest issue with the story is the insta-love between Violet and Ash. It doesn’t work for me. Maybe in the second book their relationship will work more for me.

The author did a good job with the overall flow of the book. The ending will leave you majorly hanging and has me anxiously awaiting for the next book in the trilogy.


Alpha Queen

Alpha Queen by Krystal White
Release Date: February 16, 2015
Pages: 38
Source: Purchased

Lexi Valentina Lyon knew she was different. Not only did she stand out for being the only blonde in a sea of black haired women in her clan, but because her grandmother had always told her she was special. What’s worse than being pointed out everywhere you go? Naturally, not knowing the real reason behind it.

Suddenly, everything changes after Lexi meets Prince Raven Langston. They share a connection so powerful, her grandmother has no choice to reveal an entire millennia worth of secrets.

Alpha Queen is the first book in the King of Alphas series. Actually it is more of a novella seeing how short it is. I love all things paranormal and Alpha Queen is about several clans of shifters.

The overall plot was good and the characters were good. I just wished there was more to the story, that we learned more about the island that Lexi and her family lived on. I would have loved more backstory and history and a lot more world building.

Overall it is a good quick read. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see if I can get a bit more history about Lexi and her family.


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Of Delicate Pieces (Of Breakable Things #2)
By A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Month9books

Settling into her second year of death, Alex is ready to explore her limitless mind in an afterworld that changes each day
, but she still isn’t resting in peace.
The ‘gifted’ are humans who see spirits and have the same extraordinary mental powers, though they aren’t considered equals. Centuries ago, Alex’s family led the movement to keep the living and dead separated, but the gifted believe Alex is a reincarnation of their slain civil leader. When they begin to break down the barriers that protect the city, the afterworld becomes dangerous and vulnerable to exposure. The living and dead both want to use Alex for their own gain, but what they don’t realize is that neither side will want her when they find out who she really is.
In the afterworld, nothing stays buried for long.

OF DELICATE PIECES is the follow-up to A. Lynden Rolland’s OF BREAKABLE THINGS. FOLLOW UP TO:

cover_V1A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.

When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.

Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she’s forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.


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A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She resides in Maryland with her husband and young sons.

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Compulsion by Martina Boone

Compulsion by Martina Boone
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 433
Source: Purchased
Challenge: 100 Books in 2015

Three Plantations. Two wishes. One Ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her Aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead- a prison guarded by an ancient Spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she know herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous, a love she never expected, a river that runs to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

I originally picked up this book because of the beautiful cover. It instantly grabbed my attention. I love all things about the South.

Martina Boone did an absolute amazing job seeing up this story with a beautiful setting. I could imagine myself entering the Plantation for the first time with Barrie. The setting completely projects everything I love about the South. I absolute love the history, ghosts and beautiful antique homes. Being from a small southern town myself, the city knowing everything about everybody completely hit home because that is the truth.

I really enjoyed all of the characters and getting to know them. I loved Barrie and how unsure she was of herself. It made her believable. I loved the relationship between Eight and Barrie even though it was an instant love it felt completely right. I also loved how Barrie went from liking Eight to not standing him and back and forth.

I couldn’t put this book down. It was a wonderful read and I’m excited there will be two more books in the series. There are so many questions that were left unanswered especially in terms of the blood oath Barrie makes and the histories of all the families.

I can’t wait to learn more backstories of the families, watch the progression between Eight and Barrie and see how Barrie changes her future