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.