The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Book 1 in the Lone City Series
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Bang Bang Rating: 2/5
So, this was bad.
Violet is a surrogate/slave. She is sold to the Lady of the Lake who wants to dethrone the Electress (Queen). She doesn’t want to be a surrogate and she needs to get out before she has the Lake Lady’s baby.
Dang, That was Good
* The cover is beautiful
* The world building was good.
That’s too Bad, Dang
* It’s not written well. I don’t now how many times Violet “falls into darkness,” or “darkness overcomes her,” or the other umpteen different metaphors for blacking out. This girl “falls into darkness” more times than I can count.
–It’s plot is elementary. The basic theme is: Slavery bad. There is a decent discussion for teens but it’s not deep. The vocabulary is middle grade but the subject matter is YA. Basically, you don’t have to think too much to get thru this book. For example, the surrogates aren’t permitted to tell their name. Oooh, I wonder why? It is because its society’s way of saying they are nothing? Soooo deep. Violet’s lady-in-waiting is a mute. Oooh, how can we compare her to Violet? It is that neither have a voice? Oooh, so deep.
-Instalove. She has one conversation with Ash about music and she’s in love. They are having straight up arguments about loyalty and trust and they have had 2 conversations. She doesn’t even meet him until half way thru the novel and by the end, she screams his name like they are starcrossed lovers.
* Characters are terrible. There is nothing original or special about any of the characters. The only one that is good is Garnet but he is a minor character.
* Extremely slow and uneventful
This was nothing special. I have had my full of hierarchies and slavery. The dialogue was simple and the plot was predictable. A better alternative is “The Selection” by Kiera Cass