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Jewel, The

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Jewel, The

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9780062235794
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368pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
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Overview

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.

Debut author Amy Ewing expertly crafts an enchanting story full of riches, rivalries, and riveting twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.8  (2)
Writing style 
 
4.5  (2)
Characters 
 
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Writing style
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

The Jewel

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Setting
The Jewel is the center of the city. The outer boundaries are separated by the Great Wall. Each individual part of the city is responsible to produce certain supplies for the rich people living in the Jewel.
Characters
Violet has been auctioned off. She is bought by a wealthy woman, who expects her to be a surrogate. The first day she is there, she is slapped and put in handcuffs. She is not to speak to anyone, just do what the duchess asks of her.
This kind of behavior is not her personality.
Good Points
Is some ways, this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, in the way the cities were set up. The outer towns, lived a certain lifestyle that befitted the rich. The people living there have no choices. They are punished if they disobey.
Violet is bought at a high price. She has certain powers that make her valuable.
Too soon it is time for her to have a baby. The doctor is convinced she can speed the process. Whoever has the first baby, will have great power.
Plot Summary
The wealthy people have everything. Except for the ability to have children. In order to keep their family name, they must produce a child. Therefore, they buy a surrogate.
Some surrogates are treated fairly, but most are treated as property. Abused and neglected or paraded around in fine dresses.
Violet meets someone she was not supposed to, and finds out that she is not the only one who is a prisoner.
Ending
CLIFFHANGER......
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.0

The Jewel

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Setting
Violet lives in the Lone City which is divided into different rings. The outer ring is the Marsh where violet comes from. They are the poorest ring. Progression towards the center shows more wealth until it ends with the Jewel in the center where the royalty live. There is a great wall around the city that protects it from the large body of water that could flood. Surrogates come from the Marsh and are prepared in a special facility until they are shipped off to the surrogacy auction at the Jewel before they are bought by people from the Bank, one of the higher rings, or the Jewel.
Characters
Violet is a pretty well-developed character. She has flaws that make her more believable and human such as her impulsive nature and brash actions, not thinking choices and consequences through, and selfish moments that cause conflicts with other characters. Her interactions with the Duchess are often negative after she does something stupid like when she changes the Duchess’ face in a portrait green and the Duchess smashes her cello with a hammer. She likes to rebel against authority where she can which teenagers can relate to. I think she isn’t the brightest girl, but she is also not the dumbest, either. She has a good average center of intelligence that most people can relate to. On the other hand, Annabelle, Violet’s handmaiden, is rather undeveloped, in my opinion. She is a mute, but her story is never revealed to the reader. All we know is that she was born with it and somehow became Violet’s handmaiden. The lack of a back story makes it difficult for readers to connect to her because we only know what her current story is and not how she got there. Her actions are pretty easy to predict because she’s very simply put together. She cares for Violet but her submissiveness to the Duchess will always win out.
Good Points
The author develops the story at a good pace. She doesn’t give the reader all the information at once or never. She has the right pacing for description, detail, and background. The story is written in 1st person which is limiting for what the reader can get out of it, though it does allow for a better connection to the main character. The author knows how to add enough familiarity to draw young adults in without copying ideas from other works. I thought the plot was well structured. It flowed well enough. For the most part, though, it was pretty good for an author’s first book.
Bad Points
However, the author sometimes seems to leave out details that some readers wonder about while reading. It sometimes got confusing as to why certain scenes were happening or why characters were acting the way they were. Sometimes, she waited too long to give information that was needed for the story.
Plot Summary
The Jewel, by Amy Ewing, is a dystopia story about a girl named Violet Lasting and her new life as a surrogate for the royalty. The royalty have lost the ability to bear children so they use surrogates because of a gene they have that allows them to carry children. The gene was found at a young age and she was quickly whisked away and bought by one of the Duchesses. Violet has to adjust to her new life as kind of a pet of the Duchess. Though the Jewel offers a life of riches, it is really an illusionary freedom for the surrogates. She finds moments to fight back like communicating with her best friend, Raven, or changing objects using the Auguries, special abilities of the surrogates. Of course, her biggest form of rebellion is a forbidden budding romance that could put Violet in danger if she gets caught. She decides to take any form of freedom and individual choice that she can in this new world of rules and controlling, selfish acts of the royalty.
Ending
The ending was somewhat surprising and abrupt. As the first part of a series, though, it makes sense. The end did fit the story though it didn’t tie many loose ends up; it only added more to it. The author wanted people to see the importance of holding onto our personal identities and making our own choices. After reading this book, I felt a better appreciation for my personal identity which we often take for granted. All in all, it was a fairly satisfying and good ending.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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