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The Jewel

The Jewel

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Violet, a poor girl from the outer city, finds forbidden romance and uncovers brutal secrets when, after three years for training, she is purchased by a royal family as a surrogate mother for royal children.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062235787
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Ewing
Characteristics: 358, [4], 17, 10 ; 21 cm


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Apr 07, 2021

The Jewel is a place full of luxury.
It has the most wonderful parties, the prettiest gowns, the most delectable food, and the entire city is filled with beautiful palaces! The Jewel, is where the royals live.
However, under all this 'beauty' are, lies, deception, cruelty, and slavery.
The Lone Island is broken into cities/ sections.
The Marsh, the poorest district of all, has girls who have special powers. These girls can change the way an object is, their powers are called Auguries. The royalty have a problem, when one royal breeds with another of royal blood - the babies are born with defects, or don't live very long. They need the girls from the Marsh to carry their children. So that's what they do - they force the girls of the Marsh to become surrogates. The girls are trained at a holding facility and are then sold at an auction - they are property of the royals.
Violet, the main character goes through many struggles, with her freedom, friendship, and forbidden love.

Watermelody Jan 11, 2021

If you like The Selection, but wanted it to be more dark and dystopian, then this book is for you! Violet lives in a world where girls from the Marsh district are ceremoniously sold and bought by the nobility in order for them to be surrogates. As a girl who scored high in all her psychic tests, she becomes a valuable commodity - and is in grave danger.

Jul 31, 2019

I just finished this book, and I want to rescue the poor characters from their world. I also can't believe this is a teen book. I'm 25 and I'm disturbed.
It's like the Handmaid's Tale, except the royalty have girls who can "fix" all the bad that comes from the inbreeding that happens when royalty only marries other royalty. Super creepy. And that's just the start.

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

Freedom. Will Violet, a surrogate, find freedom from the life of a pampered slave, or will she risk it all to stay with the one she loves? Violet will decide the fate of more than just herself. The choice is between life and death.
Reviewed by Kendall, a Teen Library Council member

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 10, 2017

The Jewel is set in a world where royalty live in a glittering and wealthy city but cannot conceive their own healthy children. From a young age girls from the outer towns are tested, chosen and trained to become surrogates to be sold to the highest bidder. This is an interesting story similar to The Handmaiden's Tale with a great YA twist.

Oct 23, 2017

The main character made me feel like just because I may have the ability to do something doesn't mean I should let people treat me like a mere pawn.

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Jun 09, 2017

This book is a great dystopian novel - along the same lines of The Handmaid's Tale and the Selection. If you're looking for a book that's approachable to teens but still touches on feminism, women's rights, society, and dystopia - this is it.

Feb 06, 2017

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Read and Reviewed by Kristen Harvey

“Hope is a precious thing, isn’t it,” she says. “And yet, we don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.”

The Jewel is yet another new dystopian teen romancey novel with a really pretty cover. My first thought was oooooh it looks like "the Selection". (Aside from the tiers of government and the pretty dresses, that is were the comparison honestly ends).

The main character, Violet, is somehow gifted with the ability to shape things and make things grow. (See Jenna Marbles Youtube video, How to Care for your Cermet to understand the joke).

Anyways she has this ability which means that when she hits puberty she is snatched away for around four years to hone her skills and train to be a surrogate, because in this fictional society, you can't have babies if you're rich. I'm not sure why.

KH Rating: 4/5

And that is a very grudging 4 stars. Probably should've been like a 2.5 or a 3 but I tend to rate books based on how much I enjoy them, not the literary form or character building.

If you go onto Goodreads and read other people's reviews, you'll see tonnes of shade being thrown at The Jewel. I agree with some of what other readers are saying, such as the "instalove" that Violet and Ash fall into. Like they meet and bam she's all about Ash. A little too swooney for most, but you could take in context that she hasn't really seen much of attractive males since she hit puberty. Don't you remember your first crush? It is all very instalovey, okay.

One character I thought was very interesting was Ash - essentially his is a male prostitute and it as more enjoyable to read his hidden emotions than it was to hear Violet whine about how hard her task was.

So I wasn't blown away by this book but I did enjoy it so I gave it 4 stars. I have high hopes for the sequels, but I'll be borrowing them just in case ;D If you are looking for an easy read, this is one I would give the green light on!

Definitely recommend for fans of The Selection!

Book 6/40
Kristen and Kelsey’s 40 Book Challenge (2017)

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Nov 23, 2016

This book was amazing! The plot was very intriguing, and I liked the characters. The book reminded me a lot of the selection series. At the end, there is such a cliff hanger. I Need to read the next book! Would highly recommend!

Aug 25, 2016

This book was so much fun to read. This is a very emotional book, with many good messages throughout. The genre is Fantasy fiction. The book is about a girl named Violet and how she is trained to become a surrogate. She has to leave her family and face what is ahead. She faces a lot of difficulties and figures out her powers. I fell in love with the good characters and hated all the evil characters. The book is very captivating and different from all the other books I have read. There is also an aspect of romance in the book, which made it even better to read. I would totally recommend this book to teenagers aged 14-19. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Jewel is a unique story with a plot that deals with a sensitive and debatable topic in our society, which is the norm in a fantastical world. A world where young girls with no wealth, yet magical powers, talent, and the ability to carry and deliver children are sacrificed so that grown women with royal lineage, yet the inability to bear children can carry forward their legacy. This is the story of a strong young lady, Violet, who sets on a journey to leave her unwanted life behind her. Violet is confronted by someone who feels pity for her state of being, as her story hits close to home for this individual. However, whether or not her ‘confidante’ can be trusted makes this one a definite nail-biter. Violet is stuck between acquiring freedom and relationships; one with an old friend who has been with her through thick and thin, and one with a forbidden, newfound love interest who she understands, as he is stuck in a similar situation as her... What will Violet give up? Will Violet’s talent that is appreciated by all save/spare her from the deadly punishments of her daring actions? Star Rating: 4/5 stars
- @moonlite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is like a spinoff of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. It is centered around a girl who is bought at an auction by the queen. The auction is a way for the queen to buy a surrogate to help continue the royal bloodline. But as the queen’s competitive side continues to take over, she pushes her surrogate to drastic measures. As her powers are being used more and more, it makes her begin to feel extremely weak and fragile. A confidante of the surrogate tells her that every surrogate the queens ever buy usually pass away. This sets off the long quest that the surrogate takes to try to escape from the castle. It was a wonderful book, that was just as good as the Selection series.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I have read many dystopians but once again the Jewel hasn’t failed to impress! The Auction and Jewel idea is so rich in substance that anything can be done with this plotline. The different levels of characters in the book are also indulging. From the companions to the servants, everyone plays a different role and the book leaves you with a cliffhanger that has you racing to the library to get your sequel. Amy has truly done it this time with her intense storyline and mysterious atmosphere that surrounds the book! Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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