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.
I was browsing Audible for a book when I saw the cover of this one. I immediately fell in love with it. It reminded me of the covers of The Selection books and I’m a big fan of those so I thought it would be a good choice. Then I read the synopsis and was intrigued so I figured why not. Let me say first that the book itself is actually pretty good and I think I would have really enjoyed reading it had I actually been reading it and not listening to it. The story is well thought out and is very easy to follow. I really liked the main character Violet and absolutely hated the villain, The Duchess of the Lake, just like you’re supposed to. And just like all the other YA novels out there right now, there is a sequel and I believe there will even be a third one. And will I read the others, yes. Because I am dying to know what is going to happen to Violet and her friends.
But will I listen to either of the other books? Absolutely not. I was NOT a fan of the reader of the book itself. She had the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard and I hated listening to her read the book. I know I would have enjoyed the book much more if I hadn’t of listened to it. I almost didn’t finish the book itself because I dreaded having to listen to the reader voice. I really wish I could upload a portion of it because I know I would not be alone in this opinion.
So, should you READ the book. Yes. You will be entertained by this new world and the people who live in it and you will be intrigued by the storyline. I would not suggest LISTENING to it however.
Thank goodness this was not my first audio book because I honestly think I would have been completely turned off of them.
Alrighty my first book review of 2016 is in the books.
If you have any book suggestions I should add to my to-read list then you should definitely leave a comment in that pretty little comment section. 🙂
Have a great Thursday!