The Jewel

The Jewel

Paperback | September 1, 2015

byAmy Ewing

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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Selection in this darkly riveting tale that BCCB said “Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”

The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the royalty and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns 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 life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.

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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Selection in this darkly riveting tale that BCCB said “Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She ...

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The Jewel means wealth.The Jewel means beauty.The Jewel means royalty.But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude.Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained to work for the royalty. But after she is bought at the Auction, she quickly learns the brutal and violent truths that lie beneath the Jewel's glittering facad...

Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School and received her BFA at New York University.The Jewelstarted off as a thesis project and became her debut novel.The White Roseis the second book in the trilogy. Amy lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062235788

ISBN - 13:9780062235787

Customer Reviews of The Jewel


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a good book, can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Got this book for Christmas. Finished it in a day, because I couldn't put it down. Love the characters and plot in this book. They all fit together perfectly making it so interesting. If you liked the Selection Series, you will definitely love this.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Suspenseful. The plot was different. It felt like a breath of fresh air after being underwater for so long from all the mainstream books I've read. The plot was unique and had many twists and curves which made it fun to read. I would definitely recommend for any fans of The Selection Series.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing The storyline was just strange and weird. I could not finish it, it was just too unique and different. I did not like it at all.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good cutting edge book! A good book to read and the story just gets more interesting! The Series are really impressive.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating story! It starts off to seem very pretty, grand and simply beautiful until you start to notice all of the dark undertones with what is really going on. This book really surprised me in a good way.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 loved it!! it was amazing!! i loved the characters and the plot and especially the cover!! We need a moment to appreciate how pretty it is! i managed to finish the book in a few hours and the ending hit me harder than the school bus hit Regina George. Immediately, i had to get the second book. There were some moment that i just wasn't much engaged in but overall, i loved it. It was a really good book to read after a book reading slump *cough cough blame Ignite Me*
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was very good. Started reading it one morning and couldn't stop. Read almost all of it in one day. Have just over 100 pages left. Don't want it to end. Can't wait for the next book in this series. I loved this book as much as The Selection series. Must read!
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of the year You absolutely MUST read this book. I adore dystopian novels and am personally a huge fan of the selection, hunger games, divergent and the like. Picking this book off the shelf was one of my best instinct choices in a long time! It was a riveting plot twisting romantic disturbing deliciously juicy read and I have no idea why it isn't in the top 50! Read it and you won't be sorry. I couldn't put this one down!
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diamond In The Rough Fans of Kiera Cass' The Selection series will absolutely adore this book. It is about a teenager named Violet living in a facility where she is trained to control her powers along with all other surrogates. The surrogates all have powers like controlling growth, changing the form of objects etc, and they are the only women in the world with the capability to give birth anymore. They are sold to the wealthy families of The Jewel, who see them as nothing but pets they can show off and brag about. Violet does not want to be sold at all, and when she finally is along with her best friend Raven, she hates it. As much as The Jewel fascinates her with it's beauty, she sees right through it. The nobel families are forming alliances and rivalries, as is the royal family, and Violet soon discovers that no one is safe. The Queen herself is coming up with a cunning and terrible plan that could be the end of life as they know it for Violet and the other surrogates. And between all that, Violet has fallen for a boy she cannot be with. This book was a page turner for me. The plot kept me interested, and I can't wait for the next book. I have been reading so many books with cliff hanger endings, and this is one of them. It leaves you wanting more, and wondering just what the heck is going on. Plus, I loved how Violet was so musically talented. She played the cello and that was what really connected her with her love interest in the first place. Adding the touch of music to Violet's life was a good idea. In some way, for me, it seemed like the hope in Violet's life, while everything else was crumbling. You should definitely read this book.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! I need the sequel! Amy Ewing sure does know how to hook you in with her debut The Jewel. Its such an interesting concept that I knew I would love. The cover is so gorgeous. This is a must read for those who loved The Selection because it has the same kind of effect and I think so far the romance. The writing was addicting. If I put down the book for one moment or try to do homework I was thinking of reading it! It was a definitely a great book hangover! Violet is a relatable character who is kind, and was tested for a genetic mutation that would take her away from her family to be trained as a surrogate for a royal family. The Jewel is where the richest families live in the Lone City. When Violet is brought to the auction she is bought by the Duchess of the Lake to live in her palace. We get to see a different side of Violet when she stays in the city and she also finds love while there. There is romance, and a plot that was very interesting. Violet is definitely smart and determined to stay alive through this process, but there are many things that happen that changes her mind and her future as a surrogate. She does mature a lot in the book that made her more realistic as a character. She has personality. The romance was through the roof! Full of tension, stolen kisses that I need more Garnet!! He was a very interesting character that is similar to what Violet is going through and she develops they connection with him despite his supposed interest in the Duchesses niece (who I hated) It will be interesting to see what will happen in book 2! The world that Ewing created was definitely capturing because it was detailed and you can imagine what the palace would look like through Violet's view. The secondary characters were also very well developed as you got to see how they will play an important key role in what will happen in the next book. I was definitely hooked if I did finish it in 1-2 days. It is definitely a great fantasy, dystopian novel that will instantly suck you into the story. It was fast-paced and was written beautifully. Get this book!
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some problems but overall good For anyone who lives in The Jewel, it means a life of wealth, luxury, royalty. For girls like Violet, it means a life of servitude away from her family. She was born in The Marsh, the poorest district, and taken from her family to be trained and one day sold to a family in The Jewel to be their surrogate. It doesn?t take her long to see the truth behind the wealthy facade, polite and proper in public and planning downfalls in private. Now the surrogate for the Duchess of the Lake, Violet finds herself falling for the boy hired to be the companion for the Duchess?s niece. If their relationship is discovered, the consequences would be devastating. This was a book I?ve had on my anticipated reads list for a while and I was happy that it didn?t disappoint. The plot and world-building was really interesting and disturbing, the pacing moved well so I never felt like it was dragging, and I really enjoyed the main character. Violet was my favourite part of the book. She could have easily decided to throw herself a pity party at what has become her life and I would have completely understood. Instead she found ways to deal and survive. She was smart and caring but could also be impulsive and rebellious, which showed in her actions. The secondary characters were good as well, and some of them I wish we?d gotten to see more of. Violet?s friend Raven who was sold to another house, The Duchess?s son Garnet, Violet?s maid Annabelle, a stylist Lucien, the companion Ash, all characters who added something to the story. Even the ?evil? characters like The Duchess showed that they weren?t one dimensional and that they had their own stories that could be revealed. The concept was easy to understand and the world-building was vivid enough to get a clear picture with the different areas(The Marsh, The Smoke, The Farm, The Bank, The Jewel). The descriptions of life for these girls were appropriately horrifying and the more that was revealed, the more disturbing it got. The romance was sweet but it did feel a bit fast. In some ways it was understandable that Violet and Ash would latch on to each other given their situations but he was introduced late in the book and soon after, they were in love. I could believe them as a couple but maybe if the romance had gotten a little more development, I would have felt stronger about them. It was easy to fly through this book. It seemed like I?d just started it and then I was done(and wanting the next one). There were some things that were predictable but others that did surprise me. There did feel like there was a lot of set-up done in this book, which hopefully means more action in the next ones. Lastly, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and I can?t wait until a physical copy of the book is released so I can see it in all its hardcover glory. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-08-18

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“Excellent world building… skillful descriptions.”