The Jewel by Amy EwingThe Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Jewel

byAmy Ewing

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing delivers a dark and riveting tale that "will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”*

The Jewel has many meanings: wealth, beauty, royalty. But for Violet, the Jewel has always meant servitude.

Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the elite and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns that beneath the Jewel’s glittering façade lies 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 fighting for her survival. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control. A forbidden love sparks.

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.


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.
Title:The JewelFormat: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


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good series I enjoyed this series, it reminded me of the princess and the pea.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too GOOD When I first started reading this book I was skeptical due to the way people were treated (especially the surrogates) but after a bit, I could not put it down and as soon as I finished, I went out to get the next book .
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad it's a series I'm so glad this throw book is the 1st in a series because it is so good. None of the story is predictable nor does it move too slow. I'm already onto the 2nd book in this series and enjoying it just as much if not more!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it I found this book interesting and enjoyed reading it, but it does have a lot of typical YA tropes in it. It seems like an odd mish-mash of other people's ideas, but is still better than some of the other YA books I have read.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very fast paced This book is very action packed. It also ends on a cliff hanger.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope If I could give zero Stars I would, this book was so bad I was angry I wasted my time reading it
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This was a really good book and each chapter left me wondering what was going to happen next. The action is tame through most of the book you get to know the characters and figure out who they can trust, but it suddenly picks up at the end and leaves you needing the next book. The book does have the same feel as the Selection even though it is very different.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning Not only a gorgeous cover, this series has many unpredictable twists and turns readers of books such as the Chemical Garden Trilogy will love! An amazing and complex universe has been created by Ewing
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Not only a gorgeous cover, this series has many unpredictable twists and turns readers of books such as the Chemical Garden Trilogy will love! An amazing and complex universe has been created by Ewing
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series A great series with so many developed characters that never fail in making the reader feel exactly how Ewing wants! The setting is in a unique world too with a great concept, I would recommended
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enticing Trilogy! A great series with so many developed characters that never fail in making the reader feel exactly how Ewing wants! The setting is in a unique world too with a great concept, I would recommended
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THRILLING Novel! I read this book a few months ago, and it was amazing! I love the setting and the timeline of the story as well. This great novel starts off with Violet, a surrogate who was taken from her family in the Marsh and trained to serve the royalty of the Jewel since the age of twelve. Ever since being taken away, Violet had not seen her face for four years... until now. She's been locked away in the glamorous yet dungeon-like holding facility for surrogates, Southgate, but now she's ready to fulfill her job of serving the royalty. Violet was bought by the cruel Duchess of the Lake at the Auction, and now she's living in the Jewel and is being prepared to give birth to the Duchess' child, who the Duchess claims is going to be the next Electress. Violet hates the Jewel and wants nothing to do with it. But with a little help from a lady-in-waiting, Lucien, Violet gets an illegal offer to escape the Jewel, which she agrees to because she finds that childbirth kills surrogates. Not wanting to die, Violet tries to cooperate with the evil Duchess and follows all her commands, but then comes a companion who is to serve the Duchess' unwanted niece. Violet see's something in the companion, Ash, the takes over her heart. Violet, truly in love with him by then and Ash, loving her just as much, realize they cannot continue to love each other because of the laws. It is illegal and dangerous, and if caught it will definitely result in an execution. Now in deep love and Violet has not yet told him about her plan to leave the Jewel. Through thrilling and suspenseful events, Violet gets through the tough life she's living in the Jewel until the Duchess discovers her secret love life. Read the rest of Violet's amazing story in The Jewel!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Quite enjoyed this one. Read it quicker then I thought, and soon on to the next in the series. Kind of a mix between Divergent, the Selection, and a few others. GOod read. will definitely pick up some of the novellas as well.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is very different and I really liked it! I wasn't expecting it to be as dark as it was. I really like the characters and the forbidden romance of course!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! I honestly didn't expect much, but from page 1 I was hooked and I didn't want to stop. I like the concept.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Interesting plot, reminds me a little of The Red Queen, easy read!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique I don't think I have read a book that talks about surrogacy within a corrupt society! The characters reminded me of those in Red Queen.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was Interesting Not the greatest book I've read but the world she created and the rules of their societies intrigues me. The romance was okay.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable but not Fantastic “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! Recommend highly for fans of the Selection! #kristenandkelseysfortybookchallenge
Date published: 2017-02-07
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

Editorial Reviews

“Excellent world building… skillful descriptions.”