Saturday, 25 July 2015

'The Jewel' by Amy Ewing

Date finished: 1 December 2014

Rating: 4/5

Enchanting and enthralling, The Jewel is a perfect fit for fans of DeStephano’s Chemical Garden series. Ewing brings a fresh twist to the world of Young Adult fiction with elements of fantasy, scandal, love and glamorous politics. The Jewel holds a haunting story that will remain in the back of its readers’ minds for years, or at least until the sequel is published.

In the Jewel, the center of society reserved for the elite, royal bloodlines are preserved by chemical conception. Stripped of her identity and auctioned off as a surrogate to the Duchess of the Lake, Violet Lasting is destined to carry the child of a woman she despises. Increased exposure to the scandal and politics of the Jewel shows Violet that she’s simply a pawn in the Duchess’s scheme to secure the throne. But with her sanity threatening to evaporate completely, Violet finds salvation in another captive, who might also be her demise.

Whilst captivating and heartbreaking, Violet’s story also explores several important issues emerging in today’s society. A wonderful read.

This review was also posted on The Bluestocking Review.

(So I've done three reviews - with three more to come - for The Bluestocking Review now, and I just realised that I completely forgot to post them here! That's why they're all dated half a year ago... Totally moronic move, I know. But I have at least three more reviews on hold that I'll be posting in the next few weeks, so stay posted.)

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