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…
Today is my last day as Violet Lasting.
Wow! This book was soo sad! I actually may have cried...but it is my "sensitive" time of month...so you know. This book is all about loss and being controlled and having no hope, until Violet does start to find some hope with the help of a few unexpected new friends.
The writing was glorious and i loved the descriptive nature of all the scenes. I feel like the author was really able to connect things in a way that makes you really want to pay attention. I felt like scenes and convos from early in the book really play a part later, so you have to pay attention.
The characters were superb. If i were in this situation i think i would act very close to how Violet acted. She is a great friend. In some books, especially first person pov, i feel myself disliking characters seemly for their mean or selfish thoughts towards other/different characters. In this book, Violet seemed very non judgemental and i really like that in a character. I really like all the characters and i think they all have a great and unique personality and perspective to the story.
The plot and pacing were great. I've heard other people compare it to The Handmaiden's Tale...but i don't know much about that story. Even if the idea isn't wholely original, it's still done very well. I liked the build up a lot. At the end of every chapter, i always found myself thinking "How is that going to work out?"...and so I kept reading. I read the first chapter about a week ago, then finished chapters 2 to 30 today...so that's def a testament to how much I liked it. I usually only read about 4 to 5 chapters in one day.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It was an easy read and a fantastic story. There are death scenes as well as other adult themes, so beware with young readers. If you like dystopian stories with some fantasy & romance thrown in, this may be just the book for you.
I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.