The Jewel (Lone City Trilogy #1)

The Jewel (Lone City Trilogy #1)

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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467685542
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Series: Lone City Trilogy Series , #1
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project but became her debut novel, the first in a New York Times bestselling trilogy. The other books are The White Rose and The Black Key. She lives in New York City. Visit Amy online at or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.

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The Jewel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
I received the UK paperback copy from the publisher Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. The royals can’t have children and this is why they bring in the surrogates, seeing as these specific girls are able to bear healthy children. Every year, an auction takes place so the royals can buy their own surrogate. Violet is one of the surrogates, and even though this wasn’t a live she wanted, the Duchess of the House of the Lake, is kind to her but things are not always as they seem and there are secrets Violet still needs to uncover. The Jewel is very brutal and dark, at times. It is not easy to read, though. I would flinch and cringe at various scenes. I would bite my nails a few times because this was intense to read. When I went into this story, I thought it was a Contemporary book, but I was so wrong. It is a mixture between Fantasy and Dystopian and readers will devour this story in a heartbeat. The ending had my heart racing faster than throughout the book and so hard it might have popped out of my chest. I loved my journey with this story. It is so different from anything I have read and so intriguing. I recommend this book to readers that are looking for something new, something daring, something brutal and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was scattered. It took too long for the story to develop, the relationship didn't even happen til almost 75% of the book was done. The plot felt undeveloped and way too slow at times yet never really coming to a real story point. I felt like there are many books with the same story premise out there that are written better.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Harper Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. I really wanted to love this book and I’m truly torn as to how to rate it. There were elements I really enjoyed and there were those that made me want to throw the book across the room. First off, the blurb sounded fantastic. I love dystopian reads and this one seemed right up my ally. And then there’s the cover lust I had. Yes, I am not afraid to admit that often I choose books simply based on the absolutely gorgeous covers they project. And this one fit that bill for sure. So given the chance to grab a copy of this, I scooped it right up, if only to touch the beautiful cover! Meet Violet. I’ll be honest and say I felt absolutely no connection to her for the entirety of the book. This made it hard for me to empathize with her in any way, shape or form. She’s naïve, which is not uncommon for the main character in a dystopian book, but it’s to the point that everything seems to be a shock to her. And to me, it was hard to see exactly why she was so special. Why was she the main character, what made her different than all the other surrogates that she had to be singled out? I really didn’t see it. I do understand that her abilities put her at a great advantage for those who purchase her, she ranks very high amongst the 200 surrogates who are up for auction. But I’m still not sure why Lucien, the person who prepares her for the auction and subsequently becomes her savior, sees in her that makes him choose her over all others. Most of the characters are forgettable for me, including their names. I can remember how mean the Duchess is although she has moments where she seems to have some sympathy for Violet. Even her lady in waiting, who cannot speak, is fairly forgettable. I didn’t feel a depth to the characters that made me want to like them. And it was hard for me to see any development with them. The plot of this book is very interesting, although the similarities to a few other dystopians I have read is eerily annoying. Not only is it highly reminiscent of The Hunger Games, but I even say elements of Divergent, Eve, and The Chemical Gardens laced throughout. I do like the idea that these girls are being used to create royalty because their genes are better fit for it. It’s interesting how they are treated like slaves yet need to be just as presentable as the royalty. Even the “leashes” that are used on the girls are of fine quality. The idea of using girls in this way is very disturbing. And I could not figure out at what point in time this book takes place. Is it the future? Maybe it’s more of a fantasy type world? I just didn’t know. But while the plot is interesting, the world building is lacking. I have no idea why this world evolved the way it did. Why did the government, or more likely the monarchy, take over? Was there a revolution? Was there a catastrophic event? It’s never fleshed out. And the romance for me was not believable. Not only does it come very late in the book, which I could understand if you needed to make sure the world building was complete, but it is inst-love and I just didn’t find it believable. The pacing for me was off. At times, it was so slow I had to put the book down. At other times I wanted to race through to see what was going to happen. There was no happy medium. And I will say the slow parts far outweighed the faster parts for me. Overall the book was terrible it just wasn’t fantastic for me. I wanted more depth to not only the characters but the plot and the world building. I wanted to feel Violet’s frustration, her anger, her angst, her fear. But I just didn’t get a complete understanding of her or the other characters. I will say that I would still probably read the next book because the ending left me with wanting more.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Jewel is both unique but also a cliche in the dystopian genre. Don't get me wrong, I love the concept of this book, and the ending! that was very shocking, however there seems to always be an underlying plot mold that dystopian authors always follow nowadays and The Jewel wasn't fortunate enough to escape that. Our main protagonist, Violet is a surrogate, this took a while to explain and I liked that there wasn't info dumping from the beginning. Violet can manipulate things, such as color, shape, and also growth. At a young age everyone is tested for these skills and if you do possess them then you become the properly of the government, grow up in facilities until your auction day where you are sold to the highest bidder, think sex trafficking but instead of that, it is surrogacy. I liked Violet, she was logical, wasn't impulsive but still had a little rebellious side to her. I was warned that there will be insta-love in this book and while I didn't feel it was 100% insta-love, I really disliked the romance and how it changed Violet. To be totally honest I wanted Violet to fall for someone else in the palace and was secretly begging the author to take this non cliche route as opposed to the one she ended up taking. However like I have been doing lately, I completely ignored the romance and focused on the plot. The characters in this book are definitely complex, the main one being the duchess, the woman who bought Violet. She is initially made out to be evil but then I glimpse something heartbreaking or vulnerable from her and I started rethinking my initial judgment. I also didn't know who to trust, I even thought some people who were helping Violet escape were actually going to betray her so kudos to the author for keeping me on my toes and surprising me there. The writing flowed easily and, as I mentioned, there wasn't any info dumping. There was enough information withholding to keep you guessing but not frustrated. Finding this balance for dystopian and mystery novels is very important. There was also a balance between dialogues, monologues, and descriptive paragraphs. Honestly I don't require a book to be completely filled with dialogues but I do require its monologues and descriptive paragraphs to be interesting. As for the ending, I honestly wasn't expecting it and again, I'm happy the author was able to surprise me. That ending alone is going to make me want to pick up the sequel and continue on reading about this world and Violet. Another book similar to this plot is Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson, with the whole being locked up in a palace and wanting a way out. It's interesting to see dystopian books now are leaning towards this sort of plot line. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book!
lindsaycummings More than 1 year ago
My first thought about THE JEWEL was that the gorgeous silver cover was strangely similar to the covers for THE SELECTION series. I wasn't sure, after reading the synopsis, if this book would also have a similar plot. I was totally wrong. In one word, THE JEWEL is FANTASTIC. When I began reading, I was pleasantly surprised by the writing style and the very xmen like twist that this "ball gown" story took on. THE JEWEL is brilliant and unique, and so creepy in the way the society is run, that I found myself unable to put it down. I flew through all 368 pages in just a few days (in the middle of a huge move and edit, as well--- it was that good!). In Violet Lasting's world, identity isn't important. She's not a name; she's just a number. As a surrogate, raised to bear a child for whatever member of the royal Jewel section of society purchases her in an auction, Violet has been trained for years to be submissive and poised and perfectly fine with being in the background.  The twist to this story comes with something called the Auguries: special powers that each surrogate has, where they can change the colors and shapes of objects, as well as grow things. In Violet's case, the third augury, Growth, is her best gift. When Violet is taken to the auction and purchased by the Duchess of the Lake, she's thrown into a world full of fancy balls and mansions and dresses and makeup. But there's a dark side to Violet's new, glittering world. There's death. There's destruction. There are lies and manipulations, and somehow, very well-twisted into the middle of it all, is forbidden love. Violet soon discovers that she can never be who she truly wants to be. Danger is around every corner. Love is not an option. And when Violet discovers she might have a way out, even darker secrets are revealed. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out, from Violet herself, to her fellow surrogate and best friend Raven, to the horrible Duchess of the Lake. Even Violet's maid, Annabelle, a girl who can't speak, was so well done that I felt like I knew her. The love interest, Ashe, is totally shiptastic. This story is just incredible. I fell in love with it, and by the time I finished (warning: there's a cliffhanger!), it was 1am and I was dying for book 2. THE JEWEL is definitely not a copy of any other story---it stands out on its own, and is sure to be a bestseller. Fantastic. I loved the terrifying, beautiful world that Amy Ewing created. I need book 2 now! (And I've preordered my own hardcover copy for my personal shelves!)
runnergirl83 More than 1 year ago
This one caught my eye as the cover reminded me of The Selection series and I really enjoyed those. In this novel, Violet's country is divided into different sections, the poorest living on the outside, the richest in the center part called the jewel. By a blood test, Violet is selected to be a surrogate to the rich, she does not have a choice in this. The surrogates are sold like slaves and treated as property. Soon Violet is stuck in a world much different from what she is used to. She is led around on a leash, with a collar around her neck. Jealousy is raging among the different rich families and some surrogates are getting murdered as these rich families fight to be on top. There were a couple of twists and surprises at the end. I liked this one, it was a fun book and I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure didn't expect that ending! Very well written and a great story. Can't wait for the next one! Keep writing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not good or bad, it was ok. Violet and Ash's relationship felt way too rushed. While Lucien is trustworthy, I feel as though Violet trusted him too easily. Also, it bothers me that Violet risks her family and the lives of other surrogates just for her romance with Ash. While this book is decent, Violet's character really irritates me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was much better than I was expecting it to be. I'm completely hooked and can't wait to read the second book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times an post this on three other page and look under your pillow.
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BooksPixsCoffeeFix More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars The Jewel- Short Synopsis This story is about a girl named Violet, there are five parts to her world, the Marsh, the Farm, the Smoke, the Bank, and the Jewel. Violet is a surrogate, or supposed to be in anyways. She was taken from her home when she was a young teen and moved to the building where all the surrogates live. She lives there with her best friend Raven and many others. All the surrogates have special powers called the auguries. They can make things grow, and change the color or shape of objects . The surrogates are there to have the royal babies. Each one will get bought by a royal in the Jewel or a person in the Bank. The day before the auction, Violet gets to go home for the first time in years. She is taken to her house in the Marsh. Her parents are very excited to see her, yet her sister whom she was closest to, runs outside. It was hard for her to see her sister, since she had been gone for so many years, and important moments in her life. Her sister's name is Hazel, and she is almost 13 and Violet worries she to, will become a surrogate. It is the best day Violet has ever had, better than the delicious food, and the wonderful care at the surrogate home. She loves it more that anything, because it is her home, and her family is finally together. The next day Violet travels to the Jewel for the auction . The auction orders the surrogates from 1 to 200 is based upon their power one is the worst 200 is the best Violet is Lot 197.When getting pre-paired for the Auction, a man named Lucien does Violet’s hair and makeup, Lucien is a very kind, wise man. They get to know each other and become friends. Violet is sold to the Duchess of the Lake. The Duchess of the Lake is a evil and cruel royal, but to be honest she is one of the nicer ones. The Duchess will kill anyone who gets in her way. The Duchess gives Violet nice care at the palace and proper meals, but only when she does exactly what the Duchess says. The Duchess later finds out the Electress (Head of Royalty) is having a baby boy and immediately tries to get Violet to have a baby girl so her daughter and the Electress’ son can be married one day. Violet has two miscarriages in the book, and does not have a child. The Queen’s niece lives at the palace and has a companion named Ash, Ash and Violet have a secret romantic relationship through the book. Violet’s powers get stronger every day through her training that the Queen is giving her by Violets doctor. She realizes her powers may be strong enough to save the world maybe. My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I gave it 4.5 out of five stars because it was confusing in some parts, but not many. This book is beautifully written and I enjoyed every second of it.I enjoyed learning about Violet story and along with the other characters such as Garnet and Raven. This story will keep you on your toes with the just of correct amount of magic romance and action. Amy Ewing is a fantastic author, and I enjoyed each of her books. I would recommend this book overall but it could be confusing or strange for younger team readers (Under 13).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your thinking about reading it you don't want to miss out on this great book. If your only thinking about it and going to add it to the bottom of your list you should move it to the top.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I liked the main character and premise. Romance felt like insta-love. Agree with others that it has "The Selection" by Cass feel. Will continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading the series.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This book had a definite 'The Selection' vibe to it with the main characters from lower levels of society being plucked out and put into the houses of the rich and royalty. And Lucien reminds me soooo much of Cinna from The Hunger Games. Before you roll your eyes and think "unoriginal", take note that I did rate this book four stars, because with all that being said, it still stands on its own feet pretty well. Violet and Ash are attracted to each other immediately, then he finds out she's a surrogate. Game changer. Life of a surrogate it pretty crazy. Some are treated well, some not so great. All are treated as if they are pets with their leashes and collars. I liked Garnet right away. He's obnoxious and causes trouble, but you know me! That always gets my attention in a character. I can't help it. So yeah. I'm already Team Garnet, and I don't even know if he's supposed to have a team. The Jewel kept my attention with very little down time, and what about that ending? I didn't want it to end just yet!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No ending. The story just stopped.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention and interest but the love affair was rushed and lacked depth and tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down, and thought about it when I wasn't reading it. Can't wait too read the next one!