Publisher- Walker Books Lt/Harper Teen
Release Date- September 2md (US only,) 4th (UK), 2014
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I really enjoyed reading The Jewel, and I loved the world building. Most of the characters were interesting too.
The Good: Violet was a pretty good heroine, although she could be really selfish and childish sometimes, but her good balanced out the bad. The world building was just enough, and I found myself interested in it. The writing was also on key. Quick enough to interest and keep me hooked, but not so fast that I couldn’t keep up. The end was a cliffhanger and now I want the next book so bad! I was surprised that this is Ewing’s first novel, and I thought it was really good for a debut.
The Not-so-Good: Although Violet and a couple other characters were well developed, most of them were flat and boring. Like the duchess’ son, although a twist at the end made me like him more and wonder more about him. The romance was eye roll worthy. Her love interest was so boring, and they fell in love after a conversation. Insta love. And, I get having a crush or interested in someone quickly, but they were telling each other they were in love way too fast. And he felt so random, like he was added in as an afterthought.
I really did like The Jewel, and oh my gosh I need the next book NOW! I recommend The Jewel for fans of The Selection and The Handmaiden’s tale.