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 (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.
Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.
This time we find ourselves in The Jewel and as the name itself tells a rich part, where royalty and rich people live. It's also a place of betrayals and courts games, intrigues and everything that goes with that. It's a place where outside is what matters not what happens inside. When Violet finds herself there she knows she is stuck but also that is what she is been prepared for ever since she left her family at Marsh. Only the rules both written and unwritten are something she is yet to learn.
First of I have to say that Violet was a really great character. I liked that girl and I really connected with her. I admire her strength and abilities but also her vulnerability. Even though evil, all members of The Jewel were really nicely presented. There are also Violet's friends and all other girls that have been taken to The Jewel, with each of them being different but still we saw that even the strongest can be broken.
Only thing in this book that felt off at the start was romance. At the start it felt weird and it took me some time to grow up to like both of them. The boy (I'm not spoiling things to you), might grew up on me. Fine, yes he is at my harem now. But at the start it wasn't like that.
The best thing is that somehow I feel that this series is about to get better and I cannot wait to see it!
Rating: 4 stars.
Until the next time,
*Note: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, HarperCollins, via Edelweiss. Thank you!