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.
I only have one word for this book: potential. There was so much potential within this story; it could have gone in so many different directions. The concept was incredibly unique and original and it had me really excited to see what happened. However, I was let down massively. The originality of the surrogates being the only ones to give birth to royality was the only thing this book had going for it. I usually don’t have a problem with insta-love but the one within this book moved way too quickly; there was constant back and forth between the two characters and honestly I didn’t really care for it. I wanted to find out more about the world, about the surrogates and about the royal families but there isn’t really much about any of that within the story.
There is still so much potential within the story and I hope that the next book achieves it because the ideas surrounding this book are so interesting.