“Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become Lot 197.”
Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess.
Imprisoned in the opulent cage of the palace, Violet learns the brutal ways of the Jewel, where the royal women compete to secure their bloodline and the surrogates are treated as disposable commodities. Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises, Violet enters a living death of captivity – until she sets eyes on Ash Lockwood, the royal Companion.
Compelled towards each other by a reckless, clandestine passion, Violet and Ash dance like puppets in a deadly game of court politics, until they become each other’s jeopardy – and salvation.
The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale, A Stunning, Shocking and Addictive YA Novel.
I saw this back in January after reading The Selection series and thought it sounded intriguing. It definitely has similarities to The Selection, but whilst I enjoyed that series, I may be in love with this one.
I was flicking through my kindle books whilst on holiday and forgot I’d even bought the book ages ago, so I started reading and was immediately hooked. Why did it take me so long to read this beauty?! Once I’d started I couldn’t stop and I read way into the night, I was addicted!
Violet is such a great character and one whom I connected with instantly. I enjoyed discovering The Jewel through her eyes, as she tried to adjust to this new world into which she is forced. I felt the deepest of sympathies for her and I actually teared up a few times, which is rare for me. Her situation is so brutal and horrific and she can’t control it whatsoever.
The concept of surrogates is really quite creepy and the more I read, the more harrowing things were revealed to be. The author did a brilliant job of creating a world in which these girls have no choice, no consent and no idea what will happen to them – it felt scarily believable.
The romance was a happy reprieve from the horrible main events and I really enjoyed Violet and Ash’s growing relationship. Their individual stories were both relate-able to each other and this it what bonded to two and cemented their love.
Violet’s friendship with Raven was so pure and lovely to read and it added so much depth to Violet’s character. All of the surrogates are going through the same thing and the small glances and smiles that they hold for each other are lovely, and yet there’s such a sadness to them. They relate to each other and are in this together, but they can’t really be there for each other.
The last few chapters really fired up the story and the pace and the cliffhanger left me open-mouthed and wanting MORE! I downloaded the second book in mere minutes and can’t wait to continue the story!
This book really is a hidden gem – or jewel 😉
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Have you read The Jewel? I’d love to know what you thought!
Until next time ❣