Read On: 25th January 2016
Don’t you love this cover. I do. Beautiful. And it really fits with the book. This book, like many others have said, is like Perfected and Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch. But more dangerous. More life threatening.
I can’t wait to read the next book and I am hoping there is a third book.
Here is the Goodreads Blurb:
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.
The whole world is like a circle with inner rings. The outside circle is where Violet is from. The Marsh. There are other rings like, the bank, the smoke, the farm. The jewel – the centre of the circle is where the rich and the rulers live. But they along with people in the bank area, can’t have children.
It’s discovered that the kids from the marsh have magic that improves genetics. Making them sought after for surrogates to have their children. So the kids from the Marsh are tested and if they have the ability for magic they are taken to a facility. There are 4 – West, East, South and North.
But it’s not plain magic. They can change the shape of objects and the colour along with other things. The hardest is making things grow and Violet has that ability.
Violet is a strong character who falls for her owners nieces companion. It’s forbidden. I really thought that she might fall for her owners son, which I might have liked a bit more. She puts a heap on the line – as in their lives.
The world building is perfect. Just enough to really give you the feel of the world. Which was perfect. I really liked it. Loved it even. The writing was perfect.
Another awesome book, that I couldn’t put it down. I have gotten the next book and can’t wait to start reading it.