Fall 2014 Book Guide

1 August, 2014
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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Jewel HC C

September 2, 2014 from HarperTeen

Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, is destined for the Jewel. But not for the wealth or the beauty—because Violet will be a servant of the city. Trained as a surrogate for the royalty, Violet (now known only as #197) is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. But she 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 fact that she will bear a child for the Duchess—and all the ugly realities of her existence…while trying to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and the handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control. 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 one is described as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Selection by Keira Cass.  Well I haven’t read The Selection, but I loved The Handmaid’s Tale.  Something, beyond the cover, just appeals to me about The Jewel by Amy Ewing.  I haven’t read it yet, but it is next on my list of books to tackle!



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  • writingwhimsy

    Lauren Oliver’s first book was actually Before I Fall not Delirium :) it was a big success too and I would read anything she wrote, can’t wait for Rooms!

    • Nicole About Town

      Thanks for correcting me Zoe! I forgot about that one because when I first started her work the craze was all about Delirium! I’ve made the change!

  • A Certain Romance

    I am SO excited to read Amy Poehler’s book! She’s hilarious and beautiful!

    • Nicole About Town

      Amy Poehler is absolutely hysterical. I usually read one or two biographies/memoirs each publishing season and this is certainly on my list for when it comes out!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    love how you formated this post!!
    broken monsters and of bone and thunder look good

    • Nicole About Town

      Thanks Jenn! I decided to try something different. I think I will do them like this from now on. Much easier to scroll through and focus on one book at a time! Broken Monsters and Of Bone and Thunder are both really good. You should add them to your TBR list!

      • jenn @Abeautifulzen

        for sure! its going on the goodreads list.

  • Julie from Swatch and Review

    Such a cool way to scroll through reviews!!! Now I have a long list to read on the plane ride to Aus.

    • Nicole About Town

      Thanks Julie! Trying something new and it seems to have worked out so I think I’ll stick with it. You do now have a lot of books to read on the plane ride. You know I’m always good for a book recommendation!

  • Evie Seo

    OK, so the Jewel? Skip it. It’s pretty bad, the writing is worse than what you had in Selection and the story is really just a mash up of stuff that’s all have been done before. I was stupid enough to sign up for the tour for this, but if I didn’t, I would’ve dnfed it after 50 pages.

    Yes to Retribution – can’t wait!!! Also Belzhar and Little White Lies look great :) thanks for putting this together :)