Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Jewel #2
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Source: E-galley provided by the publisher through Edelweiss
I was provided a free galley of this book from the publisher. This in now way affects my review.
I loved The Jewel so much. It really surprised me how much I love it since I usually stay away from books like that. The ending ripped my heart out and this one was pretty much no different (ripping my heart out-wise). IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE JEWEL, PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FARTHER. GO GET THE JEWEL AND READ IT NOW. I DO NOT WANT TO SPOIL ANYTHING FOR YOU FROM THE FIRST BOOK, OKAY?! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!!!! Here’s your synopsis from Amazon:
Violet is on the run—away from the Jewel, away from a lifetime of servitude, away from the Duchess of the Lake, who bought her at auction. With Ash and Raven traveling with her, Violet will need all of her powers to get her friends, and herself, out of the Jewel alive.
But no matter how far Violet runs, she can’t escape the rebellion brewing just beneath the Jewel’s glittering surface, and her role in it. Violet must decide if she is strong enough to rise against the Jewel and everything she has ever known.
1. The world is still spectacular.
In the first book, we’re introduced to the Jewel. We don’t see much else of the world other than the Smoke and the Jewel. I love how this island is built in a circle, with the different parts of the community in the rings of the circle. I think this is so interesting, because the farther out you go from the Jewel, the worse the environment gets. The Jewel is the pinnacle of wealth and excess. In this book, since Violet is on the run from the evil Duchess of the Lake, we get to see a lot more of the environment. We heard a lot about the Smoke from Ash in the first book and in this one, we get to see it. It’s eye opening and sad. Then, we get to see the Farm, which I really liked. I could totally live there. I loved seeing more of this place, since it was pretty limited due to Violet’s imprisonment in the Jewel with that horrible hag.
2. Ash is so wonderful and I love him.
Even though I kind of found Ash and Violet’s romance pretty stupid, I ended up liking him a lot more in this book. A lot of the action happens because of him (since Violet refuses to leave the Jewel without him). Poor Ash. All he wants to do is help the cause of rebellion and he can’t really do much. However, I think he handles this really well. He could lash out and be a total jerk, but he just keeps his head down and waits for his opportunity. He pulls some really stupid stunts while they’re on their way to the Farm and they almost get caught a bunch of times because of him. I mean, they’re looking for him because everyone believes he raped Violet. He’s got a recognizable face – yet he still puts his face out there! A few times, I definitely wanted to punch him. He ends up being an asset, though.
3. Violet and Raven’s friendship makes me feel the warm fuzzies.
So when we last saw Raven, she had this vacant look about her. I thought she had undergone a lobotomy, she was acting so weird. We know that Violet gave Raven the serum that Lucien gave to her to give the illusion of death. Well, it works! Violet refuses to leave the Jewel without Raven, because she knows what awaits her if she has the baby. We find out what happened to her, which is absolutely horrible. I mean, I knew the royalty was evil, but I didn’t know HOW evil they were. *shudder* Anyway, their friendship only grows in this book and it’s so wonderful to see. They realize all of the things that the Auguries and the royalty have been hiding from them and they forge an even stronger connection than they had before (if you can imagine that).
4. This book shows us heroes in the most unlikely of places.
I’m not going to reveal the big one (even though you know this within the first page or so), but people help Violet who you never thought would end up helping her. Other than this particular person, we meet Lucien’s Society of the Black Key. In the Society are a network of people. Lucien always tells Violet to “ask for the key.” At first, I was super confused by this, until I saw a key. Within the Society are so many different kinds of people – all with code names. The ones you meet range from little kids to old spinsters and they pop up in extremely unlikely places. I really loved how the resistance was everywhere and so willing to help Violet.
5. Violet wakes up to find who the heck she actually is. It’s terrifying and awesome.
I had no idea that the Auguries were holding the surrogates back from so much. I’m not going to tell you what, but just know that the surrogates should be feared – not controlled by the baby sick royalty.
6. Last point, I swear: Violet really womans up in this book and I liked that much more than the Violet in the first book.
Violet handles herself so well. She is brave and selfless and she really impressed me. She goes through so much more in this book than she did in the first, and she doesn’t let it break her. There were too many times in the first book that I just groaned and rolled my eyes and yelled, “woman up! Make the best of it and find a way out!” Not so in this one. She really comes into her own and I adored her so much more.
OVERALL: 4 STARS!! The ending was a punch in the gut, but I called it too early, so it wasn’t as much as a surprise as I wanted it to be. But it still hurt so bad. Anyway, I really loved the balances of power shifting in this book and I can’t wait for the next one. If you’re as excited as I am, click the link below to pre-order! This comes out on October 6, 2015 so go go!