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The Lone City 1: The Jewel (The Lone City Trilogy) by [Ewing, Amy]
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The Lone City 1: The Jewel (The Lone City Trilogy) Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Length: 373 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2869 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (21 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M0P6M1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Cover: The cover drew my attention, the girl in the ball gown really reminded me of The Selection series, but it was beautiful enough for me to read the Synopsis.

The Synopsis: What more could you want from a book? illicit affair, star crossed lovers, glitz and glam, Handmaids tale and the selection all rolled into one. It had me so I brought it on Ibooks.

The Story:
Violet has grown up in the marshes, the poor part of her "country" but for some reason the royal families in the Jewel "The elite families" Can no longer have children, so they test children from the poorer areas for signs that they have powers called Auguries. These special children are then locked away in holding facilities until they come of age and then they are auctioned off to the rich so they can be come surrogates, the girls don't get a choice in this life and some are horribly treated at the hands of the families.

My Review: Yes pretty glittery dystopians have been done to death lately, but Amy Ewing brings a new gust of life into the genre, Amy doesn't really focus on the growing up part of Violets life as most do, although she is upset to leave her family.
Violet is thrown into the glittery world of The Jewel, world of wealth and excess and horrible people. Violet grows up knowing that she is special and will become the surrogate of the royals, so it is no surprise, what is a surprise is that some of the surrogates start to die, because the royals are jealous or just vicious.
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I was excited when I first got my hands on this book, I mean the cover is beautiful and the synopsis is interesting.
I really got into the book and enjoyed it, with an interesting and unique plot, well rounded characters you can sympathize for and well written. However about halfway through I found myself increasingly annoyed at Violet, while she started off as a strong character she quickly deteriorated into the damsel in distress, and the story began to focus much more on the relationship between Violet and her love interest. This isn't a bad thing, I mean it is tagged as romance! But Violet as the strong female protagonist changed completely when she fell into the trap of girl in love.
Nevertheless, The Jewel was a good book and I don't regret reading it.
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By Tanya on 23 September 2014
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When I first came across this book I was really excited to read it. The cover looked amazing and the storyline sounded original. Because I haven't read any of Amy Ewing's books before I read the reviews on goodread to see if the book was going to be as good as I hoped. I regret reading the reviews now, because they were not very flattering and put me off reading the story. So I left it on my TBR list and there it stayed until I came across it again.

I am happy to have read it, I really enjoyed the original storyline. How awful it was for these girls to be nothing but a pet to the royals who use these young girls to surrogate for them. They are a piece of property and they are treated as such. Some worse then others.

I found it to be a bit emotional, I was a little surprised to find tears in my eyes during some parts of the story. These girls have no say in becoming a surrogate, if they have what is needed to become one they are taken from their homes and put in facility of sorts until they are old enough to birth a child.

It is not only the surrogates that have such a crappy life in the jewel their are other characters in the story who have to do, and become things the would never have chosen for them self had they had a choice.

I enjoyed Amy Ewing's writing style so much I read the book from start to finish in one reading session. I look forward to the next book in the series.

If you are like me and were sucked in by the cover, and the storyline but turned off reading it because of the reviews then I suggest you give the book a try. like me you may be pleasantly surprised by it.
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I read this a while ago and didn't finish it, now I know why. The author simply cuts off the story right in the middle, I assume so that one will buy the second book. It's still a decent read and got me through a boring afternoon. Older readers will not enjoy this book, it requires quite a broad imagination to fill in blanks or to understand the concept of the surrogates 'powers' without constantly questioning them. It really is a concept one needs to accept and move on to avoid having a tantrum in the reviews. However, if a copy of the second book winds up in my hands I will read it for the single reason that there's nothing worse than an unfinished story.
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Loved this so much that as soon as I finished it I ordered the second and devoured that just as fast! Similar concepts to some others in the genre yet it still felt totally original and was a great, engrossing read. Could hardly put it down.
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I didn't know what to expect from this first book, so I was greatly surprised to find it so riveting and clever. Can't wait to read the next 2 installments.
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