Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Jewel and The White Rose by Amy Ewing :: addictive, but haven't i read something like this before?

Time to review The Jewel and The White Rose! They've been sitting on my shelves since October and I finally finished reading them this month! I'm quite mixed to how I feel about them so I've decided to list the heck out of my thoughts because it's more fun that way. ALSO #BOOKISHPHOTOGRAPHY! This will be my second attempt and definitely not my last. (You can see my first attempt here!) Onwards to the reviews!


things that made me go "hey! i like this book!"

  • Beginning The Jewel was an extreme struggle, but now that I've finished it, I'm so glad I stuck with it because once you got past the half way mark it really did start to get better!

  •  Once you got through the hard slog that was the first 200 pages, it was unbelievably addictive! I was flying through it and didn't want it to end!

  • I really loved the original story idea minus the similarities to the Hunger Games in some of it. It's really creative and I think stands out a bit slightly from every other bland dystopian that I've read before.

things that made me grind my teeth

  • THE FIRST HALF WAS SO. HARD. TO GET. THROUGH. Honestly, that's why it took me so long to finish The Jewel. I started it in October and have kept putting it down, picking it up and putting it back down again since then, and I only finished it after MAKING myself sit down and push through it all last week. After the first 200 pages things get better, but before that? IT IS PAINFUL. 

  • The Hunger Games similarities were kind of ridiculous. I won't go into detail about them because every review I've read on The Jewel goes on about them, but they were there and they were plenty. It took away the otherwise original idea of The Jewel which was frustrating.

  • The Instalove. WAS RIDICULOUS. I felt like it was almost an afterthought the romance?? A bit like the romance was like in The Hunger Games?? Violet doesn't met Ash till over half way through the book and then suddenly it's all "I LOVE YOU AND WANT TO BE WITH YOU 4EVER!" I'm sorry, but I don't ship it.

::Thank you Walker Books Australia for the review copy!::

Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: September 4th 2014
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 4 hours

"Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become Lot 197."

The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing.

Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel. Her sole purpose is to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess – a woman Violet fears and despises.

Violet is trapped in a living death, her name and body no longer her own. She fights to hold on to her own identity and sanity, uncertain of the fate of her friends, isolated and at the mercy of the Duchess.

The Handmaid's Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.


**possible small spoilers from book one BE WARNED**

things i loved

  • I saw a lot of people that loved The Jewel being disappointed by The White Rose so I was cautious when I went into it, but in my opinion it surpassed The Jewel by a lot for which I'm really glad for!

  • Unlike The Jewel, The White Rose stands on it's own to feet, the heavy Hunger Games similarities in the first book dissipating here, instead letting the original story shine through and grab my interest even harder.

  • Violet is stronger in The White Rose and I really appreciate her growth. The growth isn't fast but steadily she's becoming more the person she wants to be, not what others have tried to make her be.

  • The romance was better in here then it was in The Jewel. It had a chance to breathe, I think? There was also the fact that there was hardly any romance at all because too much else was going on, but I thought that was a good thing!

things i...didn't like so much

  • IT HAS SUCH A NASTY CLIFFHANGER!! After The Jewel's nightmare of an ending, I really didn't think anything could be more cliffhangery. WELL I TAKE IT BACK! ALL OF IT. The ending of The White Rose BLEW The Jewel's ending out of the water!

  • It was too short bordering on just right. The pace was good, the storyline was good, there was action aplenty as well as other things that happened, it was all going at a steady pace and then...the book just ended on a cliffhanger out of NOWHERE. And it was SO FRUSTRATING. End it on a cliffhanger if you must, but don't end the book so abruptly I feel like I've missed some chapters!

::Thank you Walker Books Australia for the review copy!::
Actual rating 3.5!


Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 3 hours

Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Matched, this is the second book in the Lone City trilogy, following on from Amy Ewing's shocking and compelling debut novel, The Jewel.

Violet, Ash and Raven have escaped the palace of the Duchess of the Lake, but Regimentals are hunting for them across the city. 

Nowhere is safe, and they are dependent on Lucien and his secret society for survival. If they can reach the safety of the White Rose then Violet may be able to help Lucien in his plan to rescue more surrogates. 

For one surrogate, however, it is already too late. Violet's best friend, Raven, is pregnant. And in the Jewel, surrogates cannot survive giving birth.



  1. Good for you for sticking with it and kind of being awarded for doing so! I've not even heard of this series, but it kind of sounds like a combination of The Hunger Games and The Chemical Gardens series. I'm glad that a lot of problems you had with The Jewel dissipated in the sequel. Great review!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  2. Agh, I had the SAME feelings with all the Hunger Game similarities. Actually my review was just listing them all. XXD I mean, I get that it's hard to come up with new stuff??? But THG is WAY too famous to even dance anywhere near when writing a book. I just find it so frustrating, afdrghghgh. I'm not reading The White Rose because of this, though. xD I'm glad it's a bit better in terms of originality, too!

  3. I can definitely see the Hunger Games similarities from just the synopsis! Idk I tend to avoid books like this nowadays, just because yeah, I've gotten really sick of them. But yeah, despite these similarities, I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to give it good rating! :)

  4. I can see some of your skin in the first photo!!

  5. They do have gorgeous covers, but I haven't read this books and I don't think I will... I'm kind of over all The Hunger Games rehashes, I've read faaarr too many books that seem to be borrowing Hunger Games ideas lately!

  6. Great reviews. I read The Jewel and ended up really not liking it in the end. It was far too similar to lots of other books. PLus the instalove was RIDICULOUS!!! >.< I ended up deciding not to bother with the sequel, but happy to see you enjoyed it more than the first book.


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