Thursday, September 25, 2014

ARC REVIEW - NO PLACE TO FALL by Jaye Robin Brown

No Place to Fall
by Jaye Robin Brown
Publisher - Harper TEEN
Release Date - December 9th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Well...I really don't know how to write this review... even though I have too. I really hate writing somewhat negative reviews, they make me sad, (haha). No Place to Fall was unfortunately nothing special and there really wasn't a whole lot to say about it. (Even though this review, is a little longer anticipated.) 

No Place to Fall had no concrete plotline. It was all over the place and any hope of a delivering a new path of the story was diminished when together they didn't really follow through. Basically, Amber begins as a person hoping to discover the world and sing along with it. She wants to have an ambition of using her voice, which from what I gathered in the story she has a raw and emotional tone to her voice, which I love. But the idea at the start of the novel is compared to her going to a hiking retreat not short from where she lives, seeing people from other places, with some 'homemade special' brownies and drinking. So this really doesn't encourage me from the beginning...

Once she returns to high school, she finds out about an opportunity to develop her ambition, to sing it to audition to the North Carolina School of the Arts. This if anything was the main part of the story that was plot-driven, but for me, it wasn't developed enough. Her family played a lot to discourage the idea of applying. Her sister, Whitney married to a low-life, Sammy, into drugs and whom both have a child of their own. If I'm honest the plus out of her family's relationship was her nephew, Coby who so adorable and cute. The other thing that annoyed me but in funny way was the characters dialog/linguistics of the novel, for example, when Amber uses, "Mamma and Daddy" which really didn't work together, and the words "y'all". In the context of the novel, it really didn't flow properly, it broke it up a lot. I don't have anything against those saying by the way, it just didn't work for the novel and the personalities of the characters. 

Her best friend, Devon, who is awesome, by the way. He gave me some hope, being gay isn't a bad thing, and if I'm honest, having a gay best friend are some of the most honest people and I enjoy reading that sort of relationship in novels. Devon, having his own 'drama' let Amber deal with his older brother, Will, who she has had a crush since, well...forever. This pretty much continued the whole, where is this going scenario? After school one day, they shared some feeling and basically had sex. For me this was unrealistic, it was forced and it took me until the next chapter to actually twig what happened, it was like it suddenly stopped there. Amber and Will's relationship, however wasn't necessarily smooth ride, but eventually (towards the end I might add) that it picked up and if anything redeemed something within the story. 

Whilst, I was hoping for her musical talents and ambitions to shine through and take charge of No Place to Fall, to really highlight her place in her future and in her life. It was frustrating and hoped so much for it to get better. The only redeeming qualities within the were Will and Coby, both of whom distracted Amber from her drama into more of a positive place. As far as a debut novel from Brown, I'm unsure as to how her other novels will fare but that doesn't mean I wouldn't consider reading her other either. 

Rating - an undecided 2.5/3

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: Excerpt, Trailer and Giveaway - STAY WITH ME by J. Lynn

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Hi Everyone, Today is finally the release of Book 3 of Jennifer's much loved Contemporary NA series, Wait For You, STAY WITH ME! I will be reading this next week and I can't wait. This was the first series I ever read of JLA and I couldn't started with a better one. So while I wait to read this, I have an exclusive expert, the book trailer and a giveaway for you guys at the end of the post. So I hope you enjoy. 

Stay With Me (Wait for You #3)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn
Publisher - William Morrow/Harper
Release Date - TODAY
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.


As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. 
“Why?” I asked.
There was a beat. “Why what?”
Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. 
A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. 
But then he moved. 
Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. 
“What are you doing?” I asked. 
“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”
“But—”
“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked.
“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out.
His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.”
I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place. 
“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed. 
Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me. 
Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe?
“Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter.
“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.”
He chuckled.
I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years. 
I felt cared for . . . cherished. 
Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.









# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MINI REVIEWS: NA EDITION - RULE by Jay Crownover and I WANT IT THAT WAY by Ann Aguirre

Rule (Marked Men #1)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher - HarperCollins
Release Date - July 3rd 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want--and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.
Now you all know that I started this series with Rome, which I then continued to the latest novel, Nash. I thought it was about time to start from the very beginning with Rule.

Rule doesn't do attachments. Since the death of his twin, Remy, all his family have done is blame him for his death. Rule won't live up to his parent expectations of what they wanted Remy to be. Remy was smart, intelligent and had a life planned through uni and his love for football and he also had the love support of not only his parents but of Shaw, his best friend. What I loved was that I got more of a background story of Remy, you only saw glimpses in Rome's story, but I also saw the conclusion to Remy's chapter of the series through his novel. Rule has lived to purposely to avoid his family, to work hard of his shop and develop their business and to enjoy the odd one night stands. I loved Rule, his story although slightly cliche does hold that fact, that this is one of the more emotionally thought- driven plotlines of the series so far.

What Rule didn't anticipate is the one person that reminded of Remy everyday, stood by him, baby sat him and was there for him even though he didn't know why. But deep down their friendship was only the beginning. Rule, as well as the rest of the family thought Shaw was in love with Remy, when in fact that was very much the wrong end of the stick. However, Shaw couldn't really tell as it wasn't her story to tell. With the alternate POV in place, I was able to really see the depth of each character, how they depend and it effects each other. Shaw was such a sweet girl, that she had her own troubles through her family, that was only in her teen years that she became a part of Remy's and Rules family. Together, Rule and Shaw are so perfect and adorable together that they really bring real passion and emotion to such a novel.

When you find a series such as the Marked Men, when you have a family of characters, brothers, cousins and friends each with their own story, you want to know what happened to them. For me Rule and Jet are some of my favourite even just from the background.

Rating - 4.5


I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1)
by Ann Aguirre
Publisher - Harlequin HQN
Release Date - August 26th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
Moving into an apartment, with her roomates, Lauren, Angus and Max, Nadia was just your average, hard-worker and dream career enthusiast. Going to uni, getting a degree in teaching, specialising in special needs and gradually building her career to be a teacher. But undeniably, she has passion, courage and drive to succeed. As you do, Nadia met her match falling down the stairs. All was hurt was her pride and possibly a sore bum. She didn't realise that the man downstairs, Ty, was going to be a handful. 

Ty has the tendency to be tight-lipped around others, but once he saw Nadia, everything seemed a little brighter. Nadia saw that Ty was more than just Mr Hot. Ginger (as Lauren would say) but also a father. That didn't stop their relationship from developing into friendship,with some added benefits. This makes it somewhat complicated when there feelings are so much more. There is an aspect of insta-love, as you may have gathered, bet yet again, surprising me it didn't really bother me. Insta-love probably doesn't bother me if the novel is well developed and character driven. Whilst working at Rainbow Academy teaching, 2-4 year old, she had the pleasure of teaching little Sam, Ty's son! Oh Sam was such a little spark of the novel, that you wish you could just squidge his cute little cheeks. Despite the relationship being a bit rocky in places, it was Sam that brought them both together. 

I Want it That Way isn't your typical NA, this novel showed more character development, able to see inside the mind of Nadia, rather her descriptive of her sexual urges. NA is changing....whilst this novel had no bad boys, or emotional past/backstory, but more of a need to grow, mature, overcome and be dependent on someone for them to share, listen and care, adding another layer to the genre of New Adult.

Rating - 4

Monday, September 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL - WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout




Hello Everyone! Today I have exciting news from New Your Times Bestselling Author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. A Cover Reveal of her latest New Adult Paranormal Romance WICKED! A combination of both of my favourite genres from this author what could be better. This is the first in a trilogy.. so we have lots to look forward too! So without further ado...


Well if that's not full of steaming hotness and gorgeousness, I don't know what is! 

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher - Unknown
Release Date - December 8th 2014
Pre-Order - Amazon

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ARC REVIEW - TOP TEN CLUES YOU'RE CLUELESS by Liz Czukas

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
by Liz Czukas
Publisher - HarperTEEN
Release Date - December 9th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.
After reading so much positive reviews of Ask Again Later, I was interested to see what made Mrs Czukas's books. As the lovely Sam from Realm of Fiction has recommended this book plenty we thought to do a buddy read of it together. I rather enjoyed the simplicity, the ease and relaxation that comes with a novel like this. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is a very good expectation to behold with me, I know Sam had higher expectation after reading her previous novel. I thought to do my review a little differently, to compliment the style of the book and Chloe's character. 

TOP TEN THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THIS BOOK:

10) Tyson - This isn't so much a criticism on the book more like...I NEED MORE of him. He was always in the shadows of the book. It was only towards the end of the novel that I really saw his loyalty and kind heart that I wanted him and maybe Chloe's and Tyson's relationship to develop more.

9) The Detective Angle - It really felt like towards the middle of book that we were in a detective story which I loved. This angle intensified the story and the pace. Gathering intel Chloe's fellow colleagues, and to find them to be quite interesting as well as uncovering some saucy truths and tales. 

8) A Christmas feel - Both Sam and I were feeling quite Christmassy when it was set on Christmas Eve, with the xmas songs blasting through the sound system. It was certainly a book, that you could read by a warm fire, and a hot cup of coco. 

7) The Written Style - (see point 6...as well) Is there anything else to say apart from this lady know how to write about the feels of friendship, and to make your heart swell towards the end. 

6) The Lists - The Lists added a texture to the book and the connection between reality, and how someone mind works as well as getting to know Chloe and the people around her in a strategic way. Sort of like a battle plan throughout the novel.

5) The Plotline - After hearing so much on Ask Again Later, I sort of did but didn't know what to expect. If you get my meaning. However, the plot itself was more character driven, with the diversity of it and it entwined with each other. It also highlighted the truth of today and reality and how we perceive others. 

4) The Characters - They each have their own set of weirdness, drama and heart in one. We find that throughout this book, these character like a collection of genres mixed together. We get a flare of the diverse world we live in, each character with their contrasting and unique personalities. 

3) The MC - Chloe was just an average girl with Type 1 Diabetes and working towards an unknown future. Who also has a major crush on one of her work colleagues, a red head, working her way through her mum's detective novels, a control freak of a mother and the 'new' girl at school. We very rarely see a glimpse at her everyday life, the first chapter see's a beginning and end to what life is like at home. (Which isn't a bad thing.) But the whole novel for me wasn't entirely focused on Chloe, but more as a narrative for the whole story. It's as if Liz didn't want us to judge or solely focus on her but on everyone. 

2) GoodFoods - I must admit a novel set in a supermarket was a revelation in terms of YA novels. I don't think I've ever read one quite like TTCYC! 

1) The Friendship - I'm a huge fan of novel that relinquish in the values of friendship and basic 'friendship 101'. Chloe seemed like an outcast when in fact everyone was throughout the novel. It was only when she and her co-workers where accused of stealing money that they really bent their heads together and figured each out as we well as the thief!

TOP TEN THREE THINGS I WASN'T KEEN ON ABOUT THIS BOOK*:

1) The timing of the book - The whole is set in one day...unless for me I'm not used to it. I found that it was rather slowing going at first, which didn't give me the hopeful start I was looking for. The pace was rather annoying if I'm honest, but then as we headed towards the middle of the book it really started to kick back into action.

2) Predictable - At times it was a little cliche at times with the theft of the money and 'who done it?' scenario. 

3) Romance - We could have done with more romance throughout the book, but maybe that's just because I'm a huge fan of friendships to romances in these sort of novel. We instead only got a glimpse at it towards the very end. But it still ended the book marvelously. Although, any snipped we saw were cleverly and subtly done. 
*A working progress 

Rating - 3.5

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Hodder & Stoughton presents THE CHAPTER 5 BOOK CLUB

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Some exciting news... From the founders of the Summer Reading Challenge, Chapter 5, the YA team of Hodder and Stoughton have created a bookclub, yay! I've been looking for one for age and these lovely people have decided to start one. We all love to read and talk about books so this is perfect. We will be fangirling and discussing mainly over on Goodreads so without further ado here is a little more about it and for you to be involved and join this awesome bookclub...

Each month we'll feature a different book with a mixture of books they publish as well as some classics and favoruite among the list. Over the next 4 months, we will be reading these lovely books. See scedule for more details below....


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If your read-along or joining the bookclub make sure to tweet, chat and discuss it through either their Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook.


AngelFall (Penryn and the End of Days #1)
by
Susan Ee
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date - May 23 2013
Buy -
Amazon | Book Depository


The official print edition of the internet phenomenon. Already over 8,000 five star reader reviews. (And counting.)

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

Monday, September 01, 2014

ARC REVIEW - THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
by Amy Ewing
Publisher - Walker Books
Release Date - 9th September 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

A shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing; The Handmaid's Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.

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.
A stunningly gorgeous, yet brutal truth to society's most wanted, comes The Jewel, Amy Ewing's debut YA novel. 

Dystopias is an odd genre for me, the writing has to be spot on alongside a great plotline and intriguing characters and The Jewel, certainly didn't disappoint. Whilst I was a little anxious getting into this novel, with the mixed reviews/ratings, possible insta-love and a horrific cliff-hanger, I say don't let that fool you. 

In the world of the Lone City lives a girl called Violet Lasting, she isn't like others girls, she has been chosen to be this vessel, a vessel of creating new life and tomorrow she begins her new life as Lot 197... Violet was tested at the age of 12, whether she would be the perfect candidate to be a surrogate to the founding families of The Jewel. Five years of preparation, practice and pain, she is auctioned off to the highest bidder. However, her lot number gives her status, she is one of the best-tested for her Auguries (powers of manipulation in our terms) Colour, Shape, and Growth. Although this seems like she is chosen for greater purpose, now you only see the beauty to it, but underneath and behind the scenes there is an ugliness to the system, of brutality and conflict. Being born to be chosen has far fewer pleasures, its a curse as well. 

Whilst sold to the House of Lake, Violet becomes a nobody, just a shell to be protected and shown off to the other Houses. The Jewel, although seeming to be the glamorous vision of luxury, only stands when you are one of them. The Duchess, who bought her, is a vile, emotionless, tight-lipped, cruel woman, who thinks branding and showing off Violet like her prized possession. It made me sick to think this woman, has no shred of humanity, only wealth. Well money can't buy your everything, honey. She was the one character that I wanted to tear her eyes out. 

Violet or Lot 197's character are two people and Ewing certainly written a controlled balance between them. Violet didn't want to give up who she was, her music, her cello brings that out of her, as well as her lady's-maid Annabelle and finally her love interest, Ash. Ash is like Violet, at a young age he was forced to become a companion to attend to his sister's well-being. Ash no longer became the person he wanted to be, but the person he had to be for his clients. Violet and Ash both act as an anchor to each other, allowing them to be who they are freely and truthfully. Honestly, their relationship in the novel, really solidified their characters, it didn't for a once degrade the novel with the mention of insta-love.

Although this society certainly brings out the beauty and brutality of the character's and their surroundings, it certainly was creatively done. The only thing would that was cruel to me, as a reader was the cliff-hanger, I have to wait a whole year for the next book, not fair! The Jewel is written and plotted brilliant and I believe Amy Ewing will be YA author to look out for. 

Rating - 4.5

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