The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Release: September 2, 2014 from HarperTeen
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) 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 ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. 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 similarity is not necessarily a bad thing, but I cannot help wondering how and why two covers came to be practically identical. Did the same cover designers work on both? Since The Selection has been so successful, were they trying to replicate winning cover art? Or did they not want to think of a new idea? Or could it simply be a coincidence?
Either way, the two books are now inextricably tied in my mind, and I will not be able to avoid comparing them when I read The Jewel. I can only hope that this story will shimmer in comparison.