Thursday, June 12, 2014

Before I Read The Jewel

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

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 cover is gorgeous enough to catch my eye, complex enough to keep me looking… and similar enough to the cover of The Selection to make me do a double take. I did not notice all the parallels upon first glance, but after a few looks, they hit me: both covers feature impossibly pretty girls in extravagant dresses, copious mirror reflections, and a stylized title treatment complete with a crown for one and curlicues for the other. Based on their covers, a casual passerby in the bookstore could even think that The Selection and The Jewel are part of the same series.

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.


  1. I'm so excited to read this book!! It also reminds me of The Selection covers :)

    Rachel @A Perfection Called Books

  2. Love the cover of this one, and the book does sound good! :)

  3. That cover is gorgeous! I also love the Selection covers. The books...not much. The Jewel sounds interesting

  4. I'm so excited to read this book with this gorgeous cover, it does reminds me of the Selection books even the writing style of the title is quite similar. :)

  5. I'm so excited for this book! The cover is so nice, I like the way the girl's dress and her body is positioned like a jewel. Very interesting! And you're so right, it looks a lot like The Selection! I'm going to confuse the two now as well haha.

  6. Oh, I didn't even realize that this one share a lot of similarities to The Selection 0-0 But yeah, you're totally right! Thought both covers still looks pretty though :D
    Can't wait to read this one!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

  7. I immediately thought of Selection just by the cover. And now with the story, too, haha. It is from the same publisher but who knows, they might be totally different inside. We'll have to wait and see ;D

  8. I thought of The Selection when I first saw this, too. I didn't think much of it but after reading your thoughts, I'm definitely curious as to the why behind the similarities. I've heard mixed reviews on this one so I don't know if I'll be reading it or not but the cover certainly is gorgeous.

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    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

  9. I really enjoyed this book. I basically devoured the book overnight. For some reason I tend to get wrapped up in this type of story. The cover is gorgeous. I cannot wait to see what you think of this book. I would definitely be on the lookout for your review.


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