Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: September 2nd, 2014
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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.
Why am I Excited?
That cover is breathtaking! The whole idea seems so intriguing and it mixes the ugly with the beautiful which sounds like an interesting mix. Lastly I'ts been compared to the selection which is one of my favorite books and makes this an insta-read
Title: The Mermaids Pearl
Author: Brooke Kennedy
Pub Date: August 27th, 2014
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Raewyn is tougher than your average mermaid princess. She lives in a fortress far beneath the surface of the ocean, where she constantly breaks the rules. Fear of extinction has caused the merfolk to arrange marriages and take away romantic freedoms, causing Raewyn’s hopes and dreams of true love to crumple. After a quest gone wrong, she finds herself held captive aboard the Devil’s Pearl, among the worst humans of all—pirates.
Captain Aiden Flynn is handsome and charming, spending his time sailing the seas and hording treasure. His villainous reputation has even reached the depths of the ocean. When he finds a dark-haired beauty ensnared in his net, he puts on his best charms in hopes of finding out just who she is.
Will his dangerous, yet charming, demeanor win her over? Or will he fall, as many other men have, to the wiles of a mermaid princess?
Why am I excited?
I am a huge fan of Once Upon A Time so when a friend of mine wrote a bit of fan fiction about Hook, I jumped at a chance to read it. She expanded the story out and now the only thing that remains is a devilishly handsome pirate. I can't wait to read the final product because I can't resist a bad boy especially one with man-liner and his own ship!
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