The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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Title:  The Jewel
Author:  Amy Ewing
Published:  Month Day, Year
Series:  The Lone City #1
Genre:  High Fantasy, Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

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.
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The Twenty by Claudia Carozza

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Title:  The Twenty
Author:  Claudia Carozza
Published:  June 6, 2012
Series:  The Barronlands Trilogy #1
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Imagine living in a time when infertility runs rampant and babies are no longer being born. The world is crumbling around you as people start talking about the end. This is the world Hazel DeSales grew up in. After her mother dies from a mysterious cancer, Hazel finds herself taking care of her younger sister Netty and alcoholic father. Continue reading

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

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The Forsaken by Lisa M. StasseTitle:  The Forsaken
Author:  Lisa M. Stasse
Published:  July 10, 2012
Series:  The Forsaken #1
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up. Continue reading

Eve by Anna Carey

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Eve cover artTitle:  Eve
Author:  Anna Carey
Published:  October 4, 2011
Series:  Eve #1
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life. Continue reading