Book Review: Garnet’s Story – Amy Ewing

 

The first review from the Lone City Series that is a fresh read :D

I’m really sleepy. Typing this up 1:20am in the morning.


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Name: Garnet’s Story
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Synopsis

Delving into the back story of one of the Lone City’s most loved characters, this digital novella will delight readers of The Jewel and The White Rose, as well as fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass.

Garnet, son of the Duchess of the Lake, has always been a spoiled playboy. But following a scandal that threatens to destroy his reputation, he has no choice but to accept the help of Lucien, the Electress’s lady-in-waiting – and Lucien wants something from him in return. Garnet must keep watch over the new surrogate in the palace of the Lake. As he watches and learns, Garnet finds himself beginning to realize the horrors that the royalty – including his own family – have inflicted upon others. And he might finally be ready to take a stand against it.


(e)Book Cover Comments

Oh wow. The first time I saw it, I was like WOAH FRESH RED. All the previous Lone City book covers used to be white, and this time Walker chose a bright shade of Red: Candy Apple Red. Though I would much prefer a crimson red so my eyes don’t go blind, the shimmers/glitter whatever you call them makes a perfect contrast with the candy apple red, as well as the golden font.


The Actual Review

 

Amy Ewing’s digital novellas are always so special, because they are told from another POV with scenes overlapping the main novel, making readers Always pick up their copy of the novel and read side by side, comparing lines and realising different thoughts and actions.

The story’s main outline is about Violet and Raven. But Amy turns our head, and leads us in the direction of the sorta-side character, Garnet; the son of the Duchess of the Lake.

In this story we follow Garnet’s adventure as he comes across what you expect from a normal teenager, experiences irl that reflects in the book, and last but not least, all the scenes that overlap with the main story. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to compare side by side this time as I’m moving, so I can’t dig out my book since I don’t even know which box it’s in.

Omg I have a new house to build in the Lone City.

The House of Boxes.

In this story, we really see how Garnet turns from spoiled brat to someone who is more understanding and someone who began to care more about other people around him, those who are on a different level. There were also some places in the novella that “predicted” what would happen in Book 2, and I found those sections quite interesting for me to think about. We fangirls also get to know about Garnet, what he did with his life, relationships, gossip and fued, and what were his motives when he helped out Violet and her friends, as well as how his perspective on people has changed. It was really wonderful and pretty to see.

Garnet knows the decision he will have to make in order to follow the path of what he believes in his right, and he is a really brave and wonderful character in the end.


Garnet’s Story not only gives you the full excitement a fangirl can get from simultaneously reading the actual story timeline book series and finding events that overlap in Book 1.

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