I am beyond EXCITED to be a part of this tour, I have loved this series so much and I am so excited to dive into the last book as soon as it is out!!! Make sure to check out Amy’s Guest Post with her Playlist for this series. Make sure to go to the bottom of this post to enter to win a signed set of books 1 & 2 in the series!
About the Book
Title: THE BLACK KEY
Author: Amy Ewing
Pub. Date: October 4, 2016
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.
First of all, I have to confess I never listen to music when I write. But I do love movie soundtracks, and musical theater, and generally pairing storytelling with music. And of course, I have a little stash of songs that match this part of the story or that particular character. So here is my eclectic little list of songs that have stayed with me for this series!
Royals by Lorde and Prelude in G Major, Cello Suite 1, Bach.
I put these two together because they are pretty much the songs of the entire series. Royals could not be more spot on with its lyrics (“And we’ll never be royals, it don’t run in our blood”) and the Prelude in G Major is the very same one Violet loves to play so much, the first song she ever learned. It’s one of my favorite pieces of classical music.
My Skin by Natalie Merchant
This song was actually a very powerful Violet song for me while writing The Jewel. The idea of feeling ‘untouchable’ made so much sense, given the way she was treated by the royals. But as I worked on The White Rose, it started to resonate so much more with Ash as his history unfolded.
I’m a slow dying flower
A frost killing hour
The sweet turning sour and untouchable
It is exactly how Ash feels about himself and Natalie Merchant’s voice is so hauntingly beautiful.
Cinder and Smoke by Iron and Wine
Speaking of Ash, could there be a more appropriate song for him and his sister, Cinder, than this one? I think not. Plus I love Iron and Wine! The tone of this song is so lovely and sad, which captures Ash and his sister’s relationship perfectly.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
I have felt a deep connection with this song since I was a kid and it is absolutely perfect for Violet and Raven’s friendship. They are always there for each other, no matter what. Violet risks so much to help her best friend and to me, this is the ultimate I’ll Always Be There For You song. I’m so glad it has a place on this list.
Kids from Bye Bye Birdie
I mentioned my love of musical theater earlier. Well, this song could not be better for Lucien than if it was written for him! I can picture him breaking the fourth wall and singing this to the audience pretty much any time Violet/Ash/Garnet do something he doesn’t want or didn’t plan for. I love Lucien so much, and I totally feel for him. Trying to wrangle a bunch of teenagers who won’t listen, even when their lives depend on it, must be incredibly frustrating.
I Love It by Icona Pop
Time to give Garnet some attention! And really, could there be a more appropriate song for this bad boy? He crashed his car into a bridge, he watched, he let it burn. Sounds exactly like something Garnet would do. Although his character changes over the course of the books so he’d need another two songs!
I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders
This playlist would not be complete without a song for Ash and Violet. Their relationship is so central not just to the plot of the overall story, but to each of them as individuals. They learn and grow together, they have to accept things they weren’t prepared for, but at the end of the day, they will always stand by each other.
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
This song is Violet discovering her own power, what the Auguries really are, and finally understanding what she’s capable of.
So you wanna play with magic?
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for…
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, perfect storm.
That to me is exactly how Violet must feel—as if she’s capable of creating a perfect storm.
Pompeii by Bastille
The finale song! Plans are being made, powers are being revealed, and the walls are ready to come tumbling down, in the city that they love.
Finally, I picked four songs for each of the four elements. It is such an important moment when Violet first connects with the elements, not just for her own personal journey but for the fate of the entire city as well. So I felt they deserved some love ☺
I Feel The Earth Move by Carole King
Light My Fire by the Doors
Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Middler
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
About the Book
Title: THE WHITE ROSE
Author: Amy Ewing
Pub. Date: October 6, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.
But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?
The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.
About the Book
Title: THE JEWEL
Author: Amy Ewing
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
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.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61vzkhFVKuM
Amy Ewing earned her MFA in Writing for Children at The New School and received her BFA at New York University. The Jewel started off as a thesis project and became her debut novel. She lives in New York City. You can visit Amy online at www.amyewingbooks.com or on Twitter @AmyEwingBooks.
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