The Belles: Book Review
TITLE: The Belles
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Published February 6th 2018
4.5 out of 5 stars
SNYOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.
OTHER FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series? I have a feeling there will be more
MY REVIEW OF The Belles:
This book was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was caught up in the story and the characters. I absolutely adored the world-building as well as the detail that went into this story. Sometimes the amount of detail used in a story can make it more difficult to read, but in the case of this story it only added more elegance and luxury to the story.
There was a depth to this book, that not a lot of books have.
At the end of the book, after the last chapter but before the acknowledgements, the author gives a little not to the reader about the reasons why she wrote this story. What she writes in that little note, make the story incredibly powerful in my eyes.
In the world that The Belles takes place in, Beauty is an essential and highly esteemed quality. The use of lavish and expressive words worked beautifully with the descriptions of the characters, and their outfits works so well together. The descriptions made my imagination go wild, and I love when that happens when reading a book.
Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the idea that all of the Belles are sisters and they all have this close-knit family bond. Even when they go their own seperate ways, they still send letters to each other. I do wish that we could have gotten to know each of the Belles a little more. At the beginning of the book, we are given their names and descriptions of appearances, but after that the story really only focuses around 2 of the Belles (and one is the main character). I do think that the second book will have more of the other Belles in it!
I thought Camellia was an awesome main character who honestly just had a lot of spunk. She would often go directly against what people were telling her to do. She had struggles and made mistakes even though she was a Belle, and I really enjoyed her as the lead. The secondary cast of characters was absolutely fantastic as well!
I will 100% be looking forward to the next book that comes in this series.
I reccomend this book to…
If you enjoy young adult fantasy that is similar to The Selection Series, with some romance, magic and lots of beautiful people, then you will LOVE this book.
Thanks for reading this book review!