“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.”
-Synopsis taken from Goodreads
Hello guys, Allison here! I just finished the newly released, highly hyped The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.
Quote: “Someone’s demeanor can become an obstacle for them.”
Stars (Out of 10): 8.5
Favorite Character: Camellia
Spoiler Free: The Belles has a beautiful cover, but the world is what really reels you in. While at first it may seem overwhelming, but as the story goes on, the world of the Belles is one of the most unique I’ve ever read. From teacup lions and elephants to the magic of the Belles, the world building is phenomenal. You can easily come up with images in your head as the descriptions flow across the pages. However, that doesn’t mean this story was perfect and there were some things I didn’t enjoy as much, such as the cliche love interest and the lack of common sense most of the characters seem to share.
Careful! Spoilers beyond this point!