Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The Belles by Donielle Clayton

The Belles by Donielle Clayton


Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Series: The Belles #1 | Published: February 8th 2018 by Gollancz
Pages: 448 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Status: read from February 10 to February 19, 2018
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We all turned sixteen today, and for any normal girl that would mean raspberry and lemon macarons and tiny pastel blimps and pink champagne and card games.”


Well, I'm really happy I read this novel. I hadn't planned to do so. I really liked The Belles and I liked that it was a little darker than I had initially thought. I liked the characters, the world, and the beauty concept. But I found things as the language a little too adorned, and the writing a little too repetitive, but that's it I believe... I didn't LOVE any characters, but Camille was as good as any MC. I liked to follow the story from her perspective. Oh, but I liked her bodyguard though! I was really surprised by the outcome of the romance, and the end as a whole really did surprise me. Sort of cliffhanger-y, but not really. I will definitely read the next book, but I really hope it'll be no more than a trilogy. Hopefully a duology.

What is it about?

I AM A BELLE. I CONTROL BEAUTY. In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined. When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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