Book Review – The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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I’m still in awe of this beautiful novel. It’s rich, full of fantastic characters, flowery writing, minimal lovey dovey scenes, and a political world based on people’s need to be perfect and beautiful. I loved the concept of this story. It wasn’t like anything I’ve read before. The characters had real flaws, and the villian was definitely full fledged crazy pants. I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait to read the next book.

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, the most treasured type of human in her country. She is destined to be the favorite, the Belle chosen to work with the royal family and do all their beauty work. However, her plan doesn’t work out and she ends up second best. Until the royal family decides to change that, as easily as they do their appearance. Camellia soon learns that being the favorite has severe consequences…. and those consequences could cost her her life.

This world was so intriguing. The descriptions were a little TOO much at first, I was almost getting lost in them. However, once you get around the mid point of the book they become less and less. I love, love, loved the detail of the beauty work. How they changed body types, how they painted faces, how the person getting the beauty work usually had to drink a tea to ease the pain. It proved the point that beauty sure is pain. The teacup animals were probably my favorite part, and the fact that their mail was sent via small balloons… just awesome!

The story line was somewhat slow in pace, but very interesting none the less. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I liked how it wasn’t “Camellia saved the sleeping queen and all was well”. There is still a lot that is going to happen with this series and I honestly can’t wait to read more.

There wasn’t a ton of lovey dovey scenes , but there are two love interests. I like that it really didn’t take away from the story at all.

I recommend this to anyone looking for a YA Fantasy read that differs from any current releases on the market, as it is mainly about how beauty consumes people and sometimes being perfect comes with consequences.

 

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