TITLE: The Belles
AUTHOR: Dhonielle Clayton
SERIES: The Belles
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 434
PUBLISHED: February 8th 2018

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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.

Lies are as dangerous as a sword. They can cut to the bone.

Beauty can be deadly. That is what reads on the cover of The Belles. And after finishing this book, it sure can be!

At first I liked the fact that Camille wanted to be the best, like her mother had once been, like she was trained to be. But after all had been decided and the story was moving on, “I need to be the favorite” started to get really annoying. Yes, I understand why she would keep saying that, why she would keep working toward that goal, but it was repetitive and sometimes even annoying.
She still was a very likeable character though. She managed to grow as a character quite a lot. Surprisingly much even. Yet still the fact that she was said to be the one who liked to test the rules, to do as she saw was best, to have a fighting spirit, it didn’t always look like it. Some moments she seemed like someone who is even too easy to be fooled.
Auguste I hated from the first moment he made an appearance. Oh, what a character that one. Remy on the other hand, love him. I want my own Remy.
As for the sisters, I really liked Edel. I really hope to see more Edel in the next book!! I would have loved to see her a lot more during this one too!

The story itself was great though! So much mysteries around every corner. So much secrets it made me wonder, how do they manage to keep them all?! Around so many post-balloons and all of those, how in the world do they keep so many secrets?! And even though the outcome of the book is very much detectable from the start, it is very easy to figure out how everything will turn out to be, it was still very intriguing and kept me reading and reading. Just to know how it will all go down, what would people do and how will it end for them all.
There’s not much I can truly say without possibly spilling out spoilers for The Belles. But there is so many different teacup animals, post-balloons for delivering mail, devious characters, some you don’t know if they are friend or foe, so much tension.

All in all, there were some moments I hated this book because everything seemed to be so annoying and it really started to bubble up anger in me. And so many questions are still flying around my head that need answers. I guess that means I’ll need the second book asap to know things. Other than that it was a wholesome book with some very different kind of “magic” in the middle of all the “regular magic” books. So many new and unique things you don’t really see in other books!

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