The Belles

The Belles

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In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. Camellia Beauregard wants to be 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 she soon finds that behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets. When the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia faces an impossible decision.
Publisher: London : 2018. Gollancz,
ISBN: 9781473223967
Branch Call Number: YF CLAY

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LoganLib_Kirra Feb 27, 2018

The Belles is a gorgeous display of colour and detail in a deadly world covered up in beauty. This book was complete cover love for me from the moment it was released much like everyone else. That beautiful face, the dress and colour scheme all screamed out to me to grab this book and read it as ... Read More »


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yortb
Jul 13, 2018

I almost never get so fed up with a book, approved and published by a publishing house, as I did this one. I couldn't take it any longer by page 60. The book is big for an instalment in a series, and I found out why. Pathetic dialogue litters the pages; the author doesn't seem to understand the value of dialogue in characterisation or plot advancement -- the dialogue on the pages I read (and not one page more) is void of any value apart from fattening up the author's manuscript. The writing is pompous and that of a recalcitrant moron: "... nervous excitement" "...exact same [blah]". The writing drags on and I simply did not see the value of wasting another breath with a text of a glitzy premise and masterful PR efforts but which is of an infuriatingly inferior quality.

The garish and tacky cover design seems to portend a movie that is probably either in the making or going to be so. If a movie was indeed to come out of it, it would be one of the instances in which the movie would outshine the book, and it would not be a feat in this case.

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michellefecko
Apr 29, 2018

Slow to start, this fantasy about the cruel & twisted side of beauty really drew me in. The world-building is immersive, which is so great. I'm excited to see where it goes after that crazy ending!

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Wattage
Apr 12, 2018

Fabulous and sinister. A riveting read on many levels.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 27, 2018

The Belles is a gorgeous display of colour and detail in a deadly world covered up in beauty. This book was complete cover love for me from the moment it was released much like everyone else. That beautiful face, the dress and colour scheme all screamed out to me to grab this book and read it as soon as possible! Then when I read the blurb I was completely excited to actually read the book because it was such a fascinating idea. I wasn't sure what it would entail specifically but it ended up being a beautiful fantasy with so much mystery and thrills throughout. The Belles was an incredibly quick read with all of my favourite things that make up a fantastic Young Adult book. I'm not sure how many books will follow from this but I'm already wondering when it will come out, what the title will be and what Dhonielle's plans are for Camellia, the other Belles and the future of the kingdom!

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violet_penguin_924
Apr 23, 2018

violet_penguin_924 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 27, 2018

LoganLib_Kirra thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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“Be the best without trying to be better than the others.”

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