The Belles

The Belles Review

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.

Title:The Belles
Edition Language:English

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  • Emily May

    "Don't you want to be beautiful?" Woah. The Belles is a monster hidden behind a pretty facade of dresses, magic, and beautiful writing. The world and story slowly build through stunning descriptions,...

  • Emma Giordano

    4.5 stars! I had a lot of fun with this story and cannot wait to see where things go from here!TW: sexual assault, "bury your gays" tropeThe writing style of The Belles is one of it’s most prominent...

  • Roxane

    I am guessing this is the first book in a series? A trilogy? All I know is that I want to know what happens next. The Belles is richly, gorgeously detailed in the accounting of the world of Orleans an...

  • Adam Silvera

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot wait for THE EVERLASTING ROSE. ...

  • Cesar

    2 stars"I'd do anything to be beautiful."The Belles has been on my radar the second I found out about the synopsis. It reminds me a lot of what Tyra Banks tried to do in her novel Modelland. Except, T...

  • Lola

    This is a book that will surprise you.From the outside, it looks like it was written for princesses-to-be, but the inside is different. Among the lush descriptions of dresses and beautiful people, the...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    I first "wished" for an ARC of this on NetGalley last spring, when the hype started to peak. I was going to email in a request shortly after, when some things were brought to my attention that I'd rat...

  • Samantha

    2.5 stars! This book was such an addictive, fast-paced read. But I did feel it fell apart towards the end, mostly because the "twists" felt very obvious. The characters also feel a tad flat at times, ...

  • Sabaa Tahir

    I will eventually leave a legit review for this, but first I have to pick up the pieces of my shattered heart, which, in case you were wondering, was shattered by Dhonielle and this book. Also I despe...

  • Vibur

    Tantalisingly sensual.Clayton paints a captivatingly vivid portrait of sophisticated wealth and extravagant excess in The Belles. I was drawn into the royal court of Orléans—a world of dainty teacu...