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02 February 2018

Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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.

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5 Words: Beauty, power, control, collusion, family.

I loved this book.

Orléans is a world that you have to throw yourself into. You are dropped into the deep end of one of the richest and most lavish worlds I have ever read. Every page reveals a little more of the beliefs, the technology, and the secrets that surround Camellia, cleverly crafting an opulent yet deceitful world.

There is a lot of court intrigue, secrets, lies, collusion, power struggles... I found it so easy to get caught up in it all. At its heart, this story is as ugly as it is beautiful. It's truly breathtaking.

The writing is as decadent and colourful as the setting. It's like reading a painting. I easily spent as much time imagining everything as I did actually reading it.

I do think this book is not for everyone - you have to suspend disbelief and give yourself over to the fantasy, and if you don't I think you'd struggle. But it is absolutely worth it, and I'd recommend it to anyone willing to try something different.

I can't wait for more!


  1. This sounds really good. I'm going to have to find a slot in my TBR for it

  2. Awesome!! I can't wait to give this a read! :)

  3. I've seen this book cover around on Twitter LOADS recently and my eye is always drawn to it - I love the cover and it sounds like a really great book. Glad you enjoyed it, too! <3


  4. I'm not sure if I'd like it as I don't often read YA fantasy, but I think I'm going to try and get this at some point this year and give it a go. I'm seeing so many positive reviews!
    Amy x

  5. This sounds amazing! I've been struggling to find some suggested reads that I'd be interested in lately but I'll definitely pick this one up when I do my next book order! x


  6. This sounds like an enjoyable read! I'm glad you liked it. :)

  7. I can't wait to read this book! Haven't managed to find it in the shops yet.


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