The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Published February 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
cw – sexual assult
as soon as i saw this book on goodreads last year i knew that i needed it, it was one of my more anticipated releases of 2018 and i can easily say that it was as good as i thought it would be, i absolutely loved it! 😊 when i first read the blurb of this book it reminded me a little of the selection which i loved so i did of course have very high hopes for this book 😊
the descriptions in this book are incredible, the mention of food and drink had my mouth watering, the dresses sound marvelous – just everything looked and sounded so perfect and the characters in this book were just as vivid as everything else. camellia is our main character and she is amazing, she is compassionate and brave but she has her own flaws which she struggles with just like anyone else. she strives to be the best but she has to pay the price, which sometimes isn’t worth it as our main character finds out throughout this book.
“You can never be clean enough, pretty enough, or smart enough.”
it’s not just the main character that is complex, the side characters are amazing, i think remy has to be my favourite out of them all along with all the other belles!
the idea of beauty in this book is crazy, like they are obsessed and the procedures sound so painful like no thank you. there are laws surrounding beauty in what can be done and what can’t be done, waists can only go so small, breasts can only go so large, it’s crazy what people will do in the pursuit of beauty and how far some of the characters in this book will go to be “the most beautiful”
“No one is a prisoner. Even you have the power to make your own choices.”
there were so many twists and turns in this book that i didn’t see coming which made it such an exciting read, i wishes we got to learn about the belle’s in even more detail as i still have so many questions. i actually didn’t realise that this was going to be a series so when i was on the last action packed chapters i was getting very confused as to how it was going to wrap up, thankfully it’s going to be a series because that was one hell of a cliffhanger ending.
overall, i looooooved this book, it exceeded it expectations in my eyes and i’m so sad that i have to wait forever for the next book.
thank you to netgalley + the publisher for the arc