The Belles

The Belles

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 t Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, an...

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Title:The Belles
Author:Dhonielle Clayton
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Belles
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:440 pages pages

The Belles Reviews

  • Roxane
    Jul 18, 2017
    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 and the Belles, young women who are bred to create beauty amongst the citizenry. It took...
  • Sara
    Mar 24, 2018
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Just like the beauty described within, The Belles is beautiful yet ultimately flawed. Camellia is a Belle, blessed by the Goddess of beauty with the gift to change the appearance of the people of Orleans, who have...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Apr 13, 2017
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I'm basically that one friend of yours who keeps threatening to delete their Facebook account but never does, only instead of "delete their Facebook account" replace that with "stop reading YA." After the utter disappointm...
  • Adam Silvera
    Apr 23, 2017
    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot wait for THE EVERLASTING ROSE. ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 03, 2018
    "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, as the author peels back the layers of society's obsession with beauty, revealing a...
  • Heather
    Feb 21, 2018
    3.75/5 The writing was beautiful and I enjoyed our main character a ton. ? ? I did feel like the plot was a little slow throughout the book but it really picked up towards the end of it. I enjoyed the aspect and the overall theme of the book and how it centers around beaut...
  • Malia
    Mar 01, 2018
    I'm afraid I won't be finishing this one. This is pretty disappointing, because everyone seems to love it and that cover is just beautiful, but the book itself... Maybe it does get better, after 100 pages it feels like a slog already, so I just don't think it is for me. I won't give it...
  • charlotte
    Feb 07, 2018
    Galley provided by publisher I meant to wait a little while until I was less angry about this book, but I don't see that happening anytime soon, to be quite honest. Actually, scratch angry. I'm fucking furious. I have never been gladder to have been spoiled a character death in my l...
  • Kassidy
    Feb 27, 2018
    3.5* This is a very fun and fascinating read! ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Apr 24, 2018
    Content warning: minor fat shaming, negative LGBTQIA+ tropes, torture of humans and animals, unhealthy beauty standards. This wasn't bad and I will probably read the sequel, but this isn't the type of fantasy I prefer. It has an underexplained magic system and extremely narrow world...
  • Samantha
    Mar 07, 2018
    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, and some elements of the world building were weak. But overall, an enjoyable read if y...
  • Lola
    Jul 24, 2017
    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, there is darkness lurking. I couldn?t stop reading. Camellia has all the qualit...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Jan 04, 2018
    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 rather not go into publicly, but made me lose interest pretty quickly. Then, right before...
  • Kaitlin
    Jan 23, 2018
    *I received this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SOOO glad to have read this and I cannot wait for more people to do so. This is exactly the kind of book I love when I'm looking for new YA releases, it's filled with innovation, great character mome...
  • Tomi Adeyemi
    Sep 08, 2017
    Someone online described this book as Marie Antoinette with magic and I would have to agree! Lush, luxurious settings, great prose, a dynamic cast of diverse characters, and scary parallels to our real world. Additionally, I've never read such a diverse fantasy where all different type...
  • Sabaa Tahir
    Apr 07, 2017
    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 desperately wish post-balloons were real. Read the book and you'll agree. Also Remy. I need...
  • Roshani Chokshi
    Mar 06, 2017
    *sigh* *shriek* *swoon* <-- phases my brain underwent whilst reading this incredible book. Longer review to come, but for now, this was the blurb I gave. I really adored it. It's a deliciously horrifying slow burn that will leave you reeling. "Clayton dances between the fine ...
  • Emma Giordano
    Feb 12, 2018
    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" trope The writing style of The Belles is one of it?s most prominent points. The prose is decadent, entrancing, and lavish. For me personally, it ...
  • Kristen
    Feb 09, 2018
    Okay, I've seen enough. I can't do it anymore. *DNF at 60%* This started off good enough, albeit extremely, painfully SLOW! Omg, so slow. But that wasn't the worst part. If it were better, I would have taken my good old time and turtled my way through it. However, this book wasn't j...
  • Laura
    Mar 19, 2018
    Imagine a world where beauty rules everything and matters more than anything. In Orléans, the citizens are born gray due to a curse. It is the Belles job to make people beautiful by giving them distinguishing features, hair color/length, eye color, body type, skin tone, etc. It is a B...
  • Erin
    Jul 09, 2017
    You know what the worst thing about reading a book that doesn't come out until February 2018? I have to wait at least 2 years for the 2nd book. The Belles is about a society in which a small class of girls control beauty The Belles. I'm not sure if the world in this book is a fut...
  • Cesar
    Mar 06, 2017
    3.5 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, The Belles does it 10,000,000X better. The fictional world Dhonielle created ...
  • Carrie
    Aug 01, 2018
    The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is the first book of the young adult fantasy series by the same name. This series is one that will make readers think on the obsession with beauty in today?s society. Camellia Beauregard is a young girl who was born into being a Belle, one that hold...
  • Jill
    Jul 21, 2017
    WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL WAS THAT? REVIEW TO COME ONCE THE SHOCK FROM THOSE LAST 100 PAGES WEARS OFF ...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Mar 01, 2018
    My feelings on this are quite mixed. I liked aspects, but disliked others, was intrigued and excited at times, but also bored at others. The Good: POC main character, interesting world, diabolical villain, beautiful descriptions I liked Camille, and her character growth through...
  • Nicole
    Mar 04, 2018
    I started reading this book right after I saw it for the first time on Goodreads. It promised an enjoyable YA read and gladly, it didn?t disappoint. I didn?t read the whole premise and I?m glad I didn?t because it reveals events that won?t happen till 50% of the book. Yes, th...
  • Emma
    Jan 25, 2018
    disclaimer: I'm gonna call out something in this book that really pissed me off and has the potential to be pretty harmful, so if you don't want to know anything about the plot don't open this review ??? ---------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jul 09, 2018
    I really don't think I've ever found another book like this. It was equal parts disturbing and alluring, so I think it succeeded with the social commentary on what beauty means and just how far we'll go to get it. The world was absolutely gorgeous! (It kind of reminded me of Sofia ...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Feb 06, 2018
    Hey guys! In honor of release day, I'm partnering with @disneybooks for The Belle's Blog Tour - and hosting a giveaway for a hardcover + beauty pouch! Click here to enter! Good luck!! ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Jan 25, 2018
    I realized I hate repeating myself so here's a whole post on this topic but anyway: no one is telling you to boycott this, so don't go there. the real point is that I was going to read this while in a horrible mental health stage, it would have been REALLY painful for me, and I am j...