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The Belles

(The Belles #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  20,306 ratings  ·  4,810 reviews
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
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 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 all the ugliness that lies underneath.

In the fictional world of Orléans, a small number of girls called Belles are able to use magic to create beautiful (or, indeed, ugly) looks to the paying customer's desire. Cam
Emma Giordano
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 was a little too flowery at some points but all around unique and interesting. It’s so sweet, full of detailed descriptions of vibrant and sugary imagery, I almost felt as if I could get a cavity from just reading. I do feel
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 a bit to get into the book but the last third of the book is absolutely worth the world and character building it takes to get there. In the last third of the book, everything starts falling into place exquisitely ...more
Adam Silvera
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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, The Belles does it 10,000,000X better. The fictional world Dhonielle created is lush with beautiful descriptions of the world, it's contraptions, the food, everything about it was just so damn near perfect.

It wasn't near perfect, however.

As the title says, there are girls known as Belles who can cont
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 you want a page turner!

TW: sexual assault, bury your gays trope ft. side character

I will be doing a full review on my channel.
Sabaa Tahir
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 Remy to be real, too. NEED SEQUEL YESTERDAY. Pre-order this one, you will be so grateful you did. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Sometimes too much beauty can be horrifying thing.

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle; one with the power to control beauty.

In the world of Orleans, people are born entirely devoid of color. With red eyes and grey skin, beauty does not come naturally, unless of course, you are a Belle.

Belles use a Arcana, a type of magic, to shape and shift paying customers into glowing examples of beauty.

In the beginning, feeling a bit like The Hunger Games, ((and by a bit, I mean A LOT)) we find Camellia competing
Vibur (semi-hiatus)
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 teacups and lavish desserts, a world which dripped gleaming jewels and spilt vibrant blossoms. But its beauty belied the ugliness cutting insidiously deep, rotting it from the inside.
In short, The Belles was a disturbingly fascinating examination of beauty, of how distorted the ideals of physical perfection have become—and the c
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 25, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
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 just slightly hurt barely any reviews have mentioned the thing that happens in this book. feel free to look at this review, or just click the spoiler tag:(view spoiler)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 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, the main events and the most relevant to the plot of the series as a whole are introduced at that point but still, we can do it without them and discover them along the way.

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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 disappointment that was CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, I decided that I was officially putting everyone's YA reviews on notice. I was tired of getting duped.

And then I read THE BELLES.

THE BELLES is not a perfect book. The first 100 p
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

This is the book you sit in the cold bath water because you would rather be cold and wet than not know how it ended. This is the book you stay up reading be because you would rather read it than sleep. This is the book that would sacrifice a limb for.

For me a big issue with books is they wait to start. They either give you a scene from the middle of the book, giving you false hope that things will be exciting or they open with a bunch of random philosophical sentences and analogies, which is fin
Jan 25, 2018 added it
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 🙃🙃🙃

Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

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 beauty and what is beauty as well as how far people will go to be beautiful.
There were a few things I didn’t like which is why ultimately I gave this book a ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 but I still really enjoyed it.
There is a trigger ⚠️ for attempted
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Rep: black mc, wlw side characters

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 life.

This book is bury your gays. There we go. I said it. It's bury your gays.

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Trina (Between Chapters)
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 building. It didn't really live up to what I wanted as far as commentary on beauty standards either.

Audiobook review: I really enjoyed listening to this but honestly that's probably due to my audio addiction because t
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 just slow. It was BORING!

The main character was incredibly unlikable. She was stiff and uptight and had a horrendous superiority complex. We had to listen to her go on and on about how great she is. She was also just k
Tomi Adeyemi
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 types of beauty are celebrated and exist so seamlessly within the same room. This was the first book I ever got as a reader where picturing everybody in any scene allowed me to picture a diverse array of skin tones and ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 future version of our world or a fantasy world but I loved it. I don't want to give anything away since it doesn't even come out for 7 months. I will say this though, I think The Belles is going to the book of 2018.

Who do I
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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 holds magic and can control beauty. In Camellia’s world, Orleans, people are born grey and without the beauty they seek and it’s up to Belles like Camellia to cater to the needs of the citizens.

Camellia and her fellow Belle
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Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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 been cursed to be born grey and without colour. Trained from birth along with her sisters, Camellia sees it as her duty to offer such an important service and wants nothing more than to be picked by the queen as the favou
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
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 the book
There were a fair few plot twists that were great too

The Bad:
The pacing wasn't the best in my opinion, as I said above. i got bored at points
I also think the world building could've been a bit more structured. L
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the synopsis of this book and couldn’t wait to get into it.

I really liked Camellia. She’s smart and loving and inquisitive. I loved that she made her own decisions and didn’t just trust blindly. The relationship between the sister Belles was sweet and I wish we could have gotten just a bit more of that. There are a lot of characters in this book, but everyone was fairly easy to keep track of.

Plot wise, it was captivating. We’re thrust into this jewel and candy colored world and even th
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun and fascinating read!
Initial Thoughts: We're still burying our gays? In this day and age? Seriously?

A copy of this novel was provided by Hachette Australia for review.

The Good

1) The writing

The writing style of The Belles was, for the most part, engaging. There was definitely something about it that kept me hooked every time I opened it, which was evident by the fact that I read about one hundred or so pages every time I picked this book up.

2) The story

The Belles is set in a world where beauty is the single most impo
Chelsies Reading Escape
In The Belles we follow Camilla, one of the new Belles presented at court. In a world where everyone is born grey, Belles are the only ones who can bring beauty and color to the people through the magic given to them by the Goddess of Beauty. Camilla and her closest Belles sister Amber both covet the postion of Queens Favorite and have been training really hard all their lives to be chosen. Once at court Camilla discovers some secrets that changes her perspective on what it means to be a Belles. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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 moments, action and intensity, drama and emotion. Honestly, this book was an absolute blast to read, and I am super excited to follow the series and see where this world goes.

We follow the Belles, the god-like beauties wh
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Dhonielle spent much of her childhood hiding beneath her grandmother's dining table with a stack of books. As an English teacher at a ballet academy, Clayton rediscovered her passion for children's and young adult literature. To ground herself in the canon, she pursued her Masters in Children's Literature from Hollins University before receiving ...more

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