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Belvedor and the Four Corners

(Belvedor Saga #1)

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HEALER. CREATOR. AGRARIAN. WARRIOR.

Welcome to the Four Corners

Arianna Belvedor has never known a world outside of this cold and cruel region, but she’s always dreamed of the freedom beyond. Per the King’s decree to weed out the weak, all children must excel in one of four special skills and survive a rigorous test to earn citizenship—win or die.

As #22 of Warrior’s Distri
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Paperback, 2nd Edition, 446 pages
Published September 11th 2016 (first published December 15th 2014)
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Cinnia Literary Raccoon
Warrior, Healer, Creator, Agrarian.

Red, Blue, Purple, Green.

And so begins an epic YA dystopian adventure set in the strange world of Olleb-Yelfra, although not quite the one I expected based on the blurb and initial chapters.

What I liked:
- The prose was strangely addicting and compelled me to keep reading, despite my feelings that this series was not quite written with someone like me in mind as the intended audience.
- Sano is the best character. He's just simply 💖
- Ara and Lessa have a lo
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Elizabeth
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got this book it was free for a short period of time,was kind of hesitative about reading it,but once I started I found out that I couldn't put it down at all, if you love adventure,magic,secrets then you must pick this one up and read it. ...more
Julie Witt
Dec 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC from NetGalley

I've read some mixed reviews on this book but I definitely fall into the "I loved it" camp. Arianna Belvedor has grown up in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, and her only hope at a life outside of the hell she lives in is to be the best fighter in her city, which is one of the four corners. She's been learning how to fight for as long as she can remember, but that doesn't prepare her for the direction her life is suddenly going to take.

This is high fantasy at its be
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Cat
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UGH. This was such an epic read, I don't even know where to start. I couldn't believe I went through 500+ pages that fast and am now dreading having to catch up on all the work I've put off to finish this book. It was that good.

The first half had me going through so many emotions. SO MANY. I was constantly on the edge of my seat and haven't felt such an adrenaline rush while reading in years! Literally could not put the book down. It was reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter but withi
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Arya Fomo
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Belvedor and the Four Corners is the first book in the Belvedor Saga by Ashleigh Bello, a compelling entry in the young adult general fantasy category and a great coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of an unfriendly city ruled by a tyrant, a world where children earn their right to citizenship when they turn eighteen—and they must actually earn it through fierce battle or fall to the pit—readers are introduced to Arianna Belvedor, a seventeen-year-old who is looking forward to the fina ...more
Elizabeth Lavender
This was an incredible read where a touch of the hunger game world tries to hide the mysteries of magic. We find a harsh life where the sole goal is to make it long enough to compete to the death for freedom in a new world that’s told to be worth all one has been forced to endure. That’s where we meet Arianna Belvedor, a slave in the warrior district, preparing to either win her freedom or be the next sacrifice in this cruel arrangement. I love the character of Arianna as she struggles with whic ...more
Chloe 'hichlochu'
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of fantasy, of strong female leads and magic that leaves you gasping for air. I am addicted to head strong characters that like to test the rules and I really love finding magic systems that have a unique feel for them. And I can tell you, Belvedor had all this and more in store for me.

I loved the writing style, it was light and easy, not a huge information dump like some fantasy books can have, instead it was stretched out and fed in small mouthfuls. It was delightful and made for
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Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff
It is very dangerous to compare books to other books, especially those i`ve read. I`ve read Hunger games and Red queen, but not the last one so I cannot say anything about that. But my expectation gets high when that happends. In the end, this wasn`t much for me. I didn`t really connect or care my about the main character, Arianna or the story. My high expectations wasn`t meet sadly.

I got this eARC from netgalley.
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Jessica Belmont
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello i definitely my kind of read! This is a really wonderfully written fantasy, about a magical world filled with oppression. It reminds me a bit of the dystopian genre, while being world built like a fantasy. Awesome.
I absolutely loved the characters and the world building. Everything was so vivid, and felt so real, it was easy for me to get lost in the story. I had a hard time setting this down.
I cannot wait to read more from this author. Cons
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FRANCES COOPER
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Few books leave me panting for the next but this is one! A life of forced vision breeds dreams of a different way. What if that new way was against all you have ever known? Arianna's life has always been in the hands of others but now it can be hers alone. All she has to do is open her mind and heart to another world altogether. An action packed involving tale of triumph and self discovery! So excited to read the sequel! ...more
Terrie Stamey
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bergeron and the Four Corners-Very intriguing story. Great read!

This adventure leaves you wanting more of the same. Keeps your interest throughout the story. The characters of this tale are wonderful and you find yourself wrapped up in their lives. You will wind up rooting for the good guys! A great story and one you will want to read.
Vivian Thibodeaux
This is a well thought out story line. It has twists and turns that is not expected. The only thing I couldn't understand was the fact that Arianna Belvedor was supposed to be a warrior but every time she had to fight someone she couldn't fight her way out of a wet paper bag. Everyone could beat her. She was supposed to be the best. ...more
Frieda
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clearly the start of an epic adventure. Having to prove that you are worthy of gaining your freedom. I doubt I could have done what they did and the courage they showed if incredible.

Wonderfully written, feeling their fears and hopes all through it all!
Danielle
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paints a magical picture

The story takes you on a magical adventure. The author does a wonderful job painting the story for the reader, allowing the imagination to run free.
Patricia Burleson
Good
Kyla Orinick
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written

I loved every moment of this adventure! I can't wait to see where we go next. Don't hesitate if you are a lover of fantastical adventure.
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Cary Stewart Jr
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

Very glad I started reading this, I hope the author quality of writing stays the same for the whole series.
Eclectic Heathen
A masterful beginning of a new saga

Well written, this tale was a great read with strong female characters. I cannot wait to read more of this saga.
v.geniebrown
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good

The storyline is unusual,the characters are vivid and alive. I was very pleased with the overall book even though the end is a cliffhanger.
gj indieBRAG
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that BELVEDOR AND THE FOUR CORNERS by Ashleigh Bello is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Mab
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Bello’s novel is a young adult fantasy novel; I’m not sure why, but I thought it would be more adult than it was when I picked this book up. The story has a solid idea to build on – a dystopian version of a fairy tale world, where magic and fae alike have been outlawed, decimated, and forgotten.

In this world, everyone is born a slave and must prove themselves worthy of freedom once they come of age in an annual festival known as Free Falls. Arianna, a slave in the Warrior District, stubbles upon
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Reece
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from NetGalley

2.5 stars

This was a bit of a slog. We follow Ariana for far too long in the Jar. The mystery of the tunnels also takes far too long, although it is at least a bit less bleak and more interesting in terms of a setting. This was a really long way to open a series, and I wonder if the author stretched everything out a bit to make it a 4-book series, 4 corners, yada yada. It wasn't a bad book, but it unfortunately wasn't gripping or terribly interesting.

The book is really quite bl
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Grace Ashley
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite

Belvedor and the Four Corners (Belvedor Saga, #1) by Ashleigh Bello is a fantasy novel which begins in The Four Corners of the once magical land of Olleb-Yelfra. The Four Corners is a prison for those who are slaves, with only one way in and one way out. Arianna Belvedor is number 22 in the Warrior district and is set to win her freedom on Free Fall day when she turns 18. But all her well-laid plans go awry when she takes up an ill-advised c
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E.J. Hill
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This book has a lot of potential! I found that the world was unique and interesting, it had some suspenseful action scenes, and the friendship between Arianna and Lessa was sweet. Unfortunately, though, this was not a book for me. Some points of the storyline were a little awkward like how four slaves from different districts just happened to meet as they escaped. There was also a lot of dialogue. I know that some people really enjoy this, but I prefer a balance between dialogue and colourful pr ...more
Jane
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I liked this book, but it didn't totally suck me in. The characters were good and I liked them and how they interacted with each other. There was some romance which added to the story and was sweet and clean. The writing had some nice descriptions and was easy to follow though sometimes wasn't exactly smooth. The plot overall had a lot of potential and it was exciting, though I would've liked to have seen more of an ending and it kind of left me hanging. The book overall was good, and I can't wa ...more
Peter Carlstrom
I couldn’t finish it

Read and suffered through 80% of the book but it wasn’t getting any better. Had a potential with the plot but it was all squandered by lame plot devices, naive descriptions and mishmash of ideas from other books. Throw in a petulant, incapable and idiotic heroine and similarly stupid side kick and it became completely indigestible.
Lisa Williamson
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Astounding story

I gave this book a four only because I had a hard time getting into it. Now that I've finished it I'll recommend it to everyone. The strength the kids have is so unbelievable. I wouldn't have made it through a single day in their world. I think they should make a movie out of this book.
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Jane Balke Andersen
Lots of potential but awkward wording and a clunkiness of expression put me off. Uneven pacing. Some excellent action and suspense in some sections.

The main characters are 17 but seem much younger, more like 12.
Lauren Atkin
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belvedere: book 1

The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter- magical world revealed to an oppressed people. Intriguing premise and view that kept me reading. Hopefully book 2 keeps the same level of intrigue
Hilda Baard
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable story, well written with strong characters. worth the read.
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Ashleigh Bello is the author of the captivating Belvedor Saga. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in International Studies, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

When she’s not writing, she is focused on her career in marketing. She also teaches and practices power yoga in her community, enjoys spending time with friends and family every chance she gets,
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