The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles (The Belles, #1)

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 to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live i...

Details The Belles (The Belles, #1)

TitleThe Belles (The Belles, #1)
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Belles (The Belles, #1)

  • Emily May
    "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, ...
  • Emma Giordano
    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" tropeThe 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 a...
  • Roxane
    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...
  • Adam Silvera
  • Cesar
    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.As the title says, there are girls known as B...
  • Lola
    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 qualities a heroine needs: kindness, strength, empathy, determination, courage and the willingness to make a change. Quite evidently, it takes her time to realize the danger she ...
  • Samantha
    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 characterI will be doing a full review on my channel.
  • Sabaa Tahir
    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.
  • Vibur
    Tantalisingly sensual.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 superbly atmospheric, the opulence of its setti...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI'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...
  • megs_bookrack
    Sometimes too much beauty can be horrifying.Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. A being who can control beauty.In the world of Orleans, people are born entirely devoid of all color. With red eyes and grey skin, beauty is not natural, unless of course, you are a Belle. Belles use a type of magic called Arcana 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 mea...
  • Tucker
    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 p...
  • Heather
    3.75/5The 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 enjoy...
  • Nicole
    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 t...
  • 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 t...
  • c, (½ of readsrainbow)
    Galley provided by publisherRep: black mc, wlw side charactersI 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.(view spoiler)[In this book, there are two (potentially t...
  • Kristen
    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 ...
  • Erin
    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 ...
  • Jill
  • Carrie
    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 ...
  • Tomi Adeyemi
    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 allow...
  • 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 bookThere 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 pointsI also think the wor...
  • Sara
    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 nothin...
  • Stacee
    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 ...
  • Kassidy
    3.5*This is a very fun and fascinating read!