Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Orléans is a country without beauty. All of its people are born in shades of gray. All of the people except the Belles, who alone possess the gift of being beautiful. It's a gift they share with the rest of the people of Orléans, enhancing their looks, recoloring their hair, making them unique and gorgeous with the power of their arcana, which was gifted to them by the Goddess of Beauty.
When Camellia is finally able to share her gifts with the world, she imagines herself as a vessel of the goddess, sharing her powers with the queen and royal family. She wants nothing more than to make people beautiful. However, all is not as it seems at the royal palace. Secrets are hidden beneath the surface, loyalties change as often as hair color, and danger lurks behind false smiles. Camellia must discover the royal family's secrets before they discover hers.

I feel incredibly privileged that I had the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader Copy of The Belles. It's set to come out in 2018, according to GoodReads. I loved this book. First, it's refreshing to have a protagonist who isn't pale and blonde. Second, this book had plenty of twists and turns, keeping me on my toes throughout the process. I think The Belles could easily be the next Hunger Games if it garners the right attention. Look for it to come out soon! 

© 2017, Copyright Miriam Braud.  

While I try to post content warnings if I, personally, identify anything that I think is not appropriate for my students who range in age from 11-14, I recommend that all content is perused by parents to ensure that the individual and unique values of each family is upheld.

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