Review: Spoilers! The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Camelia is a Belle. In New Orleans, everyone is born grey, colorless and not very attractive, except for the Belles, the descendants from an ancient beauty Goddess. It’s the magic that flows through their veins makes them beautiful and can make others beautiful as well. The highest position a Belle can get is becoming the Queen’s favorite. The glamorous life at the royal palace is everything Camelia ever dreamed of. Her dream may come true very soon, she only needs to beat her best friend. However, Camelia will soon discover that being a Belle is not as perfect as she imagined. She will see the dark side that kept in secret for a very long time. What else the royal family is hiding? Can Camelia accept the new reality? Will she fight for what’s the right thing for her or will she follow the long-pursued dream at all causes?

To be honest, it took me a while to get into the book. The story didn’t grab me at the beginning, not until the 100 pages mark. I didn’t quite understand the world and the whole Belles situation. I mean if everyone is ugly doesn’t it make ugly normal? I wanted more action and plotting but the novel focused more on gowns and makeup descriptions. Although it was cool at first, soon I got very tired of it.

Also the villain aka the crazy Princess. Why the Queen did nothing when she saw how psycho she was and the horrible things she did to people? Couldn’t she just isolate her in some alyssum and problem solved? I feel like the drama didn’t make any sense. Everyone was watching the psycho Princess do all of that crazy stuff and did nothing. Why? Moreover, I didn’t really care for any of the characters, they all were flat and didn’t add to the story and the ending was kind of meh… It wasn’t the most incredible book I’ve ever read, I expected way more.

Rating: 3/5

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