I AM A BELLE. I CONTROL BEAUTY.
In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful.
Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.
But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers-all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - There is a reason why everyone is talking about this book because, it's bloody brilliant.
This book was something I didn't expect. I didn't know too much about the plot. I just wanted to jump right into it and to see what it was all about. The thing about book buzz is that, you'll either really love the book or not and some times, the buzz helps and doesn't. But, this time the hype lives up to the book. (Some trigger warnings for this book before you go into it though! Including sexual assault.)
In this world everyone is born grey. With red eyes, grey hair that has the texture of straws. Camellia and her five sisters are Belles. Born of colour and, they have a magical ability to make anyone beautiful.
Camellia is desperate to picked as the favourite Belle, the one who will do the beauty work. But, the court is not what it seems. The people are demanding, the work they request her to do leaves Camellia exhausted.
The Queens eldest daughter has been kept in a deep sleep and the queen asks Camellia to do something she wasn't expecting. With this it opens up a whole of things that throw Camellia into the world of lies, secrets and the truth about The Belles.
With this information she has many choices to make. Is she ready to decide what to do? Or, will something sinister stop her before she has the chance?
I love the way Dhonielle has combined our work with technology, paparazzi and that of a high fantasy world which, she has created and made her it own with all these little parts in it. She has such a beautiful way of writing that just grips you from the beginning and begs for you to carry on reading. It flows so nicely and the way the story is told is just wonderful.
To the people The Belles are harmless. It is like going for a make over but, a little bit more extreme in their world where beauty is everything and, beauty is pain.
A story that is beautifully told and full of beauty, finding the truth, secrets, lies and figuring out what to do and if it's the right thing. A very interesting book that had a story like no other.