In the opulent world of Orleans, 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.'

This book was amazing.

I honestly didn't know if I would like this book. It took a few chapters to completely capture my imagination but once it did I was absolutely hooked.

I genuinely love the entire concept of this book. The obsession with beauty; What is beautiful? How much are you willing to pay for beauty? How far are you willing to go to be beautiful? These themes are perfectly woven through this entire story and really leave you thinking about them long after you have finished the book.

With so much focus in life about how you look; skin colour, eye colour, hair colour, and so many opinions on what is the most beautiful look, it isn't any wonder that so much of our lives; especially as women, are spent asking ourselves these questions, or judging ourselves or trying to attain this perfect beauty. Seeing all of these current and widespread questions and ideals brought to the forefront in this book was such an amazing thing to read about.

Dhonielle Clayton did a fantastic job with this book. The world she created was amazing to read about and her characters were so relatable, which was something I wasnt expecting. I really loved her writing style, it had a really cinematic quality to it and the emotions of the characters really radiated off the pages.

This book surprised me in so many ways and I am honestly so glad that I read it. I truly believe that this book should be read by all, regardless of the age of the reader.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is not to be missed. It may just become your newest obsession.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker