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The Belles (The Belles (1)) (edição: 2018)

de Dhonielle Clayton (Autor)

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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, 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 Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie-that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.… (mais)
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Título:The Belles (The Belles (1))
Autores:Dhonielle Clayton (Autor)
Informação:Freeform (2018), 448 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***
Etiquetas:young-adult

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The Belles is an intricate fantasy novel set in the city of Orleans. Camellia is a Belle, and she can make others, who are born grey, become beautiful. She is sent to work in the palace, which has always been her dream, but she soon uncovers the darker side to the palace and the royalty living there.
I enjoyed my time reading the Belles. I loved Camellia as a character. She was so kindhearted and determined. I also really liked learning more about the other Belles Camellia grew up with, as well as the history of Orleans.
However, I found it difficult to enjoy some of the concepts and realities in the novel. For example, I thought the premise that people are born grey and that only Belles have the magical power to give them color and beauty was very strange.
Also, the supporting characters often seemed one-dimensional and difficult to have any feelings about.
Still, I enjoyed reading The Belles and I plan on reading the sequel, The Everlasting Rose, when it is released.
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  Emily0310 | Dec 1, 2021 |
First: About 150 pages too long. I know one of the draws of this novel is the sumptuousness and world-building, but there wasn't really much of that (we should have spent more time on the clothes and the hair and the looks - really lean into it!). I struggled to keep my attention at times.

Second: Why was everyone so mean to Elizabeth? She was a little annoying, sure, but she stood up for what she believed in. And did Camille just abandon Bree after she was arrested?

Third: I did like that Camille was naive and knew it - life at court is full of traps and schemes, and you can't just jump into that and hope you'll survive. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

The Belles is set in a fantasy alternative New Orleans where people are born grey, except The Belles, who can make and transform citizens into beautiful beings using their gift of arcana. Camellia Beauregard has trained her whole life to be the Perfect, the Belle that works in the Royal Court and helps makes the "Beauty Laws" of the kingdom. As soon as her and her sisters join the Court, they quickly learn it's everything they've ever learned is a lie. Camellia is also asked by the Queen to risk her own life to help spare that of her eldest daughter's by using her arcana in an unconventional way. Camellia must decide where she wants to stand: save herself and her sisters, or risk it all to save the kingdom and her world forever.

The writing style of The Belles was one of my favorite parts. There were many descriptions of things where they were compared to food or candies. As much as that possibly sounds strange, Dhonielle Clayton does a decent job at it.

"The sky and its clouds are made of melting cherries and flaming oranges and burnt grapefruit as the sun sinks into the sea...My powdered skin makes me look like an overly frosted piece of caramel cake"

Though, with that comparison, there's also issues. Food was used a lot to describe skin color and had the potential to be racist. I know that's the world building and because the characters do eat a lot of extraordinarily sweet treats often, I can see how that's an 'easy comparison' for them to do.

I really enjoyed the cast of characters: Camellia, Remy, Bree, and Edel. I liked Amber as well, but sometimes I felt like Camellia would portray her one way and then she'd do something that seemed like it would be out of character for her. She wasn't the main character so we really weren't able to see what she was thinking throughout so she made me curious. I was also so intrigued with Princess Sophia and her development throughout the book. The villains in this story are scary, dark, and cruel! They had me wanting other characters to just get as far away from them as they possibly could before something happened.

Overall this is entertaining for a YA fantasy novel. It will keep the pages turning as you read. I had already asked for the next book from my library halfway through reading the first. I'm pretty excited to continue reading this series. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
The Belles is a delicious dystopia with some of my favorite twists and tropes. I regret sitting on it for so long, but it was just what I needed right now – an engaging story with an excellent world and interesting characters.

Dystopia is such a popular genre – there are so many post-apocalyptic stories that feel like carbon copies of one another that it’s exhausting. The Belles offers something different – not a vision of Earth in its shattered future, but a different world altogether whose “perfect” society is not so perfect when you look at its bones. In Orléans, Belles like Camille are revered because they can change the appearance of their clients and make them beautiful – all within the law, of course. They can also touch a person’s personality, removing their anger or adding to their charm. It’s a temporary fix for the red-eyed, grey-skinned citizens of the kingdom, who envy the Belles for their natural color and shape.

And, as can be expected, there’s something sinister lurking in the shadows. Or, more to the point, within a usually blonde, overly sweet-at-first princess. Which is much better than finding evil the shadows.

Where do I start talking about the things I loved about The Belles? Other than the world, which was lovely, I adored the sisterly relationship. While I liked the dynamic between all six girls, Camille and Amber’s relationship is wonderful. It is written so well – there’s a balance of love and bitter rivalry that suits siblings. It’s a complex relationship, which makes it interesting and believable. Up until about 85% through the book, I was ready to come here and complain about Camille/August’s flirtation, but that ended up good. No more spoilers on that.

Character deaths properly enraged me in the way Clayton intended. After a while of getting to know the antagonist, they weren’t surprising deaths… but oh, I desperately wanted them not to happen. Clayton is a writer who follows the pull of her story. You can sort of tell when an author chooses the path between the best possible story and saving a character or making a point. It feels forced, awkward, or at least it does to me. Clayton is brutal in the best way – she came here to tell the story of The Belles and she tells it well.

A couple technical notes about the writing and the narrator. First of all – the pacing is excellent. I devoured this book. But it’s worth noting that Clayton uses foods repeatedly to describe things, particularly skin tones. She’s not particular, and uses these descriptors for all shades of skin. I completely understand the need for a variety of adjectives in a world so obsessed with color it constantly needs to be described. If a writer must use color to describe skin tones, I feel Clayton did it the right way for the right reasons.

Second, I want to take a moment to acknowledge Rosie Jones, the audiobook narrator. The voices and accents Jones uses in this reading are fantastic. I particularly adored Sophia’s – it added an entirely new level to the character.

I would like to enthusiastically endorse The Belles to any readers interested. The conversation on beauty standards, the exploration of different kinds of relationships, and the look at use/abuse of power is fantastic. On top of that, The Belles is an entertaining story and extremely well-written. I enjoyed my time in Orléans and look forward to the next book. ( )
  Morteana | Jul 16, 2021 |
teen fantasy/dystopian suspense with court intrigue (betrayal and backstabbing!), a little romance, and yes, girls in fancy dresses.
Once I got past how messed up this dystopian world is (you should definitely read the author's note at the end for more about that) this really is a terrific page-turner of a book. After a while I started skimming over the flowery prose (lots of fluid descriptions of colors and textures and fancy dresses--other readers might really enjoy those parts) so I could get to the suspenseful attempted murder bits--Princess Sophia really is a terrible human being; you're going to love hating her.

Thank you for this beautiful cover! While race doesn't really exist in this fantasy world, the main character's skin color is proudly displayed. Also appreciated, the mention of the Queen's support for Trans folks and the inclusion of several other LGBTQ characters in supporting roles. There were comments made by characters in support of diverse body types as equal forms of natural beauty, but I would also like to see support for uneven skin tones (which can also be beautiful) and perhaps differently-abled people? Just because we're talking (a LOT) about beauty here, and I would like even more readers to feel included if that's possible.

Looking forward to the next installment! Thank you-- ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, 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 Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie-that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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