Young Adult Fiction
Disney Electronic Content
February 6, 2018
In the world of Orleans, where everyone is born gray, the Belles are important, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is the most precious commodity there is.
Camellia is a Belle and what she wants most in the world is to be chosen as the Queen's favorite. But she soon learns that the job is not what she or her sisters expected. Dark secrets are hidden behind gilded doors, and while her magic makes her dangerous, it also puts her life at peril.
This book is something special. If you are a visual reader there's so much to delight in. Every paragraph is a feast for the senses. The world is gorgeous, and the worldbuilding feels effortlessly unique. All the beauty stands in sharp contrast to the sinister truths lurking just slightly beneath the surface. Reading this book is like slowly eating the most delicious ice cream sundae and realizing there's something rotten in the middle.
The story takes it's time immersing you in the rules of this world and the lives of the Belles, before galloping to its conclusion. But even though it started a bit slow, there were so many intriguing things about the story that it was hard to lose interest.
If you like lush, original, fantasies, then you will love the Belles.