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The Belles (The Belles, 1) (edição 2018)

por 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
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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 |
Rarely do I finish a book and not know if I liked it or not, but this is one of those books. I didn't love the main character, and I felt like the plot was not taking off. I was, essentially, waiting for something to happen that never materializes throughout the book. Loads of intrigue, but I remained fairly disinterested.

Camellia is one of the Belles, young women bred and raised to make the Gris (the people of Orléans) beautiful. As daughters of the Goddess of Beauty, their mastery of the arcana give them the power to temporarily transform the grey skin, red eyes, and less than perfect bodies of the Gris to any shade, texture, and shape they desire. Camille's ultimate desire is to be chosen as the favorite. She slowly discovers that there is darkness in her world that she doesn't know, much less understand. She has to make careful decisions about who she can trust in order to survive and save Orléans. ( )
  TAPearson | Apr 5, 2021 |
The worldbuilding here was magnifique. I will be returning to this gorgeously rendered dark and beautiful world. ( )
  TaraF | Mar 16, 2021 |
This book took a while to get through because life intervened. But I still think it was still paced a little slow. And I really wanted the main character to be more proactive sooner. However, Clayton builds a beaatiful, lush, and detailed world. Part New Orleans mardi-gras, part 18th century France (still with monarchs). I really liked the blend of myth and magic and the fact that skin color (except gray) didn't matter as long as one was beautiful. And that is at the heart of the story. What would one do to be beautiful? With some commentary that beauty on the outside does not mean one is beautiful on the inside and power is easily transformed into abuse. The ending was a bit abrupt and the story certainly felt unfinished but it is the beginning of a series and I'm definitely waiting for book #2. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 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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