Book Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Title – The Belles (The Belles #1)

Author – Dhonielle Clayton

Publication – Febuary 6th, 2018.

Publisher – Disney-Hyperion

Genre – Fantasy & Young Adult 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, 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 Orléans 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 Orléans 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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Goodbye, 2018.

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I don’t have any regrets this 2018, I’ve been thinking what was my ultimate challenge this year and I can’t really recall anything. I mean I know a few hiccups happened this year, but nothing that outrightly crushed me, so I am very grateful and thankful for this kind of peaceful and loving year.

A hurricane changed how I planned 2018 would play out at the end of 2017. I mean I thought it would be my first year away from home and being by myself, tackling the adulting life. But my mum, of course, changed that and made sure I was home for my NYSC service year, which did not impact my life in any form and I still stand with my belief that it is 80% utterly useless and a waste of time (well for me).

I am dying of laughter because, in my Goodbye, 2017 post I wrote “I want to embrace responsibility, (hopefully not spend most of my money on books)” 2018 was the year Books made me broke. I spent so much money on books and acquired a lot of books, all I could think about was this book or that book. What was I thinking when I wrote that 🤣

I finally found the online community of Nigerian book bloggers and guess where they were hiding on BOOKSTAGRAM= Instagram for Book Lovers has changed my life people, it’s such a wonderful community very different from Twitter and I love how because I’m following a lot of like-minded people, it’s mostly drama free. 

2018, was so great I mean, I was on a national radio station talking about books. I went to the Ake Festival, which I got free tickets for, where I met and interacted with a lot of authors I like and respect. I also met many of my Bookstagram Nigeria Friends in person lol (even some that don’t know I’ve seen them in person). I featured a lot of bloggers on here because I love the Book Community and most importantly I launched my Newsletter service for Literally Readers who are or want to be Bloggers. Bookish Species and Production for my Book Sleeves business has already started so I can launch in 2019, it’s gonna be called Book Gloves

I did a lot of other cool things though, went for many events and parties, like an Instagram Take-Over for a popular beverage drink here in Nigeria, Wilson’s Lemonade, attended my first ever Press Conference (bookish in nature), Had a good time with my many different groups of friends. In short I had a lot of fun this year and of course, December is my favourite time of the year, because of all the music concerts, my mum’s birthday and well my IJGB (I Just Got Back) December friends & family.

I feel so proud, I wrote have a Monthly Wrap-Up for each month of this year, so I really don’t have to write a lengthy recap, if you’re really interested in how my year went, check out the posts about how each month of this year went for me, minus December, because it’s what you’re currently reading. JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovember

I hope your 2018, was beautiful and not so tragic, I feel like 2019 will be my year. I don’t know why but it just feels like it. I hope when I look at this in December 2019, I would totally be right. Here’s to a wonderful new year everyone. Thank you for sticking with my rambling blog.

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