I finally go to listen to The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton! I don’t often say this, but I wish I read it rather than listen to it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the audiobook narrator. I appreciate she had different voices for each character; however, her voice for Princess Sophia was whiny and a bit obnoxious. It perfectly fits the character, but it started to really annoy me and made it a bit difficult to finish.
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The middle was a bit slow, and I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. But the end. I couldn’t get enough! I am so thankful this is a series, because the end left me hanging! There were so many twists and turns at the end…
Here’s the first part of the summary on Amazon: “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.”
The idea of Beauty is a commodity is very interesting, and highlights how much society will do just about anything to be beautiful. And, the pursuit of Beauty blinds us to the rest of reality. I loved that Camellia is a strong character, makes mistakes, and also is headstrong and stands behind what she believes in.
Can I have a pet teacup penguin? Please, and thank you.
I can’t wait for the sequel to this book!