August 15, 2019

#BookReview: The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by @brownbookworm @FreeFormTV #YoungAdult #Fantasy

Title: The Everlasting Rose
Series: The Belles
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 352
Published: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Freeform
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Synopsis:  In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

About the Author: Dhonielle Clayton is the author of New York Times bestseller The Belles and coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary, a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers, and COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. You can also find her online at or follow her @brownbookworm.

My Review: I will totally be grabbed a finished copy of this one once its out!! This one picks up from book two with Camille on the run with her gang.  I loved every second of this book and could not put it down! It was a great follow up to book one and you could see how much Camille has grown as a character as well as how much the author has learned as well.  Everyone grows in this one and I really hope that Freeform picks this up as a TV series becuase it would be so amazing.  

If you loved book one you will totally fall in love with the Belles once again! 

"Clayton paints a stunning world with chilling characters...that will absorb readers.... This unique story remains a terrific metaphor for beauty and its place in society and culture."―School Library Journal

*"The sequel to Clayton's The Belles (2018) freezes blood and steals breath... Narrative craft that can hold the tension of the implicit (and sorely lacking) value of black and brown features as beautiful as it intertwines with incisive commentary on the overall commodification of beauty is no small feat, and Clayton manages thrills of action, magic, romance, and revolution as well. Beauty comes at a price; so too does freedom."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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BookRiot: 50 YA Books That Should Be Added to Your TBR ASAP, selection (2019)

*"Staggering... A world that is breathtaking and crushing, beautiful and vile, and whimsical and terrifying. [Clayton] poignantly uses a harrowing, fantastical tale to illuminate the very real horrors of unattainable beauty standards and the enslavement of marginalized bodies. As relevant as it is exquisite."―Booklist, starred review

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