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.
I really enjoy the story idea of the book and some of the characters in the book. It was an eye opener on what it takes to be a Belles.
Camellia, was raised with magic of the Belles. Taught how to make people pretty. She dreams of becoming of a favorite and work with the royals. Soon she learns being a Belle is not as it seems. Everything she learn, while growing up was lies. What dark faith do the Belles suffer through?
Book was edge of you seat, action packed. Little more mature theme with abuse and suffering. Being a Belle does comes with a cost.
Are you ready to become a Belles?