Title: THE EVERLASTING ROSE (The Belles #2)
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Okay, first off, have you seen that cover? I mean, can it get any more stunning than that? That’s probably the first thing that you will notice about this book and the previous book, The Belles – the covers are so appealing that you’ll want to buy a copy to read and another copy just to stare at! I’m not sure which is prettier, this one or the one for The Belles.
Next, this book is amazing. Have you read The Belles? I read it when it first came out and wow, did I ever love that book. There was so much mystery and a huge punch of girl-power in that book, so I was really excited to read the sequel. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the slightest!
The Everlasting Rose has many of the same charms that drew me in to The Belles. The amazingly well written characters, the fast paced plot, and a story that kept me guessing and completely enamored throughout the whole book. This is one of those books that I honestly can say I was not bored at all through any part of it – I was entertained, and I loved the fantastic ride that this book brought about.
That girl power that I loved so much about the first book? Yep, definitely plenty of that in here. The mystery, thrilling situations, and of course, lovable characters? Also here! I often find that sequels tend to not be as great as the first book in a series, but that isn’t the case with The Everlasting Rose at all – in fact, I think this might have been even more amazing than the first book!
I also really don’t care much for love interests in books like this, because I feel like they kind of make the book deviate from the plot sometimes to focus on said love interest, which can make the book less appealing. However, the author wrote a new love interest for the main character and it was so well done. I actually thought it was one of the sweetest love interests!
The Everlasting Rose is definitely a solid title in this series, and it has so many of the elements that made me fall in love with the first book. It’s charming, romantic, and of course, full of characters you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a great fantasy!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Title: THE BELLES (The Belles #1)
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Pub. Date: February 6, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Dhonielle Clayton (“Dhon” like “Don” or “Dawn”) spent most of her childhood under her grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books.
She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side, but now lives in New York City. She was an extremely fussy and particular child with an undying love for Cheerios (honey nut only), pink lemonade, and frosted animal cookies. A self-proclaimed school nerd, she loved covering her books with brown paper and filled her locker with Lisa Frank stickers. She loved putting headings on her homework, odd-looking pens and freshly sharpened pencils, and numerous notebooks to fill with her research. On most Saturdays you could find her with her equally nerdy Dad at Crown Books and then the comic bookstore where she stocked up on her weekly reading material. Plus, she was so spoiled that her grandfather took her to the library after school almost daily.
She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School because her parents thought Catholic school would keep her out of trouble. She went to Wake Forest University, and studied pre-med until she received a fateful F in Chemistry. This setback prompted her to change her major to English, and earned a BA. She rediscovered her love of children’s fiction by re-reading Harriet the Spy, which pushed her to earn an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an MFA Writing for Children at the New School.
She taught secondary school for several years – at a pre-professional ballet academy and a private K-8 school. She spent most of her twenties in and out of America – living in London, Paris, a small Japanese town, Bermuda – and wandering the planet. She’s been on five out of seven continents, and has grand plans to reach all of them.
She is a former elementary and middle school librarian, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent – and decidedly diverse – literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She is also COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books.
What’s next? She will be enrolling in culinary school in New York City and plans to open up a restaurant in the city of her soul, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Giveaway Details: International
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE EVERLASTING ROSE, US Only.
Ends on April 2nd at Midnight EST!
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