My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, a BIG thank you to Net Gallery for sending me an arc for review. Release Date February 8th.
The Premise: We start with our girls, our Belles who are taken to the king and queen of their land to be chosen as their personal Belle. Belles bring colour to the greys, to bring out beauty and shape a person for a time, and the stronger the Belle, the more magnificent their power is displayed. I went into this not knowing how I would like it. Would it be too YA? Would it be too one layered and utterly basic?
But it wasn’t, it deserves the hype it’s been getting. I feels very deep and complex and relative to our obsession with beauty in our day to day lives. Hell, it made me sit back and think how a lot of it is not worth it and it doesn’t change the person inside of you.
This book was full of liquid writing, it glowed right off the page with description nostalgic of JK Rowling, it had me fully entranced in the world. The food was a great plus as well.
Political intrigue, jealously, sisterhood, great female characters, and a level of darkness that I was not expecting the Belles is a great comment on how obsessed we are with being beautiful in our society and the lengths we go to make ourselves ‘the best we can be’ as we are never happy. It’s also a comment on no matter how beautiful you make yourself, no matter how many trends you set or tweaks you make to your body, the darkness inside is always the same.