I hope you’re all having an amazing week. I certainly am, especially with all the reading I’m getting done through the Winter Bibib. Today’s actually my Instagram challenge, so head over there if you want to see what my prompt is!
For those of you not familiar, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases. 2018 has a ton of amazing books coming out so it will be super easy to highlight a release for the rest of the year.
This week’s pick:
This week I’m highlighting The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.
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’ve heard this book be compared to Scot Westerfeld’s Uglies series, but I haven’t read those so I don’t know if that’s good or not.
I am excited for this book. I think the premise sounds really interesting (and I’m having a bit of cover lust 😋). I’m interested in seeing how the plot unfolds. I think this can be a fun dystopian story, along with a critique on beauty.
This book will be released on February 6th.
Are you planning on reading The Belles?
Be sure to let me know below!