The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

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 Orléans.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Characters: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Plot: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Themes: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Cover:
Honestly, I could talk about the cover of this book ALL DAY! Never in my life have I been able to look at the cover of a book and see myself. Until now. I will SURELY be creating this Belle cosplay look in the near future. I’m OBSESSED! The hair, the beautiful deep blue of the gown, the dramatic neck, COME THROUGH, CAMILLE!

What I loved:
I thought I had a pretty good idea of the trajectory of this story line. However, I was [pleasantly] surprised by how wrong my thoughts were. Dhonielle Clayton continues to weave a masterful web ensnaring my attention and my appreciation. The world of Orléans she has built has quickly become one that I long to return to.

There are so many parallels in the story of the Belles to modern times. Mainly, I saw how brown bodies were envied to the point of obsession and copied with no recognition of the original source of inspiration. Although the Belles are though to be a gift from the goddess of Beauté, the people of Orléans are greedy and self-loathing so they force the Belles to do beauty work day after day to make them live up to a false premise of beuty.

As the second book of a trilogy, The Everlasting Rose fulfilled it’s existence in clarifying some things from the initial book and taking the narrative deeper into the history of the Belles.

I’m excited to see how this trilogy ends!

Have you read The Belles series?

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