YA Book Review

The Wednesday Review: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles #2)

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The Book:

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Book Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: March 5th, 2019

Publisher: Free Form Books

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.

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Content Warning: Suicide, Violence, Animal Death

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The Review:

I absolutely loved The Belles. I loved the feel of the book. I loved the story message, and I loved the characters. So, why did The Everlasting Rose feel like a completely different story?

The Belles was super unique and a little unpredictable. I enjoyed how the story tried to show that appearances aren’t everything, and I loved that the main character fought to prove that beauty isn’t just skin deep. The Everlasting Rose just didn’t quite live up to it’s predecessor. It had hints of that beloved message, and some of Camellia’s original personality that I loved and found so fierce, but it mainly just felt lost. Also, did anyone else notice that her name was Camellia in book 1, and Camille in this book?

Anyway. I wanted to know how everything ended. I wanted to see Camellia (Camille?) succeed in her mission. I was ready for a revolution. I was ready for darkness and a power struggle, but it all just seemed too easy and predictable.

I guess I just felt disappointed when I finished this. Even the ending felt a little too easy to be satisfying. I mean, I loved the writing. Both books had beautiful writing. I loved the world of The Belles. I still felt like everything was detailed and vivid, and so unique, but this book just kind of felt like a quick afterthought to wrap up the story when compared to book 1.

I finished it in one day, so, obviously the writing was enough to keep me going. I loved book 1 so much, I knew I needed to see it through to the end. I just wish I had loved The Everlasting Rose like I loved The Belles. I’d rate it 2.5-3 stars, but I’d definitely still read anything new from the author.

3 Rating

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Review: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles #2)

    1. Thanks. I recently learned that the author was quite unwell and under a deadline while writing this sequel, so I feel really sad upon hearing that, and it makes sense for why I just didn’t love it. I will definitely read more from her in the future. Happy reading!

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