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The Belles: Teacup Animals and Post-balloons

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Year published: 2018

  • Plot: 4/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Overall: 4.5/5

“No one is a prisoner. Even you have the power to make your own choices.”

The sheer imagination behind The Belles is astounding Teacup animals, télétropes, post-balloons, vivant dresses. It’s full of originality and vividly descriptive.

The concept was thought provoking and it made me think about the issues that arise from the way we all want to look ‘perfect’ and ‘fit in’ instead of embracing who we are. Despite the pretty dresses, nice food and general opulence it always felt like a façade concealing a sinister undercurrent.

Camellia was a pretty average and bland character, completely oblivious of the danger around her until it was too late. The real star of the show was Edel and I look forward to seeing her develop.

At times, the plot did feel drawn out and repetitive with endless descriptions of their dresses or of the characters eating pastries (which made me feel hungry) but then the ending was short and sharp (and a bit confusing- it needed more elaboration).

Overall, it was an interesting read and I look forward to reading The Everlasting Rose.


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Some of my favourite books and series:

  • Anything by JRR Tolkien
  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White
  • The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff
  • Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor
  • An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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