The everlasting rose

Dhonielle Clayton

Book - 2019

Camille, Edel, and Remy, aided by The Iron Ladies and backed by alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, race to outwit Sophia, find Princess Charlotte, and return her to Orléans.

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Series
[The Belles ; 2]
Subjects
Published
Los Angeles ; New York : Freeform Books 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9781484728482
1484728483
Main Author
Dhonielle Clayton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Clayton's eagerly anticipated sequel picks up where the explosive events of The Belles (2018) left readers dangling from a well-crafted cliff. Camille's innocence has been stripped away, and our beloved, once-naive Belle has blossomed into a gloriously ambitious and rightfully enraged young woman who is hell bent on liberating her Belle sisters, finding the missing Princess Charlotte, and ripping the throne of Orléans out of Sophia's evil hands. But none of these goals prove easy with Sophia's imperial forces hunting Camille, her sister Edel, and her handsome guard Rémy. When Camille learns Sophia is constructing a prison to enslave Belles and chain them to the ugly demands of the kingdom, the stakes spike higher than ever. If Camille hopes to change Orléans for the better and save the Belles from falling deeper into bondage, she must find and restore Princess Charlotte to the throne before Sophia is crowned queen. Although The Belles is a phenomenal read, this is even more staggering. Clayton seizes the opportunity to expound upon Orléans, rendering a world that is breathtaking and crushing, beautiful and vile, and whimsical and terrifying. She poignantly uses a harrowing, fantastical tale to illuminate the very real horrors of unattainable beauty standards and the enslavement of marginalized bodies. As relevant as it is exquisite. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Belles hit best-seller status, and its fans' excitement for the sequel will be further stoked by Clayton's national author tour. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up–In this sequel to The Belles, Camellia Beaureguard, who worked hard to become the favorite Belle in Orléans in the first book, is still trying to restore the beauty that has been taken away from society. She is also searching for Princess Charlotte, fighting the evil Queen Sophia, and attempting to upright the city. Camellia continues to be a strong female character and enlists the help of the newly introduced Iron Ladies, who resist all beauty treatment, to find cunning ways to fight the enemies she encounters. Clayton paints a stunning world with chilling characters and a light romance that will that will absorb readers and hold teens' interest. Compared to the first volume, the action rises slowly, causing the ending to feel rushed. And while the Iron Ladies are intriguing, readers will wish that they had made more of an appearance throughout. This unique story remains a terrific metaphor for beauty and its place in society and culture. VERDICT A must-purchase for collections where The Belles is already popular, and where fantasy flies.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Camille, Edel, and Remy, aided by The Iron Ladies and backed by alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, race to outwit Sophia, find Princess Charlotte, and return her to Orlâeans.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A follow-up to The Belles finds Camille navigating the imperial forces of the evil Queen Sophia and forging ties with an underground resistance movement to find her kingdom's missing rightful leader, Princess Charlotte. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The Belles, Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. The evil queen Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Rémy, from returning Charlotte to the palace 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 attempt to restore peace to Orléans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice to save her people."Staggering... A world that is breathtaking and crushing, beautiful and vile, and whimsical and terrifying. [Clayton] poignantly uses a harrowing, fantastical tale to illuminate the very real horrors of unattainable beauty standards and the enslavement of marginalized bodies. As relevant as it is exquisite." —Booklist, starred review"Clayton paints a stunning world with chilling characters...that will absorb readers.... This unique story remains a terrific metaphor for beauty and its place in society and culture." —School Library Journal