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The Belles
The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, 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 favoritethe Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans 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 liethat 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 Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decidesave herself and her sisters and the way of the Bellesor resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. Dhonielle Clayton creates a rich, detailed, decadent world of excess and privilege, where beauty is not only skin-deep, but a complete mirage. Weaving deeper questions about the commodification of women's bodies, gender equality, racial identity, and vanity with high-stakes action and incredible imagery, The Belles is the must-read epic of the season.
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MidnightBookGirl
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Clayton does some very impressive world building, and I loved the idea of beauty magic and the ugliness behind it. There's some romance, but at the heart of the book is a young woman desperate to make her mark, and later desperate to save her sisters. Also, teacup animals abound.

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CaitlinSiem
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This was interesting. I enjoyed the world building and the details that went into this book. There were definitely some dreadful people which is always fun. And I liked seeing how everything played out.

I liked it but it didn‘t draw me in enough to love. I‘ll continue on with the second book though.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Enjoying this!

ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed it too! I thought the world building was really unique and fun - though I hear book 2 is not so good. 2w
Tracyantoon I also loved this one! It was a 5 ⭐️ read for me. Totally surprised how much I enjoyed it. Planning on reading the 2nd one soon. 2w
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brandierickson
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Really, really liking this so far. It‘s pretty dark which wasn‘t what I expected but I dig it!

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I really enjoyed everything about this! The mixed reviews on Goodreads probably helped. But I was impressed with the world building, the drawing of the characters, and the pacing. Each time I out the book down I was excited to get back to it.
Such a fun romp that also had a bit of a dark side to keep the suspense on.

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Lovesbooks87
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First book of 2020 is complete!!! Wow this book was a wild ride. At first I wasn‘t too sure about it. But about 100 pages in I was hooked! Camellia is part of a twisted world where she is a Belle given the power to change people‘s physical appearances. When she is chosen to work with the queen she is excited. She has no idea that she will be dealing with a very evil princess. I am so glad that I have the next book so I can start it next!

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Karisa
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Mehso-so

The Belles is set in a world where most are born gray and plain. They, of course, value beauty/color with the only way to obtain being through magical young women called Belles. Wicked royals, lavish parties, jealousy, chaos ensues.

As a read, it was okay. I was expecting a YA, but it just felt like it was more suited for middle school. It did have some things to say about beauty and defintely more going on in this world to explore in sequels.

cariashley I was really disappointed with this one when it came out 😕 2mo
Karisa @cariashley I was hoping for more somehow too. Seems like her worldbuilding was good. It just became repetitive and seemed like somethings I had read before. Not much edge to it. 2mo
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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While cleaning my book shelf. I found this beauty from last years book con and had it signed. Might be my next read.. 🤔
#tmskellington #wintergames @Crimson613 #bookcon

Karisa That's what I'm reading. I'm going to have to finish fast because it's a digital library borrow. The holds list is long for it too! So far, I like it but very YA as @BethM was saying about her current read too. 2mo
BethM @Karisa my favorite YA don‘t feel YA 😂 2mo
Crimson613 1pt!! 12-26 2mo
Karisa @Curly_Caffeinated_Reader I'm a third in and the verdict is still out for me. 😊 2mo
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Deifio
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Thank you @maich! Everything is lovely! My daughter already wants one of the magnetic bookmarks. 😉 And both of us can't stop brushing over that lovely pillowcase! 😍 Thank you soooo much! Can't wait to start reading tonight
@MaleficentBookDragon
#jolabokaflodswap

MaleficentBookDragon Such a nice gift. ♥it! Happy #Jolabokaflod! 2mo
maich I'm glad you like it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Enjoy reading! ❤😍 2mo
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Mleanne
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Epic Reads suggested The Belles as an engaging audiobook and I agree. I loved listening to it. The world creation is fascinating and I enjoyed the plot. However, I will say I was getting very frustrated at the end. Clayton does a great job of making you hate the antagonist for sure!

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jploves2read
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I actually really enjoyed this. I‘m not a super fantasy reader at all. This book actually helped me to see why; it takes too long to set up the alternative world. I want to jump straight into the story that grabs me. With that being said I really LOVED this book. Once the action got started it was non-stop and there were even a few surprises that I didn‘t see coming at all. I‘m glad I already have book two but I may wait to read it. We‘ll see.

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MicrobeMom
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I am about to start the tagged book. I love a book with a map and this is a very beautiful one.

Soubhiville Wow that is pretty. 6mo
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Jasxnicole
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Taking a trip to Orléans for #mapmonday ?

rather_be_reading beautiful! 6mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘d heard conflicting opinions on this one, so I wasn‘t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! I thought the world building was excellent, and the rich descriptions made the book come alive. Some expected YA tropes, and the characters could have been a bit more developed, but overall I thought it was really well done. I had some very strong feelings about some of the characters. It left me wanting more. I‘ll definitely read the next one!

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Squidapus
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So good that Squidapus committed identity theft and signed into my Amazon account to preorder the next book. An absolutely fascinating world where beauty is everything and a populous cursed by a god to look ugly are transformed by Belles with the power to change appearance. A world of excess where only looks matter that can really be extrapolated to our lives today. Even tho it took Squidapus a while to read this it never felt overong or slow

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GypsyKat
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Starting this one today.

LibrarianRyan I'll be interested to hear your take. I bought book 2 but have not read it yet. 7mo
GypsyKat @LibrarianRyan I like it so far! 7mo
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Squidapus
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Ooooo, Squidapus has been excited to read this one for a while. A fantasy New Orleans where the Belles use their powerful magic for the upper class. Seemed like a really unique world and could be quite the novel!

LibrarianRyan It‘s very unique. 7mo
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alloriea
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Stunning writing that made the world come alive in my brain, I didnt love it in the beginning, it was actually a little hard to get into, but by the end I was a fan, I started book 2 as soon as I finished book one.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Mehso-so

I liked this lush YA fantasy, but I didn't love it. The premise is fascinating, as is the world building which shows a society obsessed with beauty and celebrity. However, the book was slow to get going and the characters weren't as full-blooded as I like them to be. Still, it was a pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon.

#fantasy #youngadult

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AlizaApp
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The first in a YA trilogy about what people will pay (also spiritually and emotionally) for beauty. In a world of gray people, only the Belles and their magic can make people beautiful. Great world building and lots of compelling characters, especially the unstable princess. Can‘t wait for book two!

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EclecticReaders
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It‘s time for the last interview of #EclecticSpringBreak! We interviewed Dhonielle Clayton and all agreed that adulting is hard, then discussed the idea of beauty, and, if you had the chance, how far you would go to change yourself… down to your very bones. eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/64

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EclecticReaders
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We‘re a week out from the release of the 5th and final #EclecticSpringBreak podcast episode with Dhonielle Clayton and it‘s one you definitely don‘t want to miss! #EclecticReaders

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Enjoyed this quick read. There is a cliffhanger - so it makes you read book 2. I give it 7 out of 10. #commuterreads #ya #girlsofcolor #poc #diversity #womenofcolor #pocauthor #girlsthatlooklikeme

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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So far an interesting read. I got it from the library on my kindle. I would love to se SyFy or Netflix turn this into a movie.

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jmtrivera
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Lots of imagery related to #flowers in this series.
Yes, my father really did give me my very own Beauty and the Beast rose. 🌹🥀
#SpringIntoReading #DaddysGirl

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💜💜 11mo
vkois88 Love everything about this photo!!! 11mo
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WomanistBibliophile
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Some books I read last month. March was an enjoyable reading month for me... April hasn‘t gotten such a good start. First couple of books have been underwhelming and I‘m yearning for the exhilaration of reading a book that reveals parts of the world I‘ve not seen on the page before.
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#blacklitsy

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LibrarianRyan
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ I had to let it sink in to determine what I wanted to say. This book is a fantasy that doesn‘t feel like a fantasy. But it also doesn‘t feel like a teen drama. In ways it reminds me of Rapunzel and Flowers in the Attic without the incest. Full review on GR and LT

#MountTBR
#ReadHarder
#Booked2019 - #newtoyouauthor
#LittenLoveBingo - #PrettyCover
#NancyDrewChallenge - #9 - #MCusesacandle
#KillYourTBR - #woninabookishfirstraffle

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LibrarianRyan
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I had a dismal reading month in March. Between Letters about Lit, and a dismal work month, yikes!! I didn‘t even read one book. Just the end of one and the beginning of another.

Here is hoping for a better April.

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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧📕2019.03.31 Overall a good read. The main character was a bit annoying. LOTS of details & inner dialogue slowed the pace. The villain was most enjoyable bc she was so unnerving & unpredictable. The world-building was nice...would make for an interesting on-screen adaptation. I want to know what happens in book 2 but not sure I wouldn‘t just skip to the middle to see how things ends up.

Thanks @Endowarrior21 for this #BHMSwap book.

Endowarrior21 Your welcome 11mo
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Chelleo
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I have the house to myself and am listening to my audiobook via my Google Home speaker. Belles is such an interesting story. Not sure I like any of the characters and this extreme take on beauty is wild. Still reading RPP which is slow going because of my schedule but I am enjoying it knowing it‘s the last book of the series.

LibrarianRyan Belles was interesting. I agree with you and even when I got the end I was okay. But I do want to know what happens next so I bought book 2. 11mo
hannahx I'm reading China Rich Girlfriend when I need a break from The Castle. I find the series to be the perfect mindless entertainment. Kind of like reading trashy real housewives TV. 11mo
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I wish there had been a bit more explanation to the world-building, but overall, it was still an intriguing YA fantasy.

(Substitute for Children of Blood and Bone)

#MarchMadnessChallenge

Jedi_Bruno You have read so many books. I have so much catching up to do! What are you reading now? 11mo
Ravenpuff I had my copy signed by her. I haven‘t read it yet and I wanted to buy “Everlasting Rose,” so I can have her sign that as well. But I felt so bad for having not read the first one yet that I decided against it. 😂 11mo
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GirlofPaperandFire
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Is My Life Not Worth The Lives Of So Many Others?

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GirlofPaperandFire
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May You Always Find Beauty 💖

CaliforniaCay Welcome to litsy 🤗 11mo
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LibrarianRyan
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1. Corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot
2. Probably not being able to get a job in the sciences and going into libraries instead
3. Done
4.hummmm. Tesla.
5. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

#friyayintro

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GirlofPaperandFire
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Which bok should I read next? Comment below Xx

The belles
Renegade
Two dark thrones
Red queen

Dragon Red Queen 11mo
Johanna414 I like that cover of Renegades! 11mo
GirlofPaperandFire English Cover xxxxx 11mo
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sprainedbrain The only one I‘ve read is Red Queen, so I will pick that one. 😃 11mo
booklahoma I enjoyed Red Queen and the other books in that series. 11mo
UnidragonFrag I've read Red Queen and the one just after it, but haven't gotten around to the third. The Belles was pretty good, though. 11mo
GirlofPaperandFire Red Queen will be a reread for me but I'm happy to reread it I loved it so much first time round ❤ 11mo
readinginthedark I haven't read any of these, but they're all on my TBR! 11mo
Slajaunie I have read the Red Queen series and all but the last book of the Three Dark Crowns series. Really enjoyed them. 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 11mo
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JenFowler
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🍀It's my birthday that day!! Hopefully my husband and I will be going out and spending time together. He has been busy calving 800 head of cows the last 3 months and has not left the farm since he started. He needs a break (and I need some time w/him!💓)
🍀Finding someone that puts up with me every day and still likes me after all this time.
🍀Done!
🍀Maya Angelou
🍀 @TheReadingMermaid @RvnclawWhovian

🍀🌈☘🍀🌈☘

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

Mollyanna Happy Birthday! 🎁🎈🎁 11mo
SumisBooks Happy early birthday sweetie 🎈🎂🎉 and thank you for the tag ❤️🤗❤️ 11mo
RvnclawWhovian Hope you have an awesome birthday!! And thanks for the tag 😊💙 11mo
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TheLibrarian Happy Birthday!! 11mo
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Erofan Happy birthday!!! 🎁🎈🎂🎉 11mo
tournevis Happy birthday! 🎂🎈🎁🎉 11mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🍷🎂🥳 11mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 11mo
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LibrarianRyan
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I have finally finished this book. It took forever. I give it a pick but I need to let it stew before I write my review.

Bklover For me “taking forever” is generally not a good thing, even when I enjoyed the book. 12mo
LibrarianRyan @Bklover it depends. Sometime I set it aside and come back later or in this case I was intrigued enough to keep reading. I think part of it was that so much was about being beautiful it was annoying. 12mo
TieDyeDude I bought this when I saw the author speak, but I haven't gotten around to it. It is high on my list of book I already own, if I can keep my library holds list short, especially since the sequel comes out soon 11mo
LibrarianRyan @TieDyeDude sequels out. I picked up a copy last week. But it‘s much shorter. 11mo
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Suetara
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Currently $.99 on kindle! #kindledeal

LibrarianRyan I‘m reading this right now. It‘s a slow go. 12mo
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GivenLemons
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I devoured this book and loved it! There was intrigue, magic and complicated relationships between women! Clayton has made a truly interesting society and I need to get my hands on the next book.

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OneCent76
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Mehso-so

I thought this was an interesting concept. And sad. I thought parts really dragged on but it was a decent book. For the 2019 SWON TRC

Traci1 I had similar feelings about it. I think it had a lot of potential as a concept. 12mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 12mo
OneCent76 Thanks @CrowCAH :) 12mo
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ReadingRobyn
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There is nothing better than a book map!!! I am excited to read book 2 next month. I will admit that I was mad at the MC for awhile because I felt like she was a bit gullible and I was right! One thing you don‘t do is fraternize with a royal suitor 🤦🏽‍♀️ especially if the princess is batsh*t crazy. I loved how beauty is portrayed in the story, because in the end beauty is only skin deep. Also the line that beauty costed more than food... #facts

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ReadingRobyn
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Actually I‘m gonna start an audio instead. Lol still have this book checked out though. @KED18 has been trying to get me to read this forever

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HelenaKyle
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Book 3 of 2019

I found The Belles unsettling because while it is set in a fantasy world, the mirrors to our reality cut a little deep. A rich original world is home to some challenging view points and complex characters. The prose has a vibrant urgency that leaves a lot to think about especially when it comes to our society and our views on what beauty is.

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DorkieHollieReads
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So,I‘m like 65% done with this book and she has just introduced a new story arc,but still has like 6 other issues to address and conclude. I just don‘t feel like there‘s enough pages to get to them all. I‘m worried it will have a rushed ending or a huge cliffhanger. Has this happened to you? You are minding your out business, reading a book and the you realize that there aren‘t enough pages to resolve all the issues? Let me know!

WanderingBookaneer Oh no! I literally just started this one! 13mo
DorkieHollieReads @WanderingBookaneer keep going! It‘s pretty good, I‘m just concerned about the ending. I still have 4 hours to go, so I could just be overreacting. 🤷🏾‍♀️. I‘ll let you know what I think and you tell me too, once you‘re done. 13mo
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bookwrm526
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My first book of the year completed! This is my YA book by an AOC for the #ReadingWomenChallenge and I‘d give it 3 stars, maybe three and a half? The MC seemed a bit juvenile at times, and the entire concept of the world made my skin crawl (but I think that‘s partly the point!) but I most definitely want to know what happens next. Hansa the Suncat is not impressed #catsoflitsy

Crazeedi Hansa is impressive by herself, need se say more?! #litsykittiesrock 14mo
CoffeeNBooks Gorgeous cat! 14mo
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Shley9225
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Mehso-so

This story was fascinating and twisting and absolutely gorgeous. I loved the concept and the way beauty was described and controlled. I‘m very excited for the next one, and the only problem I had with this one was that I could always put it down. Admittedly, there was another book on my TBR that I was eager to get to, which may have influenced me, but the plot just felt a bit dragging at times. Regardless, this was still an intriguing book.

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RebL
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I dreaded starting this read as beauty, royalty & pettiness are not my things, but turns out this book got my thinking box to working. I met the author (signing my book in this pic I lifted from a colleague) in late Sept, when she got my thinking box to working about non-book related things. I have the sequel ARC, & my plan is to read it four books from now but before Jan 2. Nothing like setting unrealistic goals!

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Melismatic
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I tried so hard but I was halfway through and gave up — it just felt like a road to nowhere and didn‘t hook me. E for Effort in the superb, original world building but it just felt like a long walk with no exciting pay off and unlikeable characters. Bummer.

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jillannjohn
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This started a little slow for me but picked after the first 100 pages or so. Once I realized there was court intrigue, deception and betrayal I was in. The idea of this world obsessed with beauty and people willing to do anything to themselves to attain it seems extreme but in my opinion not really that far off from our world today.