I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Series: The Belles #2
Published by Disney on March 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
The Everlasting Rose basically picks up right where The Belles ended, which was a little disorienting at first, but once I settled back into that world I was drawn into the story once more. Camiella is now on the run from Queen Sophia and is the most wanted criminal in Orleans. Along with Edel and Remy, they are trying to survive,m find answers, and not get caught. Remy really is one of my favorite characters. Not just because he is swoony, which he is, but because I love the way he and Camille work together. Being ojn the run makes for a lot of tense, action packed scenes and the constant doubt about who they can trust and the discoveries they make about their origin and power lend an almost dystopian feel to the story.
This series really speaks to me because it acknowledges the anger I feel sometimes at systems that seem to trap women and girls into following outdated and punishing systems of beauty. The way Camille uses her anger to break up a system that binds women to its impossible standards was the best sort of fist-pumping story. There are certainly days when I feel like joining The Iron Ladies (minus all the spiders), and I loved that The Belles were able to tap into their power in new ways and I thought the idea of The Iron Ladies was compelling. Camille definitely taps into her anger and while it is justified and cleansing for her, it is also something that can be very internally and externally destructive. It’s the old “with great power comes great responsibility” and I have a feeling this will be further explored as the story progresses. There were a lot of really interesting aspects of the story that I think will make the reader think about power dynamics and the way beauty is valued, and the price that we pay as a society for holding physical appearance up as a character trait. The Everlasting Rose was an interesting and adventurous book and I enjoyed reading it. The end was also very interesting, to say the least, and I am extremely curious about what book three has in store for us!
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