Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton

March 4, 2019 Blog Tour, giveaway, Review 8

Published by Disney-Hyperion Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: E-galley
Source: Rockstar Book Tours

About The Book:

Title: THE
EVERLASTING ROSE
 (The Belles #2)

Author: Dhonielle
Clayton

Pub. Date: March
5, 2019

Publisher: Freeform

Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook

Pages: 352

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. 
My Review:
My rating:  4 stars

Once again the author took us into this very vivid world where there were surprises and amazing things around each corner and after the turn of every page.  Along with Camile, we get to learn how the “other half” lives.  Since she’d been sequestered most of her life, first with the other Belles, and then in the palace, she didn’t know how it was out in the “real world” of this story.  That was very fascinating and so neat to read.  Bringing back some characters in new roles to this world was something that kept me as a reader on my toes, turning pages to find out if they were really good guys now, or if they’d turn around and betray Camille and the other Belles again.  Of course there were other characters that we’d thought of as friends, that turned out to once again, not be quite who they’d seemed to be. 

I loved the teacup dragons so much!  Of all the teacup animals, I kind of want one of those for sure!  As with the first book, as I got closer to the end, I began to wonder if there would be another book, because I couldn’t tell if it would be finishing up the series or not.  I believe it did, although it seemed maybe a bit rushed in a way?  That could be just me.  But I liked the story, loved being back in this beautiful world, and seeing our characters again.  Definitely a fitting conclusion to a great, original story. 

 

About Book 1:

Title: THE
BELLES
(The Belles #1)

Author: Dhonielle
Clayton

Pub. Date: February 6,
2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 448

Formats: Hardcover,
eBook, audiobook

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles
are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above
all else. In Orléans, 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
favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans 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 lie—that 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 Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save
herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess,
risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. 

About Dhonielle:

Dhonielle
Clayton (“Dhon” like “Don” or “Dawn”) spent most of her childhood under her
grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books.

She hails
from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side, but now lives in New
York City. She was an extremely fussy and particular child with an undying love
for Cheerios (honey nut only), pink lemonade, and frosted animal cookies. A
self-proclaimed school nerd, she loved covering her books with brown paper and
filled her locker with Lisa Frank stickers. She loved putting headings on her
homework, odd-looking pens and freshly sharpened pencils, and numerous notebooks
to fill with her research. On most Saturdays you could find her with her
equally nerdy Dad at Crown Books and then the comic bookstore where she stocked
up on her weekly reading material. Plus, she was so spoiled that her
grandfather took her to the library after school almost daily.

She attended
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School because her parents thought Catholic
school would keep her out of trouble. She went to Wake Forest University, and
studied pre-med until she received a fateful F in Chemistry. This setback
prompted her to change her major to English, and earned a BA. She rediscovered
her love of children’s fiction by re-reading Harriet the Spy, which pushed her
to earn an MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University and an MFA Writing
for Children at the New School.

She taught
secondary school for several years – at a pre-professional ballet academy and a
private K-8 school. She spent most of her twenties in and out of America –
living in London, Paris, a small Japanese town, Bermuda – and wandering the
planet. She’s been on five out of seven continents, and has grand plans to
reach all of them.

She is a
former elementary and middle school librarian, and co-founder of CAKE Literary,
a creative kitchen whipping up decadent – and decidedly diverse – literary
confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She is
also COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books.

What’s next?
She will be enrolling in culinary school in New York City and plans to open up
a restaurant in the city of her soul, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Giveaway Details: International

  • 3 winners
    will receive a finished copy of THE EVERLASTING ROSE, US Only.

  • Ends on April
    2nd at Midnight EST!


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Week One:
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Week Two:
3/4/2019- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
3/5/2019- PopthebutterflyReview
3/5/2019- YABC- Excerpt
3/6/2019- Moonlight RendezvousReview
3/7/2019- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview
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Week Three:
3/11/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview
3/12/2019- Wonder StruckReview
3/13/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview
3/14/2019- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview
3/15/2019- Jena Brown WritesReview
Week Four:
3/18/2019- Life of a Literary NerdReview
3/19/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt
3/20/2019- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
3/21/2019- Ex LibrisReview
3/22/2019- BookHounds YAExcerpt
Week Five:
3/25/2019- Eli to the nthReview
3/26/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview
3/27/2019- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview
3/28/2019- YA Book NerdReview
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8 Responses to “Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton”

  1. Danielle H.

    I can tell how much you loved this book and the first one too. I want to meet these characters and live in this amazing world. Excellent review!

  2. Kasey Giard

    Sounds like you really liked this book. I'm so glad – I just got a review copy myself, and now I'm excited to read it. 🙂 Hope you're doing well! Are you going to ApollyCon this year?

    • Lisa Mandina

      No ApollyCon this year. With it always being the week AFTER my school's spring break, that makes it harder to go. Plus, DC is so expensive. I am going to go to Book Bonanza in Texas in August this year. Thanks for visiting!

  3. skyblue527

    I didn't expect to love The Belles as much as I did – it was definitely a favorite of 2018 for me. Can't wait to get a copy of the sequel!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Agreed, I started out a little unsure with it, but ended up really enjoying it. Book 2 was good, although I could definitely have used more time in this beautiful world! Thanks for stopping by!

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