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.
I received this book in exchange for review from the publisher but this did not affect my opinion at all.
I am so excited to share my review of this book with you guys as part of the blog tour! Massive thanks to Gollancz for asking me to participate in this blog tour.
The Everlasting Rose is the thrilling conclusion to The Belles duology which is a series that I have very much adored and enjoyed. The world of The Belles is so unique and so unlike anything else I’ve ever read. However, I will admit that I found the world quite confusing in this book. It has been over a year since I read the first book so therefore my memory of it was quite hazy. Therefore, the fact that I found the book quite confusing is entirely my fault.
I still love Camellia as a main character. She isn’t your typical YA protagonist which is why I loved her. She doesn’t want to change the whole world and its corrupt system, her sole aim is for her close ones to be safe which I loved reading about. The characters in a fantasy novel really make or break it for me and all of the side characters in this series are fantastic, including the characters who were just introduced in this sequel.
My only real issue with this novel is with the pacing. I felt like the first 100 pages or so were incredibly slow so it took a while for me to get into it. However, it really picked up to the point where I felt like the ending was too rushed. A lot of the climax happened in the last 50 pages ridiculously quickly so there wasn’t enough time for everything to develop fully.
Overall, I highly recommend The Belles duology. It’s a strong YA fantasy duology with fantastic characters and a very intriguing plot. I feel like a lot of people are going to love this conclusion. Also, don’t forget to check out the other posts on the blog tour!