Book: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Published March 2019 by Freeform|344 pages
Where I Got It: I own the hardcover
Series: The Belles #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
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 have really mixed feelings about The Everlasting Rose. I really liked The Belles when I read it almost two years ago- enough to pick up the sequel and see what happened next. But I’m not sure how I feel about the sequel.
I really liked the world and we see more of it in this one. I felt like the underground resistance randomly came up but I also feel like it sort of makes sense, considering how little Camille actually knew. We learned some stuff at the end of The Belles that is the focus in this book. Sophia really takes things to a different level, and part of me wishes we had spent more time closer to Sophia to actually see what happens. We do get it in bits and pieces throughout the book, which is fine, and works okay enough, considering what’s going on with Camille, Edel and Remy.
I did like the significance of the Everlasting Rose, and how it had a few different meanings. I really liked the moments where I got to see each meaning of it. One is definitely better than the other, that’s for sure.
There’s definitely more to the Belles power than I originally thought. It was hinted at in The Belles, and I did kind of like how it was used throughout the book. It makes me wish we saw it earlier in the series, because I wanted to see a little bit more of it, but I think it worked well here. Just because the first book had a different focus than this one, and it might have been a little out of place in this book.
Changes are in store for Orleans, and under Sophia’s rule, you see how much it affects everyone. What people think about the changes under Charlotte’s rule remains to be seen, and hopefully, we’ll see that in the last book. Even though my overall feeling is…meh…I still want to finish out the series and see how much has changed. I won’t be rushing out to get the next book, but at some point, when it is released, I’ll pick it up and read it.
I wanted to like it more, but considering how fast I went through this book, I didn’t like it as much as I could have. It did keep me reading, though, so I’ll give it that.
2 stars. Overall, The Everlasting Rose was okay. The world is interesting but I lost interest in Camille’s world in this book. Hopefully, the next book get my attention a lot more than this one day.
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