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Title:
The everlasting rose
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9781484728482
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles ; New York : Freeform Books, 2019.
Physical Description:
342 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Camille, Edel, and Remy, aided by The Iron Ladies and backed by alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, race to outwit Sophia, find Princess Charlotte, and return her to Orléans.
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In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The Belles , Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. The evil queen Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Rémy, from returning Charlotte to the palace 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 attempt to restore peace to Orléans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice to save her people.


Author Notes

Dhonielle Clayton is the author of New York Times bestseller The Belles and coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary, a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers, and COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. You can also find her online at www.dhonielleclayton.com or follow her @brownbookworm.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to The Belles, Camellia Beaureguard, who worked hard to become the favorite Belle in Orléans in the first book, is still trying to restore the beauty that has been taken away from society. She is also searching for Princess Charlotte, fighting the evil Queen Sophia, and attempting to upright the city. Camellia continues to be a strong female character and enlists the help of the newly introduced Iron Ladies, who resist all beauty treatment, to find cunning ways to fight the enemies she encounters. Clayton paints a stunning world with chilling characters and a light romance that will that will absorb readers and hold teens' interest. Compared to the first volume, the action rises slowly, causing the ending to feel rushed. And while the Iron Ladies are intriguing, readers will wish that they had made more of an appearance throughout. This unique story remains a terrific metaphor for beauty and its place in society and culture. VERDICT A must-purchase for collections where The Belles is already popular, and where fantasy flies.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Camille, her love interest Rmy, and her sister Edel (The Belles, rev. 5/18) are on the run after discovering malicious Princess Sophias means of cloning Belles. With the help of an underground resistance movement, they work to return Princess Charlottethe rightful heir, who has fled Orlans but whom Sophia claims has diedto the throne. Camille attains even greater supernatural abilities than she demonstrated in the previous book, most notably the powers to magically disguise herself in addition to altering others appearance and to drain the life force of enemies (both very handy skills for a fugitive). Clayton further develops the world-building of Orlans with a much wider landscape, more steampunk-meets-magical-technology, and new details of Orlansian spiritual beliefs. This second installment is more repetitively plotted than the first, and particularly overuses a device of an ally dying mere moments after being reunited with Camille. Nevertheless, Belles fans will be eager to revisit this lavishly imagined, immersive fantasy realm, which Clayton effectively uses to critique several ugly aspects of our own society. katie bircher March/April 2019 p 78(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Clayton's eagerly anticipated sequel picks up where the explosive events of The Belles (2018) left readers dangling from a well-crafted cliff. Camille's innocence has been stripped away, and our beloved, once-naive Belle has blossomed into a gloriously ambitious and rightfully enraged young woman who is hell bent on liberating her Belle sisters, finding the missing Princess Charlotte, and ripping the throne of Orléans out of Sophia's evil hands. But none of these goals prove easy with Sophia's imperial forces hunting Camille, her sister Edel, and her handsome guard Rémy. When Camille learns Sophia is constructing a prison to enslave Belles and chain them to the ugly demands of the kingdom, the stakes spike higher than ever. If Camille hopes to change Orléans for the better and save the Belles from falling deeper into bondage, she must find and restore Princess Charlotte to the throne before Sophia is crowned queen. Although The Belles is a phenomenal read, this is even more staggering. Clayton seizes the opportunity to expound upon Orléans, rendering a world that is breathtaking and crushing, beautiful and vile, and whimsical and terrifying. She poignantly uses a harrowing, fantastical tale to illuminate the very real horrors of unattainable beauty standards and the enslavement of marginalized bodies. As relevant as it is exquisite. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Belles hit best-seller status, and its fans' excitement for the sequel will be further stoked by Clayton's national author tour.--Enishia Davenport Copyright 2018 Booklist