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The Everlasting Rose

The Belles Series, Book 2
Written by: Dhonielle Clayton
Narrated by: Rosie Jones
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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With a price on her head, the evil Queen Sophia out for blood, and no idea who to trust, Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister, Edel, and her loyal guard, Remy, 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 Orleans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice to save her people. 

A Booklist pick of the day. A Tor.com reviewers' choice of this winter's upcoming young-adult SFF books.

©2019 Dhonielle Clayton (P)2019 The Orion Publishing Group

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  • April R.
  • 2019-03-17

Excellent Sequel

Loved it! it picked up right where The Belles left off and never missed a beat!

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  • genesa doss
  • 2019-05-20

Love the storyline

Innovative and gives the reader everything they need in this sequel! Love Black girl sci-fi

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  • J. Gudger
  • Washington, DC
  • 2019-05-11

Interested to see how the trilogy ends

Met Dhonielle at an author visit at TC Williams HS in Alexandria. She was a great speaker with the teens showcasing her chops as an educator with great classroom management. I was lucky to get a signed copy of first book for my daughter. My kids and I listened to it too. We loved the first one. We LOVED Rosie Jones' narration. She skillfully pulls off an array of characters.

Eagerly awaited the release of this one. Loved Rosie and my kids and I couldn't wait to finish it to see where things are going.

The first is our favorite of the two but this one doesn't dissapoint. Bring on Book 3!

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  • SarahH
  • 2019-05-07

Wow What a Sequel!

I loved this duology! Dhonielle Clayton's writing is swoon-worthy! What I appreciated in this book was that the story came to a logical conclusion for every character. At the end of the book, all of the characters had changed. They were all a bit messier and more jaded about their world, but the end made sense with everything she set up in book 1.
The world of the Belles is so imaginative and such a pleasure to read about. I'd love to see other stories set in this world. I'd also love a cookbook based on some of the food she described!
Highly recommend this duology for anyone looking for beautiful writing, a creative world, and a satisfying story!

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  • Allison
  • 2019-04-27

Falls short of the first book

After reading the first book, I was excited to read the sequel. It fell short for me for several reasons. Descriptive scenes were over done and took too much time to get through so much so that the action scenes became anticlimactic. Also, the protagonist of the story lost her edge and never really regained it which made story and her actions become too childlike and unbelievable. What I did love about the book was the narrator. Rose did a fantastic job with her characters. Overall, the read fell short for me.

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  • Laileanah
  • Ferndale, Michigan
  • 2019-03-31

loved it

the story really developed in this novel. I wasn't quite expecting the direction it took. pleasantly surprised

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-18

Loved this book!!

I was so excited when Everlasting Rose came out and I was not disappointed. I fell in love with Remi and Camille. I didn’t want the story to end.

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  • Atira
  • Tennessee
  • 2019-03-18

Waste of potential

This was a sloppy sequel. Rushed and underdeveloped. I’m very disappointed because there was so much great potential here.