It’s hard to believe that we’re in March with all the snowfall England seems to be getting lately, but it’s time to delve into a new audiobook. This month was a bit of a struggle as nothing really seemed to be grabbing me. I’d heard a lot about The Belles but was on the fence because it sounded like something I would love though mixed reviews had pushed it further down my TBR… until I saw FantasticBooksAndWhereToFindThem’s review which finally swayed me to give it a go.
Set in Orlèans, the Belles are girls who have the power to make others beautiful. Just like in our world, beauty is a massive industry with magazines, photo cards of the belles and exclusive places residents can go to for treatments from their favourite belle. But the position of honour is the Queen’s Favourite which is the job of Camelia’s dreams.
The audiobook is narrated by Rosie Jones who is utterly outstanding. She has this innocence and wonder to her voice that just fills Camelia’s narrative with life. Listening to the story, the reader can really feel how much the protagonist loves this world and how excited she is at her new career prospects.
The writing is beautiful, woven together with a lot food imagery which works wonders for making the world appear sickly sweet. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not but it’s rather clever.
At the time of writing this post, I am 39% in and still the story hasn’t really gotten going so I feel this may be one of those books where everything else outweighs the plot.
Have you read The Belles? If so, what did you think of it?
And, as always, if you have any audiobook recommendations, please let me know!