Review: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Did you guys read the Belles last year? I read it and while I was reading it, I really enjoyed it, so I told my friend Bee to read it and… she was not a huge fan. When she asked me what I liked about it, I completely drew a blank and didn’t actually have an answer for her haha I had hoped that after reading the Everlasting Rose, I would remember exactly why I loved the Belles, but that unfortunately did not happen…

The Everlasting Rose 3/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

So let’s start out by talking about what I did like about this book- the teacup dragons! OMG they were so cute and adorable and super useful, so I 100% loved them. Here’s what I wasn’t a huge fan of- the pacing, Camille’s whining, and the lack of a real plot for almost 200 pages. I liked Sophia as a villain in book 1, but in book two she was almost too bad and she didn’t seem to have any real dimension. Camille wasn’t relatable as a main character in this book. I didn’t want to root for her or her sisters or honestly anyone and I almost DNF’ed this book so many times. The plot picked up a little (in that I was actually able to find it) after about 250 pages or so, so the last 90 pages were definitely better than the 250 before that. I wish those 90 pages had been developed more instead of feeling slightly rushed- I was way more interested in the action and the motivation behind what was going on there than I was in their journey around the islands.

All in all, not a huge fan of this book. I did still like the world though, so if the author were to write a book in the future set in the world of the Belles and The Everlasting Rose, I would probably pick it up. Did y’all read this book? What did you think of it?

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