Summary: 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.
*Release Date: March 5th, 2019*
My Thoughts: I was such a huge fan of The Belles, and when I got approved for an ARC on Netgalley for the sequel, I was SO happy. I was excited to get back into the world that I loved so much from book one, and find out what was next for the characters after that cliff hanger ending. The book jumps right back in to where we left off, and it took me a minute to remember everything and readjust to the creative and specific verbiage they use. Unfortunately, the plot of this book is a bit slower than The Belles, and even though things were happening, everything just felt less vibrant. The action does pick up in the second half, but the characters stay pretty linear without much growth. The chemistry between Camille and Remy was nice, but I wanted their relationship to be stronger. It didn’t progress enough for me. The best relationships were between Camille and her sisters, and I loved seeing the different ways they all dealt with the battle against Sophia and their way of life. Speaking of, I wanted more of Sophia. They talked about her a lot, but I wanted more interactions and moments with her because her craziness made the first book so engaging. I liked where the story went, but it just felt like something was missing. I appreciated the open ending- it was satisfying enough if there is not another book, but it definitely leaves room for the story to continue. Overall, I was a little underwhelmed by this sequel, but there was enough for it to be enjoyable and I look forward to seeing if there is more to the story.