The premise of The Belles is A+. I also loved the characters, and the strong female friendships that develop. I was fascinated by the girls being able to change appearance, and all the rules that accompanied it. Obviously, the wealthy and those in power had a lot of control and there was a lot of crappy stuff happening that Camellia didn’t know before she officially became a Belle. Camellia herself is a really strong main character, and I absolutely loved her passion and strength in the midst of tons of adversity. My only real complaint with the book was that it seemed longer than it needed to be, and was often more descriptive than it needed to be. I’ll definitely be reading book two though! Also, can we talk about that cover?! So much pretty!