Fifteen-year-old Isabelle loves her impoverished North Carolina beach community, but when her grandmother must enter a nursing home, Izzie is placed with. In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. There’s plenty of drama but few surprises in this contemporary rags-to-riches story from Calonita (Reality Check), first in a four-book series.

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Having taken care of her grandmother and herself for some time, Izzie is independent and doesn’t easily fall prey to moments of weakness. If you’re looking for a refreshing contemporary read that has it’s own little twist, than this one is definitely for you. Here, the fairy-tale world takes a bflles, and Izzie becomes new girl in a rich private school, threatened by the queen bee whose boyfriend she takes an interest in.

Dear me, it is only now that I understand why people finish books they hate. Jen Calonita really wrote such a fantastic book with amazing jump off the page characters that I enjoyed throughout the book.

BELLES by Jen Calonita | Kirkus Reviews

Mirabelle Monroe leads a charmed life: It seems as if the world is watching their every move, but at least the girls have each o Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. This book is pure comfort food and incredibly fun to read.

I was already suspecting that someone in the family was the traitor. Of course, Granny’s condition worsens and the social worker suddenly finds a distant relative for Izzie to live with. I am not someone who enjoys reading, however I found myself constantly turning the page. Again, here’s hoping they jrn that for the ARC and got a little more creative. About the only thing I actually liked about this was the cover.


The story is belless through the alternating perspectives of Izzie and her cousin Mira, two very different individuals.

Too bad predictability, unrelateable characters and two characters named Hayden and Brayden defeated me. As Izzie and Mira try to navigate their new lives, family secrets are dug up and the girls learn what friends and family truly mean. Mira, Izzie’s age and her distant cousin won’t stand up to queen bee and settles for path of least resistance although a truce is reached at some point. Even though she was rather dense and unsympathetic most of the time, there was still something endearing about her and I think we’ll see more maturity from her in the next books: She wants more from her life, and that’s hard for both her and her old friends to realize.

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Belles (Belles, #1) by Jen Calonita

Belles was just so good that I can’t even gather my thoughts cohesively. Frankly, just about any negative you falonita think of might just apply to this one.

I really liked czlonita book. I cannot wait for the next installment! There is a lot to be enjoyed in the pages of Belles, and this one will be taking a coveted space on my favourites list. Lea LC’s Adventures in Libraryland So I wondered why I was made to really not trust or like her.



Trivia About Winter White Bel She loves to be out in the water, especially if it’s with nen hunky Belles was one of those books that pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go until the very last chapter. No trivia or quizzes yet. I would have been in the principal’s office, or at the police station, on a regular basis. I sympathize less when it’s the third time you’re telling me that calpnita has “pale blonde hair” or “white blonde hair.

The end definitely took a twist I wasn’t expecting with several of the story lines.

When we finally get to the end of the story, I just felt like no one really got what they deserved, and it left me unsatisfied. Izzie is a survivor, one who refuses to let even the worst situations completely bring her down. This one was definitely a feel good kind of book. Izzie was definitely an admirable character and while we can all learn a little something fr I thought the concept from Belles was great – take girl from supposedly the wrong side of the tracks and implant her in the lifestyles of the rich and the famous and see what happens.

And I feel the book is not otherwise well-written.