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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Contemporary fiction is not really my thing, I mean I like it enough but give me a historical or a fantasy over contemp. She’s happy with her life on the wrong side of the tracks. This was before she knew what the preparation entails: Mira has dreamed of making her debut in a gorgeous white gown forever–now if only she had an escort Yet, at same time I was hoping that two of them would be able work out, despite way Brayden acted, I know that he really cared for her.

Can she hack it in this new world, or will her place remain in her roots? Additionally, I had o This review was first posted on http: Belles is a very quick, easy read. But once he kissed her, I smiled, knowing that he liked her. And of course no good contemporary is complete without its sweet boys one of which is a surfer! Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free because apparently that was how I rolled.


If you don’t have that depth, it’s hard to build connections bleles the characters and really get drawn into a story. This was a breath of fresh air for me.

Belles (Belles, #1) by Jen Calonita

But not Isabelle “Izzy” Scott. So, knowing the nelles secret took away any element of surprise and just seemed dumb to me. Apr 23, Adrienne rated it it was ok Shelves: This is rare since I am normally not a big fan of second books in seriesbut I think I enjoyed this book more than the first.

Savannah was written to be detested. I promise to give book updates here, and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or my website. You want both Izzie and Mira to succeed, and you recognize the inadequacies of both the heroes and the villains of the book.

Mira Monroe is a snobby rich girl who hangs out with other girls like herself. I’ve been writing middle grade too and am having so much fun with my series Fairy Tale Reform School! For the weak-willed Bellez Monroe, nicknamed Mira, Izzie’s arrival is an unwanted upheaval that comes in the middle of her father’s campaign for the U.

Winter White

Belles is an entertaining read. Cute sweet friendly Brayden. I am not someone who enjoys reading, however I found myself constantly turning the page.

It’s got a fantastic story, with an outstanding cast of characters that you can’t help but become attached to some of them throughout this book. I was glad that there was bit more romance, for both of the girls in Winter White. Especially since there are a lot of good people in Emerald Cove, just the mean ones hold the reins. The family is crazy wealthy Izzie made ends meet but that’s abo Since her mom died a jeen years ago, Izzie yb lived with belles grandmother.


This book wasn’t just great, it was easily one of best Contemporaries that I have read. But it wasn’t that bad. Mar 11, Mimi Valentine rated it really liked it Shelves: Of course, she doesn’t mean to be snobby, it is just the way things are in Emerald Cove, the glamorous part of North Carolina. He might very well be one of three characters who were decent. Throughout the book, there was one conflict occurring after another and each page full of more drama.

Winter White, how can you not like a title like that? She’s the type of girl I really admire. North Carolina United States. I liked this book. Belles did not do this.

bbelles So much emphatic blondness! The rating is a 3. Suffice to say I liked him and wish there was more of him in this.