Friday, October 9, 2015

Hell's Belles: Book One by Alison Perry [Review]

 Hell's Belles: Book One by Alison Perry
Hell's Belles: Book One (Hell's Belles #1) by Alison Perry
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: August 19, 2015

Hell's Belles
1. Hell's Belles: Book One - Kindle
2. Hell's Belles: Book Two
3. Hell's Belles: Book Three

Alison Perry
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
California girl Emma Ayers’ life has just been shaken by sudden tragedy. On top of losing everything, she’s also been forced to move across the country to Charleston, South Carolina. Emma now lives in the infamous South-of-Broad section of the city surrounded by old money and even older mystery. It’s a universe away from her normal teenage life and not just because of distance. Charleston holds its share of secrets and Emma seems to be part of the biggest one of all.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

That’s where Hell’s Belles come in. It’s one of the oldest debutante societies in the South and yet no one knows anything about them, only that you don’t mess with a Belle.

Living among the mansions and manners of the Holy City, the Belles use their wiles and not a small bit of witchcraft to achieve their every mysterious ambition.

Their world and the old aristocratic rules they live by are about to collide with Emma’s mundane and doleful life. Emma has always felt there was nothing extraordinary about her. What happens to a girl who finds out there’s more to everything than she ever could have imagined? 
Thoughts on Hell's Belles: Book One: Serialized novels and I sometimes give each other the side eye. I wasn't blessed with an abundance of patience so having a story STOP partway through makes me sad. Especially when it's a story I'm (mostly) enjoying.

The mostly part revolves around the secrets kept from Emma. Part of me gets why the Belles were keeping those secrets. Really, I do. Yet... I have an irrational knee-jerk reaction to secrets. Especially when they're so blatantly kept from the main character.

Again, I get why Virginia was trying to ease Emma into the truth. Emma had been through more than her fair share and she needs time to find her footing. But secrets like this make me have crazy eyes. It's a proven fact. I mention it in many reviews. I get it and I understand how those secrets help move the story forward, but I'm irrationally peeved by them.

That said, I did enjoy this book. The Belles are secretive and with a diverse set of powers. I don't know if I'd be thrilled being thrown into the middle of them given what their talents are, but what can a freshly minted orphan do, right?

There were some ups and downs here. The downs were mostly my own issues, though, so don't let that dissuade you from checking this one out.

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