Belles Fifteen year old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina But when tragedy strikes a social worker sends her to live with a long lost

Fifteen year old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long lost uncle and his preppy privileged family Isabelle is taken away from everything she s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald CovFifteen year old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long lost uncle and his preppy privileged family Isabelle is taken away from everything she s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn t go so well Her cousin Mirabelle Monroe isn t thrilled to share her life with an outsider, and, in addition to dealing with all the rumors and backstabbing that lurk beneath their classmates Southern charm, a secret is unfolding that will change both girls lives forever.

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  1. Hi I m Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you and no, I wasn t intending for that to rhyme.I ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my three wishes for a genie down on paper They were 1 Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free because apparently that was how I rolled 2 I wanted a mansion, limo, lake house, pool and speed boat still sounds quite nice 3 I wanted to be an author for young readers, which I am I love writing novels for teens and for savvy grown ups who know that YA rocks at any age My first series was Secrets of My Hollywood Life and it followed a teen star named Kaitlin Burke who struggled with the fame game I have also written the stand alone novels Sleepaway Girls, it s companion book, Summer State of Mind and the Belles series.I ve been writing middle grade too and am having so much fun with my series Fairy Tale Reform School The fourth book in this series about a school run by former villains is called Tricked and will be out March 2018 Ever wonder what it would be like if your parents got a job with someone like Taylpr Swift My other middle grade series, VIP, follows super fan Mackenzie Lowell as she tours with her favorite band, Perfect Storm I promise to give book updates here, and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or my website I hope I hear from you xoJen

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  1. This was a breath of fresh air for me Just what I needed to get a nice breather from dark paranormals Belles gives us a delightful read with loads of personalities and jaw dropping schemes Imagine living a quiet life in a bad part of town, when you re suddenly whisked away to live with your senator uncle and his glamorous Gossip Girl lifestyle That s what s happening to Izzie, however, turning into a princess overnight is not as fun as it seems Belles is told in an alternating point of view betw [...]

  2. Who wouldn t give up their average life for wealth and popularity For Isabelle though, she finds the idea of leaving everything she s ever known behind, to be a nightmare Though I didn t really like the romance aspect of Belles, I liked the main character s personality and the way she adjusts to her new lifestyle.

  3. Red I see red.That the Belles are both fifteen is made clear from the word go Yet, their behavior in this was far from that About the only thing I actually liked about this was the cover Oh, beautiful cover, how you have mislead me again Well, that AND page 270, and I actually do mean it when I say just that page Frankly, just about any negative you could think of might just apply to this one Characters What characters Card board cut outs, likely I felt them ALL one dimensional, never stepping [...]

  4. Jen Calonita has a way of getting into your head and making her books can t put down ers Belles is no exception While the premise is a predictable fish out of water story poor girl suddenly gets rich and has to deal with snobby people , Calonita never lets that stop her from creating a rich characters or a world that is easy to believe in Izzie and Mira feel real even if the Emerald Cove world that they live in is a fantasy for most people Izzie is smart, determined and fights for what she wants [...]

  5. I ve always been of a paranormal or fantasy girl preferring made up worlds to our boring old realistic one , but I think that this was exactly the kind of contemporary book that I ve been looking for to get me back into the genre and I kind of want to hug it for that Belles zeroes on the lives of two completely different girls who are inexplicably linked Isabelle Izzie , the spunky swimmer who comes from the wrong side of town, and Mirabelle Mira , the privileged social butterfly who s still fi [...]

  6. PLEASE NOTE This is a DNF did not finish review That means I did not finish this book If reviews of half finished books bother you, please look elsewhere For the rest of you, I am going to try to explain why I didn t feel the need to finish this.Alright, I feel like this can be pretty brief, actually There are times when I put something on the DNF shelf because they are horribly written edited, or because I hate the characters plot world etc Sometimes I DNF things because they are indescribably [...]

  7. Belles was one of those books that pulled me in and wouldn t let me go until the very last chapter From the first couple of pages, I was completely sucked into Isabelle Scott s story and the world of Mira Monroe I seriously could not get enough Isabelle Izzie Scott is just a down to earth kind of girl living in Harborside, a quaint although slightly run down town full of surfers and pizza joints and not so well off families She loves to be out in the water, especially if it s with her hunky frie [...]

  8. Belles is an entertaining read The characters and settings are vibrant, and there is a good, strong message about being yourself, not judging, and having guts I am looking forward to the next book.Belles starts off by meeting Izzie Scott and Mira Monroe Also known as Isabelle and Mirabelle Izzie is a sweet girl who lives in a poor town, Harborside, where she swims and has ice cream with her friends each day Her home life isn t so good though Her grandma has medical issues and on somedays doesn t [...]

  9. In West Philadelphia born and raised On the playground is where I spent most of my days Chillin out maxin relaxin all cool And all shootin some b ball outside of the school When a couple of guys who were up to no good Started makin trouble in my neighborhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scared And said you re movin with your auntie and uncle in Bel AirIzzy doesn t get into a fight Harborside isn t like that, swear , but this is a story all about how her life got flipped turned upside [...]

  10. This review was first posted on rubysreads.It s difficult for me to write negative reviews, and this is especially true when I m dealing with a book I m also giving away I toyed with a few alternate ideas, and even asked around a bit People suggested interviews with the author and things like that, but when it came down to it, I kept coming back to the same thought It s as important for me to write negative reviews as it is for me to write positive ones Additionally, I had opinions about this bo [...]

  11. Since her mom died a few years ago, Izzie has lived with her grandmother It s worked out well, except now Grams is clearly suffering from Alzheimer s Still, Izzie has managed to get by thanks to help from her neighbors but then her social worker found out Now they ve found a distant relative of her mom s to take care of Izzie until she s old enough Except her distant cousin is a state senator about to run for the US Senate The family is crazy wealthy Izzie made ends meet but that s about it and [...]

  12. My Thoughts Oh, what a fun novel We are introduced to two girls who couldn t be different, Isabell and Mirabelle They are total opposites Izzie is from Harborside which is known as a bad place, thefts happen, not a good place to live In reality, none of these things really happen, it s just a small little town near a beach Mirabelle aka Mira is from Emerald Cove, she s popular, goes to a private school, and her dad is running for senator She lives with her mother, and two brothers.Izzie is perf [...]

  13. I picked up Belles when I was needing a fresh, fun contemporary read and it easily exceeded my expectations in this area It s a surprisingly tender and stirring book, one that features a vibrant cast of characters and introduces its readers to a fun, new contemporary series that will leave you eager for the next book, Winter White.Reasonst to Read 1.Charming characters Izzie quickly grew on me as a character, even though I was worried at first that she would be needy and whiny Boy, was I ever wr [...]

  14. You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.Where can I start here Belles was just so good that I can t even gather my thoughts cohesively It was a flashback to some of my all time favourite shows, it had a hint of The OC with a whole lot of 90210 I could not put this book down, and as soon as it was over I wanted to go back to page 1 and start all over again Jen Calonita has put together a contemporary story that is full of laughs, heartbreak and love.Isabelle Scott is thrust into a foreig [...]

  15. HOLY ROSES I would like to give a huge THANK YOU THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this book I have to say that I loved this book so much I went out and purchased my own copy The ARC did not do the cover any justice It is absolutely STUNNING What would you do if one day your life was normal and in that same night your life was turned upside down What would you do if you lost everyone you loved You had to leave the only comfort you have ever known You have to leave y [...]

  16. I almost want to give this a lower rating because it was super predictable and have read these kinds of stories so many times but its like a guilty pleasure and I really actually liked it

  17. I got halfway through this audiobook finished four out of eight CDs and I find I still don t care Well, that s not ENTIRELY true I m slightly curious about whatever the big scandal is The back of the audiobook box says that Isabelle and Mirabelle Izzie and Mira learn a life changing secret that will turn both their worlds upside down Basically, Izzie has a happy life on the wrong side of the tracks with her grandmother, while Mira is the super privileged daughter of a state senator running for t [...]

  18. I think it s a universal truth that 99.9% of all kids have a fantasy One day they will be whisked away from their drab, parent addled life into a world filled with clothes, money, new carsyou get the idea Back when I was a kid, I hoped my real parents were a king and queen These days, I think kids will settle for unlimited texting and a bottomless iTunes account But not Isabelle Izzy Scott She s happy with her life on the wrong side of the tracks She doesn t even mind the run down home she lives [...]

  19. Jen Calonita is a master of light contemporary girl centered novels I fell in love with her Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and have since read every single one of her books What do I mean by girl centered Her stories feature girls in various often unusual life situations, who are dealing with the same problems as every teenage girl Family drama, peer pressure, friends, forming a self identity, boys Romance is present in each book, but the heart of the stories are always the girls themselves [...]

  20. What an amazing book Belles is one of those feel good books, it does have some tough moments but for the most part it s really feel good type of book in my opinion I had figured I would enjoy Belles, I loved the concept of it and I had heard quite a few good things about it before I actually started reading I just think it surpassed my expectations by a long shot This book wasn t just great, it was easily one of best Contemporaries that I have read Jen is a fantastic author, and I loved the way [...]

  21. Izzie s life has been far from easy She s had to care for her grandmother for a long time, and she bears a burden far greater than girls her age should carry Nevertheless, life is a far cry from what she s about to be plunged into When a social worker sends her to live with a well to do distant relative, Lizzie s world is turned upside down in the best possible way When Izzie s world becomes one of wealth and prestige, a private school and a glamorous home life with a glitzy cousin, Mira though, [...]

  22. I was so excited to start Belles I sounded amazing and of course, took place in the south Where I reside I really liked this book It was beautifully written Jen Calonita really wrote such a fantastic book with amazing jump off the page characters that I enjoyed throughout the book I loved watching them grow as individuals and, as a whole as well Izzie s mother died when she was 10 Her Father isn t in the picture So all Izzie has left is her Grandmother, who has cared for Izzie for all this time [...]

  23. I think my biggest problem with this book is that, though I m not usually the target audience of a YA novel, this book skews a little bit younger than that When I finished, I realized that this author had also written the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series, and that made a lot of sense to me The characters are a little less mature than I prefer reading about, and there is a certain wish fulfillment aspect of this book that isn t my favorite plot I know that part of the point is that Isabelle di [...]

  24. I enjoyed Calonita s previous book series as it was light, fun and clean I am reasonably certain this will be another series I will enjoy, as well.The story is somewhat predictable with a couple of concepts that I found well integrated There is a Cinderella factor to some extent as Izzie goes from poor to rich in a matter of hours The part I really liked about this was that Izzie didn t believe her life was broken She lived in a rough town with her grandmother who was slowly losing her cognitive [...]

  25. Isabelle Scott is happily living with her grandmother in the town of Harborside, North Carolina The town has a bad reputation, and her grandmother s health is in decline, but she s making it day by day with the help of her community She can escape to the beach for her lifeguard job and time with her recently met surfer friend, Brayden.Then Izzie gets a bombshell dropped on her her grandmother is being admitted to a nursing home, and she must go to live with her long lost uncle and his family in [...]

  26. Jen Calonita brings Cinderella to modern times Izzie lived a rough life, taking care of her grandmother and trying to make ends meet She had good friends and neighbors, people who respected her and were concerned over her wellbeing Then a social worker intervenes and sends her to live with a distant relative, and Izzie enters the world of the rich and glamorous Here, the fairy tale world takes a twists, and Izzie becomes new girl in a rich private school, threatened by the queen bee whose boyfri [...]

  27. I read the ARC on this one.I think there s that annoyed me about this book than I liked Granted, part of that could be because there s a big secret as advertized on the front of the book, where is says, Two Southern girls One life changing secret but the publisher put the big secret revealed at page 336 in the book ON THE BACK COVER Um, hello Don t put something from page 336 on the back cover of your book, especially if it s your BIG SECRET Maybe they only did that on the ARCs and wised up bef [...]

  28. I have read and loved Jen Calonita s Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and so I was super excited to read Belles especially after reading the summary Contemporary fiction is not really my thing, I mean I like it enough but give me a historical or a fantasy over contemp any day But then I read books like this and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and I remember how much I actually like contemporary fiction.I really enjoyed Belles It was so much than I originally expected I lov [...]

  29. 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 As predicted, it didn t exactly go well Her cousin is less than welcoming and all the popular girls at school soon freeze her out Turns out being rich is harder than being poor, but I was proud of Izzie for staying strong.Izzie was definitely an admirable character and while we can all learn a little something from he [...]

  30. When Izzie Scott s grandmother becomes too frail to take care of her, she s sent to live with some distant family members in the affluent neighboring town of Emerald Cove Mira Monroe, Izzie s cousin, is hardly excited about having to babysit a girl from Harborside and a life changing secret hovers beneath the perfect surface of the Monroe family This was a sweet, if somewhat generic, chick lit offering that will probably appeal to younger impressionable readers seeking an entree into the genre T [...]

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