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There’s only one way out Belle Morte. One of five houses where vampires reside as celebrities and humans are paid to be their living donors. While others came here seeking fortune, I came in search of my sister who walked into Belle Morte five months ago . . . and never walked back out. Now that I’m here, the secrets about this world have proven to be much bigger than I ever There’s only one way out Belle Morte. One of five houses where vampires reside as celebrities and humans are paid to be their living donors. While others came here seeking fortune, I came in search of my sister who walked into Belle Morte five months ago . . . and never walked back out. Now that I’m here, the secrets about this world have proven to be much bigger than I ever anticipated. And lurking around every corner are shocking insinuations of what happened to my sister. There’s only one person who might have the answers I need, and the undeniable pull I feel toward him is terrifying: Edmond Dantès―a vampire, and my mortal enemy. The harder I try to resist him, the further I fall under his spell. And in one instant my life is irrevocably changed. My past becomes prologue and my fate becomes sealed behind these doors. Belle Morte has spoken. And it may never let me go.


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There’s only one way out Belle Morte. One of five houses where vampires reside as celebrities and humans are paid to be their living donors. While others came here seeking fortune, I came in search of my sister who walked into Belle Morte five months ago . . . and never walked back out. Now that I’m here, the secrets about this world have proven to be much bigger than I ever There’s only one way out Belle Morte. One of five houses where vampires reside as celebrities and humans are paid to be their living donors. While others came here seeking fortune, I came in search of my sister who walked into Belle Morte five months ago . . . and never walked back out. Now that I’m here, the secrets about this world have proven to be much bigger than I ever anticipated. And lurking around every corner are shocking insinuations of what happened to my sister. There’s only one person who might have the answers I need, and the undeniable pull I feel toward him is terrifying: Edmond Dantès―a vampire, and my mortal enemy. The harder I try to resist him, the further I fall under his spell. And in one instant my life is irrevocably changed. My past becomes prologue and my fate becomes sealed behind these doors. Belle Morte has spoken. And it may never let me go.

30 review for Belle Morte

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Book about vampires: *exists* Me: *seductively raises eyebrow*

  2. 4 out of 5

    booksnpenguins (lance orion approved)

    Say what you want about vampires in books, but one thing that's certain is that they'll hardly go out of style. Belle Morte is probably one of the few ARCs I've read during these years that I ended up liking, and if you consider the fact that it first saw the light as a Wattpad story, that's even more impressing. I really liked the take of Higgin on vampires being reality show stars with their own screaming fans and their Houses (although this reminded me a little too much of the whole exagg Say what you want about vampires in books, but one thing that's certain is that they'll hardly go out of style. Belle Morte is probably one of the few ARCs I've read during these years that I ended up liking, and if you consider the fact that it first saw the light as a Wattpad story, that's even more impressing. I really liked the take of Higgin on vampires being reality show stars with their own screaming fans and their Houses (although this reminded me a little too much of the whole exaggeratedly and unreasonably famous TikTok crews) where human donors are provided with fashion clothes and a place under the spotlight in exchange for a few bites here and there. I wasn't exactly a fan of Renie but I appreciated her efforts in trying to find out what happened to her sister June, even though most of the time her lack of self-control got her in trouble she could have easily avoided by thinking things through a little more. I also really liked the mystery surrounding June's disappearance in the first half of the book and all the tales about Edmond past. What I could have done without were the superficial romance, the huge amount of names to remember and the brutally rushed ending. I felt like it erased most of the book's main plot in favor of a forced happpily ever after. ARC requested on and provided by NetGalley in exchange for a review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Listen—it’s vampires; it’s tropey. It’s Wattpad. It’s basically a Big Brother vampire boarding house for adults, dodging the questionable ‘should a teenager be dating a 158 year old man who died during the American Civil War but still looks 20’ stuff that plagues the genre. Ten years ago, vampires revealed themselves for the first time to the human world, subsequently replacing Hollywood actors and pop stars as the biggest celebrities in the world. They have blogs and fandoms devoted to each vam Listen—it’s vampires; it’s tropey. It’s Wattpad. It’s basically a Big Brother vampire boarding house for adults, dodging the questionable ‘should a teenager be dating a 158 year old man who died during the American Civil War but still looks 20’ stuff that plagues the genre. Ten years ago, vampires revealed themselves for the first time to the human world, subsequently replacing Hollywood actors and pop stars as the biggest celebrities in the world. They have blogs and fandoms devoted to each vampire and House, which is just as insane as it sounds. They’re called ‘Vladdicts’, which is, objectively, amazing. The plot is initially driven by the mystery surrounding what happened to Renie Mayfield’s sister, June, who disappeared into the same House months before and dropped all contact. Later, it evolves into an exploration of the world’s vampire lore and biology, accompanied by some vamp politicking. The final act is pure chaos, mostly in a good way, and positions the story for an intriguing sequel. The romance, though predictable, is still earned throughout their time together. (If you’re wondering whether the love interest does that suddenly-appearing-next-to-human-girl-without-warning thing……yes he does) My biggest issue ended up being something discussed pretty early on, but I’ll still put it under spoiler tags: (view spoiler)[Humans that come to Belle Morte have to sign a contract stipulating they’ll make themselves available for feeding daily to the vampire residents. This isn’t a surprise; everyone who signs up knows it’s part of the deal and a lot of them are really excited to be bitten. But the issue lies in the irrevocability of that consent. The only one who can release a human from their contract is the Lady of the House, meaning if for any reason the humans don’t want to give their blood that day or any other, they can be forced to. Some visiting vampires take advantage of this, veering into sexual harassment, and the humans have no recourse. There’s no real way to separate the vampire bites from sex in this book, based on the number of times the vampire bites are directly or indirectly compared to sex. (“Relax, or it’ll hurt”) The vampires dictate when they feed, who they feed on and do not allow humans to refuse or leave without permission. But the threat of replacement by any of the thousands of other applicants, as well as the allure and implicit physical threat of vampires themselves, would have been enough to generate compliance without the exploitive contract. It would be one thing if the vampires involved were clear antagonists, but every single vampire we meet, ‘good’ or ‘bad’, is complicit in this system. (hide spoiler)] Belle Morte isn’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but I’ve read a lot worse recently. Is the writing great? Not particularly. Is it original? Other than the online communities and reality show influences, not so much. Are half the characters in inexplicably French in this British vampire House because the author wanted to give it a cool-sounding French title? Most definitely. But I don’t think it deserves quite so many lower ratings, so I’m gonna give it four stars and probably read the second one. **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  4. 5 out of 5

    ~ Tara Bezeau ~

    It was a very basic plot and not much to be honest happened during the book that really had me wanting to keep reading. I scanned a lot of it cause I was bored and wasn’t gonna miss much. I did like how it was two POVs I do like when authors do that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    Belle Morte is a young adult vampire romance with thrills and espionage thrown into the mix. Renie Mayfield is an eighteen-year-old girl living in a world where vampires are not only known about, but are basically celebrities. Renie’s sister was selected to become a blood donor and moved into one of the UK vampire mansions months ago, and Renie hasn’t heard from her in months. Desperate to find her sister, Renie applies to become a donor and go undercover at Belle Morte. This book is told from t Belle Morte is a young adult vampire romance with thrills and espionage thrown into the mix. Renie Mayfield is an eighteen-year-old girl living in a world where vampires are not only known about, but are basically celebrities. Renie’s sister was selected to become a blood donor and moved into one of the UK vampire mansions months ago, and Renie hasn’t heard from her in months. Desperate to find her sister, Renie applies to become a donor and go undercover at Belle Morte. This book is told from two points of view. Renie’s POV is first person and dominates the narrative, but we also occasionally get the third=person point of view of Edmond, one of Belle Morte’s handsome vampires. While I enjoyed knowing what Edmond is thinking, and we find out right away that he’s keeping secrets, I would have preferred to have had only Renie’s POV, as that would have increased the suspense. Knowing that Edmond–and the other vampires–aren’t terrible monsters right away muted some of the story’s suspense. The romance between Renie and Edmond is sweet and slow-burn, and I could definitely see a heavy influence from Twilight in the nature of the story. That said, the author is a fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and I was delighted to spot some references to the horror classic. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but Renie Mayfield sure sounds a lot like Renfield! (Why else would you shorten “Irene” to “Renie”?) Fortunately, Renie is completely different from Renfield in personality and she isn’t doomed the same fate fate as that Stoker character. (Otherwise this wouldn’t be a romance!) I loved the world-building in this book. While the majority of the story is set inside Belle Morte, we get a taste of what the world is like outside of it. Their world is like ours, but different, as everyone knows that vampires exist. They either love them, fear them, or despise them. Little bits of world building, such as the existence of “Vladdicts”–people who are obsessed with vampires–adds a flare of creativity and ingenuity to the book. This book has a lot of talking, particularly in the beginning, but the storyline picks up pace towards the end of the book. While most of the plot points are quite predictable, you read these types of stories for the suspense and the forbidden love, and on these fronts, Higgins definitely delivers. While this hasn’t been touted as being the start of a series, I got strong series vibes when reading this book–particularly with the way it ends. It’s not quite a cliffhanger, but there is a lot left unsaid, and this could easily be sequels. *Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for the ebook to review* This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Book Blog | Instagram | TikTok | Website | Twitter My 2022 Reading Challenge

  6. 5 out of 5

    the-bi.ace-book-advocate

    i bought this book immediately because i thought it was sapphic, but my heart sank realizing that it wasn't. Let's hope it's as good as any sapphic book! i bought this book immediately because i thought it was sapphic, but my heart sank realizing that it wasn't. Let's hope it's as good as any sapphic book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    In fair warning, Belle Morte definitely reads like a debut (in terms of pacing, characterization, writing style, the love triangle, the twists and the scenes very reminiscent of other popular books), but it was still a really easy to read and fun fantasy romance. The premise reminded me of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which I love, and the plot was quite enjoyable and easy to follow. The romance, although not the enemies to lovers it was advertised to be, was pretty cute (the guys falls first/g In fair warning, Belle Morte definitely reads like a debut (in terms of pacing, characterization, writing style, the love triangle, the twists and the scenes very reminiscent of other popular books), but it was still a really easy to read and fun fantasy romance. The premise reminded me of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which I love, and the plot was quite enjoyable and easy to follow. The romance, although not the enemies to lovers it was advertised to be, was pretty cute (the guys falls first/guy loves her more trope is always really cute, regardless of execution). I've been getting back into fantasy after reading a ton of contemporary romances recently, and this was a really good transition book. I'd recommend it to anyone just getting into or getting back into fantasy. If the author continues the story with more books, I'm not sure if I'll pick them up, but I'm glad I read this when I did. It's not perfect, but pretty damn fun. Thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad Books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather *coffee and flowers*

    DNF at 10% This really seems like something I should like, but unfortunately I just didn't. Futuristic vampire stories (the kind where vampires live openly and require willing donors) often don't work for me, but it's been a long time since I read a good vampire book, so I really wanted to try this one. The world and characters both felt really bland and weak. There were tons of detailed descriptions of the house and outfits, but I kind of lost focus while reading them. I ended up not being inter DNF at 10% This really seems like something I should like, but unfortunately I just didn't. Futuristic vampire stories (the kind where vampires live openly and require willing donors) often don't work for me, but it's been a long time since I read a good vampire book, so I really wanted to try this one. The world and characters both felt really bland and weak. There were tons of detailed descriptions of the house and outfits, but I kind of lost focus while reading them. I ended up not being interested in Renie's quest to find her sister. Also, Renie read a lot like a Mary Sue. Of course she's the only one who doesn't care about vampire celebrities! Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to review!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brittanica Bold

    "You can, mon ange. If you fall apart, I will help put you back together." Another case of being lured by the cover, and staying for the characters!!! This book was so good, I honestly don't understand the low-ish rating on Goodreads. What I liked about the book: 1. As reality shows are kinda my guilty pleasure (don't you judge me!), I really liked the idea of a vampire celebrity house that would bring regular people in to be donors. That is a super interesting concept, and I loved how it w "You can, mon ange. If you fall apart, I will help put you back together." Another case of being lured by the cover, and staying for the characters!!! This book was so good, I honestly don't understand the low-ish rating on Goodreads. What I liked about the book: 1. As reality shows are kinda my guilty pleasure (don't you judge me!), I really liked the idea of a vampire celebrity house that would bring regular people in to be donors. That is a super interesting concept, and I loved how it wasn't a large part of the plot where they had to mind how they were in front of cameras a lot. I feel that could have gotten convoluted really fast, and we were spared from that. 2. Short, dual POV chapters!!! This is my crack!!! 3. I love that there are mystery components, swoony moments, action-packed scenes, and unadulterated happiness even in the lowest of times. This book is definitely one hell of a paranormal rollercoaster. Those last couple chapters were something else!!! 4. The characters: Renie - I honestly did not think I would like Renie as much as I did. This girl is stubborn as sh*t and I'm here for it! Especially at the end of the book in some of the final scenes, she really just drives right into the chaos, but then still has realistic thoughts about why she's even doing it. I very much relate to this as a stubborn person who acts before she thinks a lot. Edmond - Hot vampire dude who speaks French, loves to read, and is willing to throw down and be punished to save his girl? Ummmmm yes please! I don't know what it is, but the idea of a good looking man calling me terms of endearment in a foreign language does something otherworldly to me. Ysanne - I did not want to like you, but I'm definitely falling for you, you alpha-female. I love the complexity of your character and how you are willing to open up to Renie because you are smart enough to see her value. Etienne - All I'm going to say is Jason - You are hilarious! Definitely the comedic relief in this book. I love that you are pining hard for Gideon, and I really think he is feeling you too. Hopefully we see more come of this in the second book! Roux - Roux, Roux, Roux, you beautiful little badass. You are bestie goals and literally an angel!!! Daphne and Velma don't need no Fred!!! Ludovic - I love how you know things can't happen, but you're such a good friend that you don't care about the rules. You seem like a total badass, and you BETTER end up with Roux in the second book! 5. THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS! Why it didn't get 5 stars: 1. I felt the way the story was told was a little odd. It was dual POV, but Renie's sections were in first person, while Edmond's were in third person. I love the dual POV, I just wish they were both in first person. The consistency nerd in me was inwardly cringing every time it shifted. 2. A bit predictable, but I'm not reading vampire romance because it's groundbreaking Thank you NetGalley and Wattpad for the opportunity to read this ARC. The honest opinions above are being given voluntarily. 4 belle stars! Check it out April 5th!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emary

    This is at least the second time “irrevocably” has appeared in the blurb of a book about vampires. This is at least the second time a mortal and vampire look to be romantically linked in a story. This is at least the second time “Ed-something” has been the name of the leading vampire in a story. Belle/Bella??? It all seems so silly. I would even say surreal, really, that the two could be so similar. Perhaps it is a fanfic, but can they be published in book format? I’m quite ignorant in the subject of This is at least the second time “irrevocably” has appeared in the blurb of a book about vampires. This is at least the second time a mortal and vampire look to be romantically linked in a story. This is at least the second time “Ed-something” has been the name of the leading vampire in a story. Belle/Bella??? It all seems so silly. I would even say surreal, really, that the two could be so similar. Perhaps it is a fanfic, but can they be published in book format? I’m quite ignorant in the subject of fan fiction. Yet, I wanna see what originality this book brings.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lily ❀ (Peeta's version)

    Thank you to NetGalley, Bella Higgin and Wattpad Books for letting me have a free ARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Belle Morte is the name of a house vampires run, where donors volunteer to have the vampires feed on them. Vampires are like celebrities and donors remain at the house for as long as the vampires want them there, so you could be a donor for a month or six years. After Renie's sister June stops writing letters from one of the houses, she decides she needs to mak Thank you to NetGalley, Bella Higgin and Wattpad Books for letting me have a free ARC of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Belle Morte is the name of a house vampires run, where donors volunteer to have the vampires feed on them. Vampires are like celebrities and donors remain at the house for as long as the vampires want them there, so you could be a donor for a month or six years. After Renie's sister June stops writing letters from one of the houses, she decides she needs to make sure she is alright. That's where this book begins. Belle Morte is an emotional book fueled by love - both sisterly and romantic. Though I found some of the plot twists predictable, that didn't ruin my enjoyment of the book. The second half of the book was more gripping and tumultuous than the first half, but I liked both halves of the story. There is a romance between a vampire and a donor in this book -- forbidden love, my favourite romantic trope. I thought that the love interests liked each other a little too quickly, but I still felt all of their emotions and almost cried towards the end. The note that this book ended on was shocking and left me flipping the pages hoping for more, so I would definitely read the sequel! In terms of characters, my favourites were Melissa and Roux. They were more developed than the other characters -- though I have a soft spot for Ysanne as well. I felt that Edmond wasn't a very developed character and thus it was sometimes hard for him to be as believable as the others. I did like the reference to The Count of Monte Cristo though! The one thing I would say about the use of French in this book was that occasionally it took me out of the conversations for a moment, but it wasn't enough to detract me from enjoying the novel! 2.5 stars -- I enjoyed the setting and some characters, but the main characters fell flat for me and I found the first half a bit overlong. The instalove wasn't my cup of tea either. Despite this, I would still read the sequel and enjoyed the ending of the book. The idea behind the entire story gripped me to keep reading this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jay.Rae.Reads

    This is a 𝗳𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘆 novel with a splash of 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 and a twist of mystery. In a world obsessed with Vampires, Renie could care less. That is until her sister June volunteers to be a blood donor for a vampire house and suddenly ceases all communication. Now the only way Renie can fine out what happened to her sister is to go into the house as well… and let the vampires of Belle Morte feed off her. I loved the 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 and pacing of this story. You are introduced to a brand new world where vam This is a 𝗳𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘆 novel with a splash of 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 and a twist of mystery. In a world obsessed with Vampires, Renie could care less. That is until her sister June volunteers to be a blood donor for a vampire house and suddenly ceases all communication. Now the only way Renie can fine out what happened to her sister is to go into the house as well… and let the vampires of Belle Morte feed off her. I loved the 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 and pacing of this story. You are introduced to a brand new world where vampires came out of the closet a decade before. Now, Vampires live in houses throughout the world and mostly keep themselves separate from humans but allow the press and media to see the parts of them that they want. The pacing was steady throughout. The 𝗺𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘆 and hush hush surrounding June’s disappearance was intriguing and had me hooked throughout the story as Renie tried to unravel the secret. The budding 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 between Renie and Edmond was tantalizing and seductive. Not only was it prohibited by vampires, as no vampires and donors could form a relationship, it was also taboo in both of their hearts. Renie hates vampires and everything they are, especially with her sister missing. Edmond has trusted a human with his heart before and it didn’t end well. This story was amazing. It ended on a cliffhanger which I won’t spoil for you, but I’m already dying to read the next one. There better be a next one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    Belle Morte had a really interesting premise. I loved the concept of vampires as celebrities and Vampire Houses spread throughout the world. The donor system and how that gave people status and money was also super intriguing and the way that tied with Renie's sister did make me curious about what was going to happen in the book. Too bad the execution of those elements here was incredibly poor and killed any sort of enjoyment I might have had for the story. The writing here really wasn't for me. Belle Morte had a really interesting premise. I loved the concept of vampires as celebrities and Vampire Houses spread throughout the world. The donor system and how that gave people status and money was also super intriguing and the way that tied with Renie's sister did make me curious about what was going to happen in the book. Too bad the execution of those elements here was incredibly poor and killed any sort of enjoyment I might have had for the story. The writing here really wasn't for me. I disliked the shifts in perspective when they happened inside the same chapter, especially when the snippets from one character's POV were so short that before I had time to get used to them they had changed again. There was little emotion to the writing as well and most of what were supposed to be tense or action packed scenes fell flat to me. Regarding the characters, Renie came across to me as very immature and righteous to the point of stupidity during some chapters. Edmond and his connection to The Count of Monte Cristo was super duper out of place with the overall tone of the novel and, personally, I didn't find him a well developed character. I don't think any of the other characters had enough of a personality for me to be able to comment on them. The plot was also very predictable. I guessed what was going to happen during the first few chapters and the way Higgin developed and set up some of the twists didn't manage to catch my interest after that. Because of that, to say the ending was underwhelming would be an understatement. Really not the book for me. * ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Iya (iyasbookstack)

    This was so good!! I can't believe this book doesn't release until April because I so want the sequel already. In a world where vampires are given celebrity statuses, Belle Morte follows the story of eighteen-year-old Renie who follows her path to Belle Morte, a house of vampires, as a blood donor with an ulterior motive to find out what happened to her sister who went missing five months ago. There she meets the alluring vampire Edmond Dantes (*cough* *cough* sounds familiar?) and everything hea This was so good!! I can't believe this book doesn't release until April because I so want the sequel already. In a world where vampires are given celebrity statuses, Belle Morte follows the story of eighteen-year-old Renie who follows her path to Belle Morte, a house of vampires, as a blood donor with an ulterior motive to find out what happened to her sister who went missing five months ago. There she meets the alluring vampire Edmond Dantes (*cough* *cough* sounds familiar?) and everything heats up. This was such a brilliant journey and the writing was so thrilling and sensual. I fell in love from the first page itself and couldn't help but keep reading. The history of the vampires was so richly written, the world-building was brilliant and the romance was just *chef's kiss*. Like seriously, Edmond Dantes is not at all like cliché vampire guys. The amount of respect I have for him is immense. I am so sad I finished reading this in one go even though I wanted to savour it for days because of how beautiful this book was. The friendships were so real, felt practical and all the characters had me wishing to be a part of their lives. Such an adventure! The ending has me so on edge. I really hope the sequel is released because I can't get enough of Edmond and Renie. Verict: Must Read!! Special thanks to Wattpad Books and Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc for this novel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Belle Morte had an intriguing plot. Some parts of the story fell a little flat for me and there wasn’t much character building. As a French speaker, I found some of the French to be not necessarily wrong but worded strangely as if someone used Google Translate so that did take away from the book for me. Thank you to Netgalley and Wattpad Books for this arc. All opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanna Bosick

    Belle Morte is a great YA fantasy that hooked me in immediately. The premise of vampires coming into the public eye and having houses where they can live and be protected was a new and ingenious idea. After Renee suspects foul play when her sister stops communicating she springs into action. It’s there she meets Edmond who could help or hurt her. The relationships between all the friends that develops is realistic and helps to make Renie open up even when she is so distraught over what may have Belle Morte is a great YA fantasy that hooked me in immediately. The premise of vampires coming into the public eye and having houses where they can live and be protected was a new and ingenious idea. After Renee suspects foul play when her sister stops communicating she springs into action. It’s there she meets Edmond who could help or hurt her. The relationships between all the friends that develops is realistic and helps to make Renie open up even when she is so distraught over what may have happened to her sister. There is a good amount of steaminess without being to overt which i appreciated. The story was easy to read the characters were developed quickly as that always happens when debuting a new book in a series. I believe that this series will end up being a favorite to many as the themes and characters are so lovable. It’s nice getting a better point of view from the vampires side of life. I do wish though that Renie at times had been a little more mature, especially when dealing with someone like Edmond. There were more than a few times that I just wanted her character to really listen and not be so reactive to others. The supporting characters were fun and helped to keep the story going and increasing the world that we had delved into. All in all i would recommend this to anyone with a love for vampires, fantasy, and love stories. Thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monogamist

    Thank you to Wattpad Books and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. I’m not sure why this book has so many bad reviews at the moment, because I thought this was actually quite fun to read. I think the most important thing to understand is how difficult it is for a writer to present to the readers something original when writing about vampires, as we have read all kinds of vampire stories by now, in all the sauces and recipes possible. I guess other readers like me are still burned after Empire o Thank you to Wattpad Books and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. I’m not sure why this book has so many bad reviews at the moment, because I thought this was actually quite fun to read. I think the most important thing to understand is how difficult it is for a writer to present to the readers something original when writing about vampires, as we have read all kinds of vampire stories by now, in all the sauces and recipes possible. I guess other readers like me are still burned after Empire of the Vampire, and thinking of that godforsaken empire, with silversaints and tattoos, so from my perspective, it takes guts for an indie writer to say “Hey, I wrote about, yet again, vampires”. Hence, this story gets my full support. Belle Morte has an unusual setting as it takes place in modern age England. Now, I’m not an expert, I don’t know if the idea at the base of Belle Morte that humans volunteer as blood donors is completely new. I quite enjoyed the vampires turned celebrities thing, and it took me back to those nights spent binge-watching True Blood. I get that the story is not fully linear, the plot gets messier and messier, the “murder mystery” (yes, you have sexy vampires and a potential murderer to find) is easily put aside and the focus is all on the impossible and forbidden romance between a vampire and a donor. However, this story is a manifesto of why we keep going back to vampire stories, why they are such fascinating fantasy creatures who never get boring. The writing is not perfect, but it was very easy to read and I still enjoyed the side characters and bite descriptions. The ending was extremely rushed and lacked build-up, and I wasn’t aware there was going to be a sequel, which was a bit disappointing. I still enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle of the donors and these gorgeous vampires trying to find their space in modern human society. This is definitely a story I wouldn’t mind continuing to read and I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on this writer. You can read this review and more on the The Monogamist Reader Blog

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah H

    I want to go to Belle Morte! It has an interesting premiss: volunteer blood donors and vampires living together in a large mansion/estate. What could go wrong? Renie doesn’t like vampires but needs to find her missing sister, June. She is thwarted by everyone in her investigation. She makes some great friends and gets friendly with the hot grumpy sunshine-like vampire. Enemies to lovers (well, she doesn’t like him and vamps vs humans… You get the idea) and slow burn. Love them!! When she finds her I want to go to Belle Morte! It has an interesting premiss: volunteer blood donors and vampires living together in a large mansion/estate. What could go wrong? Renie doesn’t like vampires but needs to find her missing sister, June. She is thwarted by everyone in her investigation. She makes some great friends and gets friendly with the hot grumpy sunshine-like vampire. Enemies to lovers (well, she doesn’t like him and vamps vs humans… You get the idea) and slow burn. Love them!! When she finds her sister, it is like reading a whodunnit book. I could not put this book down! I had to know what was going to happen. While I guessed the ending kind of, there were still surprises. Great read and I can’t wait for the next book. I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    This has a house vibe, a trapped cat-and-mouse vibe, AND a vampire romance? Say no more. I will definitely read the heck out of this. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma (mycanadianbookishlife)

    4.5⭐️ Holy. Moly. I’m gonna be dead honest, I did not have high expectations for this, one because I’ve had a hard time getting into ya and fantasy recently and two this was a wattpad published book, but wow I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have been dying for a good vampire fix for quite some time and this was SUCH an enjoyable read. It mixed my favourite parts of twilight and vampire academy into a new, unique and modern take on the vampire trope. While there wasn’t any spice, there was just 4.5⭐️ Holy. Moly. I’m gonna be dead honest, I did not have high expectations for this, one because I’ve had a hard time getting into ya and fantasy recently and two this was a wattpad published book, but wow I couldn’t have been more wrong. I have been dying for a good vampire fix for quite some time and this was SUCH an enjoyable read. It mixed my favourite parts of twilight and vampire academy into a new, unique and modern take on the vampire trope. While there wasn’t any spice, there was just enough angst and tension that kept me engaged. The characters were amazing, I loved the setting and the plot pacing was so good. This book doesn’t come out until APRIL and I’m already dying to read this second book. This is why I never read uncompleted series. *thank you NetGalley and Wattpad books for the eARC*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Three and a half This YA book proves that Vampire books just never really go out of style and whether it’s Stephanie Meyer or Bella Forrest that first got you hooked I do feel as a reader we are always looking for the next one that will blow us away. This wasn’t perhaps that book but it certainly held my interest. A young woman looking for a sister who has apparently not gone missing but there’s no way that Renie believes that. Renie is stubborn, determined and pretty pugnacious but I quite liked Three and a half This YA book proves that Vampire books just never really go out of style and whether it’s Stephanie Meyer or Bella Forrest that first got you hooked I do feel as a reader we are always looking for the next one that will blow us away. This wasn’t perhaps that book but it certainly held my interest. A young woman looking for a sister who has apparently not gone missing but there’s no way that Renie believes that. Renie is stubborn, determined and pretty pugnacious but I quite liked that about her. She is perhaps a little prejudiced against Vampires but I enjoyed how her opinions not changed exactly but grew. Somethings were just glaringly obvious I’m afraid which did have me rolling my eyes and please don’t get me started on the oh so sensitive Edmond because I think you can probably guess who he reminds me of ! This was easy to read and I did enjoy it in spite of the constant harping on about how poor Renie and June had been which frankly was very irritating. The best part for this reader were the friendships that Renie made with two absolutely delightful supporting characters. These Vampires are portrayed as civilised but that veneer was obliterated as the end came hurtling along which I actually applaud because seeing the monstrous side of them made this a much better story. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nitha

    The premise of this book was interesting enough. The thought of vampires being turned into A-List celebrities was very intriguing. I can totally believe that in another world, they would have their own rabid fanbase who would volunteer as blood donors. However, that's where the intrigue ends. The idea behind this novel was executed very poorly, mainly by the writing itself and the insta-love. I appreciated that the author included a very diverse group of characters (although these are mainly the The premise of this book was interesting enough. The thought of vampires being turned into A-List celebrities was very intriguing. I can totally believe that in another world, they would have their own rabid fanbase who would volunteer as blood donors. However, that's where the intrigue ends. The idea behind this novel was executed very poorly, mainly by the writing itself and the insta-love. I appreciated that the author included a very diverse group of characters (although these are mainly the blood donors). The actual vampires are pretty much all white and ancient. My main gripes: The main romantic storyline is between an 18-year-old, Renie, and a centuries old vampire, Edmond. I know this is a pretty regular trope in vampire storylines, but this centuries old vampire acts like a teenager and she acts like a naïve child. There is absolutely nothing compelling about any of these characters. The gay friend is relegated to being boy crazy and great at giving fashion advice. I think I read pages of them just getting ready for a party. The only reason I kept reading was to find out about the mystery of what happened to Renie's sister, and even that was a letdown. Ultimately, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new perspective on the vampire genre.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ash ⚢

    i'm not a huge fan of the celebrity/reality show concept for vampires to be honest. i didn't particularly care about any of the characters and the plot was erratic. the romance wasn't very enjoyable either. the MC and love interest were bland and very immature. thank you to netgalley for providing an arc of this book! i'm not a huge fan of the celebrity/reality show concept for vampires to be honest. i didn't particularly care about any of the characters and the plot was erratic. the romance wasn't very enjoyable either. the MC and love interest were bland and very immature. thank you to netgalley for providing an arc of this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    3.75/5⭐️ I’m a huge lover of vampires, so the premise of this book immediately drew me in. Vampires in the public eye? Gorgeous, foreboding mansions? A mystery in the west wing? A missing sister? A brooding vampire boy with an obsession? COUNT ME IN. Let me just start off by saying that it took me a little while to get invested in this one. The pacing for the first half or so was a little bit slow, and I’m not a fan of insta-love. However, once I got into the meat of the story, I couldn’t put it d 3.75/5⭐️ I’m a huge lover of vampires, so the premise of this book immediately drew me in. Vampires in the public eye? Gorgeous, foreboding mansions? A mystery in the west wing? A missing sister? A brooding vampire boy with an obsession? COUNT ME IN. Let me just start off by saying that it took me a little while to get invested in this one. The pacing for the first half or so was a little bit slow, and I’m not a fan of insta-love. However, once I got into the meat of the story, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened, dangit! The vampires in this book were fairly run-of-the-mill, which I definitely appreciated. They were gorgeous and mysterious and otherworldly, and they could be absolutely terrifying at times. As vampires should be. I was definitely left with my mouth hanging open at the end of this one, because…um, what?! It ends THERE? What even just happened? I predicted a few things about the story, but wasn’t prepared for a few others. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel. If you’re looking for a YA vampire romance that you can blaze through in a few days, I would definitely check this one out! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Libby Frazier

    This book is such a tasty little morsel. I actually read this when it came out on Wattpad, and ate it up just as much as I am right now. I mean, the last update for the Wattpad story was in 2019, and I think I read it even before that. Whenever I started reading the Wattpad series, I vividly remember wishing I could just hold it in my hands - and now, on April 5th, I'll be able to. When I first started seeing posts about this book, I knew it sounded familiar, but couldn't place it. Then I saw Bel This book is such a tasty little morsel. I actually read this when it came out on Wattpad, and ate it up just as much as I am right now. I mean, the last update for the Wattpad story was in 2019, and I think I read it even before that. Whenever I started reading the Wattpad series, I vividly remember wishing I could just hold it in my hands - and now, on April 5th, I'll be able to. When I first started seeing posts about this book, I knew it sounded familiar, but couldn't place it. Then I saw Bella Higgin's name, and I audibly screamed. I've never requested something on Netgalley so fast. So thank you Netgalley and Wattpad Books for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for a review. Reading this felt like nostalgia personified. However, I had forgotten a lot of events so in some ways it was like I was reading it for the first time. Bella's writing is so perfect for this genre, and I had such a good time reading this. It was like returning home. The plot twists, the shocking ending, and the forbidden romance is everything I want in a vampire book. And while I've fallen away from that subgenre, Bella Higgin has brought me right back. If you're a fan of vampires, of secrets, and of a donor program that outlaws relationships between donor and vampire (so of course no one listens), this is the book for you. I can't wait to hold the hardcover - and I am so proud of this book and of Bella.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Sledge

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Belle Morte is what happens when you mix Blade and True Blood together, but tone it down for a younger audience. Add a pinch of Twilight and you're there. Vampires are "out of the coffin" and reside within chapter houses all around the world. They hire Donors(basically familiars) to live with them and feed any vampire who requests blood from them. It can be pleasurable to be bitten, but for Renie it's pure pain Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Belle Morte is what happens when you mix Blade and True Blood together, but tone it down for a younger audience. Add a pinch of Twilight and you're there. Vampires are "out of the coffin" and reside within chapter houses all around the world. They hire Donors(basically familiars) to live with them and feed any vampire who requests blood from them. It can be pleasurable to be bitten, but for Renie it's pure pain. Also, Vampires are gross.... except the one she can't seem to stay away from. While this story has its good and original moments, it feels a bit too troupy for this reader. Another off-putting portion was how Renie would go from having a conversation to making out, then suddenly back to her conversation. She was a bit all over the place, and either had a very overactive libido or ADHD with how much her mind would wander to sex at inappropriate times. Not a great read, not a terrible one either with a predictable ending. Recommended for Vampire lovers who can't get enough of their favorites. Age range 16+ as there is some sexual content.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. Was it the best Wattpad Books release I've read? Yes. Was it particularly good? No. It was vampires, and nothing particularly new there--by which I mean its influences were quite obvious and quite big-name-teenage-vampire. There was a fair amount of insta-lust to distract from the actual plot, but hey, it at least attempted an actual plot. It wasn't for me, but 3 Stars Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own. Was it the best Wattpad Books release I've read? Yes. Was it particularly good? No. It was vampires, and nothing particularly new there--by which I mean its influences were quite obvious and quite big-name-teenage-vampire. There was a fair amount of insta-lust to distract from the actual plot, but hey, it at least attempted an actual plot. It wasn't for me, but I'm sure this one will find its (well-deserved) fans. My full review will be available at Gateway Reviews on April 1, 2022.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie Mac

    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit: I requested this as soon as I saw the name of the publisher because I've read enough Wattpad stories to be curious about what, exactly, a Wattpad book would be. The answer: this is a pretty standard vampire novel with a bit of romance. And it's completely fine! If you like vampire stories, this will certainly satisfy your need for something of a higher caliber than Twilight. The shift from first-pers I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit: I requested this as soon as I saw the name of the publisher because I've read enough Wattpad stories to be curious about what, exactly, a Wattpad book would be. The answer: this is a pretty standard vampire novel with a bit of romance. And it's completely fine! If you like vampire stories, this will certainly satisfy your need for something of a higher caliber than Twilight. The shift from first-person to third-person POV is disarming enough that it annoyed me as I was reading, but it's a pet peeve of mine (just pick one!), so it may not bother you as much. I enjoyed reading it and was pleasantly surprised by how endearing the side characters are, but I don't feel the immediate need to devour a sequel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really enjoyed this book. I went into it completely blind and solely based on how pretty the cover was. I loved the vampires and the place that they set up for themselves in the world. In most books, the vampires are hidden from the public, but in this one they are out there for everyone to see. It created a really cool setting for this book. I loved the reveal at the end, even though I did see it coming and thought it was a bit predictable. I love the characters and the friendships that are f I really enjoyed this book. I went into it completely blind and solely based on how pretty the cover was. I loved the vampires and the place that they set up for themselves in the world. In most books, the vampires are hidden from the public, but in this one they are out there for everyone to see. It created a really cool setting for this book. I loved the reveal at the end, even though I did see it coming and thought it was a bit predictable. I love the characters and the friendships that are formed in this. I also love the romance and the forbidden aspects of it. Such a great book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea (andreasathenaeum)

    This book was such an interesting take on vampire fiction- I've been loving anything with vampires in it lately (they're making a comeback!) and this was no exception! I found the story progressed almost a little too quickly at times (I wanted a bit more backstory and development for some things) but hopefully that comes in the next book. This kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed the ending! Can't wait for more! This book was such an interesting take on vampire fiction- I've been loving anything with vampires in it lately (they're making a comeback!) and this was no exception! I found the story progressed almost a little too quickly at times (I wanted a bit more backstory and development for some things) but hopefully that comes in the next book. This kept me on my toes and I really enjoyed the ending! Can't wait for more!

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