The Belles (Paperback)Dhonielle Clayton (author)
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Welcome to the dark decadence of Dhonielle Clayton's sharp tale of beauty, obsession and magic. . .
I AM A BELLE. I CONTROL BEAUTY.
In the opulent world of Orleans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle's powers can make them beautiful.
Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family.
But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.
Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far darker - than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 216 x 137 x 33 mm
"Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it." - Rick Riordan
"Clayton conjures a world both breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling, populated by characters full of strengths and complexities. This is a thought-provoking story that lingers." - Marie Lu
"Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot & gorgeous prose." - Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season
"I AM A FAN. Superfan, actually. Book two can't come fast enough." - Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us is Lying
"A rich, gorgeous fantasy gem." - Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries
"A voluptuous, dazzling fairy tale of desire, ambition and unrelenting beauty." - Holly Black
"Dhonielle Clayton is a whipsmart writer with grand, grand talents and the imaginative world she has created is memorable and intriguing." - Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
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“Unique and surprising.”
I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Belles has been on everyone's lips ever since last year and has created quite the buzz when it was published.... More
“Wonderfully lush story”
Lush writing, exquisite detail, a fantastical setting and a gripping story make The Belles a standout YA fantasy. Camille's character has a strong attention to detail in accordance with her beauty work as a... More
“How far would you go to achieve "beautiful"?”
The Belles is everything that I thought it would be … and more. It is full of lavish descriptions of the Belle world, its plot twists and turns and its characters are full of secrets. The writing is gorgeous and there... More
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