'Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it.' Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
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.
'Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot and gorgeous prose.' Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season 'A whip-smart writer with grand, grand talents.' Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist 'Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling.' Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Get wrapped up and swept away in this wild and unpredictable new world of fashion, magic, and murder - Daniel Jose Older, New York Times bestselling author of Salsa Nocturna
A lush, immersive tale about a world where nothing is as it seems. . . This is a book where you will savor every word - Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn, The Rose and the Dagger, and the forthcoming, The Flame in the Mist
Masterfully crafted. . . I flew through the pages and loved everything they had to offer: an intelligent and talented heroine, mysterious romance, and enduring friendships - Marie Rutkoski, New York Times best-selling author of The Winner's Trilogy
Clayton dances between the fine lines of glittering, glamorous and gruesome. . . A must-read - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times best-selling author of The Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes
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
Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling. . . This is a thought-provoking story that lingers. - Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites