Nominated for the 2019 Lodestar Award for best YA book, this is the dazzling instant New York Times bestseller, THE BELLES, the next big thing in YA with a wealth of incredible reviews from Buzzfeed, Kirkus, Rick Riordan, Roxane Gay, and many more.
Nominated for the 2019 Lodestar Award for best YA book, this is the dazzling New York Times instant bestseller, the next big thing in YA.
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.
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
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
Beneath the imaginative extravagance is a narrative that explores cultural and racial identity, confidence, esteem and perception, challenging the confines of affluence and privilege. The Belles is exquisitely lyrical and atmospherically enchanting. Impeccable reading.
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series. She grew up in the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is cofounder of CAKE Literary-a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers-and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza. You can also find her online at www.dhonielleclayton.com or follow her @brownbookworm.