The Belles

The Belles

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'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

The New York Times bestselling 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 33mm | 468g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473223962
  • 9781473223967
  • 45,302

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Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it. Rick Riordan
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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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * A lush, immersive tale about a world where nothing is as it seems. Where beauty and the magic behind it are painted in sinisterly sexy tones. * Renee Ahdieh, author of The Flame in the Mist * A voluptuous, dazzling fairy tale of desire, ambition and unrelenting beauty. * Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author * A rich, gorgeous fantasy gem. * Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries * A beautiful book by the badass Dhonielle Clayton. * Adam Silvera, author of History is All You Left Me * A lush and intoxicating world where beauty equals power and darkness lurks in every glittering shadow. * Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Beautiful Creatures * I AM A FAN. Superfan, actually. Book two can't come fast enough * Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us is Lying * I couldn't put it down. * Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin * Pre-order this one, you will be so grateful you did. * Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of An Ember in the Ashes * Readers will be left with much to consider about morality, individuality, and the malleability and artificiality of beauty. * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * With a refreshingly original concept, this substantial fantasy, the first in a duology, is an undeniable page-turner. * KIRKUS * Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot & gorgeous prose. * Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season * 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, New York Times Bestselling Author * A gripping and powerful read. * SFX * Rich and sultry fantasy. * BUZZFEED * Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it. * Rick Riordan *
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About Dhonielle Clayton

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.
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8,102 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,311)
4 42% (3,433)
3 21% (1,724)
2 6% (481)
1 2% (153)
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