The most talked about YA book of 2018
By Dhonielle Clayton
The New York Times bestselling tale of beauty, obsession and magic. . .
'Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it' - Rick Riordan
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 Orléans, beauty is power. And only through a Belle's abilities can perfection be achieved . . . though the results always fade.
Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle - the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater - and far deadlier - than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to use her powers to save the life of the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: refuse the queen to protect herself and the lives of her Belle sisters, or obey, and change their world forever.
Because there's a reason such magic is forbidden . . .
The Belles asks powerful questions about the price we put on our bodies - and holds up a mirror to our obsession with perfection
'Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot and gorgeous prose' Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season
'A whipsmart 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
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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08 Feb 2018
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Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it. — Rick Riordan
Rich and sultry fantasy. — BUZZFEED
A gripping and powerful read. — SFX
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
Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot & gorgeous prose. — Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season
With a refreshingly original concept, this substantial fantasy, the first in a duology, is an undeniable page-turner. — KIRKUS
Readers will be left with much to consider about morality, individuality, and the malleability and artificiality of beauty. — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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
I couldn't put it down. — Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin
I AM A FAN. Superfan, actually. Book two can't come fast enough — Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us is Lying
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
A beautiful book by the badass Dhonielle Clayton. — Adam Silvera, author of History is All You Left Me
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, New York Times bestselling author
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