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Author: Dhonielle Clayton Narrator: Rosie Jones Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Belles Series Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781538540602
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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A voluptuous, dazzling fairy tale of desire, ambition, and unrelenting beauty.”

    Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Clayton creates a rich, luscious world, gripping plot, and strong characters that’ll have you wanting the sequel ASAP.”


  • “With wonderfully descriptive language, Clayton builds a grand and lavish world, carefully chipping away at the veneer to reveal its dark, sinister interior…An undeniable page-turner.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The dual natures of ugliness and shame, the commodification of beauty and of women, the drive for perfection at any cost, the widening of one girl’s moral landscape—all of it comes into play here. But even as it does, the action never slows.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Strong themes are interwoven in this fantasy, including choice and envy. This work challenges readers to reflect on their notions of beauty. Through the actions of the characters, teens will understand what a beauty-obsessed world really looks like…A must-have addition to libraries.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Clayton creates a vivid island world…[and its] obsession with elegance, appearance, and luxury. Readers will be left with much to consider about morality, individuality, and the malleability and artificiality of beauty.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From the first page, this book completely mesmerized me. Dhonielle Clayton has written a lush, immersive tale about a world where nothing is as it seems.”

    Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath & the Dawn, The Rose & the Dagger, and Flame in the Mist

  • A powerful discussion about the cost of beauty and what we are willing to do for it.”

    Zoraida Córdova, author of Labyrinth Lost

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 18 New YA Books
  • A School Library Journal Top Pick of Fantasy Must-Reads Featuring Black Main Characters
  • A BookRiot Pick of Most Anticipated YA Fantasies of 2018
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Must-Reads for February

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About the Author

Dhonielle Clayton hails from the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in children’s literature from Hollins University and an MFA in writing for children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Clayton is a former librarian and cofounder of Cake Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent—and decidedly diverse—literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers.

About the Narrator

Catherine Bennetto has worked as an assistant director in the film and television industry, working on shows such as The Bill, Coronation Street, and Death in Paradise. She can generally be found travelling the world and spends her time reading healthy cookbooks (not necessarily cooking from them) or at the beach.