Welcome to the dark decadence of Dhonielle Clayton's sharp tale of beauty, obsession and magic. . . 'A whip-smart writer with grand, grand talents' - Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist'Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling' - Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author 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 live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and 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 favourite 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, and 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.
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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 *
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.