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The Belles

(2018)
(The first book in the Belles series)
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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.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"From the first page, this book completely mesmorized me. Dhonielle Clayton has written 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. Her characters are complex, yet relatable. This is a book where you will savor every word." - Renée Ahdieh

"The Belles is a voluptuous, dazzling fairy tale of desire, ambition and unrelenting beauty." - Holly Black

"Clayton dances between the fine lines of glittering, glamorous and gruesome. The Belles is a dazzling exploration of body power and identity, and a must-read for anyone looking for a lot more bite when it comes to beauty." - Roshani Chokshi

"The Belles is a powerful discussion about the cost of beauty and what we are willing to do for it. Dhonielle Clayton creates a world both lush and dark, with prose so delectable you will savor every word." - Zoraida Córdova

"A whip-smart writer with grand, grand talents." - Roxane Gay

"Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling." - Marie Lu

"The Belles is full of political drama, palace intrigue, complex and corrupt characters, and deadly betrayals-what better tale for our modern day? Get wrapped up and swept away in this wild and unpredictable new world of fashion, magic, and murder." - Daniel José Older

"Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it." - Rick Riordan

"The Belles is absolutely enthralling. Rich with detail and fascinating characters, this book shows us a masterfully crafted world that is both desirable and frightening. I flew through the pages and loved everything they had to offer: an intelligent and talented heroine, mysterious romance, and enduring friendships." - Marie Rutkoski

"Sumptuous and original worldbuilding, heart-pounding plot and gorgeous prose." - Samantha Shannon

"I fell head-over-heels with the darkly lush world of The Belles. A book to read when you want to be transported somewhere dangerous and beautiful, where nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound." - Megan Shepherd


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Used availability for Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles

Hardback Editions

February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-4847-2849-1 / 978-1-4847-2849-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Freeform
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-4847-3251-0 / 978-1-4847-3251-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Freeform
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-4732-2397-0 / 978-1-4732-2397-4 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Belles
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ISBN: 1-4732-2396-2 / 978-1-4732-2396-7 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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February 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Belles (Belles Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-5385-4058-4 / 978-1-5385-4058-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Belles: Library Edition
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-5385-4057-6 / 978-1-5385-4057-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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February 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Belles (Belles Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
ISBN: 1-5385-4059-2 / 978-1-5385-4059-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Belles
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Belles: The most talked about YA book of 2018
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Gollancz
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February 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Belles, The
Author(s): Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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