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The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton

In her series opener, Clayton (Shiny Broken Pieces, 2016) creates a vivid world full of lush descriptions and beautiful people that reflect a culture’s obsession with elegance, appearance and luxury. Sixteen-year-old Camellia Beauregard is a Belle who lives in the opulent world of Orleans where beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. Here people are born gray, ugly and damned. The Belles are paid to perform their magic and transform the citizens into something beautiful. But for Camellia it's not enough to be a Belle, she wants to be the Queen’s favorite, live at the palace and serve the royal family. When she arrives at court, it becomes clear that dark secrets live within the palace walls and Camellia soon learns that her powers are far greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined.