Louise O'Neill's ONLY EVER YOURS meets Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES, welcome to a world where beauty is only ever skin deep . . .
Camellia Beaureguard is a Belle. She can make you beautiful. Though there is always a cost. With a price on her head, the evil Queen Sophia out for blood, and no idea who to trust, Camellia must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camellia, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Remy, from returning Charlotte to the palace and her rightful place as queen.
With the help of a secretive resistance movement called the Iron Ladies - a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely - and the backing of underground newspaper the Spider's Web, Camellia must use her powers, her connections, and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.
About the 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.
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 on The Belles
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 on The Belles
Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it. - Rick Riordan
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 on The Belles
With a refreshingly original concept, this substantial fantasy, the first in a duology, is an undeniable page-turner. - Kirkus
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 on The Belles
Readers will be left with much to consider about morality, individuality, and the malleability and artificiality of beauty. - Publishers Weekly