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Summary

Welcome to the dark decadence of Dhonielle Clayton's sharp tale of beauty, obsession and magic....

I am a Belle. I control beauty.

In the opulent world of Orléans, 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 tend to the royal family.

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 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.

Read by Rosie Jones.

©2018 Dhonielle Clayton (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"A whip-smart writer with grand, grand talents." (Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist)
"Breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling." (Marie Lu, number one New York Times best-selling author)
"Looking for the next big groundbreaking event in YA? This is it." (Rick Riordan, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series)

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pretty good. brill narrator.

Interesting story, haven't heard a concept like it before. Doesn't go for fairy tale happiness which... I think I like? Relistening now as I like to with my books. Amazing range of narator- love her main tone and can't believe it's her for some characters! Some of them sounded a bit similar sometimes but I think that's okay.

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Amazing story

I absolutely loved this story. It was also narrated so well! I love YA fantasy and this was brilliant.

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loved it, listened with my 12yr old daughter

Narrator was great, animated and created the characters. Hoping there is another book! Not a reader and no expectations but really enjoyed. thank you

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HOLY HECK

This book was gosh dang diggity INCREDIBLE

It had beautifully creative world building that I fell in love with and greatly complex characters

The world is so diverse in its people as well, homophobia doesn't exist and there are several queer characters and relationships

The narrator was FABULOUS, seriously though she is so talented

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THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!

I adored everything about this book: the world, characters, intrigue & writing. I can't wait for the next installment in the series! THE BELLES blew me away with its originality, heart and twisty plot. This is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy stories centered on girls' experiences and friendships.