The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

I swear that I had to beg steal and murder to get an ARC of this book. The minute I heard about it I knew I NEEDED to read it and I didn't have the patience to wait.

GUYS THIS BOOK! GAH! This author has crafted such a complex and invigorating world that I swear chapter after chapter I was feeling more alive and obsessed. The Belles are beautiful and complicated and some fo the most interested characters that I have ever read about. In a world where beauty is desired and valued above all else, the world gets very dark very fast and goodness it was complex and beautiful and I got SO HOOKED. I am already salivating for the next novel. I hope this becomes a trilogy, heck even a full series. I could imagine so many adventure sin this world. For my first novel from this author, I fangirled over it so completely page after page. So much characters building and world exploring in the first half of the book, and once we got to the middle it was non stop. I couldn't wrap my ind around the world and the questions that were popping up. This author is absolutely brilliant. BRILLIANT. YA lovers are going to devour this book. Add to Goodreads


Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, 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 Orléans 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 Orléans 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.