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Belles, The by [Clayton, Dhonielle]
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*"With wonderfully descriptive language, Clayton builds a grand and lavish world, carefully chipping away at the veneer to reveal its dark, sinister interior... A refreshingly original concept, this substantial fantasy, the first in a duology, is an undeniable page-turner."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Clayton conjures a world both breathtakingly beautiful and deeply unsettling, populated by characters full of strengths and complexities. This is a thought-provoking story that lingers." Marie Lu, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Young Elites

"Told in gorgeous prose, Dhonielle Clayton's novel sweeps readers away into an alluring and dangerous fantasy world that shrewdly examines our obsession with beauty... Don't miss out."―

"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 Jose Older, New York Times best-selling author of Salsa Nocturna

"A lush and intoxicating world where beauty equals power and darkness lurks in every glittering shadow."―Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures & author of The Lovely Reckless

"Clayton... creates a vivid island world in this enticing series opener, saturating the narration with lush descriptions... that reflect the culture's obsession with elegance, appearance, and luxury. Readers will be left with much to consider about morality, individuality, and the malleability and artificiality of beauty."―Publishers Weekly

*"Clayton impressively offers up a series starter that, despite its broad commercial appeal, doesn't shy away from facing uncomfortable truths in our own society. The dual natures of ugliness and shame, the commodification of beauty and of women, the drive for perfection at any cost, the widening of one girl's moral landscape--all of it comes into play here. But even as it does, the action never slows, and the rich, rotting world never wavers. Readers may be almost grateful for that cliff-hanger ending--it means there's more to come."―Booklist, starred review

"The Belles is a voluptuous, dazzling fairy tale of desire, ambition and unrelenting beauty."―Holly Black, cocreator of New York Times best-selling series The Spiderwick Chronicles and author of Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones

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"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Madman's Daughter series, The Cage series, and the forthcoming Grim Lovelies

About the Author

Dhonielle Clayton hails from the Washington, DC, suburbs on the Maryland side. She earned an MA in children's literature from Hollins University and an MFA in writing for children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Clayton is a former librarian and cofounder of Cake Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent -- and decidedly diverse -- literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction readers.

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  • File Size: 10845 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (February 6, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2018
  • Sold by: Disney Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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