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, beauty is power. And only through a Belle’s abilities can perfection be achieved . . . though the results always fade.
Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater – and far deadlier – than she ever imagined.
When the queen asks Camellia to use her powers to save the life of the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: refuse the queen to protect herself and the lives of her Belle sisters, or obey, and change their world forever.
Because there’s a reason such magic is forbidden . . .
The Belles asks powerful questions about the price we put on our bodies – and holds up a mirror to our obsession with perfection