Title: The Belles
By: Dhonielle Clayton
Call #: YA Fiction Clayt.D
“I want to be beautiful”
In Orleans, Belles are revered above all else, because the people of Orleans are born gray and only the Belles have the power to make them beautiful. Belles can change anything about a person’s physical appearance – from the color of their eyes to the shape of their bodies.
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle who not only wants to share her gifts with the people of Orleans, but she also wants more than anything to be the Queen’s personal Belle and live at court with the royal family. Only Camellia doesn’t realize being the Queen’s favorite is nothing like what she imagined. It is far more dangerous than she was led to believe for nothing is as it seems in court including herself and her powers.
Once at court the queen will ask the impossible of Camellia. She needs Camellia to use her powers to revive the heir to the throne. A Belle’s powers have never been used for healing before and Camellia doesn’t know if it is even possible. But this decision has far reaching consequences not only for Camellia but for the entire kingdom.