Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday goes to a much-anticipated title, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton! I’m an enormous fan of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, and when I saw that Clayton was branching out into her own series, I was elated. Not only am I obsessed with debutantes, romanticized dark, dangerous cities, and superpowers, I’m also just a huge fan of Clayton. I know she’ll deliver a fantastic and complex novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on, but also a wonderfully diverse and necessary one too.
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Synopsis: 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.