Waiting on Wednesday: The Belles

This book has been on my radar for a while now, and every time I see this stunning book cover, I just get the chills! The premise of the book sounds fascinating, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it.

I love the Tiny Pretty Things books that Dhonielle Clayton co-authored, and I’m so excited to explore what sounds like a stunning world in The Belles!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Be sure to check out their blog and share the upcoming books your excited about with us each Wednesday!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton



The Belles

by Dhonielle Clayton

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: February 20, 2018


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.


About the Author


Dhonielle Clayton was born in the suburbs of Washington, DC and spent her childhood Saturdays at the comic book store with her father and most evenings hiding beneath her grandmother’s dining room table with a stack of books. She earned a BA in English at Wake Forest University. She was an English teacher for three years and worked with educational curriculum. Being surrounded by children, Dhonielle re-discovered her love of children’s literature and earned a masters in children’s and young adult literature from Hollins University. Currently, she is working on both middle grade and young adult novel projects. She moved to NYC where she earned her MFA at the New School’s MFA Program. She is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a literary development studio committed to bringing diversity to high concept content.

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15 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: The Belles

  1. Marie says:

    Fantastic choice – I am SO eager to read this one ever since I first heard about it. The cover is absolutely stunning as well 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hey, lovely lady!!! I absolutely cannot wait for this one! We’ll have to chat after we read it. 🙂 A BBTC with Dhonielle would be awesome. Just saying. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! <3

  2. LairOfBooks says:

    OHMYGOSH! YES! I was not able to get a physical arc but I did manage to get my wish granted on Netgalley so yay for that lol. Can’t wait to read this one & THAT cover is GORGE!!!! Great pick Krysti 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, yay!!! That is SUPER exciting! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. It is such a phenomenal cover. I already can’t wait to see the hardcover.

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