The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is a story about fantasy, love, self-acceptance, and a grand adventure. In this dystopian society, Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. Belles control all beauty in the world of Orleans and it is the most important factor above everything. This lavish life of being a Belle isn't enough for Camellia though. She wants to be the Belle chosen by the Queen to live in her palace and be recognized as the most talented and important Belle there is. But little does Camellia know about the dark secrets and corruption within the walls of the beautiful and lavish walls of the palace. She learns about the truth and what she must do to protect future Belles from falling into unwanted traps and saving herself. The book title relates to the storyline in the sense that the Belles are the ones that control everything yet they can't control themselves, they're always being watched by someone higher than them.  It is through the triumphs and defeats that Camellia faces that change her perspective on everything she once believed. It not only changes herself, but the society around us, as she is trying to change it. This can be interpreted in the sense that no one person in society can ever be above someone else just based on vanity and appearance, it's the emotional value that people have that truly matters. 

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