This is the last blog post of the year and I'm so excited about the year ahead. I have goals I'd love to share with you and my 2019 wrap-up, which I will try to post in the next couple of weeks. I hope sharing my journey with you inspires you to set goals of your own so that we can reach them together.
Anyways, The Beautiful was yet another highly anticipated 2019 book by one of my favorite authors, and here is why I think you should read it:
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.
I have been looking forward to the Beautiful for so long, especially since I caught up on all the books written by Renee Ahdieh this year, and her writing style always finds a way to fascinate me. I was so thrilled!
The Beautiful is packed with mystery, slow-burn romance, diverse characters scolding each other in foreign languages (naturally done so), and murder. I truly appreciated all this throughout the novel, and the fact that the main characters (Celine and Bastien) were a true match for each other since the beginning.
There were a couple of frustrating things, mainly the anonymous narrator that takes on a couple of chapters. It truly leaved you guessing until the very end. The narrator throws so much ambiguous information at you throughout the book and everything seems neutral in a way you can't even guess who it can be.
From the beginning, I knew TB was a vampire book, however, there is so much talk about dark creatures that I was going a little crazy when the word "vampire" was only mentioned a couple of times in the whole book.
Because Twilight was my introduction to vampire books, I couldn't help having some flashbacks at the very end of the book. I have so many expectations for The Damned because there were so many things set in motion at the end of TB that I'm desperate for answers.
The end is filled with bargains and revelations that made me want to scream and filled my mind with many ways things could go in the sequel. Knowing Renee, I know it will definitely be a duology (although a girl can hope for a miracle trilogy). I'm super excited about the sequel, because TB ends with a bang that you don't see coming until it hits you.
I'm telling you, this book was worth it, and I think you should read it if you're into vampire books.
Here is all the info for The Beautiful:
Reading Challenge No.: 34/45
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Length: 425 pages.
POV: Third person and second person POV.
Series or Standalone? First in a duology.
"New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead."
Favorite Character: Celie! We do have an amazing MC.
Add The Beautiful to your Goodreads, here.
Thank you so much for reading my review of The Beautiful! I hope you have a great New Year's celebration, and that you begin 2020 in a great note.
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