The Beautiful

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Publisher Description

Now in paperback, the first book--an instant bestseller--in the sumptuous, sultry, and romantic YA vampire series from New York Times bestselling author Renee Ahdieh.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city becoming embroiled in the glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair--the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks--Celine must battle her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2019
October 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Young Readers Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
7
MB

Customer Reviews

mhanse23 ,

Good

I thought it was a good book that had an ending that I did not see coming. But it felt like it took forever to get there. I also really liked that the book encorporated other languages, but sometimes the book did not tell you what it meant.

Persypie ,

Underworld or Twilight?

“Rage is a moment. Regret is forever.”

Okay so, there were parts of this I enjoyed. And other parts not so much. Let’s start with the goodies:
1) Loved the historic New Orleans backdrop
2) Thank you for making vamps a bit more ferocious and a bit less sparkly and kind hearted
3) ODETTE WAS THE BEST CHARACTER ANYONE CAN FIGHT ME ABOUT IT
4) Very happy with the representation of different races and cultural backgrounds. Done well and didn’t feel like the author was just shoving it in there for the sake of diversifying
5) I was here for the heroine slaying her potential rapist. You go girl.

Onto the things that kept me from enjoying this more:
1) yawn with the vampire/werewolf clan love triangle. Bastien or Michael oh no!
2) felt kind of like a mix of Underworld and Twilight? But I would have liked more Underworld and less Twilight.
3) it felt more and more like Twilight when I REALLY didn’t want it to. Like, it started so good. We need to give some of those tropes a rest y’all.
4) I didn’t find Celine very likeable. Maybe I was missing her rapier wit, or maybe I just wasn’t into how hot everyone made her out to be. I’m kind of over the overly beautiful heroine trope. I feel like something was missing in her character.
5) the twist of who was narrating the first person chapters was pretty lame. and tbh I could have done without those chapters altogether.
6) aaaannnd nothing really wowed me. I skimmed a loooot the second half just to get this book over with.

Overall, it was kind of fun for what it was worth. But I don’t think I’ll be picking up the sequel.

Taytay1222 ,

It really is beautiful

This is by far my favorite book. Everything about it is completely and underly obsessive. The characters, the setting, the plot. The authors words melting together so beautifully, it’s like a delicious and tantalizing whisper. I couldn’t stop reading, i finished in a day... :(

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