Book Review

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

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The Beautiful
Renée Ahdieh
G.P. Putman's Sons Books for Young Readers
October 8th 2019
Hardback
448
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42265183-the-beautiful

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 am not sure what I really think of this book. Don’t get me wrong I loved it but it took me sooooo long to read it and therefore my thoughts are slightly over the place. I blame the kids.

This book felt different in ways to other books but at the same time with the otherworldly elements. The difference being that it wasn’t chucked in your face and that was the best thing. I hate when you get these otherworldly elements and they are on every page. In this book they weren’t.

I liked the characters, they had depth to them and the dark secrets they harbor made them even better. I loved the main character she was a good choice, with her take no crap attitude.

It was weird in a way because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book. I didn’t even know about this book until I came across and audio advert for it and I was totally drawn in; and it was literally only the first part of the first chapter. That is how good this book was.

Damn that ending though. I can’t wait to read the next one.

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