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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 uickly becomes enad 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 secretWhen bodies are discovered each crime 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 shocking an age old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surfaceAt once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet The Beautiful

10 thoughts on “The Beautiful

  1. says:

    No matter where she went danger followedAnd it horrified her Just as it thrilled her I did end up uite enjoying The Beautiful Let's face it mix in some scary vamps with a sexy forbidden romance and how bad can it be? Still there were a number of issues that prevented me from loving it But it is a book for teens and after nine years on Goodreads I'm somewhat less of a teen than I was when I started So I don't feel like being too harshIt's 1872 and Celine Rousseau has just arrived in New Orleans fleeing her life in Paris and a dark secret She is taken in by a convent and lives with six other girls until the nuns can find a suitable match for her If you've ever been to the French uarter of New Orleans you will know the intoxicating otherworldly vibe the city gives off and it is undoubtedly the perfect place for a supernatural murder mystery Which is exactly what Celine soon finds herself caught up inBodies drained of blood begin to appear and Celine can't help but believe it is all linked to the mysterious La Cour des Lions an underground society made up of those with special abilities The leader is the eually mysterious Sébastien Saint Germain who Celine can't seem to get out of her mind Thrills aboundOne of the major issues I had was that I have no idea why this book is set in the 1870s Nothing is done with the historical aspect and all the atmosphere of the novel comes from New Orleans itself and could have been achieved just as easily with a modern setting The jarring anachronisms made it really difficult to believe this was 150 years ago Celine herself thinks and talks like a modern girl who has time travelled back to the 19th century and the early mentions of the sexism and racism of the time seem to have no real bearing on the story La Cour des Lions appears to treat men and women people of colour and LGBT people euallyWhy bother even having it be a historical novel?There's also so much repetition And not all of it is convincing Take Bastien The first time Celine compared Bastien to the devil it was uite sexy By the fiftieth time I was so sick of hearing him referred to as the devil Lucifer or devilish Not only was it tiring to read but after a while I found myself wondering just what Bastien had done to earn such a moniker He's so baaddd apparently but he spends most of the book being nothing than a mild mannered young guy who smirks a lotThe other repetition was about Celine's inner creature and my god I was getting serious Fifty Shades of Grey inner goddess flashbacksAlso also why is the lead police detective basically a teenager? And a gorgeous one at that? Actually I know the answer It's so we can have some kind of faux love triangle in the next book isn't it? And I say faux because who actually wants her to be with Michael??Sexiness vampires though I've never been able to resist that combo I'll be back to see how this goes That almost sex scene was promisingBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. says:

    not to be over dramatic or anything but the decline in popularity of vampire stories is one of the most disappointing decisions we’ve made as a modern society and I'm glad that's being remedied

  3. says:

    I read this book as Renee wrote it which meant that she sent me sections of it I read them and then got really upset because I didn't have and then pestered and bothered her until she gave me the rest I finished it recently and it is FANTASTIC An incredibly ornate lush New Orleans; characters who imprint themselves on your memory forever; a story that is nail biting and swoony and satisfying and tense ALL AT THE SAME TIME And of courseVAMPIRES This is a one of a kind book by a singularly original author Add it to your TBR because you won't want to miss it

  4. says:

    I say this with all seriousness please let 2019 be the year we bring back vampires in YA

  5. says:

    definitely not for everyone but it WAS for me

  6. says:

    if theres one city that promises the haunting presence of the paranormal its new orleans and i for one am so happy the crescent city is finally being showcased in all is vampire gloryi was actually very worried to read this its one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and the reviews that have been popping up have been a little less than positive but either i read a different ARC or i am just a simple girl who doesnt need much to be entertained because i found this to be uite splendidrenee ahdieh is the ueen of duologies so while i admit that other readers are right when they say the pacing is super slow i know a great foundation is built and the plot will be much faster paced in the next book i will also concede that there isnt much focus on vampires there is a great deal of mystery and secrecy surrounding the city and its society while the reader can infer what many of the characters are its never confirmed until the very end based on the conclusion the focus will definitely shift in the next book with it being very vampire heavy like i said this felt like a foundation building beginning which i didnt mind in the slightest i feel so bad that this disappointed so many but i thought it felt like a classic ahdieh story so obviously i loved it↠ 45 stars

  7. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest When this book was announced everyone was like Woohoo Vampires are back And I was sitting there in the corner swathed in black and clutching a glass of wine thinking to myself Fools For some of us vampires never left You see I love vampire stories and always have For many TWILIGHT was the gateway book into vampire fiction but I'd been reading LJ Smith's Night World and Bram Stoker's Dracula and Amelia Atwater Rhodes's Den of Shadows years before it came out; Lost Boys was my favorite movie and I was trying but failing to cultivate Anne Rice as I much preferred the chunkier books of Chelsea uinn Yarbro with their dense historic montages and entire paragraphs that are odes to food and fashion as written by someone with a deep and undying passion for history So in short I freaking love vampires I want you to keep that in mind that this review is being written by someone who is obsessed and has been for a while It is importantTHE BEAUTIFUL is about a girl named Celine who lives in a convent with a bunch of other girls in 19th century New Orleans A beautiful terror is stalking the city killing innocent girls Celine is laboring under a dark secret that she must keep hidden at all costs There's a secret society of beautiful people who are than they seem Everything is beautiful even death because for some it is not the end evil laughterSeriously why haven't I been hired on as a blurb writer yet?I don't want to go too deep in to the plot for spoilers' sake but there's a love triangle between a mysterious possibly supernatural boy and a police officer The attraction between both is suspect as Celine goes from hating both these boys to finding them charming basically overnight There's a secret society that ends up welcoming Celine and she finds herself the obsession of a depraved and self absorbed evil guy who likes to wax on and on about how powerful and artistic he is in his first person interludes which had me rolling my eyes a little Not much happens there's fancy dresses and some murders but between that there's a whole lot of nothing and Celine's dark secret is actually kind of horrible and not in a good way and I honestly don't understand why it was such a big deal or why she felt so guilty about it Celine is such a passive heroine and I really didn't like herOh and the book with no resolution Because there's a seuelHere's my person issue with Renee Ahdieh all of her book summaries sound amazing She writes books that without picking them up and going only by the summary sound exactly like the types of books I want to read A retelling of Arabian Nights? YES A retelling of the Ballad of Mulan? YES A vampire story set in New Orleans and laced with Gothic elements? YES YES YES But then I pick them up and each time like Boo Boo the fool from Yogi Bear I end up finding myself betrayed all over again as I encounter not awesomeness but very empty pretty writing that is too busy being mired in its own overwrought nature to move the plot along; cardboard characters; and plots that literally take 400 pages to accomplish what could have been done in 250 WHYThe biggest problem that I personally have with THE BEAUTIFUL is that it is a conglomeration of elements that appear to be borrowed or inspired by vampire stories that already did it better and it still isn't a good book The hero's name for example is Bastien Saint Germain and I did wonder if that was taken from or inspired by the alchemist Count of St Germain especially since Sebastian's uncle is actually a count He was a fascinating historical figure who made all sorts of weird claims like that he was actually 500 years old You might think that would make him ripe for being incorporated into a vampire myth and you would be right only Chelsea uinn Yarbro that author I mentioned earlier actually already did that with her Saint Germain seriesThe concept of angsty and flamboyant vampires living it up in New Orleans is also not new or novel as that was done by Anne Rice with her Vampire Chronicles series which then set the mode for ceaseless imitations and fanfic despite Rice's no fanfic policy especially in the 2000s when Interview with a Vampire was made into a movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and everyone suddenly decided that a vampire was a nobody unless he or she spoke with a French accent and wore a ruffled and very expensive cravat Another similarity is that Anne Rice's hero is named Lestat de Lioncourt and the paranormal entourage Celine encounters in THE BEAUTIFUL is called The Court of LionsYou also can't look at that cover and tell me that it isn't trying either actively or subconsciously to capitalize on the nostalgia and the branding of the TWILIGHT books The blackwhitered color scheme the font choices and the central photograph set against the black cover are all very reminiscent of the Twilight series' cover art as well as several paranormal copycats that rose to prominence at the peak of the YA paranormal crazeTo clarify I'm not rating low because of these similarities but because if the author was reading and researching into all these different worlds to write her own vampire book and still managed to write something that was mediocre and uninspired that is 100% on her What I think Renee Ahdieh was trying to do was to write a book that would appeal not just to her YA audience but also to vampire fans who would notice all of these vampire references and clap their hands in excitement at each bat winged Easter egg That if that is what she was trying to do is not a bad tactic in principle and it really could have worked if this book had actually been what I as a vampire fan look for in fictionI have no problem with books that were inspired by something else and have Easter eggs and clever winks and nods to their original sources if they do a good job and pay proper homage to what they're inspired by That techniue was precisely what made READY PLAYER ONE so popular It was greater than the sum of its parts but each individual part was also special on its own Authors also should read and actively in the genres they want to write because it teaches them not just what they should do but also what they shouldn't do I've read books that were clearly inspired by other books but managed to do them better case in point Pippa DaCosta's Messenger Chronicles clearly inspired by the paranormal science fiction books of the 1960s and 70s only with a strong female protagonist instead of an outmoded white guy with uestionable moralityNo I'm rating low because this could have been the READY PLAYER ONE for vampire lovers and it ended up being a tired washed out imitation That's a crying shameIf you are new to vampire fiction or like Renee Ahdieh's um uniue writing style then you will probably really enjoy this book She has a pretty devoted fanbase and must be doing something right even if I personally can't appreciate it But if you are a veteran of books in the vampire genre and were hoping for something new or homage worthy or have been burned by Ahdieh's books in the past as I was and hoping that maybe she'd changed her tune you should probably save yourself the disappointment and avoid this book Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review    15 to 2 stars

  8. says:

    2 StarsI'm kind of torn on what I want to rate this and how I want to review it On one hand I definitely found myself flying through the pages and being very interested in how things would play outbut on the other hand I was also left with this feeling of unfulfilled satisfaction the whole time I was reading it But let's back up a little bit When I learned about this book I was excited This was my first Ahdieh book although I have a couple of hers sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I have heard nothing but good things about her writing Also vampires in 19th century New Orleansvery Anne Rice and all that jazz I think a lot of people of a certain age aka those who were teens when Twilight came out have this erroneous belief that Twilight was the first big vampire book series to ever hit the stands However vamp stories have been around forEVER During my teenage years it was Anne Rice Christopher Pike Christine Feehanadult YA before it was really called that and romanceall there for the devouring And devour I did Did I read and enjoy Twilight too when it came out? Sure But one of the unfortunate effects of the success of Twilight was the sudden over saturation of the reading world of all things vampiric Suddenly everyone wanted to write about vampires Especially romance and YA authors Everyone wanted to be the next Stephanie Meyer in much the same way that so many have tried to replicate the success of Harry Potter And after any period of TOO much of anything the pendulum always swings the other way Meaning it suddenly felt like authors were avoiding the vampire trope like the plague And all we readers got to cleanse our palette a bit So when this book was announced it kind of felt like it represented the next coming of solid vamp stories I suppose Or maybe all of that is just my opinion and completely baseless Either way I was really looking forward to reading this and even joined the Book of the Month YA box so I could get this thing for a 999 steal And all I can say isThe New Orleans backdrop was somewhat well done although there was also a lot of French that never gets translated for the reader Also the world building left a lot to be desired There is the Court of Lions something called the Brotherhood and another group called The Fallennone of which truly ever get explained even at the end None of the characters are fully fleshed out and the main romance is like a tree with pretty leaves but no actual root system Much like the writing It's like Ahdieh is trying for purple prose which I loathe by the way but merely succeeds in sprinkling overwrought metaphors and similes that stand out like sore thumbs throughout a book already plagued by too many flowery scene descriptions that don't actually describe much by the way and really poor character building But most of all I just didn't like Celine our main character I think she was supposed to come across as a sassy strong woman who just wanted respect and euality as a femalebut for me she merely came across as a whiny brat who bemoaned the horror and unfairness of being treated as a beautiful piece of meat with no brain edited and no I am obviously not talking about the attempted sexual assault she suffered here snowflakes I am talking about other referencesbut would then turn around and try to use said beauty and wiles to get her way It felt hypocritical and I didn't like or respect her as a result In general I just thought many things about this story were murky and convoluted The world building the characters their motivationseverything You can definitely tell this is all meant to unfold over the course of a series And Ahdieh seemingly wrote this in such a way as to hold enough back to keep us coming back for In my opinion she just simply held back a little too much

  9. says:

    IDK I guess if you like vampires and stuff you’ll probably dig it 😘

  10. says:

    HI OMG THE NEWS IS OUT AND YOU GUYS ARE NOT READY FOR THIS I had the extraordinary privilege to read this story in draft it's intoxicating THE BEAUTIFUL has that decadent slow moving horror that feels like a dream slipping to nightmare It's like walking alone down a twilight street and feeling the snap of a branch behind you and that acidic heart in your throat rush of knowing that you're being followed Stalked