Hey everyone! I am finally out of my book hangover and so, after a long month, I am finally here again with a book review of an amazing book which I thoroughly enjoyed!
MY RATING: 4 stars
DISCLAIMER: I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Netgalley but that does not in any view affect my views on these books.
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.
The Beautiful is an enchanting book which takes you through a very thrilling and exciting journey. From the starting, we can sense danger just around the corner, lurking and waiting to jump out at Celine. he book is slightly slow paced at first but as it goes on it becomes more and more fast paced to make us anticipate the danger more and it really works, making you sit on the edge of your seat.
Celine, herself, makes for a very interesting character. She is morally grey and provides us with a sort of experience we rarely get with any characters at all. She is adventurous and seeks out danger. She deviated from the social norms and proves to be quite fascinating and unpredictable.
The entire city of New Orleans is quite magical and provides a perfect background for the novel. It is alluring and captivating and also provides a sense of unease and discomfort in the sense that the aura is disconcerting and unsettling.
Various characters are introduced throughout the book, such as Pippa, Anabel, Odette, Mother Superior, Micheal Grimaldi, etc. and they are all developed slowly enough to build a sort of suspense around them but fast enough to give them depth and make me fall in love with them.
The character I genuinely loved was Bastien, he was aloof and different, but also caring and loving sometimes. I wish we could have seen more of him through the book and seen more interactions between him and Celine because I just love the way they challenge each other and are also vulnerable in front of each other.
Lastly, I loved the ending. I was not expecting the twist at all and it surprised me and now, I just can not wait for the next book!
I really loved this book and I recommend it to everyone. I have to tell you all that I only wanted to read it because of the pretty cover and I don’t even like vampires that much but this series might just change my opinion.
What did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? Have you read The Beautiful yet? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below.