The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Title: The Beautiful
Series: The Beautiful, #1
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publication Date: October 2019
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 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒄𝒐𝒑𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌. 𝑶𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒎𝒚 𝒐𝒘𝒏."

Not bad, but wasn’t great either. This book was a little bit slow paced and sometimes confusing as hell for me. I was really thrilled about the vampire thing, but after reading it, it felt like the book is lacking something.

The CHARACTERS. I was really curious about the characters abilities until the very end of this book. It was kind of mysterious and it was what kept me going through this book.

The DIALOGUES. Oh My God. This is the very DOWN FALL of this book. There are some dialogues that are totally very modern language and phrases. Celine was like a woman from modern era. While Bastien sometimes speaks as if he as well was from a modern era. Meh. Sometimes, I almost forgot that this was a 1870’s setting. But the dialogues and world building just don’t match.

The ROMANCE was an instant attraction, which I really don’t find interesting at all. I was really hoping there would be a great chemistry with the two main characters but I was totally dismayed until the very end how this two characters just lacks the chemistry I was hoping for.

Overall, this book could be more interesting if it was set in modern era. Some dialogues should have been well thought. But I would still definitely picking up the second book. Just hope the flow would be more interesting.

Thank you @prhinternational #Partner and @times.reads for the review copy of this book.


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