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  • Not What I Was Expecting

    The Beautiful was my most anticipated book of 2019. I know the bulk of society decided they were done with vampires after Twilight, but that was something that I definitely never agreed to. Twilight was just getting me started on the vampire trend. The lack of these mythic creatures in seemingly most of recent releases has been disappointing, which means that as soon as The Beautiful was announced, it was at the top of my TBR. Going in, I was entranced. The setting and atmosphere of the story is extraordinary. The attention to detail paints an image that is unfamiliar but addictive. It left me wanting to know and learn more. In addition, I absolutely loved the dynamics that were set up early in the story, such as that of Celine and Pippa. The relationships amongst the characters were the stabilizing force in the story and, truthfully, what actually ending up keeping me interested. The only word I can think of to describe the second half of the book is “murky.” Its narrative and development felt very unclear to me. I found myself re-reading but still failing to comprehend the events that were taking place. The initial set up seemed to drift away. Revelations and plot twists seemed to come out of left-field. My least favorite trope of all time occurred. While the ending set up a very interesting thread to be continued in book 2, I couldn’t help but feel devastated at the turn the narrative and writing took. I’m crossing my fingers that book 2 will capture my heart the way that the beginning of this story did. Here’s to waiting another whole year for the answers I need!

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  • Astonishing surprise

    I was really surprised by this one. I start reading it as a buddy read with a friend of mine, otherwise it wouldn’t even have made my TBR list. And I would be missing something. It’s the traditional story. A young girl from Paris, Celine, meets a mysterious young man, Sebastien, and his strange “family” when she moves to New Orleans in the 1800s. We see early on that there’s something supernatural about them and that is even more apparent when strange deaths start happening. As the story follows its course we meet the other characters: Michael the young police officer, possible love interest and Sebastien’s bitter rival since childhood; Odette, Celine’s benefactor in the New Orleans society; Pippa, another girl that comes to the New World from Europe and turns into Celine best friend; among others. We will follow them through the streets of New Orleans and accompany them to Masquerade Balls, and witness some pretty violent murders… who would say no to such a journey? I won’t delve much into the type of supernatural that the story revolves around but I will say that Renée Ahdieh adds a twist to it. And one that I can live with, considering my love for them. Also, other than who the killer is, there is a greater mystery. The one that deals with a kind of secret layer of society that exists in the shadows. To conclude, despite being in the Young Adult spectrum of fantasy/supernatural,the slightly darker tone that permeates the whole story makes this a great and enjoyable read. And one that I will be sure to follow.

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  • Not for me

    I actually struggled to finish this book. There was a lot of hype over this book and I have to admit that I was looking forward to getting back into vampires again! However, I’m not sure this was the book to pull me back in to that world. I have struggled with this author’s writing in her other books as well so it may just be that her writing style is not something I enjoy, just a matter of taste. The story itself felt long and drawn out and did not have what I believe was the intended effect at each twist, turn, and revelation. Even the romance, which I think is the pull for vampire stories (the ill-fated, impossibility of it) did not work for me. I didn’t find myself pulling for the main relationship and felt even less convinced of the secondary romantic element.

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  • Renee Ahdieh Never Disappoints

    So I am finally jumping on the bandwagon and reading this book because I've heard amazing things about it and it did not disappoint. This book has everything. Vampires... check. Romance... check. Strong, independent MC... check. Danger and intrigue... check. Written by Renee Ahdieh... sign me up! I loved Celines witty banter with Sébastien as she constantly fought to go against the societal norms for a woman at this time. She was brave and cunning throughout the novel which made me just fly through this book. I loved the tension between her and Sébastien and the mystery surrounding him and his friends. This book while amazing wasn't what I was expecting... I went in expecting vampire/human romance and that was not what I got but after reading the whole book I understand why. Also this is a series not a stand alone so there is time.

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  • Dark and mysterious romantic fantasy

    Although the first few chapters are a bit slow, the mysteries of the Court of Lions and supernatural elements haunting New Orleans are revealed bit by bit, hooking the reader into the story. By midway through the novel, I was itching to know what would happen next! The setting of 1800s New Orleans makes this YA novel even more alluring. I don't know if this novel would have worked if it were for the time period. It adds an extra level of intrigue and it’s a lot of fun to read about these characters trying to rebel against the confines of society and finger out what kind of serial killer is plaguing their city. Speaking of characters, all of them are so much fun to learn about. Celine, the protagonist, is determined and witty and longs for a sense of agency in her life. Her friends, Pippa and Odette, are loyal in their own ways and help Celine throughout the story. And Bastien’s dark and enigmatic personality is just so enticing that you can’t help but want to dig deeper into what makes him tick. Even Michael, an antagonistic character who seems to be a meek gentleman, shifts from annoying to a likable. The characters help make this story what it is and keep the reader entranced with the plot from start to finish. And HOLY GOODNESS THAT PLOT TWIST?!?!! I would’ve NEVER guess who the killer was and the things that are revealed at the end of the book make the longing for the sequel even greater. While everything starts to make sense towards the end of the novel, you’re still left wanting more. Overall, if you’re looking for a new fantasy series to sink your teeth into, then Ahdieh’s The Beautiful is the perfect book to satiate your craving. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out in June to see what these amazing characters get up to next!

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