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"The Beautiful" by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful #1

3.5 out of 5 stars

Published by Putnam on October 8th, 2019

448 pages

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Romance

Format: physical book

Read in 6 days

Read in 4 sittings

Sat on my TBR for 2 months

Renee Ahdieh is a New York Times Bestselling Author best known for The Wrath and the Dawn Flame in the Mist.

"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." (Goodreads)


The plot of The Beautiful was a little slow for me. I wasn't really into the storyline until the end of the novel. I wish there was more information about The Court of Lions and their crew. I got Six of Crows vibes from the group and I wish Ahdieh explored their stories more. I have a feeling their backstory will come to light in the next installment. (-1)

The writing is elegant and straightforward. I could picture everything in my head and I didn't need to reread any sentences. (+1)

I really enjoyed the side characters for this novel. The members of The Court of Lions were so interesting and mysterious. I wanted to know more! Celine was engaging and she developed fine over the course of the book. I also liked the dark, creepy, mystery villain as well. (+.5)

The world that Ahdieh creates is mysterious and you discover New Orleans as Celine does. (+1)

My favorite part was any time at The Court of Lions. I loved their mysterious bond and friendship and I really wanted to know all of their secrets. (+1)

My least favorite part was the beginning. I really wasn't enthralled as I usually am with her books. (-1)

I look forward to the next book in the series. I'm hoping this one had the first book jitters and now there can be more character development.

For more information about Renee Ahdieh and her books, check out her website at Penguin at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2024659/renee-ahdieh

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