"The Damned" (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh
Renee Ahdieh is an auto-buy author for me, so when I finished The Beautiful, I knew I was going to pick up The Damned regardless if I wasn't a huge fan the first one.
Unfortunately, this series isn't for me. I struggled to fully immerse myself in the plot. I understand the author was trying to develop the characters and world, but I found these scenes to be too slow. When the story finally picks up I was able to slowly get more interested in the book.
I don't want to give away spoilers, but I wasn't a fan of this writing style.
Something that I enjoyed more than the first book was the world-building. Ahdieh took the opportunity to dive deeper and expand on a vague world.
Again, I couldn't get behind Celine and Bastine. I know so many people love them, but I just couldn't see and connect to the romance between the two. Something that improved from the last book is the development of the side characters. I would still love to continue to learn about them and experience more scenes with each one.
I was really hoping this was going to develop and Six of Crows vibe, but I feel like this one goes in a different direction. I still recommend this one to vampire lovers and fans of Ahdieh's other books. This story isn't bad by any means but just didn't work for me.
Thank you Penguin Teen for a copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
"New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.
Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.
Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can't quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn't know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she's not quite ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart."