The Beautiful (Non-Spoiler Review) (Arc Review)

The Beautiful  by Renee Ahdieh

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay, Historical Fiction

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.


In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

My Thoughts:

I was immediately captured by this world form page one. I really loved the setting and found the characters to be super compelling. I also liked how this world was build and the mystery was super engaging. I wish this book had a bit more action throughout the novel. I think this def a slow burn novel and really did like the development of the characters. I think this was a great starter novel and I am super excited to see where book 2 goes.