The Beautiful

The Beautiful

eBook - 2019
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"In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9781524738181
1524738182
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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rosajazl
Jan 05, 2020

I could not for the life of me finish this book. The main character was not relatable and actually got more and more annoying as the book went on. She claimed that her love interest was annoying, frightening, frustrating and yet somehow she kept being attracted to him. She tried to stay clever and play some kind of hard to get game but her responses were weak. The writing was too flowery; it seemed like the writer picked some words, looked in a thesaurus, and randomly picked a substitute that didn't actually quite fit. Not recommended.

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CDawg24
Dec 28, 2019

In terms of content, it felt disorganized. (I also listened on audio, so I'm not sure if this had an impact on the pacing.) It was hard for me to connect with Celine as a protagonist, instead of seeming multi-faceted she came off as annoying and inconsistent. The relationship between Pippa and Celine weren't flushed out, the reveals were oddly paced, and Bash seemed very one dimensional. I'm a big fan of Renee, but this wasn't her best. As a intersectional feminist, it felt a bit slapdash in it's telling of race and sexist.

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Cutyshy
Dec 02, 2019

This book was so dark and enchanting in the best way. The author captures a glittering captivating world and I enjoyed every page! Rene Ahdieh is a phenomenal writer and this new book did not disappoint. Once I started I couldn't put it down and the plot twist at the ending was not expected. I fell in LOVE with the characters and I'm so intrigued as to how this story will continue!!

OPL_KrisC Nov 27, 2019

A dark fantasy adventure for teens set in New Orleans about vampires and a forbidden romance.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Sep 05, 2019

I love the diversity of the cast of characters and the unabashed discussion of issues of racism. I mean, it’s 1890s New Orleans, so I’d be pretty upset if that wasn’t addressed! I think there’s more to be explored, though, because a lot of the tensions hinted at by Celine, Bastien, and Arjun’s racial identities in particular are not addressed in depth. Maybe that’s coming in book two?

I also loved that there are some great feminist moments and one-liners, but I did cringe at Celine's internal conflict about the incident that drove her away from Paris (won't tell you what it is because spoilers!). I thought that didn’t fit with some of her other great empowerment moments.

The twist at the end. OMG. So intriguing. I was a bit underwhelmed by the big villain reveal but the twist really saved it. Looking forward to finding out what happens in the second book!

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OPL_KrisC Nov 27, 2019

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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