Book Review: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

A while ago I was in Target and saw The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. I had never heard of this book, but I knew I liked the author after reading The Wrath & The Dawn duology a few years back. Plus, The Beautiful was on sale for, like, a dollar, so there wasn’t much to lose.

I’m so glad I spent that dollar. This was such a good book. I’m currently on vacation, but to get here I had two three hour flights and was able to read most of the book on the plane. Thanks to this story, I was never bored.

The Beautiful follows Celine Rousseau as she flees Paris and her dark past, heading towards New Orleans in 1872 for a new life. But in New Orleans has its own dark secrets and she soon gets swept up in them, including the dark and handsome Sebastien St. Germain.

If you’re wondering what some of that darkness includes, I have one word for you: vampires. Though some people tend to compare this series to Twilight, I thought it was more akin to The Vampire Diaries.

This story had everything I wanted: paranormal creatures, a dangerous forbidden romance, a mystery killer, strong female characters, diverse characters, and undercurrents of societal commentary and the characters’ desire for social justice (while warring with what society tells them what they have to be).

My favorite bit, though, is all the fantastic side comments and one liners. All the characters are so funny and witty in their own right. For a taste, here’s my favorite joke:

“Aren’t you curious which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

“Technically, wasn’t it the rooster?”

Five stars all around.

By myadventure2017

Writer, Reader, Bookstagrammer, Booktoker, Blogger

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