The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical Fiction

Book 1 in The Beautiful Series


4 Star read


Celine arrives in New Orleans hoping to escape her old life.  She meets Sébastien Saint Germain and his La Cour des Lions.  But while Celine is enjoying the glitzy underworld of New Orleans, someone is murdering people.  Celine finds herself in the middle of the investigation. 

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My review for the Beautiful took me a couple of days to write.  As soon as I finished, I knew I liked but did not love the book, and I also knew the wait for the next book was going to be long and painful.  

As I said, I liked this book.  The writing was phenomenal. I loved Celine.  She is the quintessential young adult heroine.  I adored the setting, could you ask for something better than paranormal  historical fiction set in New Orleans? No, you can’t. But there was one thing I just didn’t get and that was Sébastien.  

Celine was such a great character, but I had a hard time figuring out what she saw in Sébastien, other than that he was hot.  I get that Sébastien is supposed to be a mysterious character, but I feel like I know nothing about him. And since their relationship is a large part of the story, it fell flat for me.  I did enjoy the overarching mystery, and after the ending of this book, I am eagerly awaiting the next in this series.

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