The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) Details

TitleThe Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524738174
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical, Historical Fiction, Vampires

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) Review

  • Sabaa Tahir
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book as Renee wrote it, which meant that she sent me sections of it, I read them and then got really upset because I didn't have more, and then pestered and bothered her until she gave me the rest. I finished it recently and it is FANTASTIC. An incredibly ornate, lush New Orleans; characters who imprint themselves on your memory forever; a story that is nail-biting and swoony and satisfying and tense ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And of course...VAMPIRES. This is a one of a kind book, by a s I read this book as Renee wrote it, which meant that she sent me sections of it, I read them and then got really upset because I didn't have more, and then pestered and bothered her until she gave me the rest. I finished it recently and it is FANTASTIC. An incredibly ornate, lush New Orleans; characters who imprint themselves on your memory forever; a story that is nail-biting and swoony and satisfying and tense ALL AT THE SAME TIME. And of course...VAMPIRES. This is a one of a kind book, by a singularly original author. Add it to your TBR because you won't want to miss it.
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  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I’m really glad that we, as a society, haven’t grown tired of stories about vampires. At least we did that right.
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    I say this with all seriousness: please let 2019 be the year we bring back vampires in YA
  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I'm definitely ready to welcome vampires back into my life.
  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    HI OMG THE NEWS IS OUT AND YOU GUYS ARE NOT READY FOR THIS. I had the extraordinary privilege to read this story in draft & it's intoxicating. THE BEAUTIFUL has that decadent, slow-moving horror that feels like a dream slipping to nightmare. It's like walking alone down a twilight street and feeling the snap of a branch behind you and that acidic heart-in-your-throat rush of knowing that you're being followed. Stalked.
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  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    and i say unto you: YEE YEE BITCHES I GOT AN ARC IN HAND
  • Renée Ahdieh
    January 1, 1970
    IDK . . . I guess if you like vampires and stuff, you’ll probably dig it 😘
  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    So the cover is AWESOME! The Twilight puns had been removed from the final synopsis, which is a good thing, as I know (hope) this book will slay entirely on its own regardless! If this book will be anything at all like the Originals, I'm going to be one happy reader! Bring on the dark and murder-y vampires!*****************************Unpopular Opinion Time: I think indirectly making fun of Twilight in the synopsis of this new vampire book is just too conventional and unprofessional from whoever So the cover is AWESOME! The Twilight puns had been removed from the final synopsis, which is a good thing, as I know (hope) this book will slay entirely on its own regardless! If this book will be anything at all like the Originals, I'm going to be one happy reader! Bring on the dark and murder-y vampires!*****************************Unpopular Opinion Time: I think indirectly making fun of Twilight in the synopsis of this new vampire book is just too conventional and unprofessional from whoever wrote this annotation (probs not the author). And although I am not a fan of Twilight, I'm not here for it, it's been done too many times for it to be even remotely funny now.At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful. And these vampires don’t sparkle. They slay. On a side not, even though the title is kinda ??? , I'm still really interested in this book as I really enjoyed the author's Wrath and the Dawn duology, and hoping for some The Originals vibes!
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  • Lilith Black
    January 1, 1970
    Oh... VAMPIRES! I didn't know I need them back in my life until now!!!
  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    vampires are making a comeback and I am nothing if not ABSOLUTELY here for it!Thirteen year old me is reliving her Twilight obsession and I'm so ready for this!Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr
  • Mary S. R.
    January 1, 1970
    [I did something to the synopsis for TVD/Originals fans somewhere in there]First, let's get the overused but utterly true pun out of the way: just look at The Beautiful cover 😂 Funny, right!? No.Now, let's get serious. I'm hear to warn y'all that this is a Vampire conspiracy and the bloodsucking terrors of the night are back to take over. Yes. We. Are. Doomed. It's not a coincidence that Jay Kristoff is also publishing a vampire series in 2020, nope.And guess what? I'm 99.9% sure Niklaus Mikaels [I did something to the synopsis for TVD/Originals fans somewhere in there]First, let's get the overused but utterly true pun out of the way: just look at The Beautiful cover 😂 Funny, right!? No.Now, let's get serious. I'm hear to warn y'all that this is a Vampire conspiracy and the bloodsucking terrors of the night are back to take over. Yes. We. Are. Doomed. It's not a coincidence that Jay Kristoff is also publishing a vampire series in 2020, nope.And guess what? I'm 99.9% sure Niklaus Mikaelson is behind this comeback. Uhum, the Vampire King, the Original Hybrid, the Alpha, the Big Bad Wolf, the immortal bastard Klaus the Mad...What the synopsis says: In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Blah blah blah. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain.What I hear: In 1872, amid the rule of the Original Family of Vampires known as the Mikaelsons in New Orleans (1700s-1919), seventeen-year-old Caroline Forbes flees her life in Mystic Falls to avoid being hunted down by the vampire hunters, coming to the vibrant city that enamours her with its music, food, soirées and—especially—its danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy supernatural underworld, after catching the eye of the hybrid king, the enigmatic Klaus Mikaelson.What the synopsis says: When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt, blah blah blah. New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—blah blah blah; an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.What I hear: When the body of one of the witches is found headless and drained of blood, the city shakes with the terror of a ripper on the loose...a ripper well known in the underworld, none other than the ruthless Stefan Salvatore.Caroline is determined to uncover the truth of whether her old love is behind the murders...but in the city's pursuit of the serial killer, old feuds awaken and the three factions—vampires, werewolves, and witches—tear eachother apart, turning the city of life into a city of the dead where, with the excuse of keeping the peace, any who cross the line are viciously executed by the king, the very man who has stolen her heart.And Caroline wonders if Stefan isn't a loose criminal but, in fact, under Klaus's wing and protection, here to do his bidding—a tyrant with absolute power amidst the fear which has gripped the land...Yup, that sounds better *nods* this might as well be a Klaroline+Steroline fanfiction 😋 *goes to sulk in a corner waiting for someone to redo The Originals* welcome to New Orleans, I guess *huffs*
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  • Rachel (rachandbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Renee Ahdieh is writing a vampire murder mystery/love story set in 19th century New Orleans??? SIGN. ME. UP.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    NEW ORLEANS? VAMPIRES? SIGN ME THE HELL UP.
  • Karima chermiti
    January 1, 1970
    A paranormal historical fiction mystery that takes place in New Orleans with Vampires? October is so far away and I can't deal with waiting, I need this book like Yesterday. I'll be going NUTS
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    January 1, 1970
    Three things:1. My sister was almost named Celine LOL.2. Um, we all dam know the love interest isn't going to be the serial killer. But if he is...literally kinda lame but also a plot twist we wouldn't see coming but IDK this is YA lmao. 3. V A M P I R E S??? Only reason why i click: 'want to read'. :)Twitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    watch Renee bring back vampires in YA!!! and omg I bet there'll be QPOC vampires!!! (if not, be prepared for a riot courtesy of moi)
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    1/17/2019: The cover is BEAUTIFUL.
  • Jaye Berry
    January 1, 1970
    My friend just got the arc in the mail and lent to me and... love her but mistakes were made. Super yikes.The Beautiful is being sold as some killer vampire romance murder mystery, set in a rich historical New Orleans. This ain't it chief. This book has shaded Twilight in the summary and said how this is the return of violent vampires in YA but the cover is even pretty similar to Twilight? Funny how it goes through all that to just be a discount, knock-off Twilight anyway.Here is a thing that is My friend just got the arc in the mail and lent to me and... love her but mistakes were made. Super yikes.The Beautiful is being sold as some killer vampire romance murder mystery, set in a rich historical New Orleans. This ain't it chief. This book has shaded Twilight in the summary and said how this is the return of violent vampires in YA but the cover is even pretty similar to Twilight? Funny how it goes through all that to just be a discount, knock-off Twilight anyway.Here is a thing that is so offensive and badly done: (view spoiler)[So our main character Celine killed the man that was trying to rape her. The ENTIRE book just keeps going on and on about how this teenage girl is a monster, a villain, and evil. For what? Defending herself? Are you serious? Celine is a strong, independent girl who has modern thoughts and no problem calling out men for being rude. Her calling herself evil for killing a literal rapist did not fit. Maybe if she were a different kind of character but she isn't. Maybe if it were other people demonizing her for this but it was all her own thoughts about herself. Killing to defend your life from harm does not make a villain that is on the same level as a vampire killing innocents but go off I guess. (hide spoiler)]The world-building wasn't good. The only world-building we really get is from a second person POV of the villain. Just imagine some killer sitting around and explaining things to no one, it was hilarious and so out of place. The rest of the characters aren't good either. We have some queerbaiting, insta-love, and even a pointless love triangle.I really do hate to drag everything in this book but seriously, none of the writing worked very well either. The book and several characters constantly go on about how Celine is the most beautiful woman in the world (tiny waist, large chest) and it was so pointless. She of course goes on about how gorgeous Bastien is the second she meets him too. Their insta-love was all about their looks, and don't even get me started on how there was another love interest for no reason. The other guy was only there because we needed a good guy to balance out that Bastien is the classic ~bad boy~.Also this book BARELY had any vampires at all? (view spoiler)[And when we finally meet one he just came out of nowhere with dumb motivations. We also have random people with lame powers and of course, werewolves and none of this even makes any sense. (hide spoiler)] Plus halfway there was another POV added that wasn't necessary.I'm so disappointed because this had such a chance to be good but it wasn't. Maybe it was just me, maybe I just don't like this author's work but this book was really messy. I'm still waiting for the return of vampires.
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  • Tashie
    January 1, 1970
    i can't wait for renée ahdieh to make me love vampires again because i know for a fact that she will
  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    VAMPIRES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK AND I'VE NEVER FELT MORE ALIVE
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    | releases: 8 Oct 2019 | Fantasy, set in New Orleans in 1872, but featuring vampires, and a city underground, and an investigation into underground murders, and maybe some mysterious protagonist backstory, aka all the things I’m here for at all times
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    How I’ve missed good vampire stories - and I will not spoil the marvelous twist at the end, but WOW! Left with a killer cliffhanger and SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! This is a work of historical and preternatural beauty. Romantic, fiercely feminine, and perfect for those of us who love vampiric YA.
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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not usually one for vampire stories but I saw Renee Ahdieh and New Orleans and I changed my mind. 😍
  • Meaghan
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: I just lowered this even further to 1 star because I have been trying to figure out the lore for the past half hour with two others who have read the book and we are getting absolutely nowhere because of what a mess it all is.1 StarFull review to come There were a few scenes I genuinely enjoyed, and I could see myself loving this book if it didn't have some really shitty plot choices, character traits, and world building issues that overshadowed and ruined literally everything.
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    Is New Orleans a thing now?Are vamps coming back?BECAUSE I APPROVE.
  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    You had me at *vampires* in 19th-century New Orleans 🖤 Please be brutal and wicked and I’ll love you for the rest of my mortal life
  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    Vampire books have the great potential to really suck. I always end up picking the wrong ones. But I love this description and I love the cover so... Please let this not suck?
  • ˗ˏˋliaˎˊ˗
    January 1, 1970
    apparently vampires are making a comeback in 2019, and i’m absolutely here for it.
  • bella ϟ [ bella farren ]
    January 1, 1970
    i am excited for this, we do not have enough ya set in new orleans. paranormal, vampires & serial killers, i am so here for this book!
  • enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
    January 1, 1970
    i know with every molecule in my body that this will be everything i have ever wanted
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