The Damned (The Beautiful, #2)
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful. Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn. Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2) Details

TitleThe Damned (The Beautiful, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781984812582
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2) Review

  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    January 1, 1970
    Im 5 minutes post THE BEAUTIFUL and all I know is I need this book now I’m 5 minutes post THE BEAUTIFUL and all I know is I need this book now
  • ♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
    January 1, 1970
    Did Renee Ahdieh sell her soul to the devil to get the most beautiful covers ever?
  • Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Me: *disliked the first book*Me: *sees a giveaway of the 2nd*My brain: What are you doingMy brain: StopMy brain: NENIAAAMe: *click*
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    Well shit. It started out a little slow and info dumpy, but I am mostly satisfied. There has to be another book in this series. Full review to come.
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I got to meet this amazing cover artist! First book's cover is so muchhh better than the book and look at this one! It is FANTASTIC! For the second book: Fingers crossed! I hope we got our highly expected vampire stories which we didn't have at the first book!
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  • Parvati Patil
    January 1, 1970
    Love the cover.
  • Julia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the ARC.
  • Rebecca Crunden
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't even read the first one but I'm in love with this cover. WOW.
  • demjin
    January 1, 1970
    the beautiful is still on my tbr but this is one of the most stunning covers ive ever seen the beautiful is still on my tbr but this is one of the most stunning covers i’ve ever seen
  • Giulia Rita Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    4.25The EARC of this book was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Damned is the second book of the Beautiful saga by Renée Ahdieh. This is little-known news, unknown even to me until I finished reading, because the other two books have not yet been announced, but only spoiled in some articles. Anyway already from the first chapters, it is possible to understand that the story is far from its conclusion.The Beautiful proved to be the tip of the iceberg of 4.25The EARC of this book was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Damned is the second book of the Beautiful saga by Renée Ahdieh. This is little-known news, unknown even to me until I finished reading, because the other two books have not yet been announced, but only spoiled in some articles. Anyway already from the first chapters, it is possible to understand that the story is far from its conclusion.The Beautiful proved to be the tip of the iceberg of a much more complex world. The Damned opens immediately after the events that conclude the first volume but pushes us in an unexpected direction. The various characters have to work out what happened and Celine is perhaps the one who paid the most, but her journey takes time. Therefore the writer initially focuses on Bastien and La Cour de Lion.In the first book, my major criticism was the lack of La cour de Lion, which leaves us fascinated but in some way hungry. Here, describing the story from their point of view, these characters, starting from the queen of my heart, Odette, up to Jae, manage to appear complete, and true. But in my opinion, Bastien also has an extra spark here. He has always been drawn to the darkness and has somehow always considered it his business card, but now that he is forced to deal with the real darkness, he starts chasing the light. His path will be to find out who he wants to be and to understand that he is light and dark and that he can control both."He is nothing. No one. Nobody."The found family is the main topic, together with Bastien. I have already said that the various characters of the cour de lion finally manage to emerge from the background, but their bonds are the real protagonists. Their family was born of loyalty, a loyalty sometimes dictated by fear, sometimes by necessity, sometimes by time. But from this quality love was born. However, doubts torment everyone from the first to the last and wonder if their bonds are true if they can trust if they are the only ones who love their family unconditionally.But above all, they wondered if loyalty and love are the same things.Their sadness and terror are accentuated by the almost spasmodic way in which they continue to use words like brothers and sisters (which I think are the most repeated words).This is truly one of the saddest and somehow sweet found family I have ever read.Loyalty and darkness are therefore the two main themes of the first part of the book. The book is not made up of two parts, it is more my division that separates a slower and more reflective part from a richer action and twists. I liked the first part very much, I found it perfect. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the second half because it happens too much too quickly. The author does not give herself the right time to explore the various discoveries and characters' reactions. Celine finally takes the reins of the book, but there is no real evolution, and she looks almost too perfect to be true." "You won't like my dreams."He paused, glancing at her over one shoulder. "Why is that?" "Not even Michael, one of the most important characters, has the space he deserves. His relationship with Celine ended up in the background.One of the characters who instead showed how much she is worth, but who still has a lot to show us, is Pippa. I can't wait to find out what Renée has in store for her.The Beautiful's worldbuilding is undoubtedly the richest and most complex of Ahdieh. In the first book, it is only presented to us, but here we have the opportunity to get to know it much more deeply.I can say that this book is bittersweet, it surprises you at times and disappoints you in others. I hope that with the next volume the author will be able to erase the bitterness and create perfect work from start to finish.Recensione Italiana completa sul blog https://everyfandomhasastory.blogspot...
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  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    Preorder incentive: Preorder a copy and submit your receipt by July 6, 2020 and receive an exclusive skull bracelet. (US only, sorry friends)1. The Beautiful ★★★★★10/31/2019 I just finished The Beautiful and am now deceased waiting for this book to come out. Thank goodness for the short wait, but GAH! Blog | Twitter | Pinterest
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  • ☀︎Elena In Oz☀︎
    January 1, 1970
    Ok but if Celine doesnt get her memory back someone is going to die. Bastien for life✨ Ok but if Celine doesn’t get her memory back someone is going to die. Bastien for life✨
  • Surbhi Das
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion!!
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    I am so here for this (book & book cover)
  • Gretal
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThe first third was 5 stars, the middle was more like 3, the first 80% of the last third was 5 stars again, and then that last 20% is more like 3 stars, though that's also me being petty and could change depending on the next book.Other than that, I don't know how to review this. This book was saying Gretal Rights, and then it said lmao no.
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  • Isabelle (the Book Dutchesses)
    January 1, 1970
    I just got an earc!! Woohoo!! Will be reading this one soon, cant wait to continue the story <3BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER YOUTUBE I just got an earc!! Woohoo!! Will be reading this one soon, can’t wait to continue the story <3BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER YOUTUBE
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS❝Alas, I know how well God listens to the prayers of the damned.❞The Damned is the infinitely quotable, addictive sequel to The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh one of the key books in kickstarting the vampire resurgence within YA. In truth, The Beautiful was underwhelming for me and I only gave it two stars, but vampire books happen to be my guilty pleasure and I didnt want to give up on this series at the first book. Im extremely glad I read the sequel as the stakes have increased in MY THOUGHTS
❝Alas, I know how well God listens to the prayers of the damned.❞
The Damned is the infinitely quotable, addictive sequel to The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh — one of the key books in kickstarting the vampire resurgence within YA. In truth, The Beautiful was underwhelming for me and I only gave it two stars, but vampire books happen to be my guilty pleasure and I didn’t want to give up on this series at the first book. I’m extremely glad I read the sequel as the stakes have increased in tenfold this time around. Whilst a lot of the first book was slow paced and shrouded in mystery, The Damned is fast, fun and has the right amount of enigmas to keep the reader hooked. 
❝It is never too late to chase the better version of yourself.❞
One thing I loved about the first book was the New Orleans setting — it’s very atmospheric — but the expanding supernatural world in The Damned is immensely enjoyable too. Readers were introduced to a few different creatures in The Beautiful, but the spotlight is shared more equally this time around as Ahdieh dives deeper into vampire/werewolf politics and the ever-exciting world of the fey. This is very different tonally to the first and feels less like an urban fantasy towards the end. However, it's a good change and propels a lot of the characters’ development forward as the complex layers and rules of the supernatural are peeled back. The found family trope is apparent within the Court of Lions and the unique relationships between this very diverse cast of characters makes it easy for a reader to resonate with at least one of them. Their bond and interactions are a true highlight. Albeit, this is also a perspective heavy book and I didn’t appreciate the excessive amount of POV changes. The different POV changes are overwhelming and too many things start to happen at once to the point of complication.❝In the end, the monsters did possess the better stories.❞

CHARACTERS
❝And she was not a damsel in distress, waiting to be rescued by a knight on a shining horse.❞
Celine is the female protagonist in the series and she's seductive, fierce and smart. She reminds me a lot of Buffy Summers, serving as a prime example that women can be feminine and badass — they don't need to compromise between fighting and liking fashion, for example. She is a really refreshing character because she knows what she wants and isn't afraid of speaking her mind, which is a big feat considering the book is set in the 1800s. She doesn't take anything sitting down and I love how independent she is — she has her own mind and makes her own decisions without caring what others will think of her. I especially appreciated how quick she is to piece together people are lying to her and how determined she is to find out the truth. If anything, my only complaint is there's not enough of her in this book — the focus is more on Bastien this time.
❝The face of the obedient son. The benevolent brother. The cool-headed leader. The vengeful vampire. The lost soul. The forgotten lover.❞
Our other main character is Bastien — a newly turned vampire who longs to be 'unmade.' As a vampire, Bastien is angsty and brooding, which isn't the type of character I'd usually like. Whilst he isn't anything special, I think he balances Celine fairly well. He is an interesting character, one that comes from a place of privilege and has a past that unfolds with each page, but I can't understand why he didn't fight harder for Celine. I wonder if he was too caught up in himself at times to realise that he could have had everything he wanted if only he took charge more. However, I did admire his constant efforts to improve as a person and the emotional depth that he offered as it is rarely seen in male characters.

MY FAVOURITE MOMENT
❝And real love may be a choice, but I plan to choose someone who steals the breath from my body and haunts my very dreams. That is the only kind of love worth having.❞
By far, the standout moment for me is Celine's conversation with Pippa at the engagement party. It's heart wrenching to think that Pippa is so prepared to settle for less than she deserves and a part of me hopes she ends up with Arjun — I think some seeds were being planted for their relationship. This scene really called attention to who Celine is as a character for me though — it shows she is passionate and vivacious and certainly won't conform to the societal standards for women.
❝I have loved you in both my lives. I will love you in all the rest to come.❞
The notion of Celine not conforming is furthered when she takes control and initiates being intimate with Bastien. This ended up being another one of my favourite moments and it was done in a tasteful manner. It was nice to see the woman being dominant for once. When reading, I thought it felt natural and was the necessary step to strengthen Celine and Bastien's relationship. If anything, it serves as a pay off after all the pair endured to find their way back to each other.

MY LEAST FAVOURITE MOMENT
I don't think there's anything I strongly dislike about this book — other than the amount of POVs, that is. Some of the POVs are red herrings in concern to the true villain, but it creates confusion as opposed to intrigue. In fact, the unnamed POV is a particularly underwhelming reveal, one that I guessed almost immediately.

FINAL VERDICT
Regardless of how people felt about The Beautiful, I would urge everyone to give The Damned a chance. It's a phenomenal, action-packed read where there are no dull moments and it far surpassed my expectations. Twists and hints are around every corner, embedded into Adieh's compelling writing style — the extended metaphor of fairytales throughout is executed flawlessly and solidifies how intricately woven The Beautiful's world is. Although, it does contain an unnecessary amount French that is sometimes poorly placed (si les enfants sont précieux, then why are they so cruel to ethereals?). To me, it didn't make sense why characters would speak half a sentence in French and change to English, but my biggest gripe with it is the lack of a translation guide. Some words are easy to figure out, some others made Google Translate a permanently open tab whilst I read it. Nonetheless, I'm immensely excited for the future of this series.
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  • Lia Carstairs
    January 1, 1970
    THERE'S ALREADY A COVER AND TITLE FOR THE NEXT BOOK??!!!😍😍
  • Eva B.
    January 1, 1970
    Did I love The Beautiful? No.Will I buy this solely to see more of Odette, Pippa, and Arjun? Yes.Also THAT COVER!!
  • Aly Cohen
    January 1, 1970
    I need this now I dont think I can wait until June I need this now I don’t think I can wait until June
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    extended version of this review to be found on https://alittleshelfrighteous.wordpre...MY THOUGHTS❝Alas, I know how well God listens to the prayers of the damned.❞The Damned is the infinitely quotable, addictive sequel to The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh one of the key books in kickstarting the vampire resurgence within YA. In truth, The Beautiful was underwhelming for me and I only gave it two stars, but vampire books happen to be my guilty pleasure and I didnt want to give up on this series at extended version of this review to be found on https://alittleshelfrighteous.wordpre...MY THOUGHTS
❝Alas, I know how well God listens to the prayers of the damned.❞
The Damned is the infinitely quotable, addictive sequel to The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh — one of the key books in kickstarting the vampire resurgence within YA. In truth, The Beautiful was underwhelming for me and I only gave it two stars, but vampire books happen to be my guilty pleasure and I didn’t want to give up on this series at the first book. I’m extremely glad I read the sequel as the stakes have increased in tenfold this time around. Whilst a lot of the first book was slow paced and shrouded in mystery, The Damned is fast, fun and has the right amount of enigmas to keep the reader hooked. 
❝It is never too late to chase the better version of yourself.❞
One thing I loved about the first book was the New Orleans setting — it’s very atmospheric — but the expanding supernatural world in The Damned is immensely enjoyable too. Readers were introduced to a few different creatures in The Beautiful, but the spotlight is shared more equally this time around as Ahdieh dives deeper into vampire/werewolf politics and the ever-exciting world of the fey. This is very different tonally to the first and feels less like an urban fantasy towards the end. However, it's a good change and propels a lot of the characters’ development forward as the complex layers and rules of the supernatural are peeled back. The found family trope is apparent within the Court of Lions and the unique relationships between this very diverse cast of characters makes it easy for a reader to resonate with at least one of them. Their bond and interactions are a true highlight. Albeit, this is also a perspective heavy book and I didn’t appreciate the excessive amount of POV changes. The different POV changes are overwhelming and too many things start to happen at once to the point of complication.❝In the end, the monsters did possess the better stories.❞

CHARACTERS
❝And she was not a damsel in distress, waiting to be rescued by a knight on a shining horse.❞
Celine is the female protagonist in the series and she's seductive, fierce and smart. She reminds me a lot of Buffy Summers, serving as a prime example that women can be feminine and badass — they don't need to compromise between fighting and liking fashion, for example. She is a really refreshing character because she knows what she wants and isn't afraid of speaking her mind, which is a big feat considering the book is set in the 1800s. She doesn't take anything sitting down and I love how independent she is — she has her own mind and makes her own decisions without caring what others will think of her. I especially appreciated how quick she is to piece together people are lying to her and how determined she is to find out the truth. If anything, my only complaint is there's not enough of her in this book — the focus is more on Bastien this time.
❝The face of the obedient son. The benevolent brother. The cool-headed leader. The vengeful vampire. The lost soul. The forgotten lover.❞
Our other main character is Bastien — a newly turned vampire who longs to be 'unmade.' As a vampire, Bastien is angsty and brooding, which isn't the type of character I'd usually like. Whilst he isn't anything special, I think he balances Celine fairly well. He is an interesting character, one that comes from a place of privilege and has a past that unfolds with each page, but I can't understand why he didn't fight harder for Celine. I wonder if he was too caught up in himself at times to realise that he could have had everything he wanted if only he took charge more. However, I did admire his constant efforts to improve as a person and the emotional depth that he offered as it is rarely seen in male characters.
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  • Tiffany Dunn
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the beautiful I absolutely can not wait to read the damned...I can not stop telling everyone about the beautiful! I look forward to the day the damned is in my hands! (Will review after release)
  • Nicole (Half Wild Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an E-ARC in exchange for an honest reviewRomantic and divine, Renée Ahdieh plunges readers back into New Orleans, promising more passion, mystery, and vampires. "Who am I? He wonders. Dark amusement winds through him. He is nothing. No one. Nobody."The Damned starts where The Beautiful ends, with Bastien taking center stage. Bastien's character is enriched with development, show casing his angst, passion and family orientation. His emotional range expands as he struggles to come to I was sent an E-ARC in exchange for an honest reviewRomantic and divine, Renée Ahdieh plunges readers back into New Orleans, promising more passion, mystery, and vampires. "Who am I? He wonders. Dark amusement winds through him. He is nothing. No one. Nobody."The Damned starts where The Beautiful ends, with Bastien taking center stage. Bastien's character is enriched with development, show casing his angst, passion and family orientation. His emotional range expands as he struggles to come to terms with his new life. I found the opening scenes really intriguing, and was so excited to see more of the vampire world. Ahdieh places a strong focus on the Court of Lions, with chapters from the points of view of Odette, Arjun and Jae. It was really nice to see more of the vampire content which was promised in The Beautiful, and The Damned proves that it's here to announce the return of the vampire in YA Fantasy. "My City. My Family. My Love. Who am I? From the fires of his futy, a name emerges. Bastien. My name is Sebastien Saint Germain."The Damned takes on a different tone, slowing transitioning out of urban fantasy, setting up the rest of the series which will no doubt provide us with more twists, turns and betrayal's. This is definitely Bastien's story, however we still see Celine. While embers of her self remain; her passion for both fashion and fighting, her determination and independence, she is the shell of her former self. After her ordeal in the first installment, she is struggling to understand why she remembers a boys screams, and cannot attend mass. Looking for some sense of stability, she is courted by Michael, who, unknowing to her, knows all the secrets she tries to uncover. "Everyone knows that is what a vampire craves most . . . to be loved above all." If vampires aren't for you, don't worry. With ease. Ahdieh weaves in werewolves, widening the scope of the supernatural creatures in New Orleans. The Brotherhood maintains a tender treaty with the vampires, and learning about the politics of it all was a treat. One aspect I adore about this series is the strong feminist stance it takes. Pippa and Celine traveled to New Orleans to secure a marriage, and thus, a safe life. The conversations surrounding this subject open the aspect of marriage and its subsequent barriers and doorways for women in 1872. While this book was enjoyable and mysterious, it lacked the tension of the mystery in the first installment. The Beautiful had a plot driven by mystery, asking readers to determine the Crescent City killer's identity, while The Damned had a more varied plot. We learned about Jae's life, Bastien's family, Michael's compassion, how vampires came to New Orleans, and the Wyld across the vale. There was a lot going on, and while the The Beautiful was full of vivid descriptions, I would've loved to have known more about the creatures in the Summer Court, more descriptions of the world they hunted through to find the Sunan. The last third of the book felt rushed, there was a constant switching between POVs and story lines and I would have quite happily have had an extra 50 or 100 pages. Overall, this was an enjoyable read by a beloved author. Given all the vampire content, I enjoyed it much more than the first. This is a story about Bastien, which was brooding and intriguing, but I would have loved a little more clarity and development at the end. find my blog hereinstagram @halfwildbooks
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  • Inês Bookish Wanderluster
    January 1, 1970
    *unpopular opinion*Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for sending me an eARC of The Damned in exchange for a fair and honest review.I will start by saying that I did like the authors writing style, it was easy to capture my attention and keep me reading. Also, I think that there are many good ideas in this book series, and that I thought The Damned to be a more solid book than The Beautiful. I also enjoyed the development of the characters and back story, something that has been *unpopular opinion*Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for sending me an eARC of The Damned in exchange for a fair and honest review.I will start by saying that I did like the author’s writing style, it was easy to capture my attention and keep me reading. Also, I think that there are many good ideas in this book series, and that I thought The Damned to be a more solid book than The Beautiful. I also enjoyed the development of the characters and back story, something that has been missing in the previous book. Also, Celine and Bastien’s love story sounds more credible now.However, I have a lot of issues with the story, which became more difficult to ignore as I read more of the book. Here we go:- So Émilie loves her brother so much that she goes deeper into a burning building to save him, and now she wants him dead? I get that she wanted to be saved by her uncle and all and ended up being saved by a werewolf, but… she wants her brother dead as a revenge against her uncle? She ran deeper into a burning building! How can she want him dead now? No logic whatsoever. Her character and involvement in the plot seems so forced, and adds nothing to the story.. the feud and the developments could have been achieved in a different way, she also gets almost no air time in this book and when she does it to repeat the same story. I did not buy this part of the plot- In this book Bastien gained an internal voice not very different from Louis’ in Anne Rice’s novels… I could not be happy about this… and this is actual a common theme throughout the book… let’s see:a. The revelation that Celine is part fey, and the fact that Michael is a in-line-to-be-werewolf sounds so much like The Southern Vampire Mysteries. b. At some point when the Lady of the Vale gives Celine the light bauble and said “In moments of unrelenting gloom, let this be your light”, I thought to myself, wait a second I’ve read this somewhere else…. Yep when Galandriel gave Frodo the light of Eärendil's star she said “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”- As I said At least we get a bit of back story. Even if the story of the Sylvian Vale, Sylvian Wyld, the courts and the feuds and all that seem flimsy and poorly constructed. When we get to go to the Vale and the Wyld, this construction becomes more solid and I got myself interested in reading more about it, but it was just in and out, literally. At the end of the book I felt that this was rushed so the story could finish where it did. So yes, the end of the book felt rushed and I wished the author made the book a bit longer and gave the journey through the Wyld, for example a few more pages. - Also the sex scene seemed forced into the book and ate a lot of the Vale air time. I’m sure we could’ve waited for a better sex scene in the next book and would be happy for the happy couple to be reunited with a kiss and a loving embrace in this book.I really wanted to have loved this book but cannot overlook all its faults, and this is the end of the road for me for this series. However, I do see this series being a successful for most readers of the genre, specially if they have just started on Vampire books, and I will give it 2 stars for the potential.
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  • Johnny (Aurora Sights)
    January 1, 1970
    The Beautiful set the tone and magic of New Orleans, it focused a lot on the scenes where The Damned does not. It does that thing so many other sequels do - it doesn't waste time on describing things that have been described before with the same amount of detail. Which it is right to do, however when faced with completely new places and scenes, I do expect those descriptions. And I'm sad to say I was a little disappointed with them. There are creatures mentioned with no thought of explanation to The Beautiful set the tone and magic of New Orleans, it focused a lot on the scenes where The Damned does not. It does that thing so many other sequels do - it doesn't waste time on describing things that have been described before with the same amount of detail. Which it is right to do, however when faced with completely new places and scenes, I do expect those descriptions. And I'm sad to say I was a little disappointed with them. There are creatures mentioned with no thought of explanation to the reader. Perhaps they are not fully relevant to the story at hand, but if you want a reader to bask in your fantasy world, you should take the time to make it as believable and real as you can.There are a lot more chapters from different perspectives in this sequel, we get to see from Odette, Arjun, Michael, Emilie, Bastien, Celine and one or two more which can come as a surprise for you. Although these POVs are more varied, the prominent two are of course Bastien and Celine - leaning heavily on the Bastien here. We get to see a different side to him in this book and I dare say that I've fallen in love slightly. The difficulties he faces after The Beautiful and the way he begins to see the world really deepen his character. The same cannot be said for Celine though. Now don't worry, after her injuries she is of course going to be a ghost of herself but she does return to her tough self - it's just when you compare her growth to Bastien's, it is severely lacking. The way I've begun to view it, is The Beautiful was Celine and The Damned is Bastien.I found the many storylines a little bit of a mess at points. It wasn't confusing because the different POVs allowed me to follow them with relative ease and the last 15% tied a few plot lines together which helped. One thing I will say, is that I did not anticipate the direction of Bastien and Celine's story, and even after finishing this book, it is still not clear which way it will go. I have many questions and I doubt the next book will be able to answer them all. I'm in for a long ride.Despite the failings I have with this book, I enjoyed it immensely. I read it easily in a day and I laughed, I scoffed and I grinned like an idiot. There aren't many books which capture my attention the way this one did. I'm not sure what to put that down to, the characters? The story reminiscent of Romeo & Juliet? The folklore and magic? I honestly don't have the answer, but I'm loathe to question it lest I lose interest in it all. If you liked The Beautiful, get your hands on a copy of The Damned.
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  • hope
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Edelweiss for the e-ARC, but it's a no for me.A few things that bummed me out:1) Celine only had a few chapters from her POV. Since she was the MC in the first book, this relegated her to almost a minor character for most of the book. The twist about her parentage was cringy, and I am tired of everyone talking about how badass Celine is when she hasn't even done anything.2) I loved how much New Orleans was featured in the first book. In this one, the setting might as well have been Thanks Edelweiss for the e-ARC, but it's a no for me.A few things that bummed me out:1) Celine only had a few chapters from her POV. Since she was the MC in the first book, this relegated her to almost a minor character for most of the book. The twist about her parentage was cringy, and I am tired of everyone talking about how badass Celine is when she hasn't even done anything.2) I loved how much New Orleans was featured in the first book. In this one, the setting might as well have been anywhere. There were a few nods to Jackson Square and the church there, but that was about it.3) The pacing of the novel was off. The first part was really slow moving and we got an info dump on Bastien and his "family." Then at a certain point in the novel there were weird jumps in the action, battle scenes felt rushed, and then one last confrontation was completely anticlimactic. It was almost like the last 40 pages should have been pushed to book three. 3.5) I don't even like this whole addition of the Wylds. Bastien's journey to find a way to become mortal could have been a whole book, but it got dropped. There's already too many characters. Keep this series vampires vs. werewolves. 4) The main romance is still bad. I just don't care about the love between Celine and Bastien, and this time they only had a couple of conversations (and I say "conversations" loosely because it was mostly Celine asking Bastien if he loved her and him saying no) and then hooked up. 5) Unless we get faked out in Book 3, this book fell into the Bury Your Gays trope. Boo.
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  • Mary Seaman
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss:This story just sucks you in more and more. Renee definitely knows how to keep you wanting more. We leave off with Celine having no memories of the night that Bastien almost died. She gave her memories of him in exchange for Nicodemius to turn Bastien. He struggles with his new immortality and starts to rebel against his uncle and friends. Celine starts to have nightmares of that night and cant seem to stay away from Bastien though she doesnt know why. So many secrets ARC provided by Edelweiss:This story just sucks you in more and more. Renee definitely knows how to keep you wanting more. We leave off with Celine having no memories of the night that Bastien almost died. She gave her memories of him in exchange for Nicodemius to turn Bastien. He struggles with his new immortality and starts to rebel against his uncle and friends. Celine starts to have nightmares of that night and can’t seem to stay away from Bastien though she doesn’t know why. So many secrets are revealed in this book, I loved it. We leaned more about all the characters and were introduced to new ones. My only complaint is there were a lot of point of views in this book. Almost every character gets a chapter and for some reason I had a hard time with that constant change. But otherwise loved it and can’t wait for more!Content Warnings: some sexual content, violence
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  • Shari Suarez
    January 1, 1970
    This is the sequel to the bestselling The Beautiful. When the previous book ended Celine had promised her memories so that Sebastien might live.This book builds on the world that Renee Ahdieh created in the first book. We learn more about the Saint Germain family, both human and vampire. We also learn more about the uneasy truce between the Fallen and the Brotherhood. Ahdieh continues the world building by adding fey creatures and their world into the mix. The world building is amazing and her This is the sequel to the bestselling The Beautiful. When the previous book ended Celine had promised her memories so that Sebastien might live.This book builds on the world that Renee Ahdieh created in the first book. We learn more about the Saint Germain family, both human and vampire. We also learn more about the uneasy truce between the Fallen and the Brotherhood. Ahdieh continues the world building by adding fey creatures and their world into the mix. The world building is amazing and her characters are fascinating in their duality. Nobody is truly evil or good. I also loved what a strong character Celine is and how Bastien understands how strong she is and that she can make her own decisions and protect herself and him. I look forward to the next book.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    I love the romantically spooky atmosphere in this series and the characters who dwell in this world, but this book felt a bit disjointed. I wish the first half of the book was sped up, lots of slow burn & feelings happening, and the second half, questing & action, slowed down. I was not anticipating the twists in the story, mostly because it felt a bit like the genre shifted to me. The love triangle in this story doesnt bother me--it is obvious who Celine & the reader loves. Now, Im I love the romantically spooky atmosphere in this series and the characters who dwell in this world, but this book felt a bit disjointed. I wish the first half of the book was sped up, lots of slow burn & feelings happening, and the second half, questing & action, slowed down. I was not anticipating the twists in the story, mostly because it felt a bit like the genre shifted to me. The love triangle in this story doesn’t bother me--it is obvious who Celine & the reader loves. Now, I’m waiting for the next installment.Thanks to Edelweiss & the publisher for my copy!
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  • EmmaLouise
    January 1, 1970
    The Beautiful left me heartbroken and nervous. But as soon as I got a copy of this I had to pick it up straight away. I needed to know what happened next.I fell back into this world easily. I had thought I would need to reread The Beautiful before picking this up but thankfully I didnt.I flew through this. As in I read it within 24 hours. Faster than I expected. But I just couldnt put it down. On one hand I didnt want it to end. But I also needed to know what happened. Yet again Im left wanting The Beautiful left me heartbroken and nervous. But as soon as I got a copy of this I had to pick it up straight away. I needed to know what happened next.I fell back into this world easily. I had thought I would need to reread The Beautiful before picking this up but thankfully I didn’t.I flew through this. As in I read it within 24 hours. Faster than I expected. But I just couldn’t put it down. On one hand I didn’t want it to end. But I also needed to know what happened. Yet again I’m left wanting more. But more on that later.I went into this nervous. I thought I knew where this would go. I was mostly wrong. In fact I was not expecting the Celine reveals. Although it’s a popular trope I liked it in this case. Maybe because I didn’t see it coming. I don’t think I had a reason to think this was coming. But it worked I think. It added another layer to Celine and the story itself. Where the book can go anywhere now.Arjun and Pippa are a couple I would happily get behind. Their interactions made me smile. Even when Arjun teases Celine about Pippa. I just want more from them.Obviously Celine and Bastien still own my heart. Their chemistry. I just find myself smiling some many times when they interact. The type of relationship they have. I just love it. I need them to be happy.Yet again I am left heartbroken. But needing more. The story is left so open. I have many questions. There’s multiple stories waiting to be told. Odette? Michael? Pippa mission? Celine and Bastien? The Brotherhood? I need answers for all of these characters and their stories.I did think about 2/3 of the way through this I prefered The Beautiful just because of the mystery element. But having finished this I honesty can’t decide between the two. All I know is I want more.*Recieved a copy from Net Galley for an honest review*
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