Supernatural Historical Murder Mystery
"The Beautiful" is the first installment of Renée Ahdieh's latest duology and consists of an interesting mix of supernatural, historical and murder mystery elements. When her actions make it impossible for 17-year-old dressmaker Celine to stay in Paris, she decides to flee across the big pond to New Orleans. There, she is quick... "The Beautiful" is the first installment of Renée Ahdieh's latest duology and consists of an interesting mix of supernatural, historical and murder mystery elements. When her actions make it impossible for 17-year-old dressmaker Celine to stay in Paris, she decides to flee across the big pond to New Orleans. There, she is quickly enraptured by the city and its vibrant inhabitants. Before long, however, there is a gruesome murder and Celine finds herself in the middle of an age-old feud… I liked "The Wrath and the Dawn" and loved "Flame in the Mist", so when I heard that Renée Ahdieh had written a new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it, even more so, once I realized it was a supernatural historical murder mystery. So, it pains me to say that my expectations weren't met. To me, "The Beautiful" isn't half as riveting as Ahdieh's previous novels. Even though, there is quite a lot going on, this book is rather slow-paced, which I am not a fan of most of the time, especially when it comes to murder mysteries. Additionally, I feel like "The Beautiful" serves as an introduction to its upcoming sequel "The Damned". The characters are introduced quite well and the story builds up nicely towards the end only to finish once it starts to get really interesting. Also, I am not particularly fond of the protagonist or any of the other characters, except for Pippa, that is. It's not like they are overly unlikeable, though, I just didn't connect with them at all. Furthermore, I do not care for the romantic part of the story as I failed to feel their attraction/connection. Don't get me wrong, "The Beautiful" is not a bad book by any means. I loved the writing and enjoyed the overall plot, but I had hoped for more.
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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 is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.
When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair--the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks--Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose--one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.
At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.