Review: Renée Ahdieh – The Beautiful

Posted november 7, 2019 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 2 Comments

When I first saw The Beautiful appearing on social media, I was curious. It’s about vampires and I really wanted to go back in the days and read a good young adult novel about vampires. All reviews I’ve read were glowing, so I decided to go ahead and read it.

Review: Renée Ahdieh – The BeautifulThe Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Beautiful #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 8, 2019
ISBN: 9781524738174

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 started of interesting. Celine just arrived in New Orleans after fleeing her home in Paris. What has she done that she even had to flee? The next chapter was a weird one however. It’s about a girl, Noémie, but she doesn’t make another appearance at all in the rest of the book. Why? What? Huh? How?

Unfortunately, The Beautiful is not the young adult vampire novel I was hoping for. In fact, it was just revealed in the final chapters that its about vampires although we all knew it from the promotions. The Beautiful is more of a murder mystery and historical fiction combined.

I couldn’t enjoy this book. Actually, I was super bored whilst reading. The characters and the murders didn’t interest me at all. I was not curious to find out who the killer was. I really didn’t like Celine and her inner monologues, there were way too many of them. Although the story was super slow, I could read it fast because of the writing. However, I was very relieved when I finished the book. The final chapeters were the most interesting, but it was too late to save this book for me. Unfortunately, another hyped 2019 release I don’t like. I probably won’t continue this series.


2 responses to “Review: Renée Ahdieh – The Beautiful

  1. Definitely agree that it got too much vampire hype for so little vampire content. I enjoy a good historical fantasy so thankfully that element saved the book, however I completely understand your rating.

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