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The Beautiful and the Damned

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  425 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Cyn’s blackouts have deadly consequences in this sexy, suspenseful spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Hollow series.

Cyn Hargrave is on the run, but she can’t escape her dark past. The brother of her murdered boyfriend is convinced she’s the killer—and now he’s tracked her down. Cyn has only one person to turn to, and she can’t stand him.

Avian knows the evil that liv
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AHHHHHHHHHH You don't understand how freakishy freaking AMAZING this freaking book is!!!! !I'm fangirling soooo much right now. I'm pratically jumping in my seat.


So, the story is both Cyn and Thirteens point of view. We saw them both in the Sleepy Hollow series. We do get to see Caspian and Abbey again like once. Which is better than freaking nothing but still... it kind of stinks because I love me some Caspian. Hehehehehe Caspian...<3

(I'm going to add more to this review but can't right now
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dark, thrilling, romantic, and a wonderful YA paranormal romance read! The Beautiful and the Damned was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it.

Confession time: I didn't realize this book was a spin off from another series until right before I started reading it. I just requested it, thinking it sounded like a pretty awesome read. And, when I found out it was a spin off, I was worried that I might end up confused while reading this, since I didn't read the original series. But, the aut
Source: I own a copy of this book.

Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions.

Let me first start by saying that I haven't read the Hallow Trilogy in years and I don't remember if it had a stalking theme or not. All I remember is I loved those books so I thought I would give this one a try. To tell you the truth, I was kind of disappointed. And, to be honest, I'm not a fan of books with a stalking theme.

I feel like the beginning and middle were slow an
Brittany Elsen
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read-books
I read the first book in the Hollow Series so long ago that I have forgotten all about it. Apparently there are some spoilers in this book if you haven't read the whole Hollow Series but I didn't notice them. I loved Beautiful and the Damned. It's a dark and very entertaining read. I am not sure where it fits in with the Hollow Series but its a great stand alone story. I think it is meant to be a companion novel. It is scary, twisted and just plain good and I read it in about one sitting.

The sto
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
There were a few reasons why I was looking forward to this book; I like and respect Jessica Verday as a person/author; This is a spin-off of the ‘The Hollow’ series, which I really enjoyed; and Cyn was a character that I really liked in ‘The Hollow’, however we did not get to see a lot of her, so I was really happy that she was getting her own book.

The story was entertaining and well developed. Although this is a spin-off, I feel that Jessica Verday includes enough of the backstory to avoid any
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Premise: 4/5 Stars
Actual Plot: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5 Stars
Action: 2/5 Stars
Romance: 2/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday is a companion standalone novel to her Hollow Trilogy. Although this is a companion novel, I don't think you necessarily have to read the other series before this one (at least I didn't). It is set in the same world with a few of the characters from the other series making an appearance at the end. Overall I thought this was an
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Cyn Hargrave is on the run after blacking out, and waking up covered in blood and her boyfriend, Hunter, dead next to her. After hiding out in a small town for a few months, things start to go downhill for her with her blacking out more often and a cop from her home town, Sleepy Hollow. With her being able to influence people, her blacking out and seeing other people’s faces in the mirror Cyn finally turns to an unl
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Beautiful and the Damned is a great book. I have to say that the cover just does not do it justice. I mean I loved every minute of it. I could not put it down. This is one of those dark stories that drags you in and keeps you there because you need to see where it is going.I felt so bad for Cyn because she is experiencing so much and she just can't figure out what the hell is going on.

Cyn keeps having these crazy blackouts and when she has them she sees and does things that she does not rem
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A spin off series from the hollow series...... GIVE ME GIVE ME!!!! When i read that i automatically wanted to read this book. October 1st hurry up, up, up!
Oct 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading her other books, I was disappointed in this one. Just couldn't get into it. I couldn't get interested in the characters or the story-line.
Candace Wondrak
I enjoyed this way better than the Hollow trilogy. There was actually kind of a plot in this one? (Even though the ending felt completely rushed, and I was hoping for a bit more romance between our two alternating MCs). Then again, I did enjoy Cyn's character the moment she was introduced in the Hollow trilogy. She was way more interesting than Abbey.
Lennon Young
This singular companion piece to the too-long and too-dull Hollow Trilogy easily blew all three of those books straight out of the water. This is the story Jessica Verday should have been telling from the beginning, not Abbey and Caspian's schlocky snore-fest.
Lisa Valentine
Quick, easy, and entertaining read. But the Hollow trilogy was much better, and I wished this spin off had more Abbey/Caspian in it.
The reading girl
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It I should a really slow book but I still really liked it. I hope Jessica Verday writes more books that way she can keep her status as one of my favorite authors.
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The Beautiful and the Damned completely confused me. At first, without reading the synopsis, I was a little lost and didn't understand what was Avian or if there were more like Avian a
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) Partrick
Cyn is on the run from her life right now, starting over with a new identity. If only she wasn't blacking out and losing chunks of time where someone else has control of her body, using it to do horrifying things. What is sharing Cyn's body? And did it cause her to kill her boyfriend Hunter, the love of her life? Maybe with the help of Avian, also known as Thirteen, who is a Revenant and belongs in neither Heaven or Hell. Half angel and half demon, Avian no longer wants to get mixed up with Echo ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Cyn is constantly on the run, between her nighttime job as a waitress, her numerous wigs that she uses for disguises, to the tiny sparse room that she rents, life can’t get any worse. Torn between the visions and scant memories of the night her boyfriend Hunter was murdered, Cyn can’t let her guard down for even a moment, lost in the fact that she doesn’t have full memories of the night her boyfriend was killed. Is she responsible for killing Hunter, or can someone else be blamed for his ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
The Beautiful and the Damned is dark and beautifully damned paranormal romance, that will enchant and ignite your passion for for reading. The first book in a spin-off series to the Hollow series, fans of Jessica Verday will absolutely not be disappointed. Cleverly compelling and intriguing, it's filled with dark romance, an unlikely pairing, and more danger than one could hope for. Verday does not disappoint, as she fills the novel full of dark, haunting, and entertaining characters and plo ...more
Mary (BookHounds)

Growing up, Cyn has always seen faces in the mirror other than her own. Now sixteen, she has started blacking out, not remembering anything about her lost time. When she wakes up covered in her boyfriend's blood and convinced she murdered him, she panics and runs from Sleepy Hallow to a small town in New York. Cyn finds that she can make people bend to her wishes and make them do anything for her without them remembering. She coerces people to "loan" her cars, give her larger
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
So I did like this book because Verday is a great writer who keeps me hooked, but this book fell flat for me. Now the book was very creative which I enjoyed. Each character had something unique about them and a story. The book had great characters and I liked them all for different reasons. I loved Cyn because she was so strong and badass. She constantly blamed herself for things out of her control. But she was still so independent and didn't need anyone. Thirteen was pretty much the same, but m ...more
Ava Rose
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the book “The Beautiful and the Damned”, I had mixed feelings on how I felt about it. But, I would have to rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

At the beginning, it is kind of hard to follow the plot and the book moves really slowly. This is not the genre of book I would typically choose, as I have never really liked books that involved supernatural or horror themes such demons or souls being moved between bodies. Nonetheless, I continued reading and once I got about halfway through this bo
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend reviewing what happened in the Hollow series before reading this. I completely forgot who Cyn was and what characters were what. You do eventually find out, but it’s nice to refresh you memory. I loved the Hollow series, so I was excited when I found out about this spin-off. I was hoping that it would be set in Sleepy Hollow, but most of it was set in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. I don’t think I ever read a book set in New Hampshire, and this book didn’t really describe the setting ...more
Short and Sweet:

First of all, I have not read The Hollow trilogy, so my review might not be as gushy as it would have been if I saw the connections between The Beautiful and the Damned and this beloved series as this is a companion novel. However, I did enjoy this story quite a bit. Cyn was an extremely intriguing character, as was Avian and the story itself was well developed and entertaining.

To Elaborate....

Cyn isn't sure what's going on, but lately her blackouts and episodes have been increa
Well I loved this one, I did not think I would but after one chapter in I was hooked and it took me all of one day to get to the end! Verday did an amazing job captivating me in this intense and dark story. Cyn is dealing with so much trying to figure out just who she is or what and why she has such crazy and horrible luck. Her blackouts have resulted in some horrifying things she just cant run from.

Now Cyn is in Sleepy Hollow and things are going to get crazy. I just loved how this one was a l
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review can be found here.

This book was short, sweet and to the point and that isn't a bad thing. It was a fairly quick read but it still held a lot of detail and action and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I am the kind of person who hates when authors drag out books, 500 page books that could have been written better in under 300 pages.

The story was your typical bad boy saves the day story with a love triangle, if that's what you want to call what happened at the end, and supernatural aspect
Originally posted at Escape Through the Pages by a guest reviewer.

The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday is a novel steeped in suspence and the macabre.

This being a companion novel to The Hollow trilogy I would highly recommend going back and re-acquainting yourself with Abbey’s life in Sleepy Hollow. This story deserves to be read without that annoying feeling of not quite remembering what a revenant actually is, or the first time we were introduced to Cyn, our main character.

Although I
I don't know what I was expecting, but this book wasn't it.

It's been a while since I've read a YA novel this dark. I haven't read the original series, but I'm guessing it's similar?

Cyn, our MC, is running from a murder she may or may not have committed. She drinks, she smokes, and she has some sort of mind control she uses to get money and cars. Under all that is a heart of gold (or at least silver). Avian's a Revenant (which makes more sense if you've read the original series, I'm still not su
Lydia Jones
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
After completing The Hollow trilogy which I very much fell in love with, another book that featured the beloved Caspian and Abbey was one to read. At first I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this novel, however it greatly surprised me. I loved it. It shown a different side to Jessica Verday's novel's. Firstly, the characters characteristics were incredibly different from what is usually portrayed. Cyn's tough girl act, swearing frequently and entire different image was a strange taking for the pro ...more
Nancy Morales
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a great but, it has pieces of romance, mystery, murders, bits of creatures that are a mix of a weird weird mutant and human. The book is a about the girl Cyn tries to run from her dark past she always tries to hide but the past always seems to follow her everywhere she goes. The town that she's in is safe for a couple of months until the brother of the boyfriend she killed, tracks her down. This book was super intense that I didn't want to put the book down at any moment no matter came up, ...more
Jules Goud
Not a bad book. Stupid me just didn't realize that it is a companion book to "The Hollow" series that Verday wrote.

This book was exactly what I needed. Fast, easy to read and good.

It was a little cheesy, but less cheesyness then I thought that it was going to be. It was short and sweet.

I also enjoyed the ending. I thought that it was the perfect ending for the novel. It wasn't wrapped up in a pretty bow, but you know enough to know where the characters are going. So, you can make up your own
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Jessica Verday is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hollow Trilogy, published by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. She wrote the first draft of THE HOLLOW by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of THE HAUNTED took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. THE HIDDEN took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. Find out m ...more