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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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
No matter where she went, danger followed.
And it horrified her. Just as it thrilled her.

I did end up quite enjoying The Beautiful. Let's face it, mix in some scary vamps with a sexy forbidden romance and how bad can it be? Still, there were a number of issues that prevented me from loving it. But it is a book for teens, and after nine years on Goodreads I'm somewhat less of a teen than I was when I started. So I don't feel like being too harsh.

It's 1872 and Celine Rousseau has just arrived in
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
not to be over dramatic or anything but the decline in popularity of vampire stories is one of the most disappointing decisions we’ve made as a modern society and I'm glad that's being remedied
Sabaa Tahir
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I say this with all seriousness: please let 2019 be the year we bring back vampires in YA
chan ☆
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
definitely not for everyone, but it WAS for me :)
jessica
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
if theres one city that promises the haunting presence of the paranormal, its new orleans. and i, for one, am so happy the crescent city is finally being showcased in all is vampire glory.

i was actually very worried to read this. its one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and the reviews that have been popping up have been a little less than positive. but either i read a different ARC or i am just a simple girl who doesnt need much to be entertained, because i found this to be quite
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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When this book was announced, everyone was like, "Woohoo! Vampires are back!" And I was sitting there in the corner, swathed in black and clutching a glass of wine, thinking to myself, "Fools! For some of us, vampires never left." You see, I love vampire stories and always have. For many, TWILIGHT was the "gateway book" into vampire fiction, but I'd been reading L.J. Smith's Night World and Bram Stoker's Dracula and Amelia
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2 Stars

I'm kind of torn on what I want to rate this and how I want to review it. On one hand, I definitely found myself flying through the pages and being very interested in how things would play out...but on the other hand, I was also left with this feeling of unfulfilled satisfaction the whole time I was reading it.

But let's back up a little bit.

When I learned about this book, I was excited. This was my first Ahdieh book (although I have a couple of hers sitting on my shelf waiting to be
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Roshani Chokshi
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.
Renée Ahdieh
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
IDK . . . I guess if you like vampires and stuff, you’ll probably dig it ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The October Fairyloot Unboxing! I hope I love this book!! Click on the GOODIES LINK below to see the goodies.

THE GOODIES LINK OMG

WELL SON OF A DAMN BISCUIT EATER!! I didn’t like it at all . Okay, I’m gonna have to drop all my book boxes if they don’t give me more books to love because it’s a waste of money. Thank goodness the goodies were freaking amaze balls!

I was worried when I saw it was this author as I didn’t like one of her other books. She’s just not for me but I’m glad other people
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh lalala the idea of a book takes place in NOLA, one of my mystic, magical, gothic, entertaining city to pass a good time excited me so much. Mardi Gras celebrations, a crowded streets with its people dancing 24/7, delicious jazz quartets, boat tours around Mississippi river, cocktails at Carousel Bar and tours at the haunted places still perform voodoo (Wow! This city summons the witch hid inside me!)

And of course it’s so normal to expect something spectacular from the author of “Wrath and
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 06, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
*sobs* I hate that I wasn't able to push through this one, but I think it's just a case of my not being compatible with the story. Life's too short to force myself to read a book that I probably wouldn't give a glowing review to, so please try this one for yourself and come back and tell me what a party pooper I am later. <3
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
DNF @ page 259: This just.. was not what I thought it was going to be and I am sad. I may pick it back up again in October, but I am not risking a slump this close to the ContemporaryAThon onto the next one! ...more
Umairah | Sereadipity
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

Usually, I can't stand vampire books but I trusted Renée Ahdieh to write one that I'd enjoy and I'm glad that I did. The Beautiful was a glamorous, mysterious read- set in 1872, New Orleans- that had me spellbound throughout and I'm so excited for its sequel.

Celine Rousseau was a dressmaker in Paris until a terrible event forced her to flee her life there and start a new one in the dazzling city of New Orleans. Soon, she became caught up in a gruesome murder
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Warda
Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: put-down-for-now
Not in the mood for this book at the moment. I'm craving something light-hearted and cute, funny. Possibly something that will make me cry... evidently my mood is all over the place.

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I don’t know nothing about this book other than the fact that it is about vampires.
Please don’t flop!

Buddy reading with Nadhira!
C.G. Drews
I'm surprisingly okay with the fact vampires are making a comeback. And this definitely was gothic and darkly rich. It took a while for vampires to actually do their vampirey thing. Basically...the last 100pages But it was building it up, okay!!! The immortal kids need time time to reveal their secrets!!! They need to flirt darkly first!

It followed Celine, a girl fleeing from Paris to New Orleans after committing a dark deed. So it was also hugely about feminism, about women striking out
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Erin
I received this book through Bookish.com

It breaks my heart to not give this book 5 stars.

If I had to describe The Beautiful using one word that word would be....

Fine.

The Beautiful was just fine. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I just expected so much more out of this book. The Beautiful was probably my most anticipated book of 2019 and in the end it just left me feeling meh.

The characters were bland.

There were barely any cool vampires

The romance was meh.

The Beautiful's only saving
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☽ TheBibliotheque
Oh hell. Like we say in Spanish, all my joy went down a freaking pit.

Alright, I have a lot of stuff to say and not a clue as to how to say it, so I’ll just start vomiting it all out.

Let’s start with the fact that I have been thirsty for this book since I first heard of it. Basically because (a) vampires (b) New Orleans and (c) vampires again. And if you are thinking of leaving some bad shit about Twilight on the comments, please save it, because here we stan sparkling vampires. Anyway, going
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Olivia
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings
I--

I JUST--

I HAVE TO STAN OH MY GOD
Vibur
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Alright, I adore Ahdieh's writing but this—this was an unremitting turmoil of agony and closed eyes-why-oh-whys.

So. The story.
The story was tortuously slow. To put it simply, it was a meaningless garble of hem-hawing and non-answers and woe-is-me inner monologuing. Now, I pushed through because I wanted to see the plot unfold at some point in time, but for the first half of this novel next to nothing happens—and at which point, I was deliberating whether or not to put an end to my suffering
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Mary S. R.
Apr 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Mary by: Niklaus Mikaelson
[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
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Lucy Langford
2**

This book was so meh. I was excited to delve in again and read about blood sucking vampires... and instead it just sucked out all the enjoyment from a book.

The first half of this was probably a 3- I loved the allure and details of New Orleans and the possibilities of the supernatural.

... But that was it. Other than the setting of New Orleans everything else fell flat for me: there were too heavy/many descriptions of what the MC was wearing, not enough detail on the mysterious groups of
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Angelica
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
ok so 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!!!!



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Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Jan 03, 2019 marked it as tbr-highly-interested
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!

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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
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Lilith Black
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Oh... VAMPIRES! I didn't know I need them back in my life until now!!!
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Oct 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
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'. :)

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Maryam
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
”We forget our dreams, but nightmares linger with us evermore.”

Okay. I just finished this book so I’ll try to piece what I’m thinking as much as I can.

To say that this was a disappointment would be an understatement. I’m frustrated by how some things turned out. And a little sad that I couldn’t seem to enjoy it as much as I wanted to :(
I wanted to read this book for New Orleans, the vampires and Renée’s writing style.
Here are some thoughts I had while reading the book (that I’ve written down)
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
“It's easy to lose sight of what's real when you're lost in the stars.”

representation: characters of colour (mc is half Korean, male MC is black and Puerto Rican, side characters include Portuguese rep, Indian rep and Chinese rep, lesbian rep.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


・゚: *・゚:* 4 . 5 s t a r s *:・゚*:・゚

omgggg this was everything!!! I immediately fell in love with the setting, the characters and the main ship????? MY OTP. I honestly
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Emma
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 or 2 1/2 stars maybe???

Damn, I really wanted this to be the one that brought vampires back... or at least gave them a good showing.

Now you might think that my history of struggling with YA means that I probably shouldn't have been reading this anyway, but.... it's vampires. I will give anything a go if cold-to-touch sexy undead people are involved. Even the sparkly ones. One of the first UF series that got me hooked was (early) Anita Blake and it cemented my love for all things dead and
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