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The Beautiful

(The Beautiful #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  21,458 ratings  ·  4,783 reviews
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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Victoria LOTS. New Orleans has been a major fictional vampire hub since the 1970's and Anne Rice, George R. R. Martin's vampire novel also touched on the site.…moreLOTS. New Orleans has been a major fictional vampire hub since the 1970's and Anne Rice, George R. R. Martin's vampire novel also touched on the site. Poppy Z. Brite's too, if I remember correctly.
French vampire/vampire names have been a mainstay since the 19th century and Sheridan La Fanau . Saint Germain was the name of the vampire from the "Hotel Transylvania" series by Chelsea Quinn Yarbo (totally unrelated to the animated films).
Les Cour de Lions sounds a lot like "de Lioncourt" which was the last name of Anne Rice's main character.(less)
♥ WishfulMiss ♥ "...she celebrates the launch of her latest series, a quartet, with The Beautiful." …more"...she celebrates the launch of her latest series, a quartet, with The Beautiful." (less)
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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 i
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 s
chai ♡
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 ...more
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 :)
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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 Atwater-Rhode
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 splendi
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 rea
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 😘
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: mentions of rape; some gore

I ended up enjoying this way more than I thought I would!

First off, this is not a vampire book. I had heard that before reading, and definitely would have been disappointed if that’s what I was expecting. This is an atmospheric, gothic mystery set in New Orleans. The descriptions are lush, and the writing is a bit overdone at times, but overall I felt it was really immersive and I rushed through it. There is a “drawn together but kept apart by circumstances” angs
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 Da
Vibur (semi-hiatus)
Dec 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This… was a turmoil of agony and why-oh-whys.

First off, The Beautiful (oh, the irony) was a boring, meaningless garble of hem-hawing and woe-is-me-inner-monologuing. Now, I pushed through, hoping the plot would unfold at some point, but in the first half almost nothing happened—and so, I was deliberating whether or not to put an end to my suffering by suffocation, or y'know, by physically burying my face in this disappointing paper heap of a novel.
Side note: if you're going to write a novel abou
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.


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 l
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 ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
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!
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 agai
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 m
This was so good!! I don't know what it is about vampires—particularly vampires who live in the Southern U.S.—but I just can't get enough.

Celine Rousseau travels from her home country of France to New Orleans, where she will stay with a convent along with a group of other girls from Europe until they can each find a suitable husband. Celine makes friends with one of the others—a British girl called Pippa—but Celine find it difficult to fit in at the convent since her dressmaking skills aren't p
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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....


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 g
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing


Maryam Rz.
Apr 30, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maryam 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 Mikaels
Melanie (MelReads)

WHAT IS THIS ENDING?! How am I meant to sleep after this😭
Lucy Langford

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 peopl
Eliza ☽
The way the main characters kept quoting Shakespeare like it made them quirky and

The Beautiful is an apt name for this book, since the main characters are ludicrously beautiful for absolutely no reason at all. The protagonist is the most beautiful girl on the planet and everyone falls in love with her and thinks she's amazing, and of course her love interest is equally as beautiful and they're just both so fucking beautiful that they fall in love after about 4 interactions. Becaus
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
so apparently 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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Victoria ♡
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was actually incredible I’m speechless, I just finished less than 5 minutes ago and I’m trying to collect myself...I’m just wow

I honestly knew from the first chapter of this book that it would be something I just adored and I was soooo right. I kept putting off reading it because I wanted to stay in the world as long as I could, if I didn’t stop myself I would have finished this entire book on the first day easily.

This is the first book I’ve read from Ahdieh and holy hell her writing style
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes a girl must make her own magic"

When this book was first announced I was above the moon excited, could not wait a single second, counting down the days until its release. Then, early reviews started trickling in- a large proportion of them negative, and I started to have some doubts. I had read The Wrath and the Dawn duology and the Flame and the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- and not given any of the over 3 stars. Scared that this would let me down, I decided to wait until the hype died down a
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
— DNF @32% —

I blame my small tolerance for slow paced books. I literally can probably only enjoy 1 short paced book out of 10. Even then I need characters that intrigue me to keep me going and they were not doing it for me here.

The way I would describe the vibe of this book is The Diviners but make it about vampires rather than ghosts. I didn't even reach the part wherein the vampires were explicitly mentioned... I guess. But that never was a selling point to me so I didn't care much for it. And
Maggie ☘
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!


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
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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