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The Beautiful Ones

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  12,195 ratings  ·  2,639 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously aw
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 27th 2021 (first published October 24th 2017)
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Aug 09, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance, historical
Note: For people who only know me for Mexican Gothic, I should warn you all my books tend to straddle different genres and have a very different feel for one another. This is very much a novel of manners and a romance, much closer in tone to Gods of Jade and Shadow than some of my other work and very far from Mexican Gothic.

April 2021: New edition is out!

Feb 2021: First chapter online:

December 2020:Review copies via Netgalley

November 2020: Updated descr
mina reads™️
As elizabeth bennett would say: this made me “completely, perfectly and incandescently happy”

4.5 stars
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Lala BooksandLala
Aug 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
vlog (reading authors for the 3rd time) ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel I have read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a slow burn of a beautifully written, character driven historical romantic drama with a small element of the fantastical, emulating the likes of Jane Austen, set in the fictional city of Losail in the early 20th century. The young and naive Antonina 'Nina' Beaulieu, loves insects such as beetles and butterflies, has the gift of telekinesis, a source of shame for her family, a gift she is unable to control but which comes to the fore wh ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Silvia Moreno Garcia’s books! I really do! If I had a chance to give Gods of Jade and Shadow or Mexican Gothic ten shiny stars I would do it instantly!

When I read the blurb which excited me about its paranormal vibes ( since I’ve read Carrie when I was 13, my special interest about telekinesis has been growing for years) and romance parts made me intrigued!

But... this book’s genre is closer to historical telenovella. Most of the book is about love triangle. My favorite heroine Nina wa

The Beautiful Ones is a great example of Moreno-Garcia's fluid and engaging writing style.

The romance was subtle and delicate, yet still intriguing. While reading, I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of a magical version of Thackeray's, Vanity Fair.

The atmosphere is thick with old-world, upper-class traditions and excesses; easily transporting the reader to the streets and parties of the fictional city of Loisail.

I was swept away.

The main characters were just quirky enough
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
ahhh that was simply jane austenian perfection <3 definitely a new favourite!
Grace A.
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Beautiful Ones was a delightful read. The writing was cozy and embracing. It was easy to fall in love with the main character, Nina Beaulieu despite her naïveté and free spirit, in fact, it made her all the more lovable. And the mean girl of the story, Valérie Beaulieu, her cousin’s wife, was easy to hate. She was a model of beauty in what seemed like a renaissance era. Reputation was everything and Valérie will sell her proverbial soul to stay on top of the social ladder. She was cunning an ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF 50%. Soap operas are, at their most basic, stories about emotionally compromised people making shitty decisions. I'm not categorically opposed to this, but I went into The Beautiful Ones thinking it would be a fantasy of manners set in an alternate Belle Epoque, and what I got was the very soapiest of soaps.

Ten years ago, Valerie Veries was secretly engaged to penniless telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. Under pressure from her family, she married a wealthy man of society instead. Now the
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones offers readers a kaleidoscope of nostalgic trimmings – a splash of Austen, a dash or two of the Bronte Sisters, with an early modernist garnish. Set in a fantasy (alt history?) version of post-industrial France but dealing mainly with an aristocratic class resembling the landed gentry of the British, the novel’s plot centers around a nouveau riche entertainer, Hector Auvray, who returns home after many years abroad to rekindle an old flame, by way of the ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, favorites
Happy release day!

I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I can confidently say that I think Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the best writers ever. Her style and ability to craft a narrative is unmatched in my opinion. After reading and loving Gods of Jade and Shadow, I have slowly been making my way through the rest of her books. When I saw this one was up on NetGalley, I could not pass up the chance.

The Beautiful Ones was originally published in 2017, but it is gettin
Oct 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
this was the messiest shit I’ve ever read. I LOVED IT
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, arcs
↠ 4 stars

When I say I would throw any current read out the window to read an impending release by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, I mean it. Antonina Beaulieu is a fish out of water, sent to the city of Loisail to stay with her cousin and his wife as she prepares for her first grand season where she will hopefully find a husband. Unfortunately she's been dropped straight into a world she is both ill prepared and ill fitted for. Drawn to Hector Auvray, a performer who shares in the same telekinetic abiliti
Althea ☾
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s ability to jump from genre to genre, write completely different stories, but still have the same touch, astounds me.

This has the echos of the likes of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices and The Last Hours but make it a little more magical realism than fantasy. I would have wanted more magic and nuance that explores the socialite society but this was the historical romance I needed before reading Jade Legacy and I thank it for it's service.

the first 70% of this book is
K.J. Charles
There is a literary niche which is 'Austenish comedy of manners but with fantasy' (Jo Walton's Tooth and Claw, for one) and this is in it. It's basically a romance between an older man and a young woman from a wealthy family, both of them on the edge of 'the best society' and manipulated by her cousin, his ex lover. The fantasy element is that they are both telekinetics, which is regarded as a bit of a low habit by the best people. Comedy of manners is not my thing at all, and I kind of felt I w ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Antonina "Nina" Beaulieu has arrived in the city of Loisail for her first Grand Season with the hopes of finding the love of her life to marry. She's been sent to live with Valérie Beaulieu who will oversee Nina as she attends balls and mingles among the high society. Nina coming from wealth should have no problem finding a husband with one exception, she has telekinetic powers that she hasn't been able to control leaving her the subject of gossip.

When Nina meets Hector Auvray who happens to be
Hmmm I think this book and I did not fit well together given my literary tastes. When a book includes romance, I prefer the characters to feel developed outside of their romantic interests and relationships. These characters’ lives and actions felt very centered on their romantic pursuits, which may feel fine for some though left me wanting more. I think I wanted more from the writing too.

I will say I found Valerie’s treatment of Nina sad and interesting. Valerie has faced gender oppression thro
This was lovely and reader, I hugged this book at the end (I might also have read the ending a few times)
Set in an imagined world inspired by La Belle Epoque, this is a beautiful slow burning story of a love scorned and a love found. Not so much a fantasy, this story of beauty and manners could be set in early 20th century Europe with the aristocrats creating a beautiful world of balls and wealth and scorning those who have made money but are not from the landed families. There is a slight magical element to the story with the two main characters possessing telekinetic ability, which is acceptable ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve often been asked for advice from friends who are interested in giving audiobooks a try, but are worried that they might have trouble getting into them. In response, I always say that starting with a good book and a good narrator is key, but also important is finding a story well-suited to the format. While it’s true some books simply work best in prose form, there are also plenty of times where I’ve come across audiob
Jan 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read with Ekene

There has only been one Silvia Morena-Garcia book I have given less than 5 stars, and that was Certain Dark Things.

How do you rate a book where you hated all of the characters, but loved the story? (Like this, I suppose.)

I find Hector nearly as ruthless as Valérie, but he gets cut some slack because he is a man. On that front, he is one of the aforementioned witches, as he is able to perform telekinesis. He is a stage performer that has made his own money, but the Beautiful
This was my first time reading a novel of manners and I really enjoyed it. I'm honestly not surprised because Silvia Moreno-Garcia is fantastic in any genre she writes in. As always, this was a very character driven story and the pacing was slow. However, it was full of melodrama so it was never boring. I really liked Hector and Nina and thought their romance was sweet. However, if you prefer steamy romances this may not be for you.

The antagonist was complex and interesting. I can't remember th
Jan 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up! Its been a while since I read Jane Austen but like major Jane Austen vibes for this book. With bonus superpowers!

The Beautiful Ones follows our main characters in an basically Victorian-esque society with a few twists. Though actually its like the 20s since there are cars so maybe the JA vibes were too powerful for me to properly place this in time? Uh anyways. Hector comes to the city in order to chase a long lost love, Valerie who married a rich man instead of poor Hector ten
Sep 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: insane-women
Maybe 4.5

This novel very much lives in the legacy of 19th century great American novels about young women in love, traveling to Europe, meeting men and their conniving exes. I was enamored and impressed by the delicately woven line between fantasy and history, and the masterful portraits of a naive and quirky young woman, a sullen rejected gentleman, and the most scorpio female character I have ever encountered in fiction. This fictional French society and the world and characters built in it fe
This author is versatile! The previous book of hers I read was a very original vampire story. It was so good that I kept an eye out for what she wrote next. I had to wait a long time for the gap between the hard cover release and it’s kindle release of this book, but it was so worth the wait! This is the love child of The Age of Innocence and The Illusionist. I was in the edge of my seat from about 60% wondering how it would turn out. I feared the worst and hoped for the best. Recommended.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2021
This was a wonderful, well paced, slightly paranormal romance. It’s so well written that I could feel myself being pulled into and through the story as all the problems and schemes kept the couple apart.
The beautiful ones in the title refers to the nobles and high society, old names, old wealth and all the gossip, intrigue and constraints that follow from that especially when it comes to women’s behaviour.
The main characters in the story are the beautiful Valerie (old family name, no money), who
Seeing Gaeton finally stand up to his fucking viper of a wife was ... so gratifying I did a dance in happiness I fingered my book and was laughing jsut about as unhinged as his wife is.

I love Nina, as I love all of SMGs main characters. But I also love Hector, and how romantic and soft yet how distinctly different this is from Gods of Jade and Shadow. SMG is easily an auto buy author I love this story 😭 I love her brain and thank god for the publishing gods for republishing this.

Second read: 10
Dannii Elle
The Beautiful Ones are Losail's wealthiest and most elite social figures. They are the ones of old money, notable names, and good breeding. Anyone outside of their circles might wear the same clothing labels or dine in the same establishments but they will always lack that certain something that allows them into the inner-circle.

Country girl, Nina, might also come from wealth, but she cares little for the pomp and fakery of city life. She is determined to make a good impression, if only for her
Feb 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022
perfect start to finish
Jul 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
He missed her already.
“I think she wanted nothing from me,” Hector added, “nothing at all but to let her love me.”

I had a completely different idea of what this book would be like when I first picked it up. I expected it to lean more towards magical realism or fantasy, but it was actually a modern rendition of a Jane Austen novel. In fact, I almost dnfed it at the 25-30% mark. I'm not an Austen girlie, I'm barely a historical romance one. So the fact that this book was able to keep me going
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of several novels, including Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow and Untamed Shore. She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. ...more

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