The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones

A young woman finding her wayIt is Antonina Beaulieu's first Grand Season in the elegant city of Loisail. A chance to take her place in high society, to find a suitable husband, and to leave her checkered past behind. Because Antonina possesses telekinetic powers, powers she can't control, that have made her the subject of cruel gossip.A gentleman with a secretFamed telekinetic performer Hector Auvray is also new to the city. He arrives in Loisai...

Details The Beautiful Ones

TitleThe Beautiful Ones
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreFantasy, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Beautiful Ones

  • Candace Robinson
    This book was beautiful! It does have a slow pace and very character driven, but I was never bored at all. I kept wanting to turn each page! There is heartbreak and moments where I wanted to slap a certain character. Hector... Hector... Hector... I wanted to shake you so much in the beginning, but I still love you. The atmosphere was breathtaking and the prose was awesome! Also, loved Antonina's love of insects! Review on my blog https://literary...
  • Gary
    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 m...
  • Carrie
    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 goss...
  • Carolyn
    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 po...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’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 ...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    This was lovely and reader, I hugged this book at the end (I might also have read the ending a few times)
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: The Beautiful OnesSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Silvia Moreno-GarciaRelease date: October 24, 2017Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]There are some books you pick up and they immediately engross you, capturing your interest without pause. You flip through uncontrollably, pushed by a need to discover what's around the next corner until the very last page. This is not one of those. This is the kind with long (and boy, do I mean...
  • Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: reading and loving Certain Dark Things, I had no doubt I would read whatever Moreno-Garcia published next. That turned out to be The Beautiful Ones. Just from the synopsis I could tell it would be incredibly different from the vampire underground world created in Certain Dark Things, but I have to confess, I was hoping to still find a bit of that darkness in The Beautiful...
  • Wendi Lee
    *4.5 stars**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Wow! This book was not at all what I expected. There was a lot more romance than magic (both Hector and Nina are telekinetics). It reminded me of reading a Edith Wharton book with a bit of magic mixed in, complete with naive protagonists, scheming cousin-in-laws (the vicious Valerie) and bumbling suitors. The writing is beautiful, and although the pacing was sometimes s...
  • Emma
    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 ...
  • Steven
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, St. Martin's, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I've heard great things about Silvia Moreno-Garcia, certain great things about her book Certain Dark Things (see what I did there???). I haven't had a chance yet to read it, though I did buy it earlier this year to read, but when I saw this on Netgalley, I had to give it a shot. Telekinesis talked about as if it's relati...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley # 11Many thanks go to Silvia Moreno-Garcia, St. Martin Press, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.The Beautiful Ones have the money, the class, the position in society. Valerie is one; Nina should be if she weren't such a country bumpkin; Hector not so much but he may have enough money made from his telekinesis act to fit in. But Hector loves Valerie and Nina loves Hector. SOAP OPERA! This was...
  • Taryn Pierson
    I read 160 books last year, which was a record number for me since going back to full-time work a few years ago. While it felt like an achievement, upon reflection I realized my satisfaction with my reading life wasn’t any higher than the years when I read fewer books. In fact, the breakneck pace and the pressure to finish my current book in order to move on to the next sucked the joy out of the whole thing. It felt like an empty victory.I don...
  • carnovalesque
    Damn, I knew I was right to be excited about this book. It wasn't what I expected at all, but I was utterly enchanted, like, reading-on-the-subway-with-a-stupid-smile-on-my-face enchanted. I actually read half of this book in one day, reading into the night, so enamored I was. Moreno-Garcia has created captivating, vibrant characters in a novel written with grace and elegance. Immediately upon beginning this book, I felt like I was reading a Jane...
  • Meigan
    A tale of lost loves, newfound loves (and beetles!), The Beautiful Ones is definitely on my top 10 list of favorites for 2017. In a city ruled by manners and etiquette, country girl Nina doesn't quite fit in with the elite and Beautiful Ones of Loisail. Sent to the city to partake in the balls of the Grand Season in hopes of finding a husband, Nina knows that she's not like everyone else. She'd rather be catching butterflies on her family's count...
  • Emily
    3.5-4 starsThis was a really fun bit of historical fiction with a bit of fantasy. The fantasy element is light--this takes place in a fictional world that is reminiscent of France during the Belle Epoch, and several characters have telekinetic abilities, but that's the extent of fantastical elements.Really, this reads like a period romance. The first half was a bit slow, and I had some difficulty getting into it. However, by the time I got about ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyTHE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a sweeping historical romance with a dash of paranormal added in that feels almost incidental. Typically for this blog we review books that are a bit heavier on the paranormal/magic or even science fiction. While I enjoyed the plot (albeit a tad slow), the writing, and characters; I was left wondering what the real point of having characters with telekinesis in the story was. That f...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    Okay, so to start with Ii'm going to say that this is not a bad book. It isn't. Silvia's writing is actually beautiful, and I would definitely try to read another one of her books. But this is just one of those books that just didn't work for me. The Beautiful Ones is not a plot-based book. To be honest, there are only two main things I can name that happen. This book has three main characters; Nina (who is a complete sweetheart that I just wa...
  • Kira
    3.5 starsI have mixed feelings about this. It wasn't face paced, but I didn't want to stop reading either. The writing was good enough that I still liked it despite being aggravated at some of the things going on. The first half was so good. I wanted to know what would happen next because it was obvious whatever goal Hector was trying to achieve was going to blow up in his face. Nina was so innocent. I felt bad for her. I didn't like what Hector ...
  • Tessa
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review.I went into this book thinking I was going to get an angsty, historical PNR. NOPE. This is instead a historical romance with a hint of paranormal. In fact, the telekinesis, which I was looking forward to, was barely spoken of. It didn't really lend itself to creating a whole new land for a belle epoque type world. So, barring that, the book was okay. It did have some angst, tho...
  • wishforagiraffe
    This is very much a romance first and fantasy second, which was just what I needed when I read it. Because of that, I also flew through the book. I connected well with the characters, even the really despicable ones, and felt that they all were well developed, not one dimensional. That said, it was also a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it anyway. The magical elements were good, but honestly could have been any other quirk that two people share, a...
  • imyril
    I don't like romance novels. I find the adherence to tropes tiresome. I prefer romantic subplots, emotional nuances filling out and adding context to some other matter....but I liked this one, in the end. It took a while to win me over - I spent much of the first half frustrated - but I have consumed the second half in an afternoon, twisting and yelling and ultimately wiping a little tear from my eye.It's melodramatic, it's theatrical, but it's r...
  • Donna
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia has written a splendid novel. I have not read any of her books before, but am so glad that I won this ARC copy of The Beautiful Ones from Good Reads.It is a romantic, magical story of Antonina Beaulieu and Hector Auvray. Both are telekinetics only Hector makes his living by performing telekinetics for the public. This is truly a story of love lost and love found with the right touch of magic.I just really, really loved this b...
  • Rina
    The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is about a simple country girl, Nina Beaulieu, who has been sent to live with her cousins in the city of Loisail in hopes of finding a husband. Unfortunately, the man she wants, Hector, has been enamored with her cousin's wife, Valerie, for over a decade. An interesting love triangle unfolds after Hector begins to court Nina in an attempt to get Valerie back.Throughout this novel I found myself rooting f...
  • Karen
    See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren This story starts out pretty slow. Nina is living in Loisail and trying to learn etiquette from her retched cousin Valérie. Nina is young and naive and tries her best to fit in to formal society. When she learns that Hector is famous for his telekinetic powers on stage Nina is smitten by him and tries to learn how to control her powers as he does.Despite the slow start, I really enjoye...
  • Melliane
    4.5/5Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI was very curious to discover this novel when I heard about it but in the first reviews, several said that the story was not what they expected. It is true that if one expects a fantasy story, this is not the case here. I’d rather say it’s a historical romance with some distant paranormal elements and I really loved it!We discover Nina, a young country girl who returns to town to make her first seas...
  • Jessica ☕
    I loved this book. I loved it so hard. My favorite book I've read in a long time. I wasn't planning on reading this book in a single sitting, but once I started, I was powerless to stop.This stand-alone novel had the romantic feel of a classic, giving me the same feeling I had when I first read Love in the Time of Cholera or Anna Karenina. The characters are flawed and relatable; I even found myself sympathetic for the villain.The Beautiful Ones ...