The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones

In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.Yet dazzling telekinetic...

Details The Beautiful Ones

TitleThe Beautiful Ones
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreFantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, Young Adult, Historical Romance, Did Not Finish

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    This was lovely and reader, I hugged this book at the end (I might also have read the ending a few times)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Hadeer
    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...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Rodrigues
    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 ...
  • Janet Robel
    This is an interesting love story. There is a light touch of paranormal because the two main protagonists have telekinetic abilities. I would have loved to see more use of these gifts in the book. The plot and romance are slow developing and well-written, which make it all the more sweeter. I honestly wasn't a big fan of Hector through most of the book, but he grew on me with the way the author had me understanding his point of view. Antonina, or...
  • Danya
    Review to come!
  • Rachel
    Wow, you guys. Just wow. I've read one of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's novels before (Certain Dark Things), but this one really tops not only that work of hers but also a lot of other books I've read this year so far. The Beautiful Ones is a beautiful novel. It reads very much like a classic in a lot of ways, and it often reminded me of a Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte novel. It tells the story of Hector Auvrey and Nina Beaulieu - a heartbroken ma...
  • Rendz
    I'm kind of dead. This was so good.______Full review also on blog!I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Going in all I really knew was that this novel was about manners, telekinesis and romance. Well telekinesis is like magic, so Rendz is instantly pulled in and as aforementioned, I am a hopeless romantic so I was ready to ship!ship!ship! The manners bit is was really had me going “hmmm”…because I didn’t know what would become of this. ...
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received an ARC of The Beautiful Ones from Netgalley. I requested it because I had heard a lot of praise for Moreno-Garcia’s previous writing.The book does not have marginalised characters. Some people think diverse books means marginalized characters. This is also a diverse book, since the author is Mexican-Canadian. Both kinds of diverse books are important, and the focus ...
  • The Lit Bitch
    3.5 stars There was something about this book cover that reminded me of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series. I kind of thought that I was going to read a steampunk-esque romance with a little paranormal thrown in.But considering that I have not actually read the Finishing School series, I think I can safely say that I had no idea what this book was going to be about other than maybe something YA with magic.In many ways this novel was just w...