The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)

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—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underw...

Details The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)

TitleThe Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
Release DateOct 8th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance

Reviews The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)

  • 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.I...
  • Sabaa Tahir
    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 cours...
  • chan ☆
    definitely not for everyone, but it WAS for me :)
  • jessica
    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 ent...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWhen 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 B...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
    2 StarsI'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 co...
  • Renée Ahdieh
    IDK . . . I guess if you like vampires and stuff, you’ll probably dig it IDK . . . I guess if you like vampires and stuff, you’ll probably dig it 😘
  • 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 OMGWELL 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 othe...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 so...
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    Plot: 5/5Characters: 5/5Writing: 5/5Usually, 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...
  • Vibur (Christmas hiatus)
    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 delibe...
  • Erin
    I received this book through Bookish.comIt 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...
  • ☽ 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, beca...
  • Olivia
  • 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, n...
  • Emma
    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 ...
  • Maryam
    ”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...
  • 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 se...