The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh Review

When this was released it was marketed as “the book to bring back vampires.” I knew immediately I had to pre-order it.

In 1872, Celine Rousseau found sanctuary in New Orleans. After fleeing from Paris she takes up residence in a local convent. Her skill as a dressmaker gets her an invitation to the world of La Cour de Lions. While there a girl from Celine’s convent is found dead. Celine suspects Sebastian Saint Germain, the courts leader. Celine has to fight her attraction and her suspicion. to discover who is killing the girls in her community. All the while, she is getting pulled deeper and deeper into the underworld.

I have several thoughts on this. The first being, there are not many vampires. If I had not have read the summary and the reviews I would not have known it was a vampire story until the end of the book.

Celine was an interesting character in the beginning. Toward the end I felt like she became one-dimensional. The only thing I really know about her is she makes dresses and she is stubborn. There is very little character growth. Also, a lot of time was spent saying that she is “two sides of the same coin” but not a lot of action on Celine’s part to back that up. She is supposed to have underlying darkness but nothing really built that up. It is just said multiple times.

The mystery part of the story was the only thing that saved it for me. I would not have guessed the ending. The only problem is there was no resolution. If anything part of the story is unwound at the end. It is an interesting way to set up the next book, but I don’t think I will continue on with the series. I know I gave this three stars in my October Wrap Up, but the more I am thinking on it I have decided to drop my Goodreads score to two stars. I am just really unsatisfied and have so many unanswered questions. I did enjoy the gothic vibes the author created, but there is just so much more I want from it.

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