The Beautiful by Renee Ahideh

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YA tends to be a hit or miss for me, and this one was truly a hit in my opinion! It had been touted as the book that was ‘bringing vampires back’, and this was better than most of the vampire books from back when the vampire craze was at its peak. It had a pretty interesting setting of New Orleans in the 19th century, and the protagonist Celine Rousseau was also pretty cool. Celine, a dressmaker, had been sent to live in a convent in New Orleans after she had done something terrible. She gets mixed up with the mysterious ‘Court of the Lions’, and is drawn to one of their members, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. But there seems to be more to the ‘court’ than meets the eye, and when a string of murders starts to occur, Celine takes it upon herself to try find out what is happening. I thought the book had a great atmosphere, great characters and an interesting plot. The only problem I had with this book was that at times, the way some people talked in this book felt a tad too modern. But then, I realize this was written for teen audiences and it might have been done this way to appeal to them. Overall, a fun read.



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