The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful #1)

Oh my book Lord ! Forgive me for not listening to your advise. Seriously My book lord, My book soulmate, Swati, had warned me that a book that voluminous would be filled with data upon data, words upon words but less meat for the content. That is exactly what happened. In actual the content could be summed in just mere first few and last few pages of the book. That would be good to go. The beautiful was definitely not beautiful to me.

The Beautiful Official Synopsis

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 underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

The Beautiful Official Synopsis

I left hope midway and started skim reading the whole book. To me the book was a mix of Anne Rice novels and Discovery of Witches series. The components and ingredients were all there but presentation was too exhaustive. The book’s actual plot lies in very few words but the inner monologues and feelings just crams the entire book so much that you lose track of what is happening. After a point it simply becomes too hard to focus. With a heroine who keeps mumbling and talking to herself a little too much to the point of making you drive your nails on walls till they bleed, the book can be a bit intimidating

What surprised me was that inspite of the volume, actual plot developments were very less. Apart from characters presenting themselves in a scene and running 100 pages of dialogues , and inner monologues, under a single breath, actual events were very less. Almost like a stage drama where characters through dialogues paint you what might happen or have happened.

And like any true vampire novels, the beautiful too had to show its reverence to the ultimate vampire heaven- Twilight.
There was even an actual twilight moment.
“Ask me who I am ?” “Say it” “Say it loud”

Luckily nobody was blinging and shining like a diamond under the sun. Phew !! a bullet dodged there


In conclusion, If you love a little extended, drawn out plot, then you might love the book. But if you are an impatient one like me, and can’t sit through heavy loads of emotions and inner turmoils, Skip the middle, like seriously and get to the end.

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