After running away from her life in Paris, Celine goes to New Orleans. She is enchanted by the city but soon becomes involved with the Court of Lions, a group of glamorous non-humans. However, people are being killed and Celine takes it upon herself to find the killer because they seem to be targeting people close to her.
Spoiler Free Review:
I have read The Wrath & The Dawn and Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, though I couldn’t get myself to read either of their sequels. I really enjoyed the former, but not so much for the latter. I was really excited about The Beautiful because I am ready for a vampire revival, but unfortunately, this was not it.
This book was just so slow and everything was described in such detail. I felt like so much of the food, clothes, and locations were described in order to build atmosphere, but it just didn’t work. This wasn’t a short book, but it felt like the plot was enough to fill maybe 250 pages, so I’m not sure where all that other time went. There were so many things that I ended up being confused about because there wasn’t enough explanation done earlier on.
One of my biggest pet peeves is word repetition, and this book was full of it. The word “murderess” was used so many time and it drove me absolutely nuts. Also, “creme de la creme” was used twice in this book. I have in my written notes that “creme de la creme should be used once every 100 books, not twice in the same book” and I think that sums up my feelings on that well.
There was also an obnoxious amount of French in this book. I get that this also helps build atmosphere, but it got to the point where I just skipped over anything in French. I don’t know a word of French and there were only translations given every once in a while.
I ended up pretty much skimming the last 100 pages. I didn’t care about any of the characters or any of their relationships. So many of the reveals toward the end felt random and forced.
There were just so many things that I did not like about this book. I was holding out because I kept hoping it would get better, but it just kept getting worse.
I’m not really going to follow Renee Ahdieh’s releases after this. I just don’t think I mesh with her writing.