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The Beautiful


Series
The Beautiful

by
Renée Ahdieh

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781524738174

Awards and Honors
Entertainment Weekly Best YA Books - 2019
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
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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 Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

448

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

6.2: points 16

Lexile

840L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2019

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Supernatural creatures. Dressmaking. Murder. New Orleans, Louisiana. Nineteenth-century US history. Mystery and detective stories. Secret societies. Convents. Serial killers. Vampires.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Marceline “Celine” Rousseau flees 1872 France with a dark secret. She finds refuge in a New Orleans convent with other girls her age hoping to find husbands, something Celine isn’t sure she wants, until she meets the charming and mysterious Bastien, member of La Cour des Lions. Celine takes readers with her as she pierces Bastien’s supernatural world while a killer who has struck fear into the city appears to be stalking her. Detective Michael Grimaldi investigates the killer and withholds details of his own cryptic past with Bastien. Grimaldi is quick to call out ­Celine’s ruses even while admiring her from afar. The large cast showcases the diversity of New Orleans, including Celine who is half Asian, although her father insisted she keep that a secret, while Bastien is part African-American. Ahdieh pays homage to the time period with detailed descriptions of a rich setting. The paranormal elements of the plot struggle as more time is spent being evasive than fleshing out the world with concrete details, making it difficult to understand what’s happening at times. The first in a series, this mystery novel shines when it focuses on Celine and her struggle to fit into society while trying to be true to herself. Although Celine has the main point of view, shadowy characters have short chapters throughout the story, including the killer who has dragged her into his tale of vengeance. Purchase for libraries where vampire stories have never gone out of fashion.

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