The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh
My Rating: ##/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.65/5
Published October 8th, 2019
This is not a full and comprehensive review, but merely a summary of my thoughts on the book.
#/5 – The plot is very limited and, in some instances, non-existent. Some chapters could’ve been stand-alone(s), as they add no value to the movement of the story.
###/5 – The structure is well-thought-out, but the pace is so slow, that I lost interest 30% in. I was ready to DNF at 40%. I pushed through as I was one of the first people to jump up and down about this book.
##/5 – Here is a city that has so much rich history and culture. The potential is limitless. If you think of New Orleans, you see vibrant colors and celebration, you hear music, you feel curious and intrigued by mystery and a little frightened of all the rumors and legends. All of this could’ve been a beautiful backdrop to a fast-paced, well-loved and complex story (helloooo The Originals ? ? ? ! ! ! !), but it was mentioned ONCE. There is ONE Mardi Gras carnival scene.
#/5 – The theme is unclear, and you are not even sure if there are actual vampires until much later in the book
###/5 – As with We Hunt the Flame, the characters are why I wanted to finish the book. The characters are well rounded. There are characters that you want to fall in love with and there are characters that you want to love-to-hate and hate-to-love. The characters are relatable and interesting.
#/5 – Most of the dialogue are thoughts and memories. Very little is spoken between characters and when done, feels disjointed and has you wondering: “what did I miss??”.