The Beautiful- Renée Ahdieh

42265183New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

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.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

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My Review:

“Never forget this as long as you live. Words are weapons. And nothing else matters when the Devil has you by the balls.”

I love Vampires. They are dead, heartless, and like to drink blood. Can anything be more dreamy? So I was excited to see that they are bringing back the Vampire genre again. But if this is the beginning of what’s to come, then I want no part of it.

This was the first book that I’ve read by this author. There’s a huge cult hype about her but I was very underwhelmed by this. The best thing about this book was the cover.

Not much happened in the Vampire department. I was waiting for gallons of blood to be spilled, Vampires lurking in every dark corner, and to be spooked out of my mind. None of that happened. A little here or there but nothing like I imagined.

All of the characters weren’t memorable. None of them stuck out and I felt nothing as some of them found themselves in dire predicaments. They were just so blah.

Sébastien Saint Germain showed up and was mysterious as all hell. I was waiting for him to be so swoony that I would add him to the list of fictional boyfriends. He would be right up there with King Cardan but his character was very poorly written. He was a side character at best.

The Beautiful started off promising but took a backslide into boring after a hundred pages. It never dug itself out of that hole. I was so glad when it was over. I dislike that this is the start of the Vampire genre making its way back, fingers crossed for better Vampire books in the future.

*Arc Review* Wicked Saints- Emily A. Duncan

36118682A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

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My Review:

“We’re all monsters. Some of us just hide it better than others.”

I know better than to believe the hype of a book. But I fell too hard because of the gorgeous cover. I need to stop falling for that sneaky trick.

Not very memorable but the cover is beautiful 🤷‍♀️

The story just wasn’t interesting to me and started off slower than I like. By the time it started to pick up, I already lost interest. In my defense, I already read 360 pages before I skimmed the rest.

What I was expecting was lots of blood, gore, and evilness dripping from each and every page but I got none of that. Nothing stood out from all the talking. I needed more action and less talking. And I thought the lead female was going to be this badass female kicking lots of ass and taking names but she was just a back thought to a yawn producing romance. *Sigh!* I think my eyes hurt from all that eye-rolling.

It hurts me to state all of this because this was one of my most highly anticipated books of this year. It will now become one of the most disliked of the year.

I guess we will always have that cover…..

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Vampire Academy: 10th Anniversary Edition- Richelle Mead

“If you weren’t so psychotic, you’d be fun to hang around.”


My friend, Justin is in love with this series and this author. I think when I told him that I have never read anything by her, he had a crap attack. Mead, Mead, Mead, Mead, Mead is all I have heard and I finally cracked under the pressure.

Looking at the previous covers for this book, I was turned away. But with the rerelease for the anniversary, this cover is absolutely gorgeous. So, when I found this I had to buy it. Then if I didn’t read it soon enough that same friend would have fainted. 

No fainting and/or attacks need to happen. Seeeee!!!

When you start a book off with,“I felt her fear before I heard her screams” you know you’re in for quite the ride. You read alittle more and you get an entire range of sights and sounds. High school academy dramarama, cattiness, harsh rumors and even hot firey forbidden romance. Hehehe!

This anniversary edition includes the original novel and then bonus stories for some of your favorite characters. You feel that you’re let into a secret society, knighted by a sword and sworn to secrecy. 

Rose and Lissa are on the run. They ran away from the academy and it’s been two years. Going that long without being caught comes with over the shoulder consequences. Until you have a guardian who makes it his personal business to bring back the last remaining heir to the Dragomir name. 

Guardian Dimitri finds those two, taking all leads seriously and brings them back. 

Lissa is welcomed back while Rose faces the harsh punishment of taking Lissa away from safe shelter and school. Rose is on house arrest and only allowed to attend school and training with the long haired gorgeous one Dimitri. *sound the tension alarm*

Lissas popularity plummeted once she was gone. Mia, a nobody took her ex-bf and makes her life and Roses a living hell. Never double cross any petty girl named Mia. 

The more training that happens, the more Roses heart speeds up, words get caught in her throat and she gets sweaty. Do we detect reciprocal affection?

As forbiddeness blooms, evil and bloody things appear for Lissa to find and it sends her into shock mode. But a secret that no one should know about can damage peoples lives as we know it.

Will life ever get back to normal for these two?

This was surprisingly good. I’m shocked. I enjoyed the story and the tension. I even texted a friend to find out about two characters hooking up and he won’t spill. But you can’t write fantastic tension like that and let it go. 

What stopped this from being five stars was Mia. Her pettiness over a boy was too over the top and kind of annoying.

If you are apprehensive about this book, give it a try. I was and I’m glad I have a great friend lead me in the right direction. 

4/5