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The Beautiful
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
New York Times bestselling author Rene 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 soires 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 Sbastien 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 Sbastien'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 Rene Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.
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Rina_Black
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Pickpick

An enjoyable read despite being a bit predictable and cliched. The prose, while not dry, seemed repetitive. I'd love Ms. Ahdieh to find a few more adjectives to describe Basten other than "beautiful".
Loved the main character, Celine. Witty, courageous, confident. I hadn't expected this from the description.
There's a sequel coming out sometime this year, looking forward to read it.

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RebeccaRoo7
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I've been wanting to read this one since it was released but never think about it when I go to the bookstore. 😁 Finally got my hands on it!! #reneeahdieh #beautifulandundead #historical

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Rina_Black
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I don't really expect much from this one, to be honest. It sounds like a "guilty pleasure" book for me. I'm a sucker for historical vampire romance ? Pun intended ?

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MartinaLove
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January TBR.

Currently reading 5 of those right now. 😂

I started Bloodleaf last year.
I, then, decided to read the first chapter of a few books to decided which one I should read first. I ended up enjoying all of them and now, I'm reading all of them instead. 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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MartinaLove
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Starting this book tonight with my little doggy princess, Romy and a blanket in this cold winter storm. ❄☃️❄

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lowellette
Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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Pickpick

A New Orleans vampire story full of special abilities, romance, and a girl running from her past. An excellent audiobook.

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DarkMina
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I loved this book. I am happy to see books about vampires again. I will definitely continue this series.
#vampires #reneeahdieh #neworleans

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DarkMina
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Literary_Siren Loved this! 1mo
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Caffeinated_Reader
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#123 Ok so this is my December TBR pile. The only one missing is Diamond & Dawn by Lyra Selene, that will be delivered today. I think I‘ll read this one after Children of V&V. 😅 I already reached and passed my goodreads goal so it‘s all about how many I can cram in the last month and read lol so yeah. Eeeee I‘m also thinking of recording an end of year book review video/vlog? But idk because anxiety ya know.

Caffeinated_Reader This is definitely not the kind of book I normally would choose. The main character Celine was annoying and took everything offensively that was said to her by a man. She was so busy being a self righteous hag and playing so many games I found it surprising Sebastian liked her at all. I get a guy likes a good challenge but she was annoying and relentless. I would not recommend this book. 1mo
Caffeinated_Reader Also I want to say that after the first 230 ish pages I just sped read through only reading dialogue. I don‘t normally do this but it was that bad of a read for me lol so yeah. 1mo
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Tera0707
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Bailedbailed

I was so looking forward to this book. I made it to just over 100 pages and I was so bored. The only thing this book had going for it was the 1870s New Orleans setting.

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sparrowssavvy
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Pickpick

I was so hyped about this book, from the setting in New Orleans to the historical time period to the fantasy tale with a string of murder. I feel I probably hyped it too much in my own mind sadly. It was still a great read, but it wasn‘t the epic tale I was anticipating. I feel like it has potential to grow into something bigger and more developed so I‘ll definitely read the second book when it comes out.

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sparrowssavvy
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Indulged in some book shopping

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thegreentealibrarian
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Panpan

I'm more than willing to try Ahdieh's books because they have interesting concepts. The food descriptions and other culture stuff were fabulous but the romance was a big nope. And the twist at the end is surprising but I'm not sure it makes sense. I'm not going to reread to verify. More details on the blog.

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MellieAntoinette
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Mehso-so

Sitting somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, Ahdieh‘s foray into vampire lore left me wanting so much more. Too much setup, limited plot movement and ultimately we never actually called a fang a vampire which left me a little confused 🤷🏻‍♀️. Plus, I wasn‘t a fan of that ending.

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DarkMina
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I really want to read this book.

Literary_Siren I loved it!! 2mo
DarkMina @Literary_Siren Good to hear! 2mo
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OldVictorianQuill
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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The Fairyloot October ‘Love at First Bite‘ book. This stunner ‘The Beautiful‘ by Renée Ahdieh.

fairyloot #fairylootunboxing #loveatfirstbite

megzlynn I love this picture! 2mo
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Cailey_Mac
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Pickpick

Ugh, this book was so beautifully written! I could literally feel like I was alongside the main character, traversing New Orleans city streets, eating lavish meals, and the like. The only downfall I can name was something repeatedly noted, that the vampires aren‘t seen as much as I assumed they would be; it definitely didn‘t deter from the story though. I‘m definitely excited to read the next book, as I was NOT expecting that ending!🧛🏻‍♂️💀📖

TheLibrarian Great review! 2mo
Cailey_Mac @TheLibrarian thank you! It was a thoroughly enjoyable book☺️ 2mo
MrBook Great review! Nice cover too! 2mo
Cailey_Mac @MrBook thank you! I usually enjoy her writing, so this was a treat! 2mo
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FantasyChick
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I did better than I thought I would with this. Maybe #smallgoals are the answer 🤔
House of Salt and Sorrows: Typical YA retelling with a creepy-ness. Not bad, not great. ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
The Laughing Corpse: Can't go wrong with zombie/vampire/necromancy UF. Liked it better than the first time I think ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Beautiful: Better than I thought, not as good as the hype. Cliffhanger - need sequel ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Chosen - In process. Better than book 1
#bookreport

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FantasyChick
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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So I ended up with the house to myself today and instead of reading I fell down the Crave TV rabbit hole of sho)ws I can only watch by myself (which doesn't happen often I got zero reading in BUT since I don't have a tv in my bedroom, I'm going to try and get a few hours in before I sleep tonight so I can at least feel like I did something constructive today 😅

#mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24B4Monday
@MrBook @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

MrBook 😆🙌🏻 3mo
Andrew65 Always so make things that tease you always from the reading. 😂 3mo
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FantasyChick
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I only managed a few hours yesterday, it ended up being a busier day than planned but I'm up, got my coffee, latest Grey's and my book. Other than groceries, I have no plans for the day other than read, read, read 😊

How's everyone doing so far?

#mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24B4Monday
@MrBook @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

KristenDuck I always get distracted when I try to read and watch greys! Lol I need simpler shows like modern family in the background 3mo
ljuliel I got a bit over 6 hours yesterday. Hoping for better today. Enjoy. 3mo
FantasyChick @KristenDuck Yeah, it didn't work out too well for my book. Multitasking with Grey's just isn't a good idea 😂 Switching to Veronica Mars reruns for a bit 3mo
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FantasyChick @ljuliel That's not bad! Fingers crossed for a good reading day for us both! 3mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I wanted to stay up late last night but fell asleep (shamefully early) on my couch. 3mo
MrBook Just woke up and energized already with yours and everyone‘s awesome posts 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 3mo
Andrew65 Just over 7 hours yesterday. 3mo
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FantasyChick
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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It's quiet time

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megzlynn
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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Panpan

Another of my my most anticipated fall reads disappointed me. It started out promising in the beginning, but the end didn‘t resolve anything. Also, the vampires didn‘t really show up until the end. I gave it an initial rating of 3 stars but after writing my review I‘m changing it to 2,because I was really disappointed.
Full review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/11/06/the-beautiful-by-renee-ahdieh-review...

DaveGreen7777 Sorry this was such a disappointing read! 😔 Hope your next read is much better! 3mo
TheBookAddict Sad that it was disappointing. It‘s always a bummer when you look forward to a book and then you just get disappointed, but I love your picture. Those wonderful bright fall colors are lovely. 3mo
tracey38 I'm sorry this was a disappointing read for you. But I have to say that I love the backdrop of fall leaves! 3mo
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sharread
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e.c.vitoria
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Pickpick

This was an interesting take on vampires. The atmosphere was great, and really got a sense of the time period.
But my favorite was the main characters attitude 🖤.
I really enjoyed it and will certainly continue the series.

9/10 💫

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TheBookKeepers
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Mehso-so

I was disappointed in this, sadly. I LOVE all of Renee Ahdieh‘s other books, but this one fell below my expectations. The story was ok, and the writing was extremely atmospheric. However, the story felt unoriginal. All the characters and plot lines could easily be dropped into another vampire/NOLA series I love....

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Brittbritt
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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My October wrap up! Rereading the Raven boys series was the most fun, I‘ve missed those characters and I appreciated the last book at lot more the second time round. Both Spinning Silver and The Beautiful were so atmospheric 👌👌👌 I just wanted more from the romance in Spinning Silver.

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bookish_wookish
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Lets be honest...who goes to Target without browsing or buying books.....

aprilpohren I don't go anywhere without browsing books!! Lol! 3mo
MellieAntoinette True story! 3mo
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FantasyChick
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House is clean (Thank you A&E programming 😂) slow cooker is almost finished with supper, kids are all accounted for. Time to push back some of the books I should be reading and start on my latest library read instead

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Cailey_Mac
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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I am LOVING this book so far! The atmosphere, the sense of impending doom, and the hints about vampires (who is one, where they are, etc) is so exciting! Definitely excited to hopefully finish this before the end of November 🤗📖 #currentread #fairyloot #vampires

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FantasyChick
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Going to give this a shot! See if it holds me accountable 😉 #WeeklyForecast

Everything but Chosen are my #currentreads I'm hoping to add in one #NetGalley #arc every week to get myself caught up.

Great idea @Cinfhen 👏

Cinfhen I think adding an ARC is a good idea... I‘m not always so motivated to read those ARCs 😬 3mo
FantasyChick @Cinfhen Me either. I always want to read them and then never feel like it. Hoping this helps!! 3mo
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Readinginfairyland
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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Pickpick

Renée has reminded me how much I love vampires. This book is all dark romance and mysterious creeping shadows.

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Readinginfairyland
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Pickpick

Renée has reminded me how much I love vampires. This book is all dark romance and mysterious creeping shadows.

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megzlynn
The Beautiful | Rene Ahdieh
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Happy Halloween, Littens! I hope you all have a great day. Here is my wrap up for October and all my spooky reading. I really enjoyed most of them.

Read: 7
DNF: 1

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/10/31/october-wrap-up/

Follow.my.read Which one was a DNF? 3mo
megzlynn @Follow.my.read Unfortunately, I didn‘t get to include the DNF in the picture. My copy was loaned out to someone. I dnfed The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones. 3mo
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RavenCatReads
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“To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.”

This William Blake quote is tattooed on my partners arm and is the favorite poem that their grandmother used to read to them.

Love that it was used!! Listening while I cook!

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megzlynn
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After a very hard weekend, this is my version of self care. Hot chocolate in my mug that I received from #thebookishbox #throneofglasspart2, a book, and a cozy fall candle.

sharread I'm going to read that once I get some sleep. 🤣 3mo
Mishu94 How did you like it? I really Wana read it! 3mo
megzlynn @Mishu94 It was ok. It was spooky and gothic, but the vampires didn‘t really show up until the end. 3mo
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RiseoftheReader
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book! Vampires and New Orleans are two of my favorite things! But this historical novel with modern ideals just didn‘t work for me. It was to long and way to descriptive.

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megzlynn
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At my happy place #barnesandnoble. Book haul coming soon. ☺️

Mishu94 I need recommendations please 😔 3mo
Latrelwhite Mine too!😊 3mo
AutumnRLS I was just talking to my husband about this reoccurring dream I have where I win the lottery and take a shopping cart into B&N and buy everything I want. 3mo
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Gissy Let the dreams come true 🙌📚📚📚 @AutumnRLS 3mo
megzlynn @Mishu94 I just finished Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and it was amazing! 3mo
megzlynn @AutumnRLS That would be amazing! 3mo
Mishu94 @megzlynn I‘ll check it out! Thank you! 🤗 3mo
brit91 My happy place too!😍📚 3mo
ReaperOfTerrasen The book being handled in the photo, did you end up getting it? It is in my “on deck” pile, going to start it soon. 3mo
megzlynn @ReaperOfTerrasen I ended up putting it back, but I regret it. I might have to go back and get it. 3mo
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e.c.vitoria
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megzlynn
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I received my #Nightmareswap! I can‘t wait to open it!

LibrarianRyan Yrahhhh 3mo
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megzlynn
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@MoonWitch94 I received my #Halloweencardswap. The candy corn Hershey bar might be my new favorite thing. It‘s soooo good. Halloween is my favorite holiday as well! I love everything about it. I love the decorations, spooky stories, and of course candy. I hope you have an awesome Halloween!

brit91 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 3mo
Easytiger Whatttttttt omg I have never seen that candy bar!!!!! Oh my gosh 3mo
megzlynn @Easytiger Me either but it‘s so good!!! 3mo
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megzlynn
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Thanks for all the goodies @bookish_wookish 🎃
I adore the socks. I can‘t wait to wear them. And I may or may not have had a Reese cup for breakfast. 🤷‍♀️😂 #Halloweencardswap

Scochrane26 Such cute socks! 3mo
bookish_wookish Breakfast of champions!! 😜 3mo
brit91 😍😍😍😍😍 3mo
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megzlynn
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I think I gained ten pounds just opening the package @TheSpineView 😂
I am in heaven. Thanks so much for all the goodies and the bookmarks! 🎃🎃🎃 #Halloweencardswap

Scochrane26 Yum, peanut butter m&ms 3mo
TheSpineView Glad you like! I get the 10 pounds! 3mo
brit91 😍😍😍😍😍 3mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“The silence that followed. The blood that flowed.”

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Chelleymk
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I‘m still reading imaginary friend but I really want to start this one so I‘m going too:)

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ladym30
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Rainy day today. Perfect time to start this!❤️

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my.books.in.squares
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Book 4 of #spookathon

Prompt: read a book with red on the cover

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Kar2b
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Pickpick

I am surprised to see the lower reviews on this one. I‘m a big fan of Renee Ahdieh‘s writing, and The Beautiful was no exception. She shares that she was inspired by Ann Rice, and I think this story shares a similar lush atmosphere filled with mystery and intrigue. I really liked both Celine and Pippa who are strong females in a time when that was regarded negatively. I personally can not wait for the sequel!

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Usagi
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🤓 I'm so excited and I just can't hide it! 📚

sharread The Vine Witch was excellent! 👍 3mo
Usagi I can't wait to read it! 😄 3mo
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