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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Young adult

The Beautiful

by Renée Ahdieh

Quick take

Dig into the first of this series. It's a decadent mix of blood, lust, and lore in 19th-century New Orleans. Yum.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • 400+ pages

  • First in series

  • Murder

Why I love it

A new book by Renée Ahdieh is always a cause for celebration, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on her most recent novel, The Beautiful. Her take on late 19th-century New Orleans is sumptuous, and the sights, sounds, and smells of the city leap off the page and drag you into a story packed with romance, magic, and murder.

The Beautiful opens as intrepid young dressmaker—or modiste—Celine Rouss...

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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 ...

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Sneak peek

Get an early look from the first pages of The Beautiful.

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