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  1. says:

    This book was beautiful It does have a slow pace and very character driven, but I was never bored at all I kept wanting to turn each page There is heartbreak and moments where I wanted to slap a certain character Hector Hector Hector I wanted to shake you so much in the beginning, but I still love you The atmosphere was breathtaking and the prose was awesome Also, loved Antonina s love of insects Review on my blog This book was beautiful It does have a slow pace and very character driven, but I was never bored at all I kept wanting to turn each page There is heartbreak and moments where I wanted to slap a certain character Hector Hector Hector I wanted to shake you so much in the beginning, but I still love you The atmosphere was breathtaking and the prose was awesome Also, loved Antonina s love of insects Review on my blog


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    3.5 stars rounded up The Beautiful Ones surprised me with the smoothness of the text The writing style is so fluid and engaging The romance was subtle and delicate yet still intriguing While reading, I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of a magical version of Thackeray s, Vanity Fair The atmosphere is thick with old world upper class traditions and excesses easily transporting the reader to the streets and parties of Loisail The main characters were just quirky enough, full of 3.5 stars rounded up The Beautiful Ones surprised me with the smoothness of the text The writing style is so fluid and engaging The romance was subtle and delicate yet still intriguing While reading, I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of a magical version of Thackeray s, Vanity Fair The atmosphere is thick with old world upper class traditions and excesses easily transporting the reader to the streets and parties of Loisail The main characters were just quirky enough, full of vices and a few virtues, spewing forth with inner desires I enjoyed how the story was told from multiple perspectives as it helped the story line to progress at a strong, steady pace I would definitely recommend this book to friends who enjoy stories with just the right amount of magical elements and plenty of beauty I would definitely seek out other books by this author in the future Update I have since read Moreno Garcia s, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and really enjoyed it If anything, her writing has only gotten stronger.Thank you to the publisher, St Martin s Press, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review I appreciate the opportunity


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    Silvia Moreno Garcia s The Beautiful Ones offers readers a kaleidoscope of nostalgic trimmings a splash of Austen, a dash or two of the Bronte Sisters, with an early modernist garnish Set in a fantasy alt history version of post industrial France but dealing mainly with an aristocratic class resembling the landed gentry of the British, the novel s plot centers around a nouveau riche entertainer, Hector Auvray, who returns home after many years abroad to rekindle an old flame, by way of the Silvia Moreno Garcia s The Beautiful Ones offers readers a kaleidoscope of nostalgic trimmings a splash of Austen, a dash or two of the Bronte Sisters, with an early modernist garnish Set in a fantasy alt history version of post industrial France but dealing mainly with an aristocratic class resembling the landed gentry of the British, the novel s plot centers around a nouveau riche entertainer, Hector Auvray, who returns home after many years abroad to rekindle an old flame, by way of the beautiful Valerie Beaulieu, who years before had broken off their secret engagement so she could marry into a wealthy family In the present, Hector pretends to court Valerie s cousin by marriage, Nina Beaulieu, but only as an excuse to be close to Valerie The magical wrinkle in all of this is that a small number of people in this society have telekinetic powers, Hector and Nina among them High society considers telekinesis a vulgar subject, but Hector s male privilege permits him to hone his natural talents into skills that make him a successful stage performer, who is then generally accepted by the upper class because of his wealth and fame Nina is not so lucky Her family regards her telekinetic abilities as a shameful nuisance, so her skills remain unrefined, her powers asserting themselves only at the most inconvenient times As a result, she is a bit of an outcast at a time 19 years old when she is supposed to be entering society, but she manages to stay in good enough graces thanks to the indulgence of her rich cousin, Valerie s husband Gaetan.The Beautiful Ones is very successful as a straightforward genre exercise While the story doesn t shy away from Bronte esque melodrama, it does so through the lens of Austen esque psychological realism This is especially welcome when the novel is dealing with the fantastical element of the story, which is presented in a grounded and ordinary way The novel is perfectly plotted, and the shifting points of view offer the reader a rounded perspective of the main actors as the drama unfolds.There is a kind of purity to Moreno Garcia s approach that works against the novel, an unwillingness to contaminate the proceedings with anything resembling a direct political or social commentary The novel s alternaFrance has motorcars and other novelties of the early industrialized world, so it is beyond me why, in some respects such as the fact that the heroes have the luxury of not worrying about their finances while the villains are motivated by their lack of access to capital , the author seems unwilling to deconstruct polite society in the vein of the early modernists Despite some thematic ambiguities, The Beautiful Ones is exceptional in form, careful in its study of character and buoyed by Moreno Garcia s expressive prose and tightly managed storytelling I don t think it s possible to read the book without rooting for its lovers to unite, or without being charmed by the elegant world the author has created


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    Antonina Nina Beaulieu has arrived in the city of Loisail for her first Grand Season with the hopes of finding the love of her life to marry She s been sent to live with Val rie Beaulieu who will oversee Nina as she attends balls and mingles among the high society Nina coming from wealth should have no problem finding a husband with one exception, she has telekinetic powers that she hasn t been able to control leaving her the subject of gossip When Nina meets Hector Auvray who happens to be Antonina Nina Beaulieu has arrived in the city of Loisail for her first Grand Season with the hopes of finding the love of her life to marry She s been sent to live with Val rie Beaulieu who will oversee Nina as she attends balls and mingles among the high society Nina coming from wealth should have no problem finding a husband with one exception, she has telekinetic powers that she hasn t been able to control leaving her the subject of gossip When Nina meets Hector Auvray who happens to be a telekinetic performer she is immediately drawn to him with the two sharing their ability Hector doesn t shun Nina but instead sees her powers as a gift and begins to help her hone her skills and learn to control them As the two spendandtime together Nina thinks she may have found the love she had been looking for but Hector hasn t let Nina the whole truth about himself The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno Garcia is mainly a historical romance story that has the added element of the two main characters in the story being telekinetic I think those looking forof the fantasy side involving telekinetic powers will be a bit disappointed in this one as it s a very very small detail that doesn t really get expanded on very much at all with the romance being the vast majority of the story And a warning for those looking for romance the story I hope not to be too spoilery with this but it is a bit of a triangle that at one point becomes a love square so just be warned if those elements are something that you totally dislike before picking up this book For myself I thought the story was one that was just on the OK side since it is a rather slow moving book and I mof a fan of the faster pace reads I probably would have enjoyed it a bitmyself had the author donewith the telekinesis too but I m not sure that would have really moved it along any faster though The story stretched over quite a bit of time and it just didn t seem to actually have much depth to the plot other than eventually making Nina and Hector a pair so while I didn t dislike it I wasn t a huge fan either I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit


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    Set in an imagined world inspired by La Belle Epoque, this is a beautiful slow burning story of a love scorned and a love found Not so much a fantasy, this story of beauty and manners could be set in early 20th century Europe with the aristocrats creating a beautiful world of balls and wealth and scorning those who have made money but are not from the landed families There is a slight magical element to the story with the two main characters possessing telekinetic ability, which is acceptable Set in an imagined world inspired by La Belle Epoque, this is a beautiful slow burning story of a love scorned and a love found Not so much a fantasy, this story of beauty and manners could be set in early 20th century Europe with the aristocrats creating a beautiful world of balls and wealth and scorning those who have made money but are not from the landed families There is a slight magical element to the story with the two main characters possessing telekinetic ability, which is acceptable to the society as an entertainment by showmen, but not acceptable when displayed by a woman.The story opens with Nina, a young, na ve girl from the country embarking on her first Grand Season She has been sent to stay with her cousin Valerie who is to teach her manners and elegance and help her capture a desirable husband from a wealthy aristocratic family Nina is very much her own person and has trouble adapting to the strictures and expectations put on her by Valerie As a young girl Nina was allowed to grow up running free in the countryside collecting her beloved beetles and butterflies Her telekinetic ability is an embarrassment to her family, especially since she has little control over when she is upset or angry Nina is delighted to meet Hector Auvray, a famed and wealthy telekineticist, at a ball and then later when he comes to call on Valerie, she asks for help in learning to control her own ability Not knowing that Hector shares a past history with Valerie, Nina is delighted when Hector becomes a frequent visitor.This novel struck me as a cross between a Jane Austen period drama and a Marcel Proust novel where the author has created a world where manners and elegance are all important and the prose is lovingly descriptive in detailing not only the appearance of the men and women but the parks and countryside The characters are well drawn with Nina and Hector both evolving through the novel Nina loses none of her charm as she navigates this grown up world of elegance, remaining true to herself, except for one period where she succumbs to the pressure of her family and friends and allows a handsome young man to turn her head Hector is somewhat obsessed with the idea of Valerie as she was when they were young that he fails to see her true nature for a frustratingly long time Valerie is so well depicted as the evil, scheming witch who tries to manipulate young, na ve Nina and does not deserve her lovely husband Gaetan who adores all his family and smothers her with love and riches I would recommend this for those who enjoy historical romances albeit in an imagined world with a smattering of fantasy With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher St Martin s Press for a copy of the book to read and review


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    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve often been asked for advice from friends who are interested in giving audiobooks a try, but are worried that they might have trouble getting into them In response, I always say that starting with a good book and a good narrator is key, but also important is finding a story well suited to the format While it s true some books simply work best in prose form, there are also plenty of times where I ve come across audiob 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ve often been asked for advice from friends who are interested in giving audiobooks a try, but are worried that they might have trouble getting into them In response, I always say that starting with a good book and a good narrator is key, but also important is finding a story well suited to the format While it s true some books simply work best in prose form, there are also plenty of times where I ve come across audiobooks that made me think, Wow, I definitely wouldn t have enjoyed this as much if I had read the print version The Beautiful Ones is the perfect example of such a book As soon as comparisons to an Austenesque romance and descriptions of a Belle poque inspired fantasy of manners started floating about, I made the decision to listen to this one in audio, and I don t regret that one bit Featuring a slow building love story and only a light touch of the fantastical, I might have become dreadfully bored by the long drawn out expository sections on propriety and high society had I chosen to read this in print not to mention all the endless romantic drama based on manipulation and miscommunication would have worn me down However, a good narrator along with some excellent characterization ensured that I was never bored while listening to this audiobook, and the entire experience was pleasant, even relaxing.Set in a world reminiscent of late 19th century Europe with inspiration from the pre WWI Golden Age era of France, The Beautiful Ones introduces us to a tri of central characters First is Hector Auvray, a telekinetic entertainer who has arrived back in the city of Loisail after spending nearly ten years traveling and performing abroad Now rich and famous, he has returned to his home country hoping to meet up with his old flame Val rie Beaulieu, to whom he had been engaged when they were both young and penniless, but pressured by her family, she had ended up breaking his heart to marry someone else with wealth and status.To Hector s disappointment though, the emotional reunion he had planned for was spoiled when Val rie fails to show up to the high society ball he attends Instead, he makes the acquaintance of another young woman at the gathering, the interesting but socially awkward Antonina who is in the city for her first Grand Season It s not until after the party that Hector learns, to his surprise, that Nina is the beloved cousin of Gaetan Beaulieu, the man Val rie ended up marrying In fact, Nina is staying with the Beaulieus right now, tasked to learn the ropes of etiquette from Val rie, who is supposed to be helping the young girl find a suitable husband But unfortunately for Nina, she also has telekinetic talents similar to Hector s, which is considered inappropriate for a young lady of her stature Along with her eccentric personality, they have a pesky way driving off potential suitors.Yet Hector sees Nina s powers as a gift as well as an opportunity Under the guise of courting her, Hector offers to teach Nina how to control her powers, when in reality he is hoping their relationship will help him get close to Val rie, convinced that she still loves him the way he still loves her.I won t lie, I wanted to throttle nearly everyone in this book, but in this they have something in common with characters in a soap opera you just love to hate them Likewise, I found it impossible to tear myself away from the drama, and I would even hazard to say I enjoyed The Beautiful Onesthan the author s previous novel Certain Dark Things, despite this one being much slower paced and having none of the action This is because Silvia Moreno Garcia knows how to spin a good yarn, andimportantly, she knows what it takes to capture the reader s attention Rather than shy away from the usual conventions of the fantasy of manners genre, she instead revels in them, offering up a lavish feast of romantic melodrama, high societal punctilio, and weaponized etiquette Within this context, the fantasy element almost feels like an afterthought, having little to no impact on the overall story.Still, the novel came together very well By taking such a huge departure from her previous work, Moreno Garcia might have been risking a lot in writing something like The Beautiful Ones, but ultimately I thought it was a move that paid off I practically hung onto every word, even though the plot played out exactly as I thought it would, with the requisite frustrations and misunderstandings between the characters I ve lost count of how many times I wanted to slap Hector silly or to shake some sense into Nina, and don t even get me started on how much I absolutely loathed Val rie, but at no point was I not completely 100% invested in the outcome of their story.Like I said, the fact that I had the audiobook version may have helped with my enjoyment, and the time simply flew by as I was listening to this The only thing that might have made the experience better was if they had multiple narrators, one for each of the three POV characters, but then P.J Ochlan also managed to do a fine job by himself so in the end I really have no complaints If you re looking for a fun fantasy of manners novel, The Beautiful Ones definitely fits the bill, and it s probably one of the best ones I ve read in a while


  7. says:

    This was lovely and reader, I hugged this book at the end I might also have read the ending a few times


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    Title The Beautiful OnesSeries StandaloneAuthor Silvia Moreno GarciaRelease date October 24, 2017Cliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler There are some books you pick up and they immediately engross you, capturing your interest without pause You flip through uncontrollably, pushed by a need to discover what s around the next corner until the very last page This is not one of those This is the kind with long and boy, do I mean long periods of waiting for something to happen Title The Beautiful OnesSeries StandaloneAuthor Silvia Moreno GarciaRelease date October 24, 2017Cliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler There are some books you pick up and they immediately engross you, capturing your interest without pause You flip through uncontrollably, pushed by a need to discover what s around the next corner until the very last page This is not one of those This is the kind with long and boy, do I mean long periods of waiting for something to happen Then you have quick bursts of plot acceleration, that unfortunately in my case did not appease my nagging boredom Don t misunderstand me, this book had a lot going for it, despite my frustrations And that s why I pushed on, hoping for a breakthrough in how I was feeling The story was unique with well developed and genuine characters Each one layered in realistic human emotion and flaws The problem was, their flaws outnumbered their strengths and I ended up disliking every last one of them.There were not two, but three main characters in this tale Hector, a man whose adult life has been completely consumed by the heartbreak his first love Antonina, a young and naive girl who is entirely too trusting and oblivious to the true nature of the people around her Val rie, a vicious and bitter woman whose stunning outer beauty does not match the festering ugliness of her heart The story is set in the city of Loisail, in what appears to be the late 1800s during the Grand Season This was the marriage mart of the time where the Beautiful Ones translation the snooty, old money crowd mingled and frowned upon basically everything We are introduced to Hector, a wealthy man who came from nothing and earned every dime of his fortune using his gift of telekinesis Known worldwide for his amazing tricks, he s proven himself to be a success Except in matters of the heart When his love and trust was cruelly betrayed years ago, it kindled a fire inside of him that never cooled After a chance meeting with Nina, he sees an opportunity to make use of this sweet and unsophisticated girl A deception that was doomed from the start to blow up in his face, which it did, and magnificently Every step he took was inspired by the echo of that long lost love Even now, Hector knew he was still possessed Perhaps eventhan before.Nina had a lot of quirky qualities that I enjoyed She was socially awkward, full of joy and energy, showed an utter disregard for etiquette and social niceties, and had a love of beetles that was quite cute I tried to like her, and at times, she really was charming But the fact that I knew she was being duped so cruelly from page one didn t do my impression of her any favors She conveyed herself as a blushing, giggling girl that couldn t see past her infatuation or her eternal optimism Val rie was a despicable human being In the beginning, you can almost sympathize with her in a way Knowing how she gave up her youthful hopes of romance, and her own happiness for that of her family, you can t help but feel pity But her selfish nature isn t helped by her husband s coddling and amiable moods If anything, it feeds into her bitterness and rage Her grandmother eyed her as she would a goose being fattened for a feast, and the feast had come, and Val rie had bowed her neck in sacrifice.As the book wore on, she grew progressivelyselfish, vindictive, and every bit of empathy she had gained from me evaporated in the wind She started to teeter on the edge of sanity, and at this point all I wanted was for her to be squashed like one of the pretty insects that Nina so lovingly collected She was VILE The Beautiful Ones was what I would classify as a historical romance with hints of fantasy due to the telekinesis element This was a very small fraction of the book, and I must admit I was hoping that it would be heavier on the fantasy I enjoyed seeing Nina and Hector s abilities come out, but it was not integral to the overall plot The characters were well written, but were lost inside the slow moving pace, and not entirely likable for me personally It took me quite a while to warm up to Hector at all, as he so carelessly played with Nina s tender trust for so long Eventually, he did experience growth, and there was some groveling involved, but did I love him No, he never made it to that point Silvia Moreno Garcia s writing was beautifully done, and her style was one that I could see myself enjoying with a future story I d recommend this book to readers who enjoy a slow burn 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    Review from Tenacious Reader reading and loving Certain Dark Things, I had no doubt I would read whatever Moreno Garcia published next That turned out to be The Beautiful Ones Just from the synopsis I could tell it would be incredibly different from the vampire underground world created in Certain Dark Things, but I have to confess, I was hoping to still find a bit of that darkness in The Beautiful Ones Well, I can t say I found this to be dark l Review from Tenacious Reader reading and loving Certain Dark Things, I had no doubt I would read whatever Moreno Garcia published next That turned out to be The Beautiful Ones Just from the synopsis I could tell it would be incredibly different from the vampire underground world created in Certain Dark Things, but I have to confess, I was hoping to still find a bit of that darkness in The Beautiful Ones Well, I can t say I found this to be dark like that, and will advise you that you can not read this book looking for world or tone similarities to Certain Dark Things Moreno Garcia did create great characters in both, that is the main similarities end.As opposed to most of the books I read, the romance aspect was the strongest plot point in this book You can also find character growth, and a lesson to embrace who you are, etc But ultimately, this book was about relationships and romance I am not stating that as a negative, honestly, sometimes its nice to read a book like that But I like to know ahead of time so I can save it for when the mood strikes, so keep that in mind if you only read and enjoy romance centered books sporadically.The magic in this book consists of telekinetic powers that are rare within the world Nina, one of our POVs as well as the one I would consider the central character, is cursed with these telekinetic powers Untrained, she can not control them, and they manifest at times of stress She has earned a negative reputation in town as a result, and is pretty much considered damaged goods , since her ability is considered a liability and undesirable for a woman.Hector, another of our POVs, also has telekinetic powers Lucky for him, as a man, he can use his powers in a way that is not frowned upon by society He is successful travelling performer, using his powers to create breathtaking spectacles He may not have quite the same social standing as nobility, but he does earn enough money to rival them and garner a level of respect He may not be one of them, but he is welcome among them.When Hector takes an interest in courting Nina, his motivations are not entirely honest The book is not a fast paced thriller, but a slow burn that explores relationships and trust, as well as acceptance for who you are I enjoyed reading about Nina and watch her learn to not be ashamed of the magic that is just a part of her If you are in the mood for a character and relationship driven book with a bit of romance and heartbreak, then this is worth checking out


  10. says:

    This author is versatile The previous book of hers I read was a very original vampire story It was so good that I kept an eye out for what she wrote next I had to wait a long time for the gap between the hard cover release and it s kindle release of this book, but it was so worth the wait This is the love child of The Age of Innocence and The Illusionist I was in the edge of my seat from about 60% wondering how it would turn out I feared the worst and hoped for the best Recommended.


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The Beautiful Ones A Young Woman Finding Her WayIt Is Antonina Beaulieu S First Grand Season In The Elegant City Of Loisail A Chance To Take Her Place In High Society, To Find A Suitable Husband, And To Leave Her Checkered Past Behind Because Antonina Possesses Telekinetic Powers, Powers She Can T Control, That Have Made Her The Subject Of Cruel GossipA Gentleman With A SecretFamed Telekinetic Performer Hector Auvray Is Also New To The City He Arrives In Loisail With The Intent Of Recapturing The Heart Of His Former Flame, The Beautiful Val Rie Beaulieu, And Finds His Way Into Her Household By Courting AntoninaAstounded By Hector S Abilities, Which She Wishes To Master, And Flattered By His Attention, Antonina Does Not Suspect The Duplicitous Drama Which Will UnfoldA Romance With A Dash Of The FantasticSet In A Sumptuous World Inspired By The Belle Epoque, Where Scandal Is A Dreaded Weapon, The Beautiful Ones Is A Tale Of Desire And Betrayal, And The Struggle Between Conformity And Passion