Thursday, October 26, 2017

ARC Review: The Beautiful Ones By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: St. Martin's Press ( Thomas Dunne Books)
Release Date: October, 24th, 2017
Format: Egalley
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: ★★★1/2

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from ARC may or may not be in the published edition. Summary, author info, etc provided by the publisher.

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Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.
But Antonina, who prefers her family's country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can't help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she's willing to sacrifice.
With a headstrong heroine trying to take control of her own future and a touch of magic, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES will have Sci-Fi and commercial fiction fans alike entranced. Out in time for a slightly spooky Halloween read, Moreno-Garcia softens her horror into glamour, making her newest a haunting look at past centuries and love connections.
I feel really conflicted about this book. I loved Moreno-Garcia's debut Signal To Noise, so I was excited to receive an advanced reader's copy of her latest novel. I wasn't 100% sure if this book was going to be for me, but I thought that the fantasy aspect in this novel would win me over. This book just wasn't what I was expecting. It wasn't bad, just the era that the book is written in and the fact that it is more a character-driven novel over a plot-driven novel was where I struggled with it. There are definitely readers that will LOVE this book because of the characters, but it took me a long time to read and get into this novel because it felt like nothing was really happening.

What drew me to this novel is "the talent" that Nina and Hector have. I love that it draws them together and gives them a strong bond. I just felt like this aspect of the story was kind of a footnote. I thought it was going to be the main purpose of the story, but it just seemed like it was apart of them and didn't really relate too much to the overall plot. It was like saying they were left-handed. It definitely explains some things about Nina's personality and why her cousin Gaetan protects her so much, but otherwise the crux of the story could have been the same without this included.

The characters in the novel are great, and it's probably a reason a lot of other readers will really enjoy this book. Nina is a very naive person in the first half of the novel, but she is young and she learns and matures later on. I really liked this development of her character. She was young and when you are a young girl sometimes you see things with your crush that might not be there. I'm still not completely sold on Hector. He really led Nina on in the first half of the book, but I do like that he redeems himself and realized what an awful thing he has done. I think it really humanized him. Everyone makes mistakes, and he comes to really overcome the reason for why he did what he did. I wasn't totally sold on their relationship, but in the end I was glad the characters end up where they do.

Now I am saving an entire paragraph to talk about the third person we get perspective from in this novel--Valérie! She is straight up the WORST!!

Props to the author for writing one of the most insufferable and hate-filled character I have ever read! I hated Valérie so much! At first I kind of understood why she was the way she was, but later on she just gets more hate-filled and sadistic that I just wanted to push her off a bridge. She was such a nasty woman, and I just couldn't understand how she could be just so straight up evil! I hated her, she sucked, but I am very satisfied with what happens to her character. I'm not spoiling this! You have to read it for yourself!

All in all this book was "okay" for me. I didn't absolutely love it, but by no means is a 3 1/2 star a bad rating. This book just didn't wow me. I think had I know that it was going to be a more character driven book I might not have requested it. I think if you love this type of regency-style romance with a hint of magical realism this is a book for you! 


Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut, Signal To Noise, jump started her writing career winning a Copper Cylinder Award, and was a finalist of the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst, and Aurora awards. Her sophomore novel, Certain Dark Things, earned praise from such wide ranging publications as PopSugar, Romantic Times, Locus Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Her take on vampires was selected as one of NPR’s “Best Books of 2016” and was a finalist for this
year’s Locus Awards. Continuing her dazzling writing career, Moreno-Garcia’s newest novel THE BEAUTIFUL ONES (Thomas Dunne Books; October 24, 2017), is her most accessible novel yet, lacing her award-winning world building with a gorgeously plotted love story.

Have you read this book yet? What was your favorite part? Are you excited about it?

Happy Reads Everyone!