The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

“You’ve come to toy with us. Feel free to toy with her. But you’ll find I am not a piece you can slide across your board.”

This story follows Hector Auvray, an entertainer returning home to try and win back his beautiful first love, Valerie Beaulieu. Valerie had ended their secret engagement so she can marry into the wealthy Beaulieu family. Hector begins to ‘court’ someone within the Beaulieu family, Nina Beaulieu, as a way to get closer to Valerie. This is a tale of love, betrayal and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.

This was historical fiction with romance and a splash of fantasy. There is telekinesis in this books but the story doesn’t put much focus on those aspects. You get to read through the perspective of these three incredibly flawed and complex characters as you watch their romance and lives unfold. I loved getting to see these characters develop and also show their true colours. I loved Nina, she was wild, honest and youthful, and I felt so protective over her.

As someone who enjoys a great antagonist, I am very pleased with the ones in this story. They were just so good, I loved and really really hated them. I usually don’t often read books like this, especially ones with ‘drama and scandals,’ but I honestly enjoyed it. Overall it was very beautifully written and I was completely invested despite the pacing. I think this book was way better than Mexican Gothic and I was very satisfied with how it ended.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review.

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