The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

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 becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Sex worker slurs
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Colourism
  • Segregation discussed
  • Attempted rape recounted (theme)
  • Nightmares & flashbacks
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Emesis
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a mother & father recounted
  • Murder
  • Torture recounted
  • Gun violence
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