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The Beautiful

By Renée Ahdieh
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About The Beautiful

Instant New York Times and Indie Bestseller!

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

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Week 4 Recap: The Beautiful Read-Along is complete!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for The Beautiful Read-Along! It’s been 4 awesome weeks of sinking our teeth into Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful, and after that ending, we need The Damned NOW! Don’t forget to download your Instagram Story checklists and tag us @penguinteen! Week 4 Checklist: Download here!   Reaction Template: Download here! Here are … Continued
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Week 2 Recap: The Beautiful Read-Along!

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Week 3 Recap: The Beautiful Read-Along is nearing its end!

We’ve made it to Week 3 of dipping our fangs into Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. It’s been an epic experience reading the book with you this month, especially as Celine Rousseau and Sébastian Saint Germain’s romance has been HEATING. ALL. THE. WAY. UP. Here are a few of our favorite posts from readers who are reading … Continued
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Week 1 Recap: Here’s who joined our The Beautiful Read-Along!

We’re so excited to be sinking our teeth into Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful with you this month! Week 1 of our Read-Along has come to a close, and here are some of our favorite posts from readers who are reading (or re-reading) the book with us! It’s not too late to join our Read-Along! Be … Continued
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The Beautiful Read-Along!

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