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

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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!

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Here are some of our favorite posts from readers who journeyed back to 1872 New Orleans with us for our month of #TheBeautifulBeDamned!

 

The Beautiful is SO GOOD that sometimes you’ll finish it all in one night:

 

And those vampires and demons will give you Twilight vibes:


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#review #giftedcopy I joined the read along hosted by @penguinteen and finished last night! This was surprisingly good! I loved the 1800’s New Orleans vibe, the take on a vampires and demons and the story overall. I’m so ready for The Damned coming out in July! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ —————— #reseña No esperaba que esta novela me gustara tanto. Situada en los 1800’s Celine Russeau escapa de su pasado en Francia viajando a America. Lo que ella no sabe es qué hay cosas más peligrosas allá. Ready para la secuela The Damned que sale a la venta en Julio. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . . . . #Thebeautiful #TheBeautifulbedamned #books #book #libros #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #read #library #bibliophile #igreads #instabooks #quarantine #ilovebooks #booksobsessed #bookbuddies #booksharks #booklover #bookworm #leer #bookphotagraphy #bookcover #bookaholic #booksofinstagram #bookcommunity

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FOR REAL, THAT VILLAIN REVEAL THO!!!


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#ad Do you keep pace with read-alongs (or buddy reads) or do you skip ahead?⠀ ⠀ I don’t do buddy reads because I tend to read pretty fast, though I’ve been keeping pace with The Beautiful read-along that @penguinteen is hosting. After the last chapter, though, I’m glad I don’t have to wait before finishing the rest of the book because things are definitely coming to a head and I’m dying to know what happens next!⠀ ⠀ The chapters I just read revealed a bit more about the unknown villain, who’s still a mystery and I honestly have no idea who/what it is! Celine and Bastien made a little progress on the romance front but I need more!!! Sooner rather than later. As I mentioned, it seems like something major is about to happen so I’m eager to dive in to the next set of chapters. ⠀ ⠀ Week 4 has started. We’re in the final stretch, so now we’re reading until we reach the end! More details about the read-along can be found at the link in my bio. Special thanks to Penguin Teen for my free copy of The Beautiful!⠀ ⠀ #TheBeautifulBeDamned #PenguinTeenPartner #sponsoredpost #booknerd #bookworm #ilovebooks #bookish #booklover #bookaddict #booknerd #igreads #bibliophile #yabookstagram #yabooks #ireadya #yalit #yareads #yafiction

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Celine’s relationships are such a vital part of the story, and we all we want is for her, Pippa, and Bastien to JUST BE OKAY:


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MONDAY HUGS, BOOKIES— QOTD: What’s something that made you happy today? . We’ve hit the final week of #TheBeautifulBeDamned Read-Along! I’m rereading, so I know what the ending holds. But rereading, I’ve also picked up on all these nuances that I missed the first time around, and I’m excited to see how that’ll impact my experience of the ending. What I’m loving where I’m at in the story right now, is watching Celine’s relationships play out. Both her friendship to Pippa and her (let’s see what happens here) relationship to Bastien. And then, of course, I’m swooning over the writing, which is, let me just say, pretty much damn near perfect. . #reneeahdieh #penguinteenpartner #vampirebooks #paranormalromance #whattoreadnext #currentlyreading

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Plus, reading The Beautiful this month with all of you was so much fun!


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What book(s) are you looking to finish before the end of the month? It’s hard to believe that May is almost over But here we are in the final week! I will be finishing The Gravity of Us today And wrapping up my reread of The Beautiful (more on that shortly). I’m also listening to Clap When You Land. But it’s a short audio so I’ll need to pick out at least one more And maybe attempt to squeeze in one more physical book… That might be too ambitious though Maybe I’ll pick up The Damned! I just got my hands on an early copy and I’m so excited to read it But I’m not sure I’d finish it by the end of the month and I admit that bugs me… So I might wait and start it ASAP in June! Anyone else ridiculous like this? For those of you following along with #TheBeautifulBeDamned read along, swipe to see the final week schedule. I can’t believe how time has flown by!! But it’s been so much fun. I’m so glad that @penguinteen organized this so we could all read together ——————— #reneeahdieh #onmyshelf #readmorebooks #booknookstagram #bookoftheday #becauseofreading #totalbooknerd #bookaddiction #yareads #booknerdigans #bookobsessed #fortheloveofbooks #mykindofbook #readersgonnaread #readingislife #alwaysreading #everysquareastory #photooftheday #flatlayphotography #flatlayout #flatlayforever

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We can’t wait to do it all again… especially since The Damned is coming out in ONE MONTH!


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What book are you reading this weekend? I will be continuing with #TheBeautifulBeDamned read-a-long that I’m participating in! I can’t believe we are almost done with this book! I can’t believe I haven’t read this week’s chapters – this week FLEW by! My goal is to finish weekend. I’m having so much fun rereading this. I don’t have anything to currently add since I haven’t read this week’s chapters yet, but I’m curious to see how the rest plays out (even though I know the ending), but more so all the things that lead up to the reveal of who this “spooky, creepy” character! I’ve really missed all my vampire reads, but I am extremely grateful to @reneeahdieh and for her writing this epic story! I mean, vampires and New Orleans?! Seriously, what could be better than that?! If you are participating in the read a long, who is your favorite character? Do you have any predictions? Of course, going into the final week, we need to have the book finished. So, we are reading chapters: “Darkness Incarnate” to “Epilogue” (AKA the end). The sequel, The Damned is coming out on July 7th! It will be here before we know it!!! • #PenguinTeenPartner #PenguinTeen #reneeahdieh #youngadultbooksgram #youngadultlit #youngadultbook #youngadultfantasy #yanovels #bookclubofinstagram #booksfordays #addictedtobooks #littlereader #livelifeloud #bookstack #bookshelves #bookslover #bookdragon #audiophile #youngadults #yalovin #yareads #yafiction #bookspines

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There is *definitely* more to Celine’s choice than what it seems, but… shhh okay we can’t say more:


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“She was no lamb. She was a lion.” – Renée Ahdieh • Q O T D How do you like to unwind after a long workday? • Who else is participating in #TheBeautifulBeDamned read along? ‍♀️ The Beautiful was my first read of the year this year and yesterday I was lucky enough to score an ARC of The Damned via Netgalley thanks to @penguinteen • In this reread I’m pretty excited to re-examine this ending! No spoilers, but I feel like there’s more to Celine than we were lead to believe. • Swipe to see week four chapters for the read along. Also enjoy the second photo where my husband literally said, as he took my photo, “that’s the face you’re going with? Really? That? Okay, I guess.” ‍♀️love that he keeps it real with me. • #bookishcoven – Belladonna: purple theme… nailed it ‍♀️

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Every time we read it, we’re still shocked by those gasp-worthy moments every. forking. time.

 

Also, did we mention how pretty those covers look side by side?


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#TheBeautifulBeDamned read along with @penguinteen is almost over! ⁣ ⁣ I have been reading along with all of you and a group of readers in my chat, and have been anticipating The Damned being released July 7! ⁣ ⁣ The Beautiful just continued my vampy month of May, and definitely made me want to plan a trip to NOLA! ⁣ ⁣ QOTD: Have you ever been to NOLA? What is your favorite thing to do there? Ever done haunted tours or supernatural things? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #thebeautiful #thedamned #reneeadieh #penguinteen #penguinteenpartner #vampirebooks #vampires #yafantasy #yafiction #yabooks #youngadultbooks #youngadultfiction #ireadya #toread #tbr #whattoread #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblog #bookblogger #instabookstagram

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And just how stunning the cover of The Damned is?

 

Beware of spoilers for The Beautiful… but The Damned is almost here and we can’t wait for everyone to learn the true consequences of Celine’s choice…


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Have you read @reneeahdieh’s YA Historical Fantasy, THE BEAUTIFUL? @penguinteen gifted me a copy last year and I loved it, 4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨. It was packed full with mysterious characters and sultry New Orleans atmosphere. Add in romance, murder, and a heroine torn between a life of quiet expectations and a desire for dark, dangerous thrills, and you’ve got a book that I didn’t want to stop reading. (whispers loudly, “plus, vampires”) • So, I did a freaking happy dance when I was notified last week that an e-copy of the sequel, THE DAMNED, was coming my way! (Another whisper, “that’s a bit of photoshop above… shhhhh, don’t tell.”) Another huge thank you to @penguinteen for the early gift. I know what I’ll be reading next week. • Look for THE DAMNED on shelves July 7th, 2020. • • SYNOPSIS: Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not ready to learn. Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart. • • • #thebeautiful #thedamned #reneeahdieh #yafantasy #yahistoricalfantasy #bookflatlay #bedofroses #bookstagram #netgalley #earlyreader #vampires #neworleans #bookwormlife #bibliophile #thebeautifulbedamned #creativebookstagram #bookart #readerforlife

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