Saturday, April 22, 2023

Review: THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Rating: 2/5 stars

Okay so the beginning of the book was pretty slow, sitting at around a two-star rating. Then the middle of the book was quite boring and I really didn’t care at all what was happening. I almost DNFed twice, and I thought for sure I would rate this book one star. Then the ending of the book was incredible! I don’t know what happened to turn things around so completely but I was enthralled by the last two hours of the audiobook and loved the conclusion.

The Beautiful Ones takes place around the turn of the twentieth century (I think) and follows Nina as she makes her debut in high society. She ends up falling for an entertainer named Hector, who has telekinetic abilities like herself. The novel follows their tumultuous romance full of passion, betrayal, grief, desire, and lies.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing was excellent in this novel, and I’m looking forward to reading more books by her. I think my main problem with this book was the historical setting and the slow pace of the narrative. I normally like character-driven stories but I didn’t find the characters to be very likable here so I didn’t want to spend time getting to know them.

I think The Beautiful Ones will be an excellent book for the right audience, of which I was not. It reminded me of The Great Gatsby mixed with The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, both of which I didn’t love. If you enjoy historical narratives featuring wealthy characters who are insufferable combined with a tale of passion and love and featuring just a dash of the fantastical, then you might consider checking out this story. 

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