My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Title: The Damned (The Beautiful, #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
Categories: Vampires, Young Adult, New Orleans, Romance, Historical Fantasy
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 quite ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.
My Attention: struggled to stay interested
World Building: lovely world building of New Orleans
Writing Style: slow…writing is lovely, but to slow paced for me
Bringing the Heat: 🔥 – I was expecting more
Crazy in Love: not much of a love triangle because it’s clear who Celine wants
Creativity: I did enjoy the supernaturals and in this book more of the fey world is explained
Mood: mixed feelings
Triggers: blood, violence
My Takeaway: Family can betray you.
- The reason I enjoyed the first book in the series was the lush setting of New Orleans. Once again, the setting is enjoyable plus we get to travel to another world, that of the Lady of the Vale (the fey).
- We learn more about the past – we find out how vampires were made. We are introduced to the fey and we get to know backstories about a few characters.
- I like knowing more about Celine’s past and makes me wonder about her future.
- The secondary characters like Odette, Jae and Arjun stand out in this volume more than Bastien and Celine. I really got into Jae’s story.
- I like the diversity in the book with the characters whether it be their ethnicity or sexual preferences.
- I was expecting way more from this book (like WAY more action) but was disappointed with the slow pace of the beginning.
- Bastien and Celine’s relationship was what was enticing about The Beautiful but in this one they are mostly apart…or try to stay apart. It left me with mild feelings and I was expecting a burning longing between them. There were some moments between them…but again, my expectations were high.
- As much as I did enjoy learning about the fey…I think it took away from the whole vampire element – at least for me. It took off in a direction that was unexpected…and I’m not sure if it was a good surprise, at least to me. Maybe I’m still processing…
- There are SO many questions still -Emilie for one hasn’t been dealt with at all. Also there is a cliffhanger…one that was shocking but, does it make want to read book three? Right now…I’d say no. But who knows how I will feel next year?
The world building is still lush, the cast of characters is diverse, and it’s a world of supernaturals from vampires, werewolves and fey. The romance is predictable since we obviously can see Michael has no chance in hell with Celine if Bastien’s around. There is a lot here to keep readers entertained but for me it fell short of my expectations.