Review: The Damned (The Beautiful #2)

“Let them see what I’ve become. Let them fear me.”

Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Format: e-Book
Genre: Fantasy


Synopsis

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2) by Renée Ahdieh

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.


The Verdict

It’s always a bit of a bummer when a sequel doesn’t live up to your expectations. After the cliffhanger The Beautiful left us on I was so excited to dive back into this world and see how Sébastien and Celine’s story continued. And this really did get off to a promising start but then slowly went downhill and definitely left me hoping for more.

If you missed my review for book one The Beautiful you can find it HERE!

What I Liked

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Found family. One of the reasons I was so excited to jump back into this world is because I love the Court of Lions and how loyal all the characters are to one another even if they aren’t blood related. Only this time the author adds a plot twist of one of the members not being as loyal as the others thought. It was interesting to see everyone’s reaction and hurt towards the betrayal all the while struggling with their love and respect for that member at the same time.

💖 Pining for each other. I truly wish there was more of this but a girl will take what she can get. When Sébastien and Celine are together it’s so good. Between their banter, attraction to one another, and the tension between them it makes my heart skip a beat. Now add to the mix that Celine doesn’t remember most of the events of book one while Sébastien is still hopelessly in love with her and it made for some good ol’ pain and suffering.

What I Didn’t Like

⁉️ This isn’t a duology? I’m not sure if I’m delusional and making things up but I thought this was supposed to be a duology. Which obviously now that I’ve finished this book I understand there’s no way that’s possible but I honestly don’t know how I feel about another 1-2 more books in this world at the pace it’s going. I spent a good chunk of time thinking to myself it was absolutely impossible that the author was going to be able to wrap up the story with so little time left and obviously I was right but now where’s the news on when or how many other books are going to be in this series?!

🧛🏻‍♂️ More vampires, please. This was one of my issues with the first book and I really thought that we would get to see a lot more of the vampires in this book after how the first one ended. But sadly, I was left yet again feeling like I wanted more vampires. The parts that had them were so good and I just wanted more and more. Hopefully, third times a charm and we’ll finally get more in the next book.

📈 Pacing. The beginning of this book started off really promising and I genuinely thought that this book would end up being better than the first one. But once I got to the last 50 or so pages I realized not much had happened in terms of action. Having it all jam packed into the last 50 pages didn’t do much for me at all. Plus, the “war” between the Brotherhood and the Fallen that’s mentioned in the synopsis was built up like it was going to be this huge part of the book only for it to wind up being about 10-15 pages long. Definitely a bummer for me.

Until next time,

3 thoughts on “Review: The Damned (The Beautiful #2)

  1. I only knew this was a planned quartet because the only place that knowledge seemed to be publicized was in a Q + A card in the The Beautiful Fairyloot box. It’s super frustrating, tbh.

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    1. Omg 2 more books?! No way! I’ve been looking everywhere to see how many it books it would be and found nothing. Thanks for letting me know!

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