RELEASE DATE: July 7th 2020
AUTHOR: Renée Ahdieh
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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 Damned is the second installment in the Beautiful series. I really loved the first book in the series. After that heavy cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second one, but sadly it wasn’t as thrilling as the first book. I’m not saying it was a bad sequel. It’s an enjoyable read filled with lots of surprising twists but It was missing that wow factor. If you haven’t read the first book then skip reading the below review.
To save Bastien, Celine agreed to erase memories of him and now she’s recovering her injuries without any memories of him. Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. He’s a fallen and now he has to adjust to a new immortal life while thirsting for blood. When Bastien’s sister realizes that her plans had failed and her brother still lives, she conjures an ultimate plan by building a war between the Brotherhood and the Fallen. Meanwhile, Celine has been disturbed by her dreams since the incident and she decides to find the answers by herself. During her search, she uncovers the secrets about herself and her past.
I enjoyed Celine’s character in the first book but she seemed a bit dull in this one. She was grown and matured, but I really missed her sassy personality. Bastien is brooding over the loss of his humanity. He created lots of drama at the initial stage of transition. He was devastated with the change. He lashed out at his friends and rebelled against his maker. I’m glad that he finally got out of it. The reunion between the Celine and Bastien was a bit cliched. I wish there isn’t a triangle in this book, the other character named Micheal, the young detective is also vying for Celine. I really felt bad for this guy, I knew that he never stood a chance. Poor guy. I liked Odette, Jae, and Arjun’s character. I’m glad we get to know more about them. I really found Jae’s character very interesting. He’s a deadly assassin who’s been harboring many secrets. Pippa didn’t get much page time but I did enjoyed her friendship with Celine. She tries to prevent Celine from getting back into the deadly world La Cour des Lions but we all know how stubborn she is. And I also liked Pippa’s banter with Arjun even though it was pretty short. I’m totally rooting for these two.
The plot began with the backstory of all supporting characters. It was a bit info dumpy but I still liked it. The pace was slow at the beginning but it’ll improve as the plot progresses. There’s lots of twists in the book which I didn’t see coming. The author withheld so many secrets. After reading this book, the first book seemed more like an intro. This one explores deeper into the magical side of the world and we’re introduced to some new characters. The writing was great and unlike first book, it was written in multiple POV’s which can be a bit of an issue if you aren’t fan of multiple perspectives. The world building was nicely done. We finally get the full picture in this book.
Overall, I liked this book! Even though it’s not my favorite sequel, I’m hoping there’s going to be another book in the series.
I would recommend this book if you like YA historical books with supernatural/paranormal elements.
So, What do you think of this series? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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