Review: The Beautiful Ones
Title: The Beautiful Ones
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip. Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.
My Review: The Beautiful ones is essentially a historical romance set in the early 20th century in Europe with a little bit of the fantastical thrown in to keep things interesting. The fantastical element is that both of the main characters have telekinetic abilities. That ability is used by men to produce shows for the public but displays by women are frowned on. I really liked the characters and felt that the author did a good job bringing them to life. I also enjoyed the detailed settings portrayed throughout the novel. On the other side though the book was a little to slow paced for me. I liked the love story but things advanced to slowly and I found myself losing interest. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romances with a bit of fantasy mixed in.
*I received this book from Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review*