Release Day: October 24, 2017
I received an early copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press so I ended up actually finishing it on the release day. The Beautiful Ones surprised me with the smoothness of the text. I had never read anything by this author, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, but I will definitely read other books of hers now. There was a lot more romance in the story than I would typically seek out in a novel (I am far from a ‘romantic’) but it is subtle and romantic in a way that even I could relate to and enjoy. While I was reading, I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of a more modern version of William Makepeace Thackeray’s, Vanity Fair, but with magic!
The atmosphere was thick with old world upper class traditions (most notably, gossip!) and excesses; easily transporting the reader to the streets and parties of Loisail (the city where the majority of the action takes place). The main characters were quirky and full of vices; spewing forth with inner desires. It is told from the perspective of multiple characters and moves along at a steady pace; although it may be considered a slow burn, taking a while for the action to truly heat up. There is plenty of beauty and angst in this novel to keep one entertained and I would certainly recommend it to friends who enjoy novels of love, envy and magic.