The Damned: 2 (The Beautiful) Hardcover – Import, 7 July 2020
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"Forbidden romance and harsh consequences set up this highly anticipated sequel that will leave you wanting so much more." —Seventeen.com
"Expansive worldbuilding...romantic...steamy...Decadent escapism.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Forbidden love, sultry romance, and clashing immortal factions fill this sequel . . . [and] will keep readers engaged...For fans of vampire love stories.” —School Library Journal
“I loved this book. Beautiful, tortured Bastien…The stellar worldbuilding/the lurking presence of the Otherworld and V A M P I R E S. A clear win.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves
“A worthy sequel that builds upon the world set up in book one and takes our characters to far darker places than before.” —Culturess
“The Damned continues the thematic elegance and glamour found in The Beautiful and manages to take it up another level . . . There is a deep and seductive ambience that weaves throughout the story and leaves you feeling like you are reading the novel while lounging in a richly appointed New Orleans drawing room….The supernatural world that Ahdieh builds in this series is nothing short of fantastic.” —The Nerd Daily
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- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (7 July 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984812580
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984812582
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 522 g
- Dimensions : 14.81 x 3.33 x 21.67 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Impossibly I think I actually adored this book even more than the first in the series. Given the situation that our central characters were left within there was perhaps less romance than in ‘The Beautiful’ but what we got instead – details that I’d been craving of all things supernatural! – made up for this. Naturally a lot of these details were about vampires and how they worked within this world but there was more detail on other supernatural beings too like the Brotherhood (although yes, I will say that I’d love to know more about their history still) and much to my delight the fey. As someone who has absolutely adored books featuring them in the past the inclusion of them thrilled me to no end.
Character wise I got to discover a lot more about the supporting characters within this novel and I simply adored that. Up until this point Jae was just in the background but now I find him fascinating. I’d love to learn even more about his past! Snippets of the other vampires’ histories were revealed too as well as little bits of information about the other individuals surrounding both Celine and Sébastien. Odette is someone who I continue to adore; the other members of Sébastien’s family became more defined (although I would be thrilled to learn even more, especially about Boone who is probably the least explored as of now). The Grimaldis fascinated me although I would say that I’d love to see more of them too. And I was happy to see Pippa continuing to make an appearance.
When it comes to Celine there were an incredible amount of revelations to uncover about her within this novel and I honestly did not see them coming. And yes I will confess I fell for Sébastien even more deeply. How can anybody resist a character like him? Charming, dangerous, beautiful and alluring.
The writing was just as exquisite as it was within book one but differed slightly in the way that it branched out to include more points of view. Although they’d been there before they were more frequent and varied within this book – helping to cast deeper light on different characters and I really did enjoy this. Due to circumstances the romance was less present but when it was on the page it was strong, and sizzling, as ever. Plus, unless it was just me, I have a feeling that there’s another romantic paring planned for the future. Hints are there, at any rate.
There were moments that caught me off guard, adventures in unexpected places, tension, twists and so much danger throughout. I honestly did absolutely adore this book and can’t wait to see where on earth book three ventures. One moment did, admittedly, leave me slightly uncertain and question whether it was out of character or not for an individual. As it involved an off page conversation – and could be explained with some more glimpses of the character’s past perhaps – I’m hoping everything will become clear later on in the series.
So overall I absolutely recommend this book! I honestly could quite happily pick it up again to re-read straight away. The direction that this series is heading in thrills me; it’s as deadly yet alluring as ever. Although I do have to say ‘how dare you!’ about one moment! Ah that devastated me. Although naturally I can’t say anymore than that due to the spoiler risk. Bring on book three already!
So, that promised to become an interesting book.
Well, surprisingly, it was anything but.
All the build up, story wise and romance wise, went nowhere. I was hoping for relationship development and a lot of Celine/Bastien time. Unfortunately Celine was very absent in this book. She seemed more like a side character.
When she finally appeared and interacted with Bastien, it was a highlight. But those moments were spare and they didn't really advance their relationship.
Bastien was more present, but boy, was he annoying. He went from mysterious to whiny and his self loathing was not really believable. I mean, seriously, he didn't even do anything bad. I didn't really feel for him and just wanted him to get over himself.
Celine was still a great character, but like I said, she was barely there.
Her whole story ark was done with quite quickly and I didn't really understand the point of making her lose her memory, if it has no consequence.
We get a lot of POVs from side characters I didn't care about and who didn't really bring anything to the story. One, was simply an inner monologue and really had no useful information in it. I mean, why.
Michael, who was a great contrast to Bastien in the first book, was just boring. I really liked him before. He was a real rival and could have been a real love interest for Celine. But he was pretty much sidelined here and lost all his allure.
The book wasn't bad, but really disappointing.
I felt rushed and disjointed.
The next book won't even be about Celine and Bastien anymore, at least not primarily. It feels like the author wanted too many things at once, to make it more "big". But the simplicity of the first book was the good part. Not too many characters, no overarching plot, a promising romance. I don't know, if I will read the next book. Maybe, to get some closure on the story.
There is no explicit content.
Dammit Renée. Girl you know waiting is torture.
Slightly slow to start and quite a bit darker than the first book, but I was totally involved!