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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis- neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse - and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina - and himself - that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.

The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2017 Silvia Moreno-Garcia (P)2021 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Straddling several genres with elegant intelligence, The Beautiful Ones is both an easy read and a fulfilling one.” (Locus)

"Truly one of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. This sweeping tale of love lost and found is told with old-world elegance and grace with just the right touch of magic." (M.J. Rose, New York Times best-selling author) 

“Moreno-Garcia fills her fantastic novel of manners with sumptuous language and plausible romantic complications in a setting that appears to be based on 19th-century France and is lightly garnished with minor magic.... Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle.” (Publishers Weekly

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Beautifully Written, Beautifully Boring, Horrifically Slow

I loved Mexican Gothic, so I looked forward to this new novel. Sadly, it was slow moving, just another triangle love story, and so boring. So many hours wasted to get to a predictable conclusion. I do not recommend this book, unless you have nothing better to do, but listen to lyrical writing that tells you a blah story about the limited choices women in history were forced to take. Save your credit.

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A well researched and intuitive depiction ...

Of upper class society and the myriad feminine nonsensicality oppressing all in days gone by. A read where the heroine is the villain, the protagonist a twat, and the male figure nothing more than an impudent, climbing scoundrel. Every page delights as Moreno-Garcia inverts paradigm and trope alike, transforming the banal into a breath of fresh air.

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Literally beautiful

This book is literally just a beautiful story. The ending was just absolute perfection and Sylvia knows how to develop and write characters. I really feel like I can understand what each character feels and goes through through this but I just absolutely love it. Her other novel Mexican Gothic was just as beautifully written.

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Wonderful book!

I loved the characters and story line! The romance, magic and drama was rich and well fleshed out. I especially loved the character of Nina who refused to bend to societal norms. After finishing the book I’m sad to no longer read about these characters, but I’m very glad I found this book.

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Disappointedly trite

Mexican Gothic was so enjoyable that I tried this one. It was formulaic and read like a young adult bodice ripper. The narrator made it even worse with a repeating up and down cadence...high pitched for excitement and a deeper, solemn tone for more portentous dialog.

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Refreshing

This is so not my genre of books but I was looking for something different. I loved every minute. The narrator was by far one of the very best of all the books I listen to. When they don’t annoy you at all it’s magic! The story was simple and yes stated interesting. Wish more books were like this. Well done!

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Narrator is amazing, pronunciation is great. The story captivated me at times, but I fell out of binge throughout. The special powers are not at impactful as I'd hope, though the ending wove them in beautifully.

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It was ok, I think the author could do much more with the story. I was hoping for a more adventurous story. It was descriptive enough to place you inside the story but not much action. I was expecting more fiction.

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I don't love love stories...

...but I do love this author, so I gave it a shot. Like Mexican Gothic, I felt that the story was fairly slow moving at first. Once it hit pace, however, it was a lovely ride. My only real complaint (and this is a pet peeve of mine across genres but especially in romances) was that failure to communicate functioned as a main plot device a few times where it just didn't seem all that plausible. Otherwise, this was well written, thought out, and a great story- one might even say it was a beautiful one.