“The Beautiful Ones” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Well I absolutely adored Gods of Jade and Shadow but was left rather underwhelmed by Mexican Gothic so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. The initial premise sounded interesting and it seemed to have a hint of The Night Circus about it so I thought I’d give it a shot.

And boy am I ever glad that I did. This book is utterly superb. It’s largely set in the fictional city of Loisail (inspired by Paris…I think?) and concerns the lives of three main characters, Hector, a telekinetic, his first love Valerie, a wealthy society woman and Nina, the young cousin of Valerie’s husband who also has telekinetic abilities.

What I really liked about this book is that the character insights and development are superb. I made initial notes about them that turned out to be flat out wrong by the end of the book. Characters I initially disliked were beloved by the end of the book and vice verse. It’s not possible for me to elaborate on this without giving away key aspects of how the plot plays out, but it’s so refreshing to read this level of character detail.

I liked how the supernatural element was couched within the real life of the characters and wasn’t some mystical woo woo aspect of the story. The romances also managed to be deliciously angsty whilst still reading as credible and realistic.

This was a wonderful book, full of twists and turns and unexpected surprises which kept me utterly gripped from start to finish.

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