The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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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.
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The Beautiful Ones is a talented twist on fantasy and historical fiction, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is well known for writing brilliant genre defying novels and this newest release is exactly as expected. The story focuses on young, naïve Nina, who enters society in the hopes of attracting a husband, but she struggles to conform with socialite life. I adored Nina as a character from the very beginning, she was rather quirky and eccentric but clearly had a heart of gold. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing style is so engaging and hypnotic, I would happily read absolutely anything she writes! I was immersed in the era of the story from the very first page by the tone of the dialogue and writing.
This novel is definitely a difficult one to describe in the way of genres, there is only just enough romance to keep the reader intrigued, it’s often described as fantasy due to the telekinesis abilities some character possess, and the feel and atmosphere of the story is historical in a fictional setting. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has once again created a beautifully unique novel that needs to be read to be fully understood. I would definitely recommend The Beautiful Ones to readers who enjoy tales of romance and secrets, mystery and magic!
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