October 23, 2017

Book Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Source: Netgalley

In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque.

How could I not be drawn to this novel set in a fantasy Belle Epoque? The world Moreno-Garcia has created is darkly glimmering, peopled with aristocrats, some of whom have telekinetic powers, navigating the Grand Season. The trick is to let yourself sink in and be swept along by the author’s gorgeous writing. The fantasy aspect is more a tinge than an immersive experience, as the novel focuses more on the romantic crises of various hearts. I am intrigued enough by the author’s style that I will be exploring her other work. 

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