911? hello? I’d like to report a murder of my heart at the hands of Renée Ahdieh. 😭😭😭 While this book wasn’t as big of a slam dunk for me, I am in desperate need of the third book (also since when is this not a duology?). If you were left wanting for paranormal in The Beautiful, let me tell you that you’ll love the expansion of the worldbuilding and supernatural elements.
While this review is spoiler-free for The Damned, it may contain spoilers for The Beautiful so tread lightly if you haven’t read the first book in the series.
If you’re a fan of mutual pining and star-crossed romance, this series is certainly for you. The Beautiful features one of my favorite slow-burn romances, and The Damned has torn the two lovers apart, breaking my heart in two. Bastien and Celine were put through the ringer and I appreciate that this series installment grapples with those events before moving forward.