The Beautiful Ones

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

fiction fantasy historical romance
adventurous mysterious slow-paced

327 pages | first published 2017

A young woman finding her way
It is Antonina Beaulieu's first Grand Season in the elegant city of Loisail. A chance to take her place in high society, to find a suitable husband, and to leave her checkered past behind. Because Antonina possesses telekinetic powers, powers she can't control, that have made her the subject of cruel gossip.

A gentleman with a secret
Famed telekinetic performer Hector Auvray is also new to the city. He arrives in Loisail with the intent of recapturing the heart of his former flame, the beautiful Valérie Beaulieu, and finds his way into her household by courting Antonina.

Astounded by Hector's abilities, which she wishes to master, and flattered by his attention, Antonina does not suspect the duplicitous drama which will unfold.

A romance with a dash of the fantastic
Set in a sumptuous world inspired by the Belle Epoque, where scandal is a dreaded weapon, The Beautiful Ones is a tale of desire and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion.

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emotional 75%
adventurous 25%
dark 25%
mysterious 25%
tense 25%
hopeful 12%
sad 12%


medium 50%
slow 37%
fast 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 42% | Yes: 42% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 16%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

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