The Ruined (The Beautiful Quartet)

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The Ruined (The Beautiful Quartet)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
December 05, 2023
ISBN
978-1984812643
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The stunning conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling quartet that began with The Beautiful.

The Sylvan Vale and the Sylvan Wyld are at war. Now that the unsteady truce between them has been broken, lines must be drawn. In an effort to protect the weakened Winter Court, Bastien rallies powerful allies and friends in New Orleans to come to their aid.

Meanwhile, under protection alongside her injured mother in the Summer Court, Celine is uncertain of whom to trust. She cannot get word to Bastien, and does not understand why he has not returned. When she realizes war between the fey courts is imminent, she journeys with Ali in an effort to find the time traveling mirror and change their fate.

But when Celine’s rivals realize Bastien has rallied his allies in the mortal world, they decide to take the fight to him.

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Vampires versus the Fae
(Updated: February 01, 2024)
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3.3
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
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In a clash of supernatural worlds, our four main characters fight for the ending they deserve. With the Vale and the Wyld at war, each person must choose their side. Finally reunited with her mother, Celine finds herself not wanting to leave her side, no matter how much Bastien pleas. Pippa finds herself dragged away violently by the wolves and Arjun is left behind to mourn her.

When Bastien learns of Celine’s mother’s schemes, he decides he will do anything to save her. But with communication not being their strongest attribute, Celine assumes Bastien is plotting against her. Poisoned by the words around her, Celine can’t determine which direction is the correct one and feels like she has nobody on her side. Pippa goes through the transformation of a lifetime and her path leads her back to her heart, Arjun. But war waits for nobody.

THE RUINED is the fourth and final installment of The Beautiful series, but it doesn’t really feel like an ending. I’m not sure if she’s preparing for spin-offs, but I still have so many questions. Like the others, it alternates point of views between Celine, Bastien, Arjun, and Pippa, but this time, I feel like they lacked their usual depth. Except Arjun. He never fails to disappoint. While the plot is fast paced, most of it was driven by high emotions rather than context.


Final Verdict: Overall, it’s a decent read, especially if you’re this far invested into the series. I do hope there’s going to be some spin offs so we see some loose ends tie up. I would recommend this to fans of fantasy, romance, politics, and the supernatural. We get to see fae, werewolves, and vampires all clash together in a fight to be at the top.
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3.7
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3.0
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4.0
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What I liked:
The Ruined is the final book, but as many reviewers have said, it did not feel like the end. Is there a spin-off in the wings that will give us closure on some of the other storylines that seemed to be lacking in this final book? The book is fast-paced, and it is easy to fall back into the story as we waited a long time for this one. The Author achieved greatness in the themes of love, loss, trust, and sacrifice, but I wanted a more adventurous, thrilling, and touching romantic ending.
Final Verdict:
I feel we were left with many more questions than happily ever after, and I hope there may be another story hiding in the wings. It would not be the first time an author says this series is done, and suddenly, we get another book years later. We shall see.
Audiobook Review: Strong narrator who thankfully narrated this whole quartet of books. Lauren Ezzo is easy to listen to and brings life to the characters as she narrates the story. I think an audiobook is the way to go for this series, as it was easy to fall into the story and see myself in New Orleans and in the Land of the Fae.
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