The Beautiful Ones
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle époque.
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 Valerie 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 dreamt of. But Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.
In search of Valerie, Hector discovers Nina and finds himself intrigued by her difference from other women. She doesn't hold her tongue and fancies beetles over jewelry. Initially, Hector decides to court Nina to get back at Valerie for not waiting for him. Then, it becomes so much more, but Valerie doesn't like to share.
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is weaved with deception and passion. As I read, I grew angrier and more annoyed with Valerie. If she couldn't be happy, then nobody else could either, especially the spoiled Nina. I love the fantasy element of telekinesis and the strength that Nina has.
Final Verdict: I recommend this to fans of scandal, romance, and fantasy. I have never read a story like this that made me frustrated and happy all in once and in a good way.