This is my first unboxing post as I finally decided to order
a subscription box, having been eyeing them up for ages! There are various book
subscription boxes you can get, which usually include a book and a selection of
goodies. Plus, it’s a surprise, as you don’t know what the book or items will
Fairyloot is a UK-based YA fantasy subscription box. If you
subscribe, you get a box a month which includes a hardback book and 5-6
exclusive goodies around a theme. You can subscribe monthly, or there are 3
month and 6 month pre-paid options. The monthly cost is £26. Or you can get a
single purchase and just buy a one-off box, which is what I decided to do. It’s
pretty expensive to get monthly, so I just decided I would by a box
occasionally as a single purchase when a theme catches my eye.
Be warned there will be spoilers for the contents of the October box in this post!
The October theme is ‘Love at First Bite’. I’m sure for a lot of people this must be their dream box, as there are a lot of vampire fans out there. I’m not super into vampires, but I really wanted the book in this box so decided to go for it. I got an eARC of The Beautiful and loved it, so wanted to get my hands on a physical copy and couldn’t resist a signed exclusive copy.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Publishing Info: October 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.
you so much to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for the eARC of this book.
tad late with this review. I did start reading it before it was released, but
didn’t end up having much time to read on my holiday to Amsterdam. But better
late than never!
premise for this book instantly got my attention. Vampires. Murder mystery. In
New Orleans. In the 1800s. Count me in. I’m quite hard to please when it
comes to vampire novels. I think because I have been disappointed by so many.
The historical New Orleans setting was certainly a great attraction, as it made
a change from all the modern day vampire novels. In fact, it didn’t feel
necessarily like a vampire novel, which is a good thing, as it felt like its
own rather than trying too hard to fit a mould.
There is a mysterious, sumptuous atmosphere in much
of the book, which Reneé Ahdieh does an excellent job at capturing. Alluring is
a good word to describe this book. I also can’t help but love a good murder
mystery! However I did feel by the end still quite in the dark about all the
mysterious people, and whether they are all vampires or something else. That
air of mystery is very effective for most of the book, but it would have been
more satisfying to get more answers and a clearer picture of this shadowy
paranormal world by the end.