The Beautiful and the Damned Hardcover – 1 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Jessica Verday is the "New York Times" bestselling author of The Hollow trilogy. Her short stories have been featured in "The First Time" anthology, which she co-edited, and "Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions". She believes a shoe isn t a shoe unless it has a three-inch heel, and nothing beats a great pair of boots. When not daydreaming about moving into a library of her own, she can be found working on her next story, redecorating her office, or buying vintage furniture. Find out more about "The Beautiful and the Damned", The Hollow trilogy, and the forthcoming Of Monsters and Madness series at JessicaVerday.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The Beautiful and The Damned is a companion book to the Hollows trilogy, and is a quick read, which, at first, the story is a bit uninteresting but it definitely picked up and I was on the edge of my seat to see what happens next. It has been a while since I have read the Hollows trilogy and while I was a bit lost with some bits, I was able to follow the story.
Cyn is a strong chick as she has been through lots and yet she still fights to survive, and also she could also easily abuse her powers, but she doesn't as she is a good person. Avian is a complex character as he is scarred from his past, and is dealing out justice to though who deserve it, but is very loyal to those he cares about. I thought there would be more romance in this book than there was, as it was really subtle. I really like that there is a cameo of Abby and Caspian as it was good to see them again.
I did not expect the ending and it was an interesting twist. I hope there is more books in this series as I would like to see more of Cyn and Avian. I would recommend to fans of The Hollows trilogy.
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One thing I will say is the plot is completely resolved and I think this book is meant to stand alone however, I still see lots of potential for Cyn and Avian should Verday decide to write another book based on these characters. The tension and sass between these two is fantastic and I love their connection. The last book of the Hollows trilogy ended with our heroine Abbey in very unexpected circumstances and many of the fans weren't happy with the ending of that series. I was ok with it but it truly was unexpected. Verday uses as scene toward the end of this companion novel to reintroduce Abbey and to assure us that Abbey and her love Caspian are still happy and in love. They are ok with the place they are in so the fans should be too. I think it was such a nice addition to the book and I applaud the author for including them, even briefly.
I can't think of a negative thing to say about "The Beautiful and the Damned" except that the cost of the hardback is a little bit high, but I found it worth the cost and if you need to watch for deals or buy the ebook because it was just such a enjoyable read. If you never had a chance to read the Hollow series, you are missing out.
Confession time: I didn't realize this book was a spin off from another series until right before I started reading it. I just requested it, thinking it sounded like a pretty awesome read. And, when I found out it was a spin off, I was worried that I might end up confused while reading this, since I didn't read the original series. But, the author did a great job explaining the backstory so that I, having not read the first series, could understand without weighing down the story. And I ended up liking this book so much that I want to go back and read the original series, The Hollow. For fans of The Hollow series and new readers to this world, The Beautiful and the Damned is a book not to be missed.
Cyn was a strong heroine. She was one tough chick, to go through everything she has been through and still fight to survive. And she was a very likable character. I thought she was great. I really liked her.
Avian was also wonderful. He was a delightfully complex character. A half demon, half angel, complete with the horns and the wings. And he has his own brand of justice that he has no problem doling out to the evil supernatural creatures. He was strong and determined to do what he believed was right. And, his loyalty to his loved ones was always assured. When he wanted to, he could be quite sweet, though he hasn't had much practice at it. Still, I thought he was wonderful and I adored him. He was a great character.
The romance was steadily developed. It took a while for Cyn and Avian to trust each other first, considering the fact that neither of them have much practice in trusting others. And I like that it was realistic in the way the romance developed. I thought these two were sweet together. I haven't heard about a sequel yet, but I hope to see how their story continues.
The plot was okay. It sdragged a little in the beginning, for about the first half. But, once we get past that slow start, things speed up and I was hooked from there. There were thrills, secrets, surprises, and near death danger. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious to find out what happens to these two next. Hopefully, we'll get news of a sequel soon.
The Beautiful and the Damned was a darkly brilliant YA paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. For fans of The Hollow series, I have no doubt you won't be disappointed. For readers new to this world, this is a book you'll want to check out.
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Cyn was an interesting character in the trilogy, so it's great to find out more about her. There was enough 'different' about her that I'd wondered if she was completely human. Well, now I know.
Thirteen struggles with conflicting sides of himself, but there's nothing emo about it. He's practical, but pretty much a loner. And the reasons why all make sense.
It's not necessary to have read the trilogy to enjoy this book, but it will enrich the experience. There were a few "Ah-HA!!" moments here.
Good story, excellent writer, well worth the read =)
Growing up, Cyn has always seen faces in the mirror other than her own. Now sixteen, she has started blacking out, not remembering anything about her lost time. When she wakes up covered in her boyfriend's blood and convinced she murdered him, she panics and runs from Sleepy Hallow to a small town in New York. Cyn finds that she can make people bend to her wishes and make them do anything for her without them remembering. She coerces people to "loan" her cars, give her larger tips at her waitress job and supply her with alcohol and cigarettes when she needs. Then she wanders into a bar and has no luck at all with the staff. She also sees that the some of the guys there are not at all human. And these guys recognize her for what she is: an Echo, someone who has souls of those not ready to pass on using her body much like a parasite.
At the bar, she meets Avian, a Revenant, born of a demon and angel and wanted by neither heaven nor hell. He lives with a priest, who sees the good in him and gives him support as he seeks to take care of those the angels and demons won't go against like vampires. Avian doesn't actually like her since he knows that she is trouble, but is drawn to Cyn anyway and wants to protect her. He knows she is possessed by an evil spirit named Vincent and their goal is to get the guy to leave her alone. In the meantime, her dead boyfriend's brother comes looking for her to settle the score, thinking she did indeed murder him. The ex-cop soon becomes her worst nightmare.
As the story progresses, you really feel Cyn's pain and you will find yourself cheering for her as she tries to rid herself of this demon and have some peace. I stayed up super late since I was so intrigued by this story. It was very suspenseful and creepy at the same along with enough mystery about Cyn's actually participation in her boyfriend's murder and her "lost time". Having read the Hollows ages ago, I have forgotten the characters, so I read this one with no remembrance of Cyn. Parents: this one is best suited for teens since there is alcohol and some violence involved.
This song pretty much sums up this book: Monsters by The Filthy Souls
Bottom line: I liked this book better than the hollow trilogy. I didn't skip over any boring parts because there were none. I recommend reading the hollow trilogy before you read this but it is definitely faster paced and more fun to read.