Friday, June 30, 2017

The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia - ADULTS

Moreno-Garcia, Sylvia The Beautiful Ones, 336 pages.  Thomas Dunne Books, 2017.  Language: PG-13 (29 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (alluded); Violence: G.

For ten years, Valeria has been living the life of a Beautiful One in the sparkling city of Loisail, after she was forced to void her engagement to the love of her life and marry for the sake of her family.  Now she is shepherding her husband’s young cousin through her first season and the girl, Antonina, is just annoying, with her country ways and unsophisticated manners.  When Hector returns to town, however, and pays some attention to Nina, Valerie’s jealousy raises its ugly head and she will do anything she can to destroy anyone else’s happiness.

While this book is set in an imaginary land and contains a little bit of magic, there is very little actual fantasy within the book.  The magic is like an afterthought to make this look like a fantasy.  The story line is fairly predictable, but reads easily, like a beach read.
ADULTS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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