The Beautiful is another example of Ahdieh's fantastic writing and world-building. The protagonist, Celine, is a fierce and likable character. You will find yourself rooting for her and enjoying her development. She is headstrong and determined and has a great sense of humor too. In terms of setting, Ahdieh created a mysterious and beautiful historical atmosphere of New Orleans. Many elements will transport you there, whether it be the description of the city itself, the food, or Celine's beautiful dresses. The romance in this book is delectable and the best kind of slow burn. Celine and Sebastien's banter was certainly the most enjoyable part of this book for me. If this is not enough to convince you to read, the fantastical part of this book is very intriguing. It is not obvious at first which provides for a great mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.