Monday, December 4, 2017

The Beautiful Ones ~ Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. 2017. The Beautiful Ones. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 978-1250099068. $26.99 USD.

Kudos to Silvia Moreno-Garcia for diving into yet another genre successfully! After the magical coming-of-age SIGNAL TO NOISE, she moved on to vampire mythology in CERTAIN DARK THINGS and now presents us with a Regency "romance"  - with a twist.

 This book has a very Jane Austen feel to it, which is, of course, a compliment. Nina Beaulieu has come from the country to have a "season" in the London-like city of Loisail, and is staying with her cousin. She has grown up rather wild and has trouble with the strict rules and manners needed to be a successful debutante.  She is being tutored in etiquette by her cousin's wife, Valerie, who doesn't like her very much, and things are not going very well.  The sudden appearance of a magician from Valerie's past creates an opportunity for Nina to learn to control her telekinetic powers.  But there are secrets that Nina knows nothing about that will impact her and those closest to her.  This was a very enjoyable read, and I'm impressed by this author's versatility.  Looking forward to where her muse takes her next!

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