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*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: The Damned
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Main Theme: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Thesis: Sébastien Saint Germain is now forever changed into a creature he never wanted to be. The treaty is broken, and that means war is nearing. Bastien and Celine can no longer see each other, their love costed to much. Struggling with the creature that he is now, Bastien turns to his family for help. Recovering from her injuries sustained, Celine can not remember that night and her dreams are troubled. There are secrets and danger around every corner in this bustling town, and as Bastien and Celine figure out the clues, they soon learn that their love could tear them apart.

What Drew Me In: Y’all know I love me some good romantic vampire-ness. Is that a word? I don’t think so. But for real! I was so excited to get my hands on this book. The hubby and I were driving around and I happened to be near a book store, so in the store I go and I left with a lot less money in my bank account. And if you haven’t read the series before… seriously, you could get pulled in by the cover art alone. It’s just gorgeous!

My Thoughts: Let me say one word: WOW. This book really expanded the world, introducing more characters, more creatures of the paranormal world, and getting more in depth with these characters. I have a love/hate relationship when authors switch the POVs, but I think it was a good idea once I got more into the book. It really helped us readers understand more of the characters and their thoughts. I especially loved getting to see Odette’s POV. She honestly is one of my favorite side characters of any books that I have read recently.

And y’all remember my thoughts on “The Beautiful” about the level of details? Well don’t worry, it doesn’t stop there. “The Damned” has the same level of details, which is perfect because you get to explore more of the world outside of New Orleans. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for y’all. But let me give you one clue… each setting in the book has a great theme to it, like the seductive and mysterious vampires or the clean and pristine look for Celine’s best friend, Philippa, and her new home and soon-to-be-husband in the Garden District. I don’t know why, but it really is a favorite of mine when authors give these groups of characters their own theme within a book.

Would I Recommend This Book?: I think y’all know the answer to this one… but if it was obvious enough, YES. You thought you left the vampire phase after Twilight (Or maybe Vampire Diaries), but this will renew your obsession. This is officially my drug and I need more of it. Let’s go Renée! I’m glad I have something to look forward to for 2021… well, other than my new baby of course. 😂

Alright guys, go easy on my first review since coming back to my blog. I’m a bit out of a practice, but I’m back! I can’t wait to share with all of you with these new posts that I have planned. Especially all the book reviews, I have been reading a lot of new stuff. Until then, keep your head up, wear your masks, and let’s get 2020 over with. 😄

The Library Lady ♡

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