Title: The Damned
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pub. Date: 07 Jul 2020
In this sequel, we follow the story of forbidden love between Celine and Sébastien. After Celine offered her memories for Sébastien’s life, she didn’t remember anything connected to him or the La Cour des Lions. Her loss of memories was explained by the doctor as the result of the attack on her in the past month. With Michael and Pippa on her side, she was recovering fast, however, the dreams and the feeling of loss didn’t want to leave her in peace. Nothing feels right. She sees the lies in her friends’ mouths. She decides to find the truth and the way to her lost memories.
On the other side, Sébastien is straggling with accepting the truth of becoming a vampire himself, like the rest of his family. He doesn’t want to adapt; he wants his humanity back. He wants Celine back in his arms. He doesn’t want to live the life of the cursed immortal. He never wanted a life like this, he knew the cost of it. His focus changes when he finds out about a one in a million chance to retrieve his humanity back.
Their lives cross once again and the fight for the future starts all over again.
The sequel of The Beautiful wasn’t the book I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, but I was lacking a few details I really loved in the first book. First of all, I miss the mystery atmosphere that was heavily present in the first book. It was the part that actually was driving me into reading the first book so fast. I wanted to know more and more about the characters, the villain, and the coming events. Everything was unexpected and surprising. However, in this book half of the book was boring as most of the events were obvious. Secondly, the picture of the vampire from the first book was transformed from the dangerous creature into a typical loveable vampire that most of the books introduce. Well, I should see that coming, however, I liked this aspect very much.
Besides these two things, I enjoyed this book a lot. Even if the first half of the book wasn’t very intriguing, I enjoyed the second one very much. I liked the connection between the fey world and Celine. I won’t lie, I was surprised as much as Sébastien when I figured it out while reading. I knew there is something special about Celine, however, I didn’t know in what way. Moreover, let’s talk about how powerful Celine became after all that happened. I love her sassiness and that she doesn’t let anyone mess with her. She didn’t let anyone decide about her actions and future. She stood for herself in the times she knew people tried to control her because of her weakness of not knowing this world. I adore her character even more than after reading the first book. Sometimes the things she had done were reckless, however, she always could find a way out from it. Well, she is a smart woman so I shouldn’t be even surprised.
As much as I enjoyed Celine’s part of the story, I don’t know if I can say the same about Sébastien. I think his point of view was repeating itself through the first half of the book and the action started first when he finally decided to find a way to get back his humanity. I really like his character, however, his POV was lacking something to interest me as much as Celine’s ones.
I think the worst POV of this book was Michael’s. I don’t know if I am the only one, but his character annoyed me so much. I couldn’t bear him talking. Honestly, as much as I liked him in the first book, as much I hate him in this one. THANK YOU, NEXT. Unfortunately, I think he will play a big part in the next book.
At the end of this review, I would like to mention how good was the ending of the book. I suspected it, however, I still enjoyed reading it. I don’t understand exactly a few parts of it, and I hope they will be better explained in the next part because, without it, so many things wouldn’t have any sense. For example, Emelie’s character didn’t exactly appear as I thought it will be. In the first book, she looked as if she would be a very smart character, however, in this one, she ends up as another desperate maniac who wants to destroy her own family. Her desperation was painful and unreasonable. Especially, what she had done to Odette until now I do not understand how cruel you can be to do something like this just to hurt your brother. I thought that her revenge will be as good planned as in the first book, but it turned out to be chaotic and stupid.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Renée Ahdieh, and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me this book! I cannot wait to read the third part of this story. I am very curious about how the story will continue in the unknown world of the fae.