Loving the Lines//The Beautiful

I saw that Julie over at One More Book came up with a new post called Loving the Lines.

Basically, Loving the Lines is dedicated to books with stand-out quotes that need to be shared. I’m often moved by passages and lines from the books I read, and I thought this would be a great way to show the love!! Many thanks to all the wonderful writers who inspire, empower, entertain, and make people think. 

As soon as I saw this post I knew I needed to make this a weekly post! Instead of focusing on just one author, I’ve decided to focus on one book that has some really powerful and memorable quotes.

You can read my review of the book here.

But this entire situation was ridiculous. And Celine enjoyed prevailing over tyrants, even by the barest of measures.

It never ceases to amaze her, how she seemed to thirve under cover of darkness. How she fell more in love with the moon every night,

‘Please’, Pippa continued, taking her hand. ‘Life is much more difficult when those around us do not have faith in us.’

But if a monster takes a life, what kind of creature refuses to save one?

We cannot change the mistakes of our past. They live on so that we may learn, if we should be but so lucky.

Before the night was through, Celine intended to have a firm rein on her other emotions. Nothing good ever came from letting the run amok.

‘Tell me, Odette, why must we wear corsets even while we eat?’
‘Because men enjoy keeping us in cages at every waking hour.’

‘I should hope so. Knowing who you are is necessary in order to determine who you want to be.’

‘Don’t fall in love with me,’ she warned again, her words breathless. ‘You’re not good for me. And I’m not good for you.’

That a girl as wonderful as Pippa would have to forgo her desires in order to have comfort and protection.

It suddenly struck Celine how the simplest words often carried the most weight.

Rage is a moment. Regret is forever.

Ridiculous. A man should not have to grant her this kind of freedom. Celine should be able to take it herself.

The fairy tales of her childhood had been filled with lies. No man had come to her resuce tonight, as they always did in the stories.

Sometimes it was necessary to be as cunning as a fox, even if it also meant being cruel.

Proper society didn’t hold a place for Celine anyway. It was high time she removed herself from its confines.

She would do as she always did: whatever needed to be done.

Sometimes a girl must make her own magic.

That was the truth about proper society. They made all these rules, never planning to apply any consequences to themselves.

About the Book:

Book cover for The Beautiful

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: October 8, 2019


In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

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