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The third book in the instant New York Times bestselling series that began with The Beautiful. Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the cha The third book in the instant New York Times bestselling series that began with The Beautiful. Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai. Renée is back with her rich, atmospheric fantasy world that will continue to enthrall readers, new romance and mystery, and lush, pacey writing.


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The third book in the instant New York Times bestselling series that began with The Beautiful. Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the cha The third book in the instant New York Times bestselling series that began with The Beautiful. Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai. Renée is back with her rich, atmospheric fantasy world that will continue to enthrall readers, new romance and mystery, and lush, pacey writing.

30 review for The Righteous

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this wasnt the book i was expecting, there are a lot of decisions RA made that im not quite sure i understand, but i still enjoyed this overall. things that caught me off guard and how i feel about them:- making two side characters now be the main characters (but i ended up loving arjun and pippa, so honestly, not the biggest deal) - taking the two old main characters and making them feel completely different (celine and bastian get major downgrades personality-wise in this, for the whole two pag this wasnt the book i was expecting, there are a lot of decisions RA made that im not quite sure i understand, but i still enjoyed this overall. things that caught me off guard and how i feel about them:- making two side characters now be the main characters (but i ended up loving arjun and pippa, so honestly, not the biggest deal) - taking the two old main characters and making them feel completely different (celine and bastian get major downgrades personality-wise in this, for the whole two pages they make an appearance lol) - the set up for the story is for arjun to find a healer and pippa to find celine, but they never actually actively do this (i understand that RA is trying to get the reader to know arjun and pippa better, and i enjoyed seeing them in the land of fae, but it felt weird to ignore the plot that was introduced in the beginning) - the pacing is pretty consistent up until the 80%ish mark and then utter chaos descends (i went and got an ebook because i thought my copy was missing chapters - the massive skips and time jumps between scenes and just the overall disjointedness of the ending is out of control - i still feel like im missing at least 5 chapters worth of story) - the crossover with characters from RAs ‘the wrath and the dawn’ series!?!!?!?! (like, is this even possible?!?! i have no idea how thats going to work but im willing to see her try)but with all that aside, i still found this to be pretty light-hearted and enjoyable. it kind of feels like a new series with a new story almost, just because of the different characters and setting. so i am very interested to see if everything manages to come together in the next book just because i do feel like this installment is missing that connection. but arjun alone is totally worth reading this anyway. ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    You GUYS!!!! This BOOK!!! Okay, I've been really enjoying the entire series, but The Righteous steps up with so much drama, tension, romance, and some solid twists! It's got the fake engagement trope (LOVE), and spends most of the book in the world of the fae, so if you're into that you really need to get on this series! It's also got casual diversity, intersectional feminism, sex positivity. So really what more do I need to say to sell you on it?? Okay, but I have to mention a THING that she doe You GUYS!!!! This BOOK!!! Okay, I've been really enjoying the entire series, but The Righteous steps up with so much drama, tension, romance, and some solid twists! It's got the fake engagement trope (LOVE), and spends most of the book in the world of the fae, so if you're into that you really need to get on this series! It's also got casual diversity, intersectional feminism, sex positivity. So really what more do I need to say to sell you on it?? Okay, but I have to mention a THING that she does at the end of the book because I literally SCREAMED. I won't spoil the specifics so that you can discover it for yourself, but she does a thing that connects the world of The Beautiful series with the world of The Wrath and the Dawn!!! Yes, really! (for those who don't know, this was the first series she wrote) Suffice to say I freaking loved this and cannot wait to see where book 4 takes us! I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Update 4/2: WE HAVE A COVER! I was hoping this one would be green. I can’t wait for a cover reveal! As gorgeous as The Damned was, I don’t know how Penguin is going to top that. So from the blurb this is going to be a Pippa x Arjun book. I kind of doubt I’ll love them as much as I love Celine and Bastien BUT since we got multiple POV’s in The Damned I can only imagine that there will be multiple POV’s in The Righteous as well. Plus, I loved the interactions between Pippa and Arjun in the last bo Update 4/2: WE HAVE A COVER! I was hoping this one would be green. I can’t wait for a cover reveal! As gorgeous as The Damned was, I don’t know how Penguin is going to top that. So from the blurb this is going to be a Pippa x Arjun book. I kind of doubt I’ll love them as much as I love Celine and Bastien BUT since we got multiple POV’s in The Damned I can only imagine that there will be multiple POV’s in The Righteous as well. Plus, I loved the interactions between Pippa and Arjun in the last book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    Edit #1: I- What is this cover??? Why is it like that?? So apparently the more main focus of this book is Pippa and I hate her so idk how I feel about this

  5. 5 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    JUST PREORDERED!! NOVEMBER 9TH LETS GOOOOOO

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie Colson

    I love this series. Such a good time. This felt like a bit of a filler book tbh. But I enjoy Pippa and her relationship in this book was way cuter than I anticipated. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t the best by any means. Also Odette. When is my girl gonna get her dues???????

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    this cover reminds me of that scene in the first (or the 2nd??) Pirates with Elizabeth's dress floating through the ocean this cover reminds me of that scene in the first (or the 2nd??) Pirates with Elizabeth's dress floating through the ocean

  8. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    Initial Reaction: OH MY GOSH. THAT ENDING?? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS I originally gave this a 4 but after a month, I came back to change it to 5 stars because I truly cannot stop thinking about this book. It's no secret that I love Renée Ahdieh's writing, I've posted her books MANY times. She continues to astound me with her characters and the ability to suck me into a story so fast. This books focuses on Pippa and Arjun's story, which was a pleasant move on from Bastien and Celine. I sometimes s Initial Reaction: OH MY GOSH. THAT ENDING?? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS I originally gave this a 4 but after a month, I came back to change it to 5 stars because I truly cannot stop thinking about this book. It's no secret that I love Renée Ahdieh's writing, I've posted her books MANY times. She continues to astound me with her characters and the ability to suck me into a story so fast. This books focuses on Pippa and Arjun's story, which was a pleasant move on from Bastien and Celine. I sometimes struggle when a series shifts character focus but this was done extremely well and when I tell you I was INVESTED in Pippa and Arjun. Which brings to me to the best part of this book: PIPPA AND ARJUN. I LOVE THEM. Dare I say even more than Bastien and Celine. The pure serotonin I was getting from their interactions led to so many screaming voice notes to my friend who buddy read with me. The tropes were spot on and I got my FAVORITE trope, which is terms of endearments in another language and it makes me so happy. One of the reasons this was originally a four was because the plot outside of the character growth was a tad weak but honestly I don't even care, I was grinning like an idiot during this entire read. And uh the ending??? Way to end a book, oh my goodness. I have so many questions and will be staring outside my window until the next book releases. TW: violence, mentions of graphic torture, manipulation, substance abuse, abuse, mentions of arson I received an arc of this title from PenguinTeen in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    Pippa & Arjun have been my favourite characters throughout this series. Imagine my excitement to get an entire book dedicated to them. WHEEEE!!! I am beyond happy that this is the story Renee Ahdieh decided to make a 5 book series instead of her usual duology. Now if only the last 2 books were in my greedy little hands.

  10. 5 out of 5

    SincerelyTahiry

    Okay this is gonna be another review where I’m conflicted. For starters, I wasn’t aware that this was gonna focus on Pippa and Arjun, but emotionally I’m not upset at all. I loved being in their POV and seeing them interact with each other. I loved their banter and the fact that they truly allowed each other the space to be vulnerable. Tbh I love Arjun more than Pippa. It was so nice seeing a South Asian man be a love interest for once. I also loved the setting!!! I have a love hate relationship Okay this is gonna be another review where I’m conflicted. For starters, I wasn’t aware that this was gonna focus on Pippa and Arjun, but emotionally I’m not upset at all. I loved being in their POV and seeing them interact with each other. I loved their banter and the fact that they truly allowed each other the space to be vulnerable. Tbh I love Arjun more than Pippa. It was so nice seeing a South Asian man be a love interest for once. I also loved the setting!!! I have a love hate relationship with Fairies in books because they’re so effing annoying, but they also make stories SO much more interesting. I loved that in this book we went from New Orleans into the world of the Sylvan Vale. Now onto the things I had issues with. Did I enjoy the book ? Yes, I had a great time reading it but it definitely read more like a novella than a continuation of the series. If you’re big on plot then I don’t think you’re gonna like this one too much. The ONLY POV’s that we get are Arjun and Pippa for exactly 50% of the book. Arjuns supposed to trying to find a healer for Odette and Pippa is supposed to be looking for Celine but neither of these things are actually going on when they’re in fairyland LOL. Bastien and Celine and Michael do make an appearance mid way (barely) and the plot does start coming into fruition but by that point the books almost over. I understand that the author wanted us to get to know Arjun and Pippa. (Gotta give her props, it’s ballsy as hell to make ur side characters the main characters in the middle of your series) but as I said before it just didn’t fit with the previous 2 books. I’m definitely going to continue the series because the ending had me shook but go into this book as if it’s a novella. If you think about it too much it’ll hurt your feelings 😭 Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC of The Righteous. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for and honest review. Was The Righteous what I was expecting? No. Did I still love it? Yes!! While I was really worried that I wouldn’t like this because in the middle of a series the author decided to make some side characters the main characters of this book. I love Celine and Sebastian and was a little hurt that I wouldn’t be reading about them, and would be instead reading about Pippa and Arjun. I am so glad that Ahdieh decided to do this beca Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for and honest review. Was The Righteous what I was expecting? No. Did I still love it? Yes!! While I was really worried that I wouldn’t like this because in the middle of a series the author decided to make some side characters the main characters of this book. I love Celine and Sebastian and was a little hurt that I wouldn’t be reading about them, and would be instead reading about Pippa and Arjun. I am so glad that Ahdieh decided to do this because I really love where this book went and Pippa and Arjun are *chefs kiss*. I will say that the beginning of this is slow and I didn’t like that there wasn’t really any action, when The Damned left off with so much happening. Once I got about a third of the way in, things started to pick up and I could not put this book down. I will forever love Ahdieh’s writing style and become entranced with the world she creates. I like how we learned SO much more about the fae world. The slow burn between Pippa and Arjun was everything, although I was disappointed there wasn’t more! The ending was absolutely chaos, but in the best way possible. I have so many questions and was entirely too stressed reading the last like 50 pages. I am really excited with the way this series is going and how it will wrap up in the last book. Also, no spoiler’s but if you’ve read this that ending !?!?! OMG! If you know you know. The only downside to this is that we do see a tiny bit of Celine and Sebastiana and honestly I did not like Celine. She didn’t feel like the same character from the first two books. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but I honestly didn’t care for reading her parts. I still loved Bastien just as much! I do wish that one of the main points of this book would have been figured out and completed, because I feel like a lot of things happened towards the end and I am scared what that means for the final book. A lot has to be wrapped up. I am really glad that Ahdieh decided to go this route because it kept my entertained and added so much more to the plot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    Thanks to Penguin Teen for my physical ARC Original rating-4.5 "You....are loved,Arjun Desai,"she said softly."so loved" Arjun swallowed.He pressed his brow to hers. "As high as the sky, and as deep as the ocean," he said. "That is how much you are loved" The Righteous picks up few days after the events of The Damned takes place, if you haven't read the previous books you might find bits of the review to be spoilers. The court of lions are left in serious predicament as Bastien is missing in action a Thanks to Penguin Teen for my physical ARC Original rating-4.5 "You....are loved,Arjun Desai,"she said softly."so loved" Arjun swallowed.He pressed his brow to hers. "As high as the sky, and as deep as the ocean," he said. "That is how much you are loved" The Righteous picks up few days after the events of The Damned takes place, if you haven't read the previous books you might find bits of the review to be spoilers. The court of lions are left in serious predicament as Bastien is missing in action as he leaves to the Vale with Celene, as a last resort the court turns towards Arjun Desai who leaves for Vale determined to find a solution to preserve his little found family. Pippa Montrose on the other hand is all set to marry her intended but when her best friend disappeared with nothing but a note left for her, she resolves to find her to ensure she is safe, thus setting foot into the Vale which might be the riskiest thing she'd have ever done The Righteous true to its title is a story about two souls who are not often forerunners risking everything and going to any lengths to ensure the safety of their loved one's, Renée Ahdieh stylish writing continues to thrill the readers even when the story is moved from the Crescent City to Fae lands, I found the transition of the worlds smooth and seamless. I also noticed that writing and pacing in the third installment to be progressively better than its predecessors, Arjun and Pippa's characters added so much depth to this already fascinating supernatural series. I loved the fitting chapter tiles and how they are a nod to Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll's works. Arjun Desai, let me tell you that he is definitely soul of the story and is a total *chefs kiss*, while you might have found him charming in the last two books, he is going to swoon you off of your feet in this. I can't help but applaud the author for letting Arjun unapologetically embrace his Indian heritage, As an Indian, the descriptions of old Bombay, Paratha, nod to tales of Mahabaratha, Indian monsoons transported me back to home. Pippa on the other hand is such a sweet surprise because so far her character was written in a way that reader neither likes or dislikes her because she is always mysterious and always in the fringes of story in her safe zone. However we will know that she had been right where she wanted to on purpose until the 11th hour, she might be a hesitater but she will take the bull by its horns to protect her loved one's, she had grown on me by the end of the book I really really enjoyed the relationship between Arjun and Pippa and I will take a step further and say that they are my favorite couple in the series- yes I said what I said, I loved how they allowed themselves to be vulnerable in each other's company while also opening important dialogues about sexual discrimination, colorism all around the world, British colonization leading to their immense character growth.I also found it interesting how the author constantly compared and contrasted the human realm and Fae realm through Arjun's inner monologue's- "Perhaps all the worlds were filled with contradictions, where one thing mattered great to some while another mattered not at all. Arjun couldn't help but think it might be better if everyone simply minded their own business and allowed people to be who they wished to be an pray how they wished to pray and love who they wished to love" I knocked off a star because I found a certain shifter POV uninteresting, I thought it didn't add any value to the plot and thus dragging the book a bit Final Thoughts: -It is undoubtedly the best book in the series and Arjun Desai is going to entice you so much and he doesn't even need his ethereal charms in the slightest to do that ;). -"The Ruined" is the perfect title for the next part because we will be pretty ruined by that ending ;)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rameela (Star)

    Thank you to penguinteen for the ARC! Initial Thoughts: At first I was like umm there's just not enough Arjun for a book focusing on his story BUT THEN I REALIZED THERE'S A WHOLE OTHER BOOK AFTER THIS WTH RENEE. Also, the ending has shaken me to the core! Full review: Y’all, Renee Adhieh really said I’m gonna give you everything you want in a book and here is my proof: 1- Arjun Desai, gorgeous, hilarious desi guy that’s also half fey and you’ll want to give him a big hug (at least) 2- Arjun is unafr Thank you to penguinteen for the ARC! Initial Thoughts: At first I was like umm there's just not enough Arjun for a book focusing on his story BUT THEN I REALIZED THERE'S A WHOLE OTHER BOOK AFTER THIS WTH RENEE. Also, the ending has shaken me to the core! Full review: Y’all, Renee Adhieh really said I’m gonna give you everything you want in a book and here is my proof: 1- Arjun Desai, gorgeous, hilarious desi guy that’s also half fey and you’ll want to give him a big hug (at least) 2- Arjun is unafraid to call out the colonizers and honestly not only do I love that for him but I love that for me. 3- Marriage of convenience! Pippa isn’t a huge fan but there’s definitely some ✨chemistry✨ 4- Also there’s. That one trope where one character. Says a term of endearment in a different language so the other person DOESN’T KNOW AND YOU’RE LEFT SCREAMING. Anyway, if you need more proof that. This book is worth picking up, let me tell you more! Of course, we’re swept away to the Sylvan Vale again and that means more magic and mischief and gorgeous world building! Not only that but we get more insight into the bigger plot which I know is just going to leave us with a banger of a finale which I can’t believe I have to wait for but I know it’ll be worth the wait. ALSO. THE ENDING. I’M STILL REELING FROM IT OKAY. STILL. I was so excited to read this book because I knew it was going to follow my favorite, Arjun! Renee really served us the best tropes in this, with the whole fake marriage plotline! I genuinely SCREAMED when that plot started! The things that have me rating the book 4 instead of 5 are: a) I thought this was going to be the final installment so seeing a the loose ends continue to grow caused me some mild panic and raised a whole lot of questions until I. realized it was a quartet and b) The beginning felt a bit slower and while I think Michael is an interesting character I didn't want to focus on him and genuinely just wanted more of Arjun and Pippa so it was a bit frustrating getting tossed between a story I wasn't as interested in and the one I really wanted to follow. I absolutely loved the scenes with Arjun and Pippa and getting to see what went on in their minds and how they reacted to different scenarios! I loved how the characters interacted and i was on the edge of my seat waiting for the other shoe to drop! Surprisingly, the second book of this quartet is still my favorite but this one is a close second just because of the couple and that ENDING reveal!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    3.5⭐ I have thoughts. Thank you so, so much to PRH Audio for providing an ALC copy! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. 1. This series is so addictive and bingeable. Once I start on these books I can't put them down. The pacing, the writing, the world, everything is so lush and atmospheric. 2. I was definitely caught off guard by the switch of main characters. It took me awhile to get on board, but I really ended up liking Arjun and Pippa as MCs and their romance. 3. But I'm not a big fan 3.5⭐ I have thoughts. Thank you so, so much to PRH Audio for providing an ALC copy! All thoughts and opinions are still my own. 1. This series is so addictive and bingeable. Once I start on these books I can't put them down. The pacing, the writing, the world, everything is so lush and atmospheric. 2. I was definitely caught off guard by the switch of main characters. It took me awhile to get on board, but I really ended up liking Arjun and Pippa as MCs and their romance. 3. But I'm not a big fan of the fact that the author decided to weave in their previous series, 3 books into this otherwise unconnected series. Because now I'm financially and mentally committed but have no desire to read the Wrath & the Dawn. So...... that's annoying. 4. Bonus! This audiobook is FANTASTIC. I absolutely adore Lauren Ezzo. She brings this entire story/world to life and I can't recommend the audio version of this series enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabbey (gabriellelovesbooks)

    I'll be the first to say it ... I didn't love this book. Let me tell you why: Firstly, the writing style/format of the book has changed -yet again- from the series original. I.e. The chapters in The Beautiful are titled (some are named after places and dates), and the main narrator is Celine; The chapters in The Damned are headed by the person they refer too, and are narrated from multiple points of view (POVs); The chapters in The Righteous are headed by literary quotes from the likes of William I'll be the first to say it ... I didn't love this book. Let me tell you why: Firstly, the writing style/format of the book has changed -yet again- from the series original. I.e. The chapters in The Beautiful are titled (some are named after places and dates), and the main narrator is Celine; The chapters in The Damned are headed by the person they refer too, and are narrated from multiple points of view (POVs); The chapters in The Righteous are headed by literary quotes from the likes of William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Rabindrath Tagore, and are also from multiple POVs, albeit it mainly surrounding Pippa & Arjun. There is no continuity throughout this quartet. Although this is not necessarily a negative trait of the series, it is unusual and didn't sit quite right with me personally. Secondly, nothing really happens. There is no 'main event,' that structures the story. There are smaller, 'mini events,' but nothing that packs any punch. Sunan returns on page 272 (of 371, I mean, really), and I think that was the most excitement I got out of the entire story. Finally, despite Celine being our protagonist in the previous stories, I literally hated her in The Righteous. She was hypocritical, power-hungry and selfish. I am all for characters switching sides, but please, we spent two books trying to like her, only to have that effort wasted. Despite my dislike of certain elements, I do have a huge place in my heart for Arjun (He is a fantastic character!); I will be reading The Ruined #4 - I've already invested hours of my life and the money for the hardbacks; and I do still want to read everything ever written by Renee Ahdieh. Yes, I'm as guilty as Celine for my hypocrisy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Different couple Sucked in The vale and the wyld I thought I didn't want to leave Bastian and Celine behind at the end of The Damned but Renee Ahdieh wrote Anjan and Pippa so well that I changed my focus incredibly quickly and got involved in their story. These two had a subtle but palpable connection that grew. This story took readers away from familiar territories and into the vale and the wyld. The fey were a nasty bunch and not one of them felt trustworthy. I've come out of this book w Headlines: Different couple Sucked in The vale and the wyld I thought I didn't want to leave Bastian and Celine behind at the end of The Damned but Renee Ahdieh wrote Anjan and Pippa so well that I changed my focus incredibly quickly and got involved in their story. These two had a subtle but palpable connection that grew. This story took readers away from familiar territories and into the vale and the wyld. The fey were a nasty bunch and not one of them felt trustworthy. I've come out of this book wondering about some of the characters, who is genuine (or not) and how things will resolve. Errr, yes there is a book four coming. Good news for all fans of this series is that we got a fair chunk of Bastian and Celine and a little of Michael too. I enjoyed the tentative stepping needed in the vale and wyld, I loved the different fey creatures, especially the mischievious small fey. So right now, I need all my questions answering and the next book, pretty please! Thank you to Hodder Books for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    Well, this was something…and by something I really mean bonkers. I was absolutely here for the Pippa and Arjun story. I’ve enjoyed both of those characters since they graced the page and they really complimented each other. Celine and Bastien are in the book, but very little and they don’t seem like the same pair from the other books. Plot wise, I don’t even know. There are loads of moving pieces and I finally gave up trying to figure out wtf was going on and just settle in for the ride. And yea Well, this was something…and by something I really mean bonkers. I was absolutely here for the Pippa and Arjun story. I’ve enjoyed both of those characters since they graced the page and they really complimented each other. Celine and Bastien are in the book, but very little and they don’t seem like the same pair from the other books. Plot wise, I don’t even know. There are loads of moving pieces and I finally gave up trying to figure out wtf was going on and just settle in for the ride. And yeah, sure, I’m still a bit confused, but I was absolutely entertained. Oh, and that ending? My mind is blown. Overall, I am wondering if this rating should be a bit lower, but I was captivated and I’m highly invested in this story. I can’t wait to see how the whole thing wraps up. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (thebookscript)

    The Damned series really has been quite a ride, while the series has an overall cohesive vibe, each book really has taken on a personality of its own. We started our journey in the dark underbelly of New Orleans and now our characters have find themselves in a totally different realm in the land of fae. While it is hard to write a review for a third book in a series and not even the last book at that, I will say that this one was probably my favorite in the series. Why? PIPPA AND ARJUN. I really The Damned series really has been quite a ride, while the series has an overall cohesive vibe, each book really has taken on a personality of its own. We started our journey in the dark underbelly of New Orleans and now our characters have find themselves in a totally different realm in the land of fae. While it is hard to write a review for a third book in a series and not even the last book at that, I will say that this one was probably my favorite in the series. Why? PIPPA AND ARJUN. I really don't care what happens to anyone else at this point in the series but if you hurt my babies Renee then I will be seriously doubting my overall love for this series as a whole. Can the next book please have their POVs. For the love of all that is good and pure. Honestly their backstories were so well done, and their connection was so sweet. Any time the book was on their POV's I was hooked. I loved the magic system in these chapters along with the twist that I didn't see coming but really really enjoyed. I was a little taken aback by how Celine and Bastien's relationship feels at this point. I feel like a lot of their chemistry has fizzled and Celine almost feels like a different character as she plays puppet to certain characters in this book. The ending was a little out there. There was A LOT to take in. It was like a band of all the evil villains came together and made a statement but you're not quite sure exactly what that statement was and who's on the right side of good vs. evil. I definitely will go on to read the last book in this series, but mainly just to see if I get more of Pippa and Arjun, because currently at this point, the heart wants what the heart wants.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittany McCann

    This book has veered so far from book one that it feels like a completely different story with the same characters. It's still enjoyable, just odd a bit, hahaha. Renee definitely had a Midsummer Night's Dream in mind mixed with Alice in Wonderland. If I think of it as a book separate from the series, it is much more enjoyable. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it was a weird series addition. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4. This book has veered so far from book one that it feels like a completely different story with the same characters. It's still enjoyable, just odd a bit, hahaha. Renee definitely had a Midsummer Night's Dream in mind mixed with Alice in Wonderland. If I think of it as a book separate from the series, it is much more enjoyable. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it was a weird series addition. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Umairah | Sereadipity

    This was such a fun read even if the plot was a bit lacking at times. I adore Pippa and Arjun so much and there was the fake relationship trope which is one of my favourites!! full review to come!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joee (booksandacupofjoee)

    "Arjun Desai did not tremble. His touch was warm. Firm. Unflinching. He moved with surety and precision, as if daring the world to toy with him." *4.5 stars* The Righteous had me captivated right away from the beginning to the heart racing ending! This book focuses more on Pippa and Arjun who we met in the previous books (yes, you need to read them in order). I'll admit I was slightly skeptical about how I felt about this diverting from Celine and Bastien to focus more on Pippa and Arjun. I usua "Arjun Desai did not tremble. His touch was warm. Firm. Unflinching. He moved with surety and precision, as if daring the world to toy with him." *4.5 stars* The Righteous had me captivated right away from the beginning to the heart racing ending! This book focuses more on Pippa and Arjun who we met in the previous books (yes, you need to read them in order). I'll admit I was slightly skeptical about how I felt about this diverting from Celine and Bastien to focus more on Pippa and Arjun. I usually struggle when the side characters become the main character BUT not in this case! I ABSOLUTELY loved it! Pippa and Arjun have such good chemistry and banter together! I was swooning, giggling and even feeling emotional over them! They stole my heart! It was so wonderful to see Pippa's growth. I just love her sweet spirit and feistiness! Then, of course, our smart, witty Arjun can do no wrong in my eyes. *clutches pearls and SWOONS.* I loved how he was protective but yet so sarcastic with Pippa! They were an absolute DELIGHT together! "You ... are loved, Arjun Desai,” she said softly. “So loved." Arjun swallowed. He pressed his brow to hers. “As high as the sky, and as deep as the ocean," he said. “That is how much you are loved." The end was intense and I'm DYING for the next one! Please go easy on my heart Renee! I need everyone to be okay! Also, it was so exciting when we got to see Celine and Bastien in this as well! Michael's appearances I could have lived without tho. 🙈 You'll definitely wanna read the first two books and preorder this one because the world/characters are FANTASTIC! *Arc received in exchange for an honest review. thank you so much, Penguin Teen!*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. BEST OF THE BUNCH [SO FAR]. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I’m still in shock over that ending y’all. SHOOKETH. And I can’t wait for more people to read this so we can chat about it because my mind is whirling with possibilities. Where does it go from here?! Way to set-up for an action packed finale. I loved that this focused on Pippa and Arjun (and HELLO some of my favorite tropes!!). This turned into one of the few cases of more insta-ish love that I was a Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC. BEST OF THE BUNCH [SO FAR]. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I’m still in shock over that ending y’all. SHOOKETH. And I can’t wait for more people to read this so we can chat about it because my mind is whirling with possibilities. Where does it go from here?! Way to set-up for an action packed finale. I loved that this focused on Pippa and Arjun (and HELLO some of my favorite tropes!!). This turned into one of the few cases of more insta-ish love that I was all in for. Those two just worked. Fantastic chemistry, swoony kisses, and dire situations. The majority of the POV’s were from them and I liked the dynamic shift. There’s points-of-view from some of the other characters in the series too. They’re many angles to the plot and seeing the shifting sides from werewolves, vampires, and fae are creating a thickly woven story. I am very excited for the last book in this series. What started out as a meh series for me is turning into another highly enjoyable one. Overall audience notes: - YA Fantasy - Language: very little - Romance: kisses to closed door - Violence: physical altercations, weaponry, war themes - Trigger/Content Warnings: domestic and child abuse recounted

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jagoda

    🥳Happy publishing day to this beauty🥳 "New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead." The Righteous is a third book in 🥀The Beautiful🥀 series by Renee Ahdieh. It's about vampires🧛✅ werewolves✅ feys🧝✅ murder🧟✅ enemies to lovers🤺✅ marriage of convenience👫✅ and so much more... "Never fall in love with a mortal, for love is an affliction. It always ends in blood." In this book we follow mortal Pippa🫀🤺 and half fey Arjun🧙 who finds themselves in feyland🧚🧚🧚 But things don't go as planned and they need to get m 🥳Happy publishing day to this beauty🥳 "New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead." The Righteous is a third book in 🥀The Beautiful🥀 series by Renee Ahdieh. It's about vampires🧛✅ werewolves✅ feys🧝✅ murder🧟✅ enemies to lovers🤺✅ marriage of convenience👫✅ and so much more... "Never fall in love with a mortal, for love is an affliction. It always ends in blood." In this book we follow mortal Pippa🫀🤺 and half fey Arjun🧙 who finds themselves in feyland🧚🧚🧚 But things don't go as planned and they need to get married 😏😏😏 "No matter where she went, danger followed. And it horrified her. Just as it thrilled her. I like Pippa's 🫀 POV, we could learn about her more and understand her motives better🤺🤺🤺 "All the best saints are sinners." THE ENDING🤯😩🤯😩🤯 whatdefaq 🤧 I panicked a little, because I thought it's the last book, but apparently there will be one more. I will be (im)patiently waiting for it🥲🙃🥲 "Hell is empty And all the devils are here." Overall, did I like this series? Yes. Was I confused half of the time since book two? Hell yeah 🤣🤭🤣. Would recommend. 4/5⭐ Also this🤯 "My name is Haroun al-Rashid. I am the firstborn son of Khalid Ibn al-Rashid and Shahrzad al-Kheyzuran"😳😳😳 Thank you NetGalley for providing digital advanced copy in exchange for honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Capric0rn31

    A solid 4.5 Really enjoyed had some Slow moments and that’s why I gave the rating I did other than That ugh I love this world and the Characters so so much and the fact It ended with an opening for a fourth I’m pumped for that !!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading

    *Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review* The Righteous is the enchanting third book in The Beautiful series by Renee Ahdieh. However, this book differs from the first two books in that it follows two different characters. The Righteous is Pippa and Arjun’s story, and, trust me, you don’t want to miss it. This book picks up right after the events in The Damned. Pippa is worried about Celine and is desperately trying to find her. Meanwhile, Arjun an *Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review* The Righteous is the enchanting third book in The Beautiful series by Renee Ahdieh. However, this book differs from the first two books in that it follows two different characters. The Righteous is Pippa and Arjun’s story, and, trust me, you don’t want to miss it. This book picks up right after the events in The Damned. Pippa is worried about Celine and is desperately trying to find her. Meanwhile, Arjun and the Court of Lions are trying to find a way to save Odette. They decide the best course of action is for Arjun to go to Sylvan Vale and find a healer for Odette. However, what Arjun doesn’t expect is for Pippa to follow him to the fae realm. I really enjoyed getting to know Pippa and Arjun better in this book. Ahdieh does an incredible job fleshing out Pippa’s character. We learn a lot about her in this book. In the previous books, Pippa was strictly a side character. Not much was known about her. In The Righteous, we get to see the real Pippa. The same happens with Arjun in this book. These two characters finally come to life for us readers, and I loved getting to know them. Plus, watching these two characters interact is endlessly entertaining. You can expect banter and flirtation. A quote from Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass can be found before each chapter which I love. It helped set the tone of a dark fairytale where the setting is lush and beautiful yet deadly. Nothing is quite as it seems in this book. True to the lore of the fae, they are very sneaky creatures despite the fact they are not able to tell a lie. Fans of fae will definitely enjoy this book. I can’t wait to see what for the next and final book! I’m not ready for this series to end yet. I could hang out with these characters forever. The sense of found family is a common thread throughout these books. Each character has felt out of place in society before. Then, they meet each other and finally have a family of their own. It’s so heartwarming. If you enjoyed the previous two books, I think you’ll enjoy Pippa and Arjun’s story. Arjun is the sweetest little cinnamon roll.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Can I just say that Renée Ahdieh is the queen of wham, bam, crazy cliffhanger endings that leave you reeling while you wait for the next installment?! I am so sad that I have to wait for the final book to be published! This book read like a fantasy romance more than adventure and I was here for it. This is the third book and I think the story REALLY takes a turn in this one. We leave New Orleans behind....and Celine/Bastien who? Time to meet the newest couple - Pippa and Arjun. And I miiiiiight h Can I just say that Renée Ahdieh is the queen of wham, bam, crazy cliffhanger endings that leave you reeling while you wait for the next installment?! I am so sad that I have to wait for the final book to be published! This book read like a fantasy romance more than adventure and I was here for it. This is the third book and I think the story REALLY takes a turn in this one. We leave New Orleans behind....and Celine/Bastien who? Time to meet the newest couple - Pippa and Arjun. And I miiiiiight have to say…..are they my new favorite couple of the series?! I love forced proximity and here is a fantastic one! The way they slowly open up to each other in a way they haven't with anyone else is lovely to read and I felt like their romance was the sole focus of most of this book (which I can't complain about honestly). The way Arjun respects Pippa and wants her to make choices for herself without any coercion despite his own feelings is fantastic. I have to say, this book seems much different from the series. Not only does it take place away from New Orleans, but we also don’t see The Court of Lions. There is a new court and a whole new cast of characters to focus on. It’s also more of a slow burn; setting up the romance and the drama ahead. I didn’t dislike it, but it took me longer to adapt to these bigger changes and get into the stories. By the end though I was completely invested and now after that cliffhanger…. WE WAIT FOR MORE . Thank you to the publishers for a digital copy of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    The incredibly enthralling and hotly anticipated third book of Renée Ahdieh’s utterly decadent historical YA Fantasy series is just so addictive. I was hooked from the very first page and literally couldn’t put it down. Odette is on her deathbed and The Court of the Lions have done everything they can. Now, only a healer from the Sylvan Vale can save her and Arjun Desai (a half fey) is the only one able to cross the boundary between realms. He despises his former home, but knowing it’s the only w The incredibly enthralling and hotly anticipated third book of Renée Ahdieh’s utterly decadent historical YA Fantasy series is just so addictive. I was hooked from the very first page and literally couldn’t put it down. Odette is on her deathbed and The Court of the Lions have done everything they can. Now, only a healer from the Sylvan Vale can save her and Arjun Desai (a half fey) is the only one able to cross the boundary between realms. He despises his former home, but knowing it’s the only way to save Odette leads him to return and leaving a mirrored tare open between worlds. It’s only days until Pippa Montrose is to wed Phoebus Devereux, becoming a member of his well respected family and offering her the salvation she desires. But Celine is missing, Pippa is certain she’s with Bastien Saint Germain and beloved Arjun can lead her to them. With the help of Eloise (daughter of a powerful sorceress) Pippa discovers the gateway and slips through in search of her friend. But what she finds is a world of danger,duplicity and magic she doesn’t quite understand. This was soo incredibly spellbinding, I loved every single second of it! Unlike the previous books, The Righteous focuses more on some of the supporting characters like Pippa, Eloise and Arjun and I really enjoyed reading from their POVs. All the characters were well written but I absolutely loved Pippa and Arjun, the swoon-worthy chemistry between them was simply incredible (I’ve actually been waiting for them to spend more time together since first meeting in The Beautiful.) I’m surprised to be saying this but they’ve surpassed my Bastien and Celine as my favourite couple, which I never thought possible. I’m also pleased to report the world building is even more deliciously detailed than in the previous books. We get to explore the Sylvan Vale (and it’s inhabitants) like never before, which was truly fascinating and definitely added more depth both to the world and to the characters who reside in it. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling the entire plot but I definitely recommend to fans of Paranormal or YA Fantasy—trust me you’re going to love this series! Thanks to Hodder&Stoughton and Netgalley for the e-arc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi (bookwormbullet)

    Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! OH MY GOD!!! This book was a complete rollercoaster, but NOTHING could have prepared me for the last line of the book, omfg. I audibly gasped and threw my hand over my face because although I had a hint of what was actually going on regarding a certain character, the actual reveal was still so shocking. Renée confirmed a few months ago in an interview that this book would feature some characters from Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! OH MY GOD!!! This book was a complete rollercoaster, but NOTHING could have prepared me for the last line of the book, omfg. I audibly gasped and threw my hand over my face because although I had a hint of what was actually going on regarding a certain character, the actual reveal was still so shocking. Renée confirmed a few months ago in an interview that this book would feature some characters from The Wrath and the Dawn, so let me just say that if you are a fan of that duology, you have to read this book. Okay, backtracking to the beginning of the novel, The Righteous picks up a few days after the events of The Damned, in which Celine and Bastien have fled to the land of the Fey and The Court of Lions is left to deal with the aftermath of the events of The Damned. Meanwhile, Pippa is determined to find out what’s going on with Celine after being left in the dark for so long and sets off on her own journey to track down her best friend. I knew going into this novel that this book would be Pippa and Arjun’s book and seeing their interactions in The Beautiful and The Damned left me so excited for their scenes together in The Righteous. I won’t spoil anything about what happens between them but oh my God it was glorious. And the desi rep with Arjun’s character was incredible. Renée has proven again and again how easy it is to be an author and respectfully write characters from backgrounds different from your own, and the case was no different with Arjun’s character. I also really loved the small conversation that Pippa and Arjun had about Arjun’s relationship with his heritage as an Indian man whose country was colonized by Pippa’s country. This characteristic of Arjun (that he even though he moved to London when he was 7, he never considered himself an Englishman) is what made me admire him so much in the previous two books, and I loved how this simple conversation really highlighted the types of conversations that I think are important for interracial couples to have, especially when one party is white. Celine and Sébastien's chapters were fun to read too, and I think my only critique of this novel was the pacing/storytelling. There were some chapters where a tiny insignificant issue was drawn out for so long and the important issues that came up in The Damned were barely touched upon. There was honestly a lot happening in this book, and it often took me a while to fully wrap my head around everything. It felt a little disconnected from the plot and characters in the first two books, as well. I think this occurred because this book is mainly written as a filler book gearing you up for the finale in Book 4. Once again, I highly highly recommend this book if you’ve read the first two books in this series, or any of Renée's books before, tbh. Feel free to come scream at me once you’ve finished it because I guarantee that you’ll need to talk to someone about it!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Initial Thoughts So I dove head first into this series thinking it was a duology was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s actually a quartet! Anyway, after the ending of THE DAMNED, I needed this book! Some Things I Liked Be still my little half Indian heart I loved Arjun Desai so much. His stories of his childhood in Bombay, the scene where he made a paratha for Pippa, everything about him. He’s my new book boyfriend. Even his identity struggle as an ethereal, half-fey, spoke to me. I just reso Initial Thoughts So I dove head first into this series thinking it was a duology was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s actually a quartet! Anyway, after the ending of THE DAMNED, I needed this book! Some Things I Liked Be still my little half Indian heart I loved Arjun Desai so much. His stories of his childhood in Bombay, the scene where he made a paratha for Pippa, everything about him. He’s my new book boyfriend. Even his identity struggle as an ethereal, half-fey, spoke to me. I just resonated so strongly with his character and I loved it. Pippa. Didn’t love her in the first two books but I was absolutely won over here. I love it when authors can take kinda bleh characters and turn them into characters I can’t live without. The plot twists. I am so here for the drama, deception, and twists that this series is giving me. Series Value It goes without saying, I am going to keep reading. This series is easily my favorite Renée Ahdieh series yet. Final Thoughts Don’t sit on this series. Read it. Obsess over it with me. Remember that I have dibs on Arjun 😉 but do yourself a favor, fall in love with this series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  30. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) The Beautiful ★★★★☆ #2) The Damned ★★★☆☆ Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram #1) The Beautiful ★★★★☆ #2) The Damned ★★★☆☆ Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

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