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Less urgency, but more blood.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2017
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
The third volume of THE BEAUTY is a prequel to the first volume, and I have to say I really loved getting to know characters before the glam hit the fan. In the early days, no one knew how deadly the Beauty could get… except for the psycho who is targeting the newly beautiful.
It was most interesting to get to know the television host with whom the main characters have a rocky relationship with in the first book. She is an advocate for the Beauty community, and she wants to work closely with the police to catch the killers. She’s also a very public figure and has a few tricks up her sleeve to make the police cooperate, whether they want to or not.
There was less urgency than in the first book, and the pacing suffered a bit because of it. People weren’t exploding on the subway in the first scene, which is arguably hard to top.
With the world divided, both by attractiveness and by whether they think the attractiveness is moral or not, this series continues to be an interesting look at the standards we hold people to depending how they look.