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Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Title: The Beautiful and the Cursed

AuthorPage Morgan

Genre: YA Paranormal

SeriesThe Dispossessed (Book 1)

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

FormatHardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0385743114 (Random House Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-0385743112 (Random House Kids)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful unique paranormal story with an amazing cast of characters, an intriguing historical setting, a suspenseful mystery, all intertwined with wonderful romance.  This has been one of my favorite reads this year and a must read for all fans of YA paranormal books.

Opening Sentence: The boy was late.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Waverly family has recently relocated to the gothic city of Paris.  It is the year 1899 and the streets of Paris are unsafe.  Girls have been disappearing all over the city and all that the police can find is shredded remains of them.  Something supernatural is at work and the Waverly siblings are stepping right into the action.

Ingrid Waverly couldn’t be happier to leave London.  After a horrible accident that left her reputation and heart in tatters, Ingrid is glad to have a new start.  They move into a very old Abbey that is falling apart. It is lined with stone gargoyles that seem all too real, and a servant boy that is far too intriguing. Entering into a world full of supernatural creatures, Ingrid discovers that she has powers that possibly make her not totally human.  I loved Ingrid, she was full of spirit and loyalty.  She has always been told that she is the epitome of beauty, but she never uses that to her advantage, if anything she finds it annoying.  She is funny and charming with the perfect amount of spunk. Once you get past her hard outer shell, Ingrid is easy to love and connect with.

Luc is a 327 year old gargoyle. He has been assigned to protect the L’Abbaye Saint-Dismas and all the humans that reside there.  His new charges are none other than the famous Waverly family.  There is something different about the Waverly sisters, but Luc can’t quite figure out what.  Ingrid is insufferable, but beautiful.  Luc has never been so drawn to a human before.  Gabby is reckless, but somehow familiar. She reminds him of someone he cared about long ago, someone he tries not to think about.  As a gargoyle, you aren’t required to care about your humans just protect them, but Luc finds himself caring more about these girls than he should.  Luc is dark, mysterious, and a little rough around the edges.  His loyalty is endearing and I found myself easily falling in love with him.  As parts of his tale unfold, I found myself broken hearted for him and I am really hoping he gets a happy ending.

Grayson Waverly, the heir to the Earl of Brickton has gone missing. He left a few months before his family to set things up for them to move.  Four days ago he went to a party and has failed to return home.  He is your average rebellious heir that drinks too much and enjoys the company of female companions. He will go on binges from time to time, but he always finds his way home.  This time Grayson is in far more trouble, he is in a place that no human or gargoyle dare enter. There are only glimpses of Grayson throughout the story so you don’t get to know him as well as the rest of the family, but he still played a very important role.  I am interested to get to know more of his story in the sequel.

Gabby Waverly is young and inexperienced, but she loves the idea of a new adventure. She is the youngest of the siblings and has always felt a little out of place.  With her brother missing, she wants nothing more than to help rescue him, but she has no idea how to fight supernatural creatures. She decides that the best way to learn is to put on her charm and find someone that will teach her, but being adventuress is harder than Gabby could ever have imagined.  I adored Gabby, she is very headstrong and has a spunky attitude.  She is beautiful, confident, connected with her instantly and can’t wait to get inside her head again.

This was an amazing book. From page one, I was hooked and I couldn’t put the book down. The story is told from multiple POV’s, which usually I don’t like, especially a first book in a series, but Morgan did a wonderful job helping me to love each character right away.  There are many more characters that I loved but if I was to mention them all this review would be far too long.  I loved the setting, it was historical and set in Paris. Morgan did a wonderful job making me feel like I was really there and the scenes were easy to imagine in my head.  The romance was beautifully done and developed nice and slow.  The action and mystery were suspenseful and very intriguing.  The plot was full of twists and surprises that kept me turning page after page until I was finished.  The ending was perfect, you got resolution but you also were left wanting to know so much more.  This has been one of my favorite reads this year and I can’t wait for the sequel.  I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good YA paranormal book, it will not disappoint.

Notable Scene:

No. It wasn’t a man. It was some sort of monster.

Its jaw sprang wide to emit a coarse growl, the sound of stones scraping and digging into a pane of glass.

“No!” Grayson strained to free himself. “Stop!”

The creature tore one of Grayson’s sleeves back, ripping it along the seam.

“You will come to understand,” the hooded woman said, her voice glassy and calm over Grayson’s screams. “This is all for the best.”

The creature snapped its head forward and punched its fangs through Grayson’s flesh.

The Dispossessed Series:

1. The Beautiful and the Cursed

2. The Lovely and the Lost (May 13, 2014)

FTC Advisory: Delacorte Books for Young Readers/Random House provided me with a copy of The Beautiful and the Cursed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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