The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan is a fantastic YA debut, and I couldn’t get enough of the dark rich setting and the spunky, troublemaking heroines. Book gushing, coming atcha!
Book Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Title & Author: The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed) by Page Morgan
Genre: YA Fantasy – Historical, Paranormal
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Series: The Disposessed #2
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.”
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I’m sold on gargoyles. Totally sold. If Page Morgan wasn’t a good storyteller, I’d probably be telling you a different story (cheesy, weird, lame), but they aren’t. But, I get ahead of myself.
Ingrid, her sister, Gabby and their mother temporarily move to Paris from England for a gallery opening in a gothic, rundown abbey. Ingrid and Gabby’s brother, Grayson, was sent ahead to scout out the area (and conveniently evade the scandal he left behind in England). And, although she’d like to forget it, Ingrid’s come on this journey to do the same.
What she doesn’t expect in Paris (beside rapid French that keeps her head spinning) is her brother’s mysterious disappearance and the uncomfortable presence of the servant Luc, who seems to watch her a bit too closely.
Things you could probably guess from the description that The Beautiful and the Cursed will contain: historical-ness (set in 1899), steamy romance, intrigue, mystery, French people.
Things you couldn’t possibly have guessed this book has: double romance!!! (there are two sisters…), gargoyles (what the heck, right?) and demonic beasts.
Surprising, right? I loved that The Beautiful and the Cursed combined 19th Century history, fashion and rules with demonic and heavenly beings…and those that watch from the outside. I loved that Ingrid was a stereotypical uptight “English rose” with bite. (Uptight heroines always remind me of Hermione for some reason. Gotta love ’em.)
But yes – finally – on to gargoyles. This is a mythical/supernatural creature I’ve never seen described in books before. Although they’re existence in YA fiction is novel (see what I did there?!), their purpose is not: protect the humans.
I didn’t mind that their function in the book is like so many other super-powered beasts’. What I enjoyed were all the relationships. You’ve got Ingrid and Gabby’s strained sibling relationship and Ingrid and Grayson’s special twin bond, plus Gabby and a sully Scottishman’s love/hate complexities. Plus, don’t even get me started on Ingrid + Luc and Ingrid + Vander. AGH!
In a long line of books that play the same note, The Beautiful and the Cursed dares to play a striking chord. I loved following the developments of Grayson’s disappearance and the ever strengthening bonds between Luc and Ingrid. Swoon!
If you’re tired of the same ole’, same ole’ YA read, then pick up this book. Its inclusion of a unique paranormal creature is fun and surprising and the Paris setting adds culture and richness to the story. Plus the characters are well-developed and wrecking havoc (as all good characters do). The Beautiful and the Cursed is sure to delight hardcore YA readers.