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Paris-Set Fantasy Returns | Book Review: The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan

I felt a bit on the fence about The Lovely and the Lost. Find out why…

Book Review: The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan

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Title & Author: The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed) by Page Morgan

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction- Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Series: The Dispossessed #2 – First book: The Beautiful and the Cursed

Publisher: Delacorte Press

How I Got the Book: ARC via Netgalley


“Ingrid and Gabby survived the Underneath. They saved their brother, Grayson, from a future of dark servitude and exposed a plot to undermine the Alliance. But danger still lurks in the streets of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city’s bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.”

Tough Call

The things I LOVED about The Beautiful and the Cursed are all here in the series sequel, The Lovely and the Lost.

The twisting, mysterious Parisian streets. The interesting new paranormal creatures (gargoyles). The historic, late 19th Century setting.

It was all back and ready to set the scene. The trouble was that this book was a little too similar to its predecessor.

Along with the items I just listed, The Lovely and the Lost also had essentially the same bad guy situation – just rehashed with little progress. I was surprised by this because it wasn’t really necessary.

Morgan introduces enough new characters and issues that I wasn’t sure why the same troubles from the last book was presented again with only a few changes and little progress. I imagine it’s to tie in the third and final book and build up the tension.

Like I said, the new people are especially interesting, and I thought their addition added more excitement to Ingrid and Gabby’s gargoyle/Alliance/angel drama.

I can’t remember if the previous book did this as well, but I also enjoyed the switching of perspectives. Ingrid, Gabby, Luc and Grayson all get to share their own perspectives, and Morgan does a great job of keeping things distinct and characteristic.

The romance is awesome, too. There is some slight love triangle action, but it works out (sort of). And it certainly keeps things interesting.


Even though I will absolutely be anxiously waiting to read Dispossessed #3, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. strong>The Lovely and the Lost book was good, but I felt myself pushing through at times. It wasn’t pulling me in the way the first novel did. I definitely think fans of the first book will enjoy it, and I hope they don’t struggle with the things I did. The story remains unique and beautifully set, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion to the strong>The Lovely and the Lost series.

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