The Beautiful And The Cursed by Page MorganThe Beautiful And The Cursed by Page Morgan

The Beautiful And The Cursed

byPage Morgan

Hardcover | May 14, 2013

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It was bizarre and inexplicable, and after it happened, Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for exile in gothic Paris with her mother and her younger sister, Gabby.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and disturbingly, the house rented by Ingrid's twin brother, Grayson, isn't a house at all. It's an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And to top it all off, Grayson is missing.

Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson's whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some deep and dark secrets of his own.

There's one secret about the city that even Luc can't keep hidden, though: there's a murderer on the loose. And every day that Grayson is missing means there's less chance he's still alive.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn't dead--she can feel it deep in her soul--but she knows that he's in grave danger, and that it's up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.

And yet the path to him is more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
Page Morgan has been fascinated with les grotesques ever since she came across an old black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. The gargoyle mythologies she went on to research fed her imagination, and she became inspired to piece together her own story and mythology for these remarka...
Title:The Beautiful And The CursedFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.51 × 5.82 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:8.51 × 5.82 × 1.13 inPublished:May 14, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0385679084

ISBN - 13:9780385679084

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gargoyles and Gothic Paris! I was first drawn to Page Morgan's YA debut novel when I saw its gorgeous and haunting book cover. I simply couldn't look away! As an avid fan of the paranormal romance genre, it was refreshing to immerse myself in the unknown and read a novel centered around gargoyles. Because the number of YA gargoyle novels is pretty much nonexistent, it provided the perfect opportunity for Page Morgan to have free reign with their mythology. Set in 1899, readers are also able to explore a Gothic Paris that's familiar, yet also utterly mysterious. In this world, gargoyles are grotesque beings who, after committing a terrible crime when they were human, were severely punished by angels and forced into servitude. They're now grudgingly compelled to protect the human charges who reside in the buildings they've been ordered to guard. When Ingrid and Gabby's brother, Grayson, suddenly disappears without a trace shortly before they were to officially move into their new home, an old abbey in disrepair, the sisters become entangled in a dangerous plot that threatens the safety of everyone in Paris. Based on the book description, I initially thought The Beautiful and the Cursed would be solely written from Ingrid's point of view, but it's actually told from three perspectives: Ingrid, Gabby, and Luc. Ingrid and Gabby have very different personalities, but they're both brave in the face of danger and would do anything to find Grayson, desperately throwing themselves into the search when no one else would take them seriously. Gabby is impulsive, loves to use her beautiful looks to attract attention, and yearns to learn how to properly fight with a weapon. In comparison, Ingrid acts much more like a proper English lady, but she has a very curious nature that leads her into just as much trouble as her younger sister. Luc knows it's forbidden for a gargoyle and human to love each other, yet he can't help steadily falling for Ingrid anyways. She warms his cold heart and makes him believe he can find redemption for his past. Page Morgan's The Beautiful and the Cursed is a thrilling introduction to The Dispossessed series that will leave you anxiously waiting the sequel. I'm already highly anticipating delving deeper into this dark world that Page Morgan has envisioned when The Lovely and the Lost is released next year! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written and Unique Talk about beautiful writing with a wonderful story. Page Morgan has taken Gargoyles to a level I would never have even considered in a million years. Let me tell you 1899 Paris with a Gothic twist and some serious Gargoyle lore makes for one heck of a read. Summing it down to just Gargoyles and humans though is like saying getting a new book is so yesterday. No, The Beautiful and the Cursed is humans, Gargoyles, demons, angels and so much more. Talk about perfect setting! When it comes to historical fiction it can go either way with me because really it's all in how the author writes everything. When it came down to it the Abby was absolutely stunning in its darkness (or at least I found it was) and no place could have been better suited than Paris. Truthfully I was completely pulled in by not only the setting but the Gargoyle lore that I had never even heard of before. What I loved best about the lore was that Morgan didn't beautify the Gargoyles and make them into something they weren't. The thing with them is that it really depends on person to person how you preceive them: beautiful in their grotesque ways or just plain grotesque. I personally have always found them beautiful in their own way. Everything was such a unique and interesting contrast that it was hard not to fall right into the story. Something that I appreciate in so many reads is multiple POV's and strong characters, The Beautiful and the Cursed brought both of these elements to the table. Ingrid and her sister Gabby were the main focus fir the different points of view but you do get a little from their missing brother Grayson and Luc. Ingrid was most definitely a determined character and I loved that she wasn't willing to give up, not to mention her ability to accept things. Not that she didn't question things but she had an open mind and let herself be open to different possibilities. Her only real shortfall for me was the ups and downs with her feelings. To a point it's the time period and the fact she comes from the proper upbringing in England but in Paris it was really a completely different ball game and though she embraced it for some things others. With Gabby I found I wasn't as attached to her but she really did grow throughout the book and I was liking her a lot more by the end. To start she came off a little self pitying but by the end she was coming into her own and with a new attitude and outlook. Due to much of the novel being focused on Ingrid and Gabby the romance falls completely on them. There is one that is somewhat of a love triangle and one that was far from it. Ingrid had Luc and Vander but I was never really sure of her attraction to Vander. That isn't saying that it wasn't clear that her liked her but most of the time I found myself unsure if she felt the same about him. With Luc despite him being a Gargoyle you knew there was an attraction and though he tried to deny it and chalk it up to Ingrid being his charge, you knew there was so much more. Admittedly there is some issues and roadblocks but I hate to think that Ingrid will settle. The romance between Gabby and Nolan was my favourite. The age gap between the two was a little startling to start because Gabby was so young but back then it really wasn't that uncommon. Their banter and gradual work up to something more that is still not fully developed really captured me. If you are looking for something different this book is seriously for you. Page Morgan has me hooked on so many different levels it is hard to pin point exactly what I enjoyed the most. You get a lore that as far as I know has not been really explored yet and a well paced story that will make you not want to put it down. Did I mention yet that I found Morgan's writing beautiful yet? Well it is and for a debut novel I could not have asked for anything more! I highly recommend this book for everyone looking for so something different and if the historical fiction part of it scares you off a little bit, don't let it and you won't regret it.
Date published: 2013-07-24

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Page Morgan: • "Unlike any YA books I've recently read, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a spellbinding YA fantasy rich in Gothic lore, fueled by forbidden romance, and given an original mythology that kept me turning pages and left me wanting more." --Mundie Moms  • "I absolutely loved this book. Who would have thought that gargoyles could be so cool and incredibly irresistible? Not only was the action and the whole world of demons and angels really enticing, but the added romance was the perfect touch to make this story impossible to put down." --Reading With Style (5/5 stars)