Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Date Published: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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.


This gorgeous cover and the book title is what first caught my attention.  It being a historical fiction story set in Paris in 1899 with the addition of gargoyles, made it sound all the more intriguing. I was sold.

After becoming a social victim when the guy she believes will propose to her pops the question to her best friend instead, Ingrid Waverly and her family move to Paris.
Ingrid is worried about her twin brother, Grayson gone missing, so she along with her sister Gaby go searching for him.

Adding another mysterious event in the story is the fact that women throughout the city have been disappearing without a trace.

The sisters, Gabby and Ingrid were solid characters. Gabby has a strong independent personality, much like her sister. She is also bit mischievous. Ingrid is somehow developing mysterious powers and no one seems to know the source of those powers.

The secret about the gargoyles was an interesting twist. I enjoyed finding out how they came to be and what role they played in the story.

The Beautiful and the Cursed is an entertaining and original story that kept me turning the pages. Page Morgan does a really good job at all of the world building and descriptions. This story has a bit of a love triangle, which I am not always a big fan of. The Beautiful and the Cursed turned out to be more than I expected, and I looking forward to what happens in the second book of this new YA series.  
If you are a fan of historical fiction with a paranormal twist, then this book might be right up your alley.

Rating: 3½ out of 5.


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