The Beautiful and the Cursed
Author: Page Morgan
Series: The Dispossessed #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Gothic
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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, and that it’s up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.
The path to Grayson will be twisted, leading Ingrid to discover dark secrets and otherworldly truths that, once uncovered, can never again be buried.
First Sentence: The boy was late.
Shame on me for not knowing that The Beautiful and the Cursed is a book focused on gargoyles in Paris. Seriously, shame. I mean, I should have at least suspected that when I looked at the back of the book cover right? I mean, how could I have not noticed? Thank goodness I picked up The Beautiful and the Cursed or I would have missed reading a book about gargoyles.
The Beautiful and the Cursed is told from four different point of views: Ingrid, Gabby, Grayson, and Luc. The thing is, at first, I thought the book was only told from Ingrid, Luc, and Grayson’s point of view, until I read on and discovered that The Beautiful and the Cursed was also told from Gabby’s point of view way later in the book, in page 50. From then on, The Beautiful and the Cursed mostly alternates between Ingrid and Gabby’s point of view, with very few sections told from Grayson and Luc’s point of view.
She was alone.
Just as all the other girls had been. (4)
The Beautiful and the Cursed is probably, I can’t be completely sure, the only book I’ve ever read focused on gargoyles. I love Page Morgan’s unique version of gargoyles and the role the gargoyles play in the city of Paris. In The Beautiful and the Cursed, gargoyles are only required to protect the humans that live in the abbey that they are assigned to. The gargoyles have their own laws, their own leader, and their own ways of doing things. The Beautiful and the Cursed is worth reading just for the gargoyles alone.
“Put your scales back on.”
Modesty. Such a human flaw. (297)
As I was reading The Beautiful and the Cursed, I could also tell that Page Morgan did a lot of research on Paris and London in the late 1800s. Her book was full of details about Paris and London – from the beautiful scenery to the differences between the societies of Paris and London.
The Beautiful and the Cursed has a love triangle, but it is not as annoying to read about like it is in other books with love triangles. The main reason why the love triangle in The Beautiful and the Cursed is not unbearable to read is because a) it’s obvious who the girl would choose in the end and b) it’s fairly obvious that one of the guy’s feelings isn’t returned. However, I can’t guarantee this for sure in the sequel of The Beautiful and the Cursed with the way the book ended.
“Gargoyles don’t love, but that doesn’t mean they don’t lust. That’s all it was…and that’s all it would ever be.” (338)
I have very mixed feelings about The Beautiful and the Cursed. The book started off strong – it immediately grabbed my attention and got me engaged with the story. However, as I read on, The Beautiful and the Cursed was keeping my attention less and less as it consists of Ingrid and Gabby learning things that we readers already know about from reading Luc’s point of view earlier on in the book. It wasn’t until the big reveal began – about two-thirds in the book – that The Beautiful and the Cursed kept me fully engaged in the book again because I finally had an idea of what was going on.
Overall, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a good read, especially if you want to read a book about gargoyles. However, I’m not sure yet if I want to read the sequel, The Lovely and the Lost. I do want to find out how the series concludes, but I’m afraid that the next books in the series would be another bumpy read for me.