How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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.
I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I had seen it across quite a few blogs with mixed opinions. Some people seemed to really love it and some weren’t as positive. I haven’t really read a lot of gothic fiction, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was intrigued though, so I picked up a copy and decided to read it this summer. I’m thrilled I did, because I found The Beautiful and The Cursed to be an intriguing, excited read, that didn’t take me long to read as soon as I started. Page Morgan has done an amazing job with this book. There are so many genres combined within the book including gothic, fantasy, adventure, supernatural with of course, so romance thrown in too.
The Beautiful and The Cursed takes place in Paris in 1899.It opens with two sisters, Ingrid and Gabby arriving with their mother at an Abbey in Paris. Ingrid’s twin Grayson, has found this place for his mother to open a gallery. The Abbey isn’t particularly appealing, it is rather intimidating because of the horrible gargoyles that are outside. After the family arrive, they find that Grayson has gone missing. The sisters are determined to find him, but whilst on their search for Grayson, they find out some secrets and a strange world which they didn’t know existed.
The Beautiful and the Cursed is told in alternate point of view, from Ingrid, Luc and Gabby, with the occasional input from Grayson. I loved all of the characters, even though Gabby took me a while to warm to, as she was quite outspoken. Ingrid is a great characters, she’s determined and open-minded. I loved reading the story from her point of view. Luc’s point of view tells the readers more about gargoyles. I didn’t really know a lot about gargoyles, but I was very much impressed with Page Morgan’s take. The gargoyles are ugly, they hate demons and have an urge to protect humans that live in their territory. Gargoyles have committed a crime against a holy man which turns them into a gargoyle when they did. Gargoyles are kept in line by angels.
I like the pace of The Beautiful and the Cursed, it didn’t feel to slow for me, and once I passed 100 pages I found myself very much engrossed in the world that Page Morgan has built. I found the ending intense, action-packed and very satisfying. The ending is incredibly messy with bad angels, bad demons and traitors. But it’s a good mess. It’s somewhat sorted out but also paves way for the next book in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Beautiful and The Cursed. It’s a refreshing change to have a paranormal read that doesn’t include vampires or werewolves!
Would I recommend it?:
Of course! (4.5 stars)
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