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The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1) 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 ParisIn 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 CreaturesAnd Grayson Has Gone MissingNo One Seems To Know Of His Whereabouts But Luc, A Devastatingly Handsome Servant At Their New HomeIngrid 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

  • Hardcover
  • 341 pages
  • The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)
  • Page Morgan
  • English
  • 22 December 2019
  • 0385743114

About the Author: Page Morgan

I m the author of the YA Gothic thrillers THE BEAUTIFUL THE CURSED, THE LOVELY THE LOST, and THE WONDROUS THE WICKED I ve been intrigued by les grotesques ever since I saw an old, black and white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris I wanted to tell that gargoyle s story Soon, the idea for The Dispossessed series was born.I live in New Engla I m the author of the YA Gothic thrillers THE BEAUTIFUL THE CURSED, THE LOVELY THE LOST, and THE WONDROUS THE WICKED I ve been intrigued by les grotesques ever since I saw an old, black and white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris I wanted to tell that gargoyle s story Soon, the idea for The Dispossessed series was born.I live in New England with my husband and our three daughters, an English Pointer puppy, an arrogant cat, two cuddly bearded dragons, a couple of bunnies, a bunch of chickens, and during the summer and fall, our neighbor s two sweet horses



10 thoughts on “The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)

  1. says:

    You had me at fans of Libba Bray s Gemma Doyle trilogy BUT IF SOMEONE TURNS INTO A TREE, SO HELP ME GOD.

  2. says:

    I Can t Read It A ny .It s mainly because of the writing I rarely say this, but I can t stand it It makes my head hurt Weird metaphors and figures of speech everywhere It s overwhelming It s annoying And I just don t like the way she structures her sentences I keep wanting to re structure them in my head Something about her choice of words and the way she combines, associates them is off I ve had enough DNF at 40%.

  3. says:

    Without a doubt, this is one of the most creative spins in YA paranormal that I ve read lately But then again, I ve been smacked in the face with a glut of angels, fairies, vampires, and werewolves, so anything well written outside of those oh so familiar territory is bound to be a Big Effing Deal.So this was what a nightmare looked like by the light of day.The setting is also one not typically seen in YA turn of the century 1899 Paris Our main heroine, the 17 year old Ingrid, her 15 year o Without a doubt, this is one of the most creative spins in YA paranormal that I ve read lately But then again, I ve been smacked in the face with a glut of angels, fairies, vampires, and werewolves, so anything well written outside of those oh so familiar territory is bound to be a Big Effing Deal.So this was what a nightmare looked like by the light of day.The setting is also one not typically seen in YA turn of the century 1899 Paris Our main heroine, the 17 year old Ingrid, her 15 year old sister, Gabriella, and their mother are newly arrived to a crumbling, decaying abbey that is to be their new home, while their mother indulges in her much longed for hobby of opening her own art gallery Ingrid s twin brother Grayson was charged with helping with the location of such a place, and has spent awhile in Paris There s just one problemhe s disappeared Ingrid and Gabby spends the rest of the book hunting down their lost brother, while encountering all sorts of mysterious creatures and events on their relentless quest.The setting is beautifully described, and the writing well done I felt all the action scenes were superbly described, and the mystery surrounding everything unfolded in a rational manner, in a way that never bored me, even if the plot and the mythology surrounding the book is something new.And it is something new When reading a book about werewolves, vampires, or fairies, the reader automatically assumes and expects them to behave a certain way because the legend and mythology surrounding these creatures are so well known to us We expect vampires to drink blood, we expect Mab and Titania, Oberon and the Wild Hunt in a story with fae But here we are introduced to gargoyles, and new sects and terminology that requires new explanations Dusters, the Alliance, the Dispossessed, the Angelic Order, hellhounds, the Underneath.That s a lot of mythology, a lot of terminology, but it never gets confusing because the author does such an excellent job of incorporating every element to us, in a way that the reader never feels patronized or that they re being not so subtly informed It is never outright told, but everything is eventually explained in a gradual manner, so that the reader does not feel like wringing their wrist or ripping out their hair because they don t know what the bloody hell is going on The gargoyle mythology is well developed and so interesting, I love learning about them, that they re bound to protect a household where a statue exists I can t overemphasize the fact that I was never confused or lost In so many stories, the built up setting is sometimes contradictory, sometimes confusing, and the action scenes just leave me completely lost I was always engrossed in the story while reading this book.The setting is well done, beautifully described, but never overshadows the story This Paris has a very Gothic feel, with decaying buildings, ancient abbeys, underground tunnels, and dirty Parisian streets It never feels overdone, and enhances the overall feel of the mystery.The characters were well written, and out of the main cast, there was only one who rubbed me the wrong way Ingrid is an excellent heroine, she is devoted to her brother, headstrong but not stupid, intelligent and unafraid.I found her sister Gabby to begrating and multidimensional Gabby, unlike Ingrid, is fiery and very often makes stupid decisions, but that could be explained by her age, although I found it pushes the borders of credibility that she is given so much freedom at her age and at this time Gabby is hypocritical and contradictory at times, she doesn t blink at the thought of visiting a waiter she met once for information at his room, but hesitates when it comes to trusting people who have saved her life repeatedly She constantly flaunts the borders of propriety, like dressing up like a bordello girl to visit a waiter at his home for informationHer sister s eyebrows would have leaped clear off her forehead had she seen the dress Gabby had changed into an evening gown of profane red satin with a black lace overlay and a plunging, black lace trimmed neckline that accentuated her rather voluptuous d colletage The gown wasn t appropriate for a girl just shy of sixteen to wear in midafternoon.But then again, a visit to Henri s flat wasn t appropriate, either.then acts like a prude when it comes to visiting a known Alliance member when he invites her to step into his bedroom for conversation She is flighty, contradictory, and endangers herselfthan once.Nevertheless, Gabby is overall a believable character, despite of or maybe because of her flaws Gabby knew the truth of it She was pampered She was most definitely privileged But if there was one thing she was not, it was a damsel in need of rescuing.Gabby s love interest is the dislikeable character of whom I speak Nolan is a jerk, overbearing, patronizing, and uninteresting I can t see the attraction He is also considerably older than her 15 years.Nolan tugged Gabby against him and smothered her protest with a kiss His lips moved tentatively over her mouth, hers stunned and graceless, her hands clenched into fists against his chest.Um, a 15 year old girl Pedophile much I also had a small problem with Grayson, Ingrid s brother I can t help but feel that Ingrid isthan he deserves She is the best sister, ever spoken by me, who is the worst sister ever , She is absolutely persistent on finding Grayson Their connection is so strong, she loves him so absolutely, and from what we know of Grayson, it doesn t feel like he is worthy of such devotion.The story is told in omniscient view, which I love We get to see things from Luc, Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson s point of view While the rest of the cast doesn t know what happened to Grayson, we do The reader knows what Grayson is experiencing, even if it doesn t make much sense at first without the explanation, but we know what Grayson is feeling and experiencing While Ingrid is worrying herself sick and endangering herself to find out what happened to her beloved brother, Grayson never gives her a single thought.There is a love triangle within the story, but it is not an overwhelming one The romance, if any exists, is mainly between Luc and Ingrid If I haven t written much about them, it is not because they re uninteresting in any way, but their characters are complex and the story unique, and I feel these the main characters should be discovered by the reading of the book and not through a review

  4. says:

    You had me at gargoyles.___________________________________________________Actual Rating 1 2 Gargoyles That s the only word I needed to see in the summary to know that I had to read this book And then, I immediately started picturing this What You didn t P In all seriousness, I m usually a little squeamish about inter, um, species relationships in booksI mean, how would that even work Especially since the gargoyle in his true form lacks any reproductive organs 0 Now that You had me at gargoyles.___________________________________________________Actual Rating 1 2 Gargoyles That s the only word I needed to see in the summary to know that I had to read this book And then, I immediately started picturing this What You didn t P In all seriousness, I m usually a little squeamish about inter, um, species relationships in booksI mean, how would that even work Especially since the gargoyle in his true form lacks any reproductive organs 0 Now that that s out thereI kind of loved this novel It takes place right at the turn of the century, in beautiful Par ee that s Paris for those of you who don t speak French , and though I ve never been to The City of Light myself, it wasn t hard to imagine myself there among les grotesques, basking in the beauty and the culture, while hoping that this missing brother turned up unharmed This book was everything I was hoping for andFrom the sometimes complicated relationship between siblings to the history of the gargoyles in Paris, I was utterly captivated Throw in shape shifting gargoyles, a secret alliance that keeps their existence hidden, and crazy underworld magic, and I am a very happy girl I m usually iffy when it comes to multiple third person perspectives because they tend to give away too many secrets while providing glimpses at each characters circumstances, but I rather enjoyed reading from Ingrid, Gabby, Luc, and yes, even Grayson s point of view Though, Luc was probably my favorite because he was such a tortured soulI have a soft spot for characters that cling to their guilt and the remorse that comes with it Also, I loved his fierce protectiveness.There is some swooning to be had from this book, as wellno chaste pecks on the cheek or hand, despite the time period It nicely counteracts the ugliness of the situation but doesn t detract from the overall plot But I feel I must warn you that a love triangle is afoot, if all indications prove to be true I hope that doesn t come to fruition, though It s the standard safe choice versus dangerous and brooding guy, and you can probably guess which one Ingrid is leaning toward Her sister Gabby, on the other hand, has no such decision to make If only she didn t love to hate her own swoon worthy rogue sigh Above all else, I loved the lush use of descriptive imagery, from the way the author describes the physical attributes of the gargoyles to the way she depicts their shifts The book cover immediately grabbed my attention The mention of gargoyles held it But the writing ensured that I will be back forof this beautiful story and its tragic characters And that I m going to be pestering the husband for a trip to Paris for months to come Thanks to Random House for providing an ARC for review This review can also be found at The Starry Eyed Revue

  5. says:

    Set in beautiful Paris, 1899, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a unique, violent, sometimes disturbing YA Gothic involving demons, Gargoyles, and something unexplained that is one of our main characters With the appearance of two dead bodied within the first 70 pages, I knew I was in for a good time Though not a bad thing for me , this book was a littleviolent than I expected Aside from the initial dead bodies we re treated to gory bodily remains and beastly attacks which were pretty Set in beautiful Paris, 1899, The Beautiful and the Cursed is a unique, violent, sometimes disturbing YA Gothic involving demons, Gargoyles, and something unexplained that is one of our main characters With the appearance of two dead bodied within the first 70 pages, I knew I was in for a good time Though not a bad thing for me , this book was a littleviolent than I expected Aside from the initial dead bodies we re treated to gory bodily remains and beastly attacks which were pretty cool I might add Hell hounds make for really awesome evil To protect from these creature are gargoyles amazingly described as these massive beasts, gargoyles have to protect the humans residing in their estates, and can turn to and from human form This gargoyle lore gargoyles not being something I knew very much of left me kind of in awe Page makes them both darkly beautiful and monstrous Their human forms give us century old characters some are bitter, some are lonely, others revel in the power they possess, but they all carry a certain air of desperation that makes them a little menacing Aside from the fantastic visuals of these beasts including their metamorphosis , Paris also comes alive in this novel with rich scenery and ambiance All that in addition to the beautiful prose A on the writing The multiple perspectives in this book take us from one sister to another, starting when they find out about their missing brother One sister Ingrid has unexplained powers that have started to materialize, which has everyone perplexed The other, Gabby, is a little jealous and dealing with feeling helpless in her shadow Although they are both very determined young women, I m always partial to the less damsel in distress y types even though Gabby is set against being such, she still is , so I found Ingrid to be a muchcompelling character The ability to shoot lightning from your fingers will do that The sisters are our main POVs, but we also get glimpses into Luc s and Grayson s which come with both good and bad results Good because we get answers fast we learn what s happening to Grayson, we find out a lot about the Gargoyles but bad because for one, we relive some of the same scenes echoed through a sister s POV which I did not find necessary , and for another, we find out things way before the girls do, therefore making the wait a little monotonous It doesn t help matters that the plot is not especially fast paced Sure there are some deaths and intriguing happenings, but the actual plot doesn t start moving until three quarters through Once this happens though it s a pretty freaky ride until the end.There is also romance in this novel, and with all the different POVs we get a mix of forbidden love, confused emotions, and even a slight love triangle I did not find the romance to be the book s best quality, to be honest I never grew especially connected to any of the couples, nor did I feel a large amount of chemistry between them which always makes the romance a bit bland It could have been worse.With excellent imagery and splendid writing, The Beautiful and the Cursed is an original work of Gothic fiction It takes a little bit to get going, but it is worth it at the end.Also I gotta say, the UK cover grasps the book so much better than the froufrou US cover although the US one is gorgeous, this is just not a froufrou book An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  6. says:

    I m not one who usually reads historical fiction, but this one appealed to me Mystery, horror, with a gothic feel, set in Paris I couldn t resist and I m glad I gave this story a chance Seventeen year old Ingrid is flung into a world where mythical creatures are anything but myth, when her mother, sister and she move to Paris from London Her mother plans on renovating an old abbey into a gallery to exhibit her art, and during the renovations Ingrid, her sister Gabriella and Grayson are to st I m not one who usually reads historical fiction, but this one appealed to me Mystery, horror, with a gothic feel, set in Paris I couldn t resist and I m glad I gave this story a chance Seventeen year old Ingrid is flung into a world where mythical creatures are anything but myth, when her mother, sister and she move to Paris from London Her mother plans on renovating an old abbey into a gallery to exhibit her art, and during the renovations Ingrid, her sister Gabriella and Grayson are to stay in the abbey s old rectory, only Grayson is missing when they arrive He was sent ahead to locate and purchase a property suitable for his mother s endeavor and he chooses the old abbey Ingrid and Gabby are horrified to find the rectory and abbey old, musty, creepy and haunting Surrounded by gargoyles sitting as grotesque sentries at the top of the building the place gives Ingrid shivers Turns out there s a reason for that When they arrive and find Grayson missing with reports of local girls disappearing as well, Ingrid and Gabby arethan alarmed and they make plans to find him Reluctantly involved in the quest is Luc one of the abbey s servants He s young and beautiful and Ingrid finds out there sthan meets the eye when it comes to Luc Not just Luc, there s a whole other world in Paris that Ingrid and Gabby discover just under their noses, and unfortunately their brother Grayson found himself smack in the middle of it This story was an intriguing mix of fantasy, mystery, and horror and interspersed with romantic tension The story is told in the third person and switches from the perspective of Ingrid, Gabby, Luc and Grayson so that we get to know each character a littleintimately Seventeen year old Ingrid is still reeling from humiliation over an incident in London, so moving to Paris is a welcome change but finding her twin Grayson is missing is like a stab to the heart She is very close to her brother, almost like an invisible cord connects them, so she knows he s in danger but still alive Fifteen year old Gabby is impetuous and outgoing, so she doesn t think twice about consequences when she bands together with her sister Ingrid to find Grayson Grayson s disappearance is wrapped up in Luc s secret world, so he s not going to let Ingrid and Gabby search for Grayson by themselves He s connected and bound to all residents of the abbey, but finds himself evenso to Ingrid She s also affected by Luc, with his striking good looks and infuriatingly hostile attitude As much as Ingrid would like to ignore Luc, she finds out he is one of the keys to finding her brother I really liked the original idea of this world and its creatures, and the setting of Paris back in the 1800 s was mysterious and intriguing But there s a lot going on with this being the first book in a series, setting up and explaining the world, and creatures There are several POVs and a descriptive style of prose, and all this combined made it a little difficult to get into the story at first Once I settled in, though, the story got a whole lotinteresting, even if the pacing was a little slow There are a few attractions and romances a brewing with Ingrid and Gabby Shades of a love triangle with Ingrid, Luc and another character, Vander, who is also part of this mystical world, made me a little nervous I can t stand love triangles, but so far the situation is bearable, because Luc seems to be the clear winner, even though their romance is in the forbidden category He s definitely my pick Gabby s romance was of the antagonistic variety, which made it a littlefun and lighthearted All in all, this is a promising start in a series with an original concept, and while it didn t leave on a cliffhanger, it left you wantingI will be picking up the sequel to see what happens next A copy was provided by Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest reviewCome visit The Readers Den for a chance to win a copy of The Beautiful and the Cursed

  7. says:

    So excited that there seem to be so many YA gothics coming out recently Well, so many meaninga few.

  8. says:

    4 Stars A spiraling, dark historical paranormal, that has just about everything you could possibly crave in a Young Adult book THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED was absolutely stunning and immensely addicting, I loved it for so many reasons Wow, WOW, WOOWWW That s how THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED left me feeling It had everything, I mean EVERYTHING From it s historical background, and Paris setting, with a touch of fantasy, to it s terrifying supernatural creatures, and fierce powers, to i4 Stars A spiraling, dark historical paranormal, that has just about everything you could possibly crave in a Young Adult book THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED was absolutely stunning and immensely addicting, I loved it for so many reasons Wow, WOW, WOOWWW That s how THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED left me feeling It had everything, I mean EVERYTHING From it s historical background, and Paris setting, with a touch of fantasy, to it s terrifying supernatural creatures, and fierce powers, to it s many different POV s But was totally done right , and hot French men, with one Scottish blood to entice any girls darkest desires, and it s thrilling vengeful demons out for blood, literally There was so much going on, but wasn t over done in the least I loved that there was always something different going on in each POV, but still intertwined with each character and the overall plot of the story It was just fascinating to be inside the dark, dazzling, murderous streets of Paris, where anything can happen, even in daylightTHE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED took a direction I usually try to steer clear of It had multiple POV s, I mean A LOT of them It had four steady POV s, but also some side characters got in a few chapters here and there too Usually I get overwhelmed and feel the lack of connection towards the main characters when a book is written like this, but Page Morgan pulled it off and some I can honestly say that I enjoyed every POV that Morgan threw at us They all had their own distinct voice, and depth and character development, that made me want to pull back the layers and examine each of them and their hidden secrets.But even though I did love them all, I did like some POV sthen others, but didn t dislike any at all And that s how I know Page Morgan did these POV s just right Because usually I can only handle two POV s in book at a time, and sometimes two is even too many without me getting irritated, and feeling the lack of connection to the characters and their struggles But that did not happen here in THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED Nope, I felt the pull towards each and every character for their own special reasons And I loved seeing the different angles of this world, and what each character felt and how it all connected and intertwined with each other But out of all the characters, I would have to say Ingrid and Luc were my favorites Though Gabby and Nolan ran neck and neck But I also thought Vander was pretty hot too, in his own sexy geeky kinda way But nevertheless, Ingrid DEFINITELY belongs with Luc, even with his lack of being human, and it being forbidden with the vow of a death threat shall it be broken If anything, that makes it evenenticing and desirable The writing was absolutely spellbinding I alternated between audiobook and hardback, and OMG, the audiobook brought this story to life The narrator, Mary Jane Wells worked her magic and portrayed the accents down for each culture and character, and brought a different spark of life to each POV with her wicked narrating But still, the true praise goes to the author Page Morgan, for not for her epic storytelling, fierce characters, and darkly thrilling world, this book would not be what it is, BREATHTAKINGTHE PLOT INGRID After a terrible accident, Ingrid s life is forever changed She sthen ready to leave her friends and life behind in London, and move back to her birth Country of Paris, France She hopes she can put the past and the shameful scandal that sent her running behind her, and start anew with her twin brother Grayson, and baby sister Gabby But then when they arrive in Paris to find Grayson missing, and not only that, but numerous girls have also disappeared, some even turning up dead and dismembered in pieces, scattered all around Paris Ingrid s imagination starts to runs rampant, and she is perplexed at what could of possibly happened to her twin Something sinister is at play, and Ingrid knows there sto her brothers disappearance then what meets the eye, and she s determined to find out just what that is.Searching for answers leads Ingrid out after dark, and strait into the horrifying truth, monsters really do exist After almost being devoured by a hellhound, Ingrid is saved by a winged creature that she finds later to be Luc, her gargoyle protector And even knowing he s her protector, and that he can t harm her, she knows she should still be scared, she should be repulsed by him, find him hideous, but she doesn t She s drawn to him inways then she can fathom, but human gargoyle relations are against the rules, and come with dire reprimand s if caught abused But Ingrid can t find it in herself to care Her heart wants what her heart wantsBut all that becomes an after thought when she herself starts to change, and she finds herself with a power she did know she had, a powerful gift, or curse depending on how you looked upon it, but it s just made her a target, and she s being huntedGABBY Being the baby sister out of her sibling has never really made life easy for Gabby And not being one of the twins as Ingrid and Grayson are, is a double blow to Gabby Already feeling like an outcast within her own family, Gabby hopes that ll change when they move to Paris But what Gabby doesn t except to find on the Paris streets, is a whole new world that will change her life foreverSwept into the supernatural world, Gabby grips at with all she has Joining forces with the Alliance, a secret demon fighting organization that rids the streets of demons, Gabby can t help but to be excited, and want to make herself useful She tired of being little Gabby, she wants to earn her own place, become her own person, she wants to train to fight, and she s ready to start slaying some demonsGRAYSON After a horrifying secret is revealed, Grayson is sent to Paris months before his families arrival with the excuse of locating a livable residents for their family to shortly follow But the truth is, Grayson s other half is starting to surface, weighing him down as something inside is fighting to be let loose, wanting to be feed and urging him to do things he would never normally do But then before he can act on this impulse, he s kidnapped by a hellhound and taken to the underneath where monsters reside, feasting on humans and devouring their blood And Grayson has just become their next human blood bagTortured and injected with hellhound blood, Grayson is subject to excruciating pain as his body starts to change, slowly giving into his inner self he s been fighting Something wants Grayson stronger, wants him bloodthirsty, wants him to feed an succumb to the impulse and fest on human blood, something wants him to become a monster, to become a hellhoundThese three siblings world collide, and ignite the supernatural world they ve become entangled in They will all have to rely on themselves and even their inner demon to make it through the horrifying monsters hunting them, and inside of themIn this explosive debut, lives are forever changed, identities are exposed, inner demons are surfaced, betrayals are made, enemies strike, monsters are revealed as the supernatural and human world collide, and ignite the spark that inflames this world to the very core And before all is said and done, it may be the ultimate downfall of humankindTHE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED was addicting from start to finish, and already has me reading the next book in the series and loving it just as much I quickly fell in love with this world and the thrilling characters, and the dark tone that Page Morgan interweaves I seriously cannot think of a single thing that I did not like about this book BUT, even though I absolutely adored it, it just didn t turn out to be a 5 star read for me There was nothing negative that jumped out at me, or deferred my rating, but my love for this book just didn t reach that level of awe and enjoyment as a 5 star read would But nevertheless, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED was epic, totally, addicting and swoon worthy to the very last pageOverall, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED was everything I hoped for andI loved the quick witted writing, the enchanting world setting, the deadly creatures out for blood, the demon hunters cutting them down in the blink of an eye, the fierce character development, and the heart breaking romance If you like thrilling paranormal, with deadly creatures, set in the historical world in the dazzling City of Paris, with addicting characters and bitter sweet romances, then THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSE is DEFINITELY one book you DON T wanna miss

  9. says:

    POR QUE LAS EDITORIALES EN ESPA OL SIEMPRE HACEN LO MISMO Me encanta la portada original, el titulo tambi n y vienen estos y hacen una portada como esta Que NO ME GUSTA, NO ME GUSTA PARA NADA Y como soy SUPER quisquillosa en cuanto al titulo y portada de los libros este va a ser otro que voy a tener que comprarme en ingles porque me niego ROTUNDAMENTE a comprarmelo con esa portada tan fea PD I know, quizas estoy siendo un poco exagerada pero es que me molesta que cambien las portadas d POR QUE LAS EDITORIALES EN ESPA OL SIEMPRE HACEN LO MISMO Me encanta la portada original, el titulo tambi n y vienen estos y hacen una portada como esta Que NO ME GUSTA, NO ME GUSTA PARA NADA Y como soy SUPER quisquillosa en cuanto al titulo y portada de los libros este va a ser otro que voy a tener que comprarme en ingles porque me niego ROTUNDAMENTE a comprarmelo con esa portada tan fea PD I know, quizas estoy siendo un poco exagerada pero es que me molesta que cambien las portadas de los libros cuando las originales ya son lindas Porque bueno, si la cambiaran por una mejor no me quejaria pero el 99% es para peor

  10. says:

    SPOILERS I was in the mood for a whimsical, romantic YA story so I rolled the dice on a review copy of The Beautiful and the Cursed It s set in 1890s Paris, and I figured horse drawn carriages, ballgown clad young ladies and the romance of turn of the century France would not go amiss So the hook was gargoyles come to life.well, I ve got an open mind and you just never know when a book will transcend an offbeat theme and grab you Having just finished up the book, I can say that while thi SPOILERS I was in the mood for a whimsical, romantic YA story so I rolled the dice on a review copy of The Beautiful and the Cursed It s set in 1890s Paris, and I figured horse drawn carriages, ballgown clad young ladies and the romance of turn of the century France would not go amiss So the hook was gargoyles come to life.well, I ve got an open mind and you just never know when a book will transcend an offbeat theme and grab you Having just finished up the book, I can say that while this is not an awful book, it s also not as good as most of the YA fiction I ve gotten used to reading Here s why.1 The gargoyles I could have gotteninto the whole gargoyle thing if it weren t so convoluted and weird Apparently there is a single God and he has angels, but the angels serve humans, and it s the humans who are God s favorites which led me to wonder why, if we re His favorites, we get stuck with war, pestilence, disease, violence, mortality and natural disasters, but I digress Gargoyles are created as a punishment and they ve got to protect humans There are demons, too, and they can go after humans, and honestly, I can t remember how it all fits together because it s just kind of bizarre, with the gargoyle angel demon thing grafted onto monotheism Or something.2 The Twilite rip off factor Human girl infatuated with half monster half human who can t be trusted to get intimate with her because of his demonic side Said human girl is torn between hunky monster guy and another guy who is nicer and not half monster Sound familiar 3 Too much plot that didn t gel Main character Ingrid had to leave London because she burned her friend s ballroom down after the friend got engaged to the guy Ingrid liked Mom whisks Ingrid away to Paris to open an art gallery Not sure that many wives of British nobleman did such things at this time, but okay Ingrid s brother goes to Paris first to scout out a house and gallery site, deciding to rent a run down abbey, then disappears before the family shows up He was kidnapped by a female angel gone bad who used to be his and and his sister s guardian angel who is trying to lure him into becoming a demon One sister shoots lightning out of her hands while the other aspires to be a demon hunter They are driven to find their missing brother, while hanging out with the gargoyle dudes and trying to avoid a serial killer preying on young women who is actually the female angel gone bad who needs the blood of unravaged maidens See 4 Pedestrian writing The dialogue of the characters doesn t sound in keeping with the times, nor does much of the behavior of the sisters Phrasing is clunky and there is repetition of certain words, lack of flow, a general lack of sharpness.5 What I call Trilogy Syndrome Every YA book now has to be part of a trilogy, so you read a 300 page book and still are left with so many loose ends and obvious segues into the next volume in the series Meh.In sum, I d say the concept had promise but the book wasn t executed skillfully enough to make this a really good read The author describes writing the book in a very condensed period of time, which makes me wonder if taking a bit longer to revise and refine it might not have helped a good deal

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