The Beautiful and the Cursed
Haunting secrets and lost souls surround Paris in Page Morgan’s debut novel and the first installment of the Dispossessed series, The Beautiful and the Cursed. Seventeen-year-old Ingrid Waverly knows there is something amiss at her family’s new Paris home as soon as she steps one stocking-clad foot into the door. Don’t get her wrong--she’s glad to be rid of the London and the scandals and broken friendships that she left behind there, but something in their new home just feels…off. Maybe it’s the creepy interior, the recent murders in Paris, or the freakishly lifelike gargoyles on the rooftop. Sure, there’s a gorgeous servant named Luc and tons of bookshops she and her twin brother, Grayson, can explore…except Grayson has gone missing, and no one seems inclined to even talk about him, much less find him. Ingrid is furious until she happens onto a secret that just might lead her to her beloved brother...or her early death.
On the other hand, Gabriella Waverly, Ingrid’s sister, is positively ecstatic over the move to Paris. New sights, new sounds, and, most of all, new beaus that she can entertain herself with. Unlike her sister, she is thoroughly charmed by the old abbey that they now take residence in— now if only they could be rid of those atrocious gargoyles…
Meanwhile, Luc is determined not to like his new humans. The Waverly sisters and their mother just look like another barrier and responsibility he must take on—just like their missing brother. What he didn’t expect was the sisters' surefire independence and their determination to find their brother at all costs. To Luc, they're just like children—needing constant assistance and attention. The problem is, a child is the last thing he can think of Ingrid Waverly to be…
“The street lanterns washed a yellow light over the pavement and showed a vast black pool leaking out from under the horse closest to her. Blood.” --excerpt from The Beautiful and the Cursed
As promised, this book certainly was unique in its own little way. It had drama, romance, action, mystery...let’s just say that it kept me on the edge of my seat. It introduced some points that I have never thought of before. As soon as I looked at the cover and saw the title--The Beautiful and the Cursed: Some Nightmares Walk in the Light--I knew I was going to have fun with this one. I enjoyed all the different points of view—Ingrid’s, Luc’s, and even Gabby’s. It added much more drama to the novel and helped me understand the plot a little better. All in all, this was a great book and I would thoroughly recommend it.
“The heat fired up her arm and boiled through her veins. It reached her face and colored everything she saw red.” --excerpt from The Beautiful and the Cursed
I would recommend this book for ages ten and up, for the reading level, book length, vocabulary, and the mild expletives that you may run across while you or your child is reading.
After uncovering a secret that can never again be buried, will Ingrid ever make it all worth it by finding her lost brother...or will she die trying? Read Page Morgan’s The Beautiful and the Cursed to find out!
Note: Can’t get enough of Ingrid and the gang? The second installment of the Dispossessed series by Page Morgan, The Lovely and the Lost, is coming out in spring 2014!