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.
Be warned in advance that I am going to do nothing but rave about this book throughout this entire review, because I want it to be no secret that The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan is my favorite read of the year. We’ve read through all the book hypes. Witches, vampires, werewolves, creepy babies born to vampires, mermaids, selkies, zombies, even aliens. But what we haven’t read about is gargoyles. The Beautiful and the Cursed is set around the 19th century. Two girls, Ingrid and Gabby, and their mother move from London to Paris to open an art gallery. They were supposed to meet their brother, Grayson, at their new estate, but he wasn’t there when they arrived. From there, the two girls learn that there is so much more to the world than they ever imagined. Gargoyles roam the earth and are cursed to protect the humans who live on their territory. Not only that, but there is such things as angels and demons…as well as an underworld…which is exactly where Grayson has been taken to.
I could sit here and give you the whole dang synopsis of the book, but I’m afraid that that would give too much away. Instead, I want to highlight the whole awesome package of this book. I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction. I often find it boring and outdated. So, when I received The Beautiful and the Cursed in the mail, I was a little nervous to start it. I’m not quite sure what inspired me to read this book. I think it might have had something to do with the cover. Let’s face it, it’s no secret that I have a thing for book covers. Anyways, I was hooked into the book from the very first chapter. Every word that Page Morgan wrote was so freaking beautiful. I have to admit, I’m devastated that I’ve already finished it.
When I read that The Beautiful and the Cursed was about gargoyles, I was instantly intrigued. I haven’t read about gargoyles before. I’m sure that there are some books out there featuring gargoyles, but none in any current popular YA books. I wasn’t disappointed; the gargoyles were perfectly written. They were strong, vulnerable, dedicated, livid…any emotion that you can think of, I’m sure it can fit in with some gargoyle. I really loved the relationship between Ingrid and her gargoyle, Luc. They had a forbidden romance of sorts, and that’s something that’s going to draw a lot of you in.
There is a sort of love triangle with Ingrid/Luc/Vander. Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles, because I often find them very predictable. I have no idea who Ingrid is going to end up with. I also really like both Luc and Vander, so there’s not one particular guy that I’m rooting for. I think that people who have issues with love triangles are not going to get annoyed with this one. Quite frankly, all of the characters are so loveable that it doesn’t even really matter.
I don’t want Ingrid and her men to steal the show here, because the real catch of this book was Gabby and Nolan Quinn. I have not loved a couple so much since Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I whipped through this book just for the simple purpose of getting to the next scene between Gabby and Nolan. It was hot. It was sexy. It was everything I could ever ask for in a YA romantic relationship. To be honest, Gabby and Nolan are the reason that I’m having such an issue that I already finished the book. I need more of them, and I need more of them now.
Have I convinced you to go read this book, yet? If you’re not a fan of historical fiction…don’t worry! Neither am I. But The Beautiful and the Cursed is, by far, the best book I have read all year. I would call it the next Mortal Instruments. Convinced you , yet? Go and buy this one! It’s out in bookstores!
Publication Date: May 14th, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Teaser Quote: “The hellhound’s paws scrabbled over the tunnel floor and it heaved itself toward Nolan’s voice. Sounds, amplified in the darkness, were all Gabby had to piece together what was happening. A grunt of force from Nolan’s throat, the cool chime of air rushing over a silver blade, a short, panicked choking sound from the beast, and then the scattering of gravel as the demon’s massive form buckled and fell. An explosion of green sparks lit the tunnel before fizzling back to blackness.”