By Page Morgan
Published May 14th, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
4 stars - Fantastic!
Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
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 have found another winner!
If you saw my review of Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen, then you know that I was in a terrible reading slump for awhile. Until I found Stolen Songbird that is. I immediately wanted to read the sequel to that beautiful book but was unfortunately unable to. So I went to my bookshelf and found another book. I was kind of nervous before starting The Beautiful and the Cursed because I wasn't quite sure that I would enjoy it, especially after reading a 5 star book. I was afraid that my slump would start all over again. Clearly I had nothing to worry about because this book is a pretty awesome start to, what I'm sure is going to be, a pretty awesome series.
Ok, now to the review!
I have only read one other series about gargoyles and demons and what not. The only reason I read the previous series was because I absolutely love the author. But I wasn't always sold on gargoyles and I was never really sure if I wanted to read about them. I think Page Morgan does a pretty good with gargoyles. Her descriptions and the history that she wrote was enough to keep me interested. The whole book had a darker and older sort of feel to it and I really felt like I was there with those characters. I haven't read too many Gothic novels and I really enjoyed the feel of this one.
The characters themselves were interesting as well. It took a little longer to feel attached to them and, for that reason, I gave this book 4 stars. It was a little slow in certain parts but once I got closer to the end, I couldn't put it down! I had to know what would happen to Ingrid and her friends. There is a ton of action and suspense near the end.
It feels like I haven't really said anything about this book, but it wasn't too long to begin with. Overall, I think that this is a great start to the series. I am really interested in seeing what happens next and I really wish that I would've bought the second book when I bought the first. The history of the gargoyles, demons, angels, and humans was interesting and I want to know more about it. Plus I just have to know what happens with Ingrid and Luc! I definitely recommend if you are interested in Gothic novels and gargoyles.