Series: The Dispossessed #1
Published by Delacorte Books on January 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Audible, Purchase
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.
What do you get when you mix Gargoyles and 1899 France? A pretty decent gothic horror novel called The Beautiful and the Cursed. Sorry, but this review will be short and sweet. The Beautiful and the Cursed is about two sisters who live in 1899 and their mother has always dreamed of running a gallery in France. With the permission of her husband, of course, their mother moves herself and her daughters to France for the summer. Their brother has already gone to France ahead of them to scout out locations, secure the place, and hire servants. He finds them an old run down Abby complete with stone gargoyle. When the ladies arrive at the Abby they find that their brother, Grayson, is missing. Ingrid and Gabby launch an investigation to find their brother that takes them into a world where: angels, demons, and gargoyles are very real.
The beginning is a lot of buildup and is kind of slow. There was a point when I was listening to the audiobook and I thought might nod off. I have to say stick with this book because it does get better. Does it get better to the point that I want to buy this book for all my friends? No. It is a decent listen and I don’t feel like it was time spent that I will never get back. I like historical books filled with gothic horror, mythical creatures and what else, kissing. In this book, the gargoyles are placed on a building by angels and they must watch out for all the humans inhabiting the building or they are punished. Luc is the gargoyle in charge of the Abby. Gabby and Ingrid don’t make his job easy as they race around France searching for Grayson. Along the way Ingrid and Gabby meet Vander and Nolan, they are part of an order of humans trained to fight with gargoyles. All this mystery and running around with cute boys makes for a very interesting story. One that in the end I found myself quite drawn into.
The Beautiful and the Cursed audio book is narrated by Katherine McEwan. She is an ok narrator. A little bland in some parts but she tries. I like that she does change her voice to match the characters accents. Her Scottish accent for Nolan is spot on for what I imagine he would sound like. In the end, I ended kind of liking The Beautiful and the Cursed and I am looking forward to reading or listening to the next book, The Lovely and the Lost. I won’t say if anything declarations are made but I ship Gabby and Nolan. I love their chemistry and I can’t wait to dive into the next book to find out if there is anything to my ship. As far as Ingrid goes, she has two boys chasing her. Love triangles annoy me so I don’t really have anything invested in her ship. I give The Beautiful and the Cursed three stars and look forward to visiting this world again.