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The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,719 Ratings  ·  501 Reviews
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 ab
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Oct 05, 2012 Michelle marked it as to-read
You had me at fans of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. BUT IF SOMEONE TURNS INTO A TREE, SO HELP ME GOD.
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Jul 04, 2015 Lola Reviewer rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lola by: Katherine
I. Can’t. Read. It. A-ny-more.

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%.
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
You had me at gargoyles.

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Gargoyles! That's the only word I needed to see in the summary to know that I hadto 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 books...I mean, how would that even work? Especially since the gargoyle in his true form lacks any reproductive organs. ;0)

Now that that's ou
Jun 26, 2013 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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 little more violent than I expected. Aside from the initial dead bodies we're treated to gory bodily remains and beastly attacks--which were pretty
May 27, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
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
Wendy Darling
So excited that there seem to be so many YA gothics coming out recently! Well, "so many" meaning...a few.
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

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 i
Aug 27, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok

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
Jun 20, 2013 Lili rated it it was amazing
Some nightmares walk in the light.

Holy guacamole, I have never loved a gothic novel so much! I am beyond overjoyed that I was able to nab this book from ARCycling and I truly loved every minute of reading this one. Les grotesques are my new favorite paranormal creatures. I need me some more gargoyles!

The gargoyles featured in this novel is what really made me want to read this book. I was fascinated by the fact that a new paranormal creature was being brought onto the scene and I wanted to read
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖shut me up already✖
Me encanta la portada original, el titulo también 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
Jun 22, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Give me old fashioned lingering glances and squeezing of hands behind backs ANY day of the month over raunchy, steamy sex scenes. There's something beautiful in the way an author can convey emotions not in a physical sense, but an emotional one, & Page Morgan is no exception.

I adored this book. It ticked all of my boxes. Historical? Check. Paris? Check. Gorgeous, mysterious guys? Check. Forbidden romances? Check. And holy moly I'll never be able to look at a gargoyle the same way again. Ever
Valeria Andrea
I'm in.
You've got me.

& that cover is so beautiful I'm double in.

But I warn you: if the protagonist is anything like the chick in cover, you know, desperate, selfless, helpless... your damn damsel in distress, we are going to have a BAD time.
BAD, bad time.
Jul 14, 2015 nick rated it really liked it

The Beautiful and the Cursed is a book I've been meaning to read ever since I saw the gorgeous cover and the word "gargoyle" in the synopsis. I decided to wait to read it, however, until all three books in the trilogy were out, so I could do a binge-read. Lately, I've been finding that binge-reading gives me the best experience of a series. Part of me is glad that I waited to give this a shot, but the other half is yelling at me for not starting it sooner because I'm, without any doubt, in love
Carla *Jen7waters*
What a disappointment.

In short, this is a historical fiction version of Twilight with gargoyles, angels, and demons, instead of vampires, plus a missing brother.
(Don't even think of coming at me because I'm comparing this to Twilight, I can make comparisons if I want to!)
Also, when will the love triangles trend come to an end, Jesus Christ, it's so goddamn stupid and annoying. I have no patience left for this.
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Read at your own risk.

*PT* Cuidado com o Dálmata
May 03, 2015 Meg rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Setting. Awesome.
Characters. Awesome.
Mystery. Magic. History. Awesome.
Uniqueness = 100%

It was a bit slow at times but it is always refreshing to read a novel and not think to yourself 'oh wait, have I read this before?'

Hat off to you Page Morgan.
Apr 01, 2016 Jesslivraddict rated it it was amazing
J'ai adoré ce livre pour plein de raisons :

- L'univers : c'est la première fois que je lis un roman fantastique qui parle de gargouilles et ça m'a beaucoup plus. La mythologie créée par l'auteur est crédible et fonctionne très bien ;
- Les personnages : j'ai adoré les soeurs Waserly. Ingrid parce que même si un monde inconnu s'ouvre à elle, elle a l'esprit ouvert, pose les questions mais n'est pas rebutée ni effrayée par ce qu'elle voit, ce qu'elle apprend. Gaby parce que malgré son âge, elle fai
Keely *Keelskilo*
Well, as you can see down below with my little preface diagnosis, this book and I had more than a few....problems.

So you went down and checked, didn't you? Because you want to see my little diagnosis before we begin here, didn't you? Yes, of course you did. And if that's not enough evidence for my dislike of this book, take this into account: It took me nearly three days to read it. THREE. Now, I have the biggest head in the world when it comes to being a fast, proficient, good-book-liking reade
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Ingrid moves to Paris with her family after a horrible incident gone wrong. Her new home is an abandoned church with gargoyle statues all around. As Ingrid and her sister Gabby explore Paris, they realize that the super natural creatures from legend and myth come to life. And the boy that she befriends may not be who he seems. Together they unravel one of the greatest secrets and are thrown into a world full of mystery and danger.

What can I say about The Beautiful and the Cursed? If I can sum it
Oct 01, 2013 Kassidy rated it really liked it
This book is very different than anything I've ever read! It was truly fantastic. I LOVED the world and being immersed in it was such a great experience. The characters are very like-able and I really enjoyed reading about Ingrid. I loved the setting in 1899 Paris, very cool! I can't even explain this book though because it is so unique. If you like crazy paranormal/fantasy books, you should like this one! Some new elements, creatures and ideas I have never even thought about are present in this ...more
Rating: 1.5

The concept of this story was interesting. It had a good start with the potential of a promising YA involving a rather unique creature (gargoyle!) and a gothic theme, but was struck by the Twilight bug bearing all its hallmarks:
• Female protagonist infatuated (instalove!!) with the mysterious swoon -worthy guy with constant reference to his hunkiness (check)
• Battling forbidden attraction (check)
• Hero is dismissive, arrogant, rude and ‘insert other less than amorous adjectives’ wit
Apr 26, 2016 Galleane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un premier tome très efficace, très intéressant et qui dévoile une mythologie des plus séduisantes. L'histoire autour de l'univers fantastique se lance rapidement mettant les choses au clair de manière à vite lancer le principal, et même si les révélations autour satisfont au gré de leur arrivée, l'auteure garde le plus important sous silence jusqu'à la fin. L'action est régulièrement de la partie, et si j'ai ressenti quelques longueurs, pendant 100 pages avant d'arriver à la conclusion c'est un ...more
I can't decide if I didn't like this book because I maybe wasn't in the mod to read it, didn't like it in general, or a combination of the two.

Longer review to come soon!!
Apr 14, 2013 Jon marked it as to-read
You had me at Cassandra Clare and gargoyles...
This is tough to rate. It did keep my interest, but not enough to bother with the other books.

I really liked the sensational Victorian trappings of the Beautiful & Cursed world. It has a Stoker fin-de-siecle gothic feel (with strong Supernatural & Buffy undertones), particularly in the setting -- lots of old stone buildings, cobbled streets, fog, & plush fabrics. Most of the side characters were good, & there was no disappearing parent syndrome or forced-isolation-for-ease-of-pl
Nuzaifa - Word Contessa

The Beautiful and the Cursed was a reminder of why I adore YA books. Gargoyles in 1890's Paris ? Sign me up, dude!

Ingrid along with her mother and sister, Gabby are forced to move to Paris from London after an accident.

The sisters move into an abandoned abbey which Ingrid's mother plans to turn into an art gallery only to find that their brother, Grayson is missing when they arrive.

Morgan's writing paints a vivid picture of Paris and I couldn't help but fall in love with the city
actual rating: 4.5 stars

This book is full of hot guys, badass ladies, and great gothic mystery. It's definitely one of my favorites of 2013.

There really is only one fault I found with this book. The first 10-15% of the book was good, not great. I was a bit confused by the mythology. I was just waiting for the inevitable moment when it all clicks into place and I can enjoy the story. It happened soon after the ten percent mark; and I dove right in. After that, I didn't come up for air once. (T
Gargoyles? GARGOYLES!

While I did like the book on a general whole, it unfortunately suffered the same downfall as Megan Shepard's The Madman's Daughter, another YA gothic, did: the romance(s) underwhelmed the creative plot and setting. I really liked the spin on les grotesques that Page Morgan took with this. YA today is incredibly oversaturated with werewolves and vampires and angels. Even mermaids are making a splash on the scene. Gargoyles, on the other hand, haven't really been done, and cer
Aug 16, 2013 Moni marked it as to-read
Shelves: gorgeous-covers
I'm beginning to loathe these kinds of books, the ones where the guy has the answer to all the girl's problems, or aids her along somehow. I'm a much bigger fan of the "girl does all the hard work and the guy likes her BECAUSE of it" story, not the "they fall in love because they're working together lalalala." It's over done, and not my cup of tea.

So, when I read the synopsis and saw that Luc the "devastatingly handsome" new guy had information, I rolled my eyes. I'd really love for some heroine
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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
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“Ingrid deserved better than selfish kisses and an empty, hopeless future. Even if the Dispossessed allowed it, she deserved to be more than Luc's human obsession. He would end it, cut himself off from her. He could better protect her then. That was all Luc was. It was all he could ever be. Her watchman. Her guardian.

Her gargoyle.”
Valor. He'd displayed valor when he'd rescued Ingrid and Grayson. It was the closest Luc had come to receiving praise from Irindi in all his gargoyle years.

Fancy that.”
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