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The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,582 ratings  ·  397 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...more
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Oct 05, 2012 Michelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
You had me at fans of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. BUT IF SOMEONE TURNS INTO A TREE, SO HELP ME GOD.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
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...more
Wendy Darling
So excited that there seem to be so many YA gothics coming out recently! Well, "so many" meaning...a few.
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.
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...more
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...more
Mics *amante de los spoilers*
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...more

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...more
You had me at Cassandra Clare and gargoyles...
Page Morgan's debut novel, The Beautiful and the Cursed is just as beautiful inside as it is, outside. While the cover may be what originally drew me to the book, the writing and the story are what kept me reading!

I'll start with the setting since that's one of the things I loved most about The Beautiful and the Cursed. Paris in 1899. What more could you ask for? Well, how about mystery and intrigue and a possibly haunted abbey covered in stone gargoyles that are more than what they appear to...more
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...more
Aug 16, 2013 Moni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
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...more
Nuz - Say It With Books  ツ

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...more
The Beautiful and the Cursed was just as fantastic as I had hoped it would be.

In the world of The Beautiful and the Cursed gargoyles are real and so are demons. Ingrid and Gabby’s brother has gone missing and girls are being kidnapped then found dead in Paris. When the two sisters start digging around for any sign of their brother, they discover the world of gargoyles.

I’ll start with Ingrid and Gabby. I found Ingrid to be very interesting and I preferred her POV over the others’. I sometimes wi...more
I have been in such a reading slump when it comes to YA paranormal - I'd actually thought that I was just completely burnt out on the whole genre, which felt really sad. (And which had much more to do with me than with any particular books or authors!)

But then - OMG, I loved this book. I just absolutely devoured it! I love Page Morgan's rich, evocative writing, and the way she summons up the whole fabulous setting of 19th-century Paris as beautifully as she sketches her characters. I loved both...more
The Beautiful and Cursed was definitely a book I was looking forward to--Gargoyles? In Paris? With that gorgeous cover? How could I not be intrigued?

Oh the atmosphere! It was haunting and chilling and had an absolutely dark tone to it that I had to fall in love with. It had such a gritty feel to it and was absolutely wonderful. This was so much darker that I thought it'd be! It's mysterious and a bit gory, but completely enticing. The mystery is definitely one of the best parts about the story--...more
The author sums it up best, “It’s about real living gargoyles … in Paris… in the 1890’s. And they, like, protect humans. Or something.” To be perfectly honest, were you to strip all that down, you’d likely say you’d read a version of this somewhere, some when before.

There’s a girl, you see, and she’s been pigeonholed as fragile and weak, only to have each action/ thought by her run contrary to that. And it’s a family affair too, this being more than you think them to be at first. Both her siste...more
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

With darkly atmospheric vibes and gothic romantic vibes, Morgan’s world of angels, demons, dispossessed and secret societies is absolutely captivating… once I finally got into it. I’ll admit, in the beginning this book was a little too easy to put down (not to mention that I was also somewhat exasperated by the fact that practically every person in Paris was described as ridiculously attractive), BUT I reached a point around the 100-page mark where it finally engaged me, and I was sucked in...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Ingrid Waverly has embarrassed herself and her family when the boy she expects to propose asks her best friend instead at a large party. When her friend's house catches on fire, she thinks it is because she knocks over a candelabra. At the same time, her brother has been banished from London by their father and by luck, her mother decides now is the opportune time to open an art house in Paris. So, with her younger sister, Gabby, the family leaves England for France to the former site of an Abbe...more
Sorry for any grammar/spelling errors. Also forgive me for all the times I've used the word 'like' in this. And for this complete shit review. I CAN'T HELP IT /SOBS.

When I read the blurb for this book I was interested, because I've never read or heard of any novels pertaining to mythology around gargoyles.
The only knowledge I have about gargoyles extends to this:
and this:
(Who else remembers this?)

What also pushed me to read it was that it said if I loved The Mortal Instruments (I do.), I'd fall...more
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...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
First, I wasn’t expecting to love this story as much as I did. Andye asked me to help her review some books before they were published and I grabbed this one because looked just okay. But mostly because it was an audio copy. I love my audio books.

But, I was blown away. This series, The Dispossessed, is so the next Infernal Devices! It really was a lot like the clockwork books, by Cassandra Clare, except there weren’t any demon-infused-machines in this just-shy-of-Steampunk world. In fact, this r...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

Ingrid wasn't sure if she's relieved to have been shipped off to France with her mother and younger sister Gabby, having bought an abbey her mother was planning to convert into a gallery. The change of scenery couldn't have come in a good time because she had to escape London after an incident that left her reputation in tatters, leaving her without a best friend and a broken heart. But France presented her a new and dangerous challenge when her twin brother myst...more
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. And 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.

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Michelle Arrow
*1.5 star rating*

"Whatever the black liquid being injected into his bloodstream was, it was changing him. He should have wanted to help the girls. He should have felt remorse when each girl eventually stopped screaming. But it just wasn't happening. Instead, he found himself smiling. Laughing. Wanting to make them scream louder."

LOL. That gif cracks me up every time.

This book was a flashback for me. It surprisingly and weirdly reminded me a lot of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, one o...more
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I'm the author of the YA Gothic thriller THE BEAUTIFUL & THE CURSED, along with its sequel THE LOVELY & THE LOST. I've been intrigued by les grotesques ever since I came across 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 Beautiful & the Cursed was born.

I live in New Engl...more
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The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed, #2) The Beautiful and the Cursed: Marco's Story (The Dispossessed, #1.5) The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3)

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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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