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The Beautiful and the Cursed

(The Dispossessed #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Michelle
Oct 05, 2012 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. ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
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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 had to 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 th
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Giselle
Apr 27, 2013 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
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♥Rachel♥
May 21, 2013 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
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Wendy Darling
So excited that there seem to be so many YA gothics coming out recently! Well, "so many" meaning...a few. ...more
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
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Carlos
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this book, I have never read a book involving gargoyles so that’s what got me interested in the first place , I thought this tale could be cheesy and cliche but the story is very well written, both main characters can stand on their own (the sisters), the dispossessed (the gargoyles)are very well written as well and the glimpses we get at their structure and historic background are very interesting and well written. The order felt a little too cliche b ...more
Lili
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2013
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
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Carol
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
SPOILERS:

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
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I was really hoping this would be good and not your typical angels and demons read and it really was so much more and so much better than I had anticipated. Definitely want to finish this series. Full review to come.
kiwi kili
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
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Kassidy
Jul 27, 2013 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
Valeria Andrea
Oct 17, 2012 marked it as to-read
Paris,
Gargoyles,
an ABBEY,
Paris...
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.
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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
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Rez
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
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Meg
Aug 17, 2013 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.
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Diamond
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
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Sarah Mac
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-plotting disease.
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Louisa
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
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[Sunday, ‎November ‎17, ‎2013] Residing in desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.

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Alyssa
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Book One of The Dispossessed series
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC won from a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 ba
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Isamlq
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Katie
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
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
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Stephanie
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
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
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Nuzaifa - Word Contessa
MY THOUGHTS:

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
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Giselle
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
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Stephanie
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
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Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. For me, this is a rarity as the story is a historical fiction paranormal story. I am not a big fan of historical fiction books, but if the writing is good, I will give it a try. In this book, the writing was quick-witted and really enjoyable. Also, I really liked the world setting. The world was beautiful and I cannot wait to explore this world again. The characters were great. I thought they were complex and dynamic, and the romance was beautiful yet heartbreaking. I ...more
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Page is the author of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED, THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, and THE WONDROUS AND THE WICKED, young adult gothic thrillers critically acclaimed by Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin. Page’s novels have been an IndieNext selection, a Seventeen Magazine Summer Book Club Read, and a #1 Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE LAST HUNTSMA ...more

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