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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

The Dispossessed #1
Author:
Page Morgan
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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.

Gargoyles. The new "Nephilim."

I say "Nephilim" because the Gargoyles that Morgan portrays in The Beautiful and the Cursed reminds me much of the half angel, half human peeps portrayed in angelic books (in which some aren't even close to being angelic on my radar).
They were an endless obligation, and protecting them was the cross...
Let's face it: Nephilim protect us fellow little mundane peeps from the demonically ugly sides of the world. At least, that's the way it is in Cassandra Clare books. If your name's Jace Wayland and you're a Shadowhunter/Nephilim, well... it goes without saying. Of course, the gargoyles here have committed a sin and are technically guardian "angels." Still not angelic in my humble opinion.
They were all men...
RANT ALERT!
There aren't any females either. Say what? Females don't commit sins? How... *flips hair and starts fuming (flaring nostrils may be involved)* I'm sure I've committed quite a handful of sins, though certainly not as bad as murder, which sort of qualifies me to be a gargoyle then. I wouldn't be typing this either if I did, because I would be rotting in a jail cell. But let's say a female did here. Do they go to Heaven? Or do they go straight to Hell? Somehow, I doubt said female will go to Heaven, and going to Hell seems unjustified to be a female. Or do they become a ghost? But there are male ghosts too! Then again, ghosts only come about because they have "unfinished business" on the earthly plane. -_- x 3,000,000,000
END OF RANT
Things were always tense, and the fact that one group consisted of humans and the other of monsters was the largest reason why.
The relationship between the Alliance and the Dispossessed. Quite similar to Downworlders and Nephilim. They get along because of some sort of pact or contract or just because they have to... and even Downworlders have hate among each other. It sort of goes the same among the Dispossessed. They have castes, which are similar to classes but once you're there, you're there forever.
“Most of us were born into the Alliance,” Chelle tacked on with unwarranted defensiveness. “We come from generations of members.”
Like Shadowhunters, most are born into the Alliance. And they're from generations. I don't really think I need to say any more. Really, I don't.
Ingrid knew it instinctively. They’d shared a womb. They shared a birthmark. A life. Ingrid would know if he’d died. The same way Luc claimed he’d know if they were in danger. She’d just feel it.
Welcome to the world of parabati. Ingrid and her twin brother Grayson have the same mark. They would know if the other died – get where I'm going here? I know, I know. Parabati aren't born. But they can't fall in love with each other, right? It's sort of similar here. Oh eww. INCEST! O_O

Anyhoo... *brings out broom and sweeps away little mess over there* parabati are like siblings. I think I've done enough damage. MOVING ON.

The more I'm scrutinizing The Beautiful and the Cursed, the more I want to change the rating. >_< But I'm not going to. The first book in The Dispossessed series certainly has it's own concepts worth cheering and praising. Like gargoyles in Paris in the late 1890s. I think it's a genius idea. I do think that if the gargoyles portrayed here aren't as similar to Shadowhunters and had more of a unique concept that sets them apart, I would have possibly enjoyed The Beautiful and the Cursed a lot more.

4 Owls


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