#Blogmas Day 13: Book Review – The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A unique premise that keeps you hooked throughout

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise

After what happened in London, Ingrid Waverly couldn’t have asked for a better time to move to the Paris estate that her twin brother Grayson was sent ahead to secure. But when Ingrid and her family arrive, they quickly realize that something is wrong–Grayson is missing.

And Grayson’s not the only one. Young women have been going missing for weeks before their arrival. So why is it that no one seems to care about Grayson’s disappearance?

Taking matters into their own hands, Ingrid and her younger sister Gabby soon learn that the streets of Paris are haunted with endless ancient secrets, the new Waverly residence amongst them.

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Review (No Spoilers)

I first bought The Beautiful and the Cursed kind of as a joke when I was an undergraduate. I was picking up random books in Barnes & Noble and when I noticed that this seemed to be a paranormal romance involving gargoyles, I thought it was the funniest thing that I had ever heard. So of course I bought it.

I have a bad memory so I don’t remember much about my first time reading it except that I enjoyed it. Since Rob recently bought me the next two books in the series, I decided to give this a reread to see if it was still as good as I remembered.

Once I started reading it this time around, I realized that it was a lot more complex than I had initially remembered. While I bought it to read gargoyle romance, it’s actually a very intense fantasy novel that has an underlying mystery that will keep you hooked all the way till the end.

Although the main characters are both very strong-willed and relatable, I was a little creeped out by the fact that Gabriella (Gabby) is only 15 years old throughout the events of this book while her love interests seemed to be in their 20s. The story does take place in the 1800s so I guess that means it was more acceptable back then (?), but it really just made me uncomfortable any time her “curvaceousness” or sexuality was brought into focus.

I should be continuing this series next month so keep an eye out for my next review!

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