Emma Reviews: The Beautiful and the Cursed
Today we welcome a special guest reviewer at RAoReading. Emma is currently working as an intern at Random House Children’s Books, and of course part of her internship is to read our books. She joins us with a review of a soon to be published book The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan. Read on and see what Emma has to say about Paris, star-crossed love and gargoyles!
Forget vampires and werewolves and enter a new paranormal romance paradigm governed by an angelic order, gargoyles personified and satanic demons that terrorize the Parisian streets. Page Morgan’s debut novel The Beautiful and the Cursed is a tantalizing new take on the genre that blends elements of historical fiction, paranormal romance, and a powerful bond between siblings.
Ingrid Waverly never imagined she would have to flee the comforts of London high society and begin life anew in Paris. Yet after a scandalous accident leaves Ingrid’s reputation, and with it her hopes of a suitable marriage, irrevocably tarnished, she and her family have no choice but to leave the country. Taking up residence in an ancient Parisian abbey, Ingrid, her younger sister and their mother are immediately confronted with the disappearance of Ingrid’s twin brother Grayson. Unable to believe her brother’s absence is merely a product of his “colorful lifestyle” Ingrid is determined to uncover the mystery of Grayson’s disappearance and bring him home. Yet Ingrid and Gabby’s mission to find their brother is hindered by a mysterious series of brutal nighttime assaults that have made traveling the Parisian streets a dangerous proposition.
Despite the risks, Ingrid and Gabby will stop at nothing to be reunited with Grayson. Their search soon takes an unexpected fantastical twist and the sisters are forced to redefine their definition of reality. Faced with gargoyles springing to life as handsome protectorates, a murderous pack of hellhounds risen from the underworld, an alliance between angels and humans, and an unexpected and unexplainable power that courses through her own veins, Ingrid’s desire to bring her brother home is revealed to be a matter of life and death.
The Beautiful and the Cursed is a welcome and creative deviation from the traditional paranormal romance script. The physical impossibility of romance between gargoyles and humans infuses the book with an irresistible supernatural star-crossed love, and nineteenth century Paris provides a perfect gothic setting. Headstrong Gabby and the more contemplative Ingrid are likeable and complementary protagonists. With interwoven themes of love, mystery, history and the supernatural both teen and adult readers will appreciate and enjoy the book’s complexity.
When the laws of the natural world are shattered, reuniting one family can only be achieved through an unlikely alliance between The Beautiful and the Cursed…
Many Thanks to Emma for this wonderful review! You can find The Beautiful and the Cursed in your favorite bookstore or library on May 14th.
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