The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
May 14, 2013 Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
This book contained an interesting plot; the gargoyles and the setting reminded me of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and some parts also reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. This story takes place in Paris where Ingrid and Gabby have just moved from London. Their mother has always wanted to set up an art exhibition and so they have come to Paris and live in a dilapidated abbey that their brother was living in (Grayson-twin to Ingrid). However Grayson has now gone missing and no one knows where he is (or do they?). Luc, one of their new servants in their home has a secret (read this book and you will know what I am talking about). Just a heads up that this book also has a minor love triangle in it (and also forbidden love between Ingrid and another character beneath her status).
There is a lot of action in this book and Ingrid and Gabby are desperate to find out what where Grayson was taken. To me, I got annoyed with Ingrid because I felt like she was too trusting of people who she cared about. No one wants to believe that what someone close to them is a monster (hint hint). Ingrid took way to long to figure out some of the most obvious points in this book and I wished that she was more open to some things that happened (read this book and you will understand what I am talking about). If I ever say anything like read this book… it means that I don’t want to spoil anything for you (readers).
Overall, I thought that this was an okay book. The next book in this series doesn’t come out until May 13, 2014 and I hope that it is better than this one was.