The Beautiful and The Cursed (The Dispossessed #1) by Page Morgan

The Beautiful and The Cursed (The Dispossessed #1) by Page Morgan

Goodreads 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.

There was a lot to like about this book, but there was a lot that was subpar. 

The good
The sisterly relationship.
I really liked Ingrid and Gabby. It felt like a real sisterly relationship that they had: they covered for one another when they would sneak out of the house and both were understanding and always provided a listening ear to the other.

The mythology
It was an original and creative idea to have gargoyles be guardians to the humans who live in their specified area. It was simple and fairly straight forward for what they could and couldn't do -- not too many rules that would have made the mythology be heavy and jumbled in this book.

The bad:
Was this actually 1899??
For being set in a historical time, there wasn't a whole lot to distinguish it as being 1899. If it weren't for the constant reiteration that it was 1899, I would have completely forgotten. It didn't feel like a historical setting or novel and I feel like with novels that explicitly say they are set in a certain time, they should work harder to set the mood for that. 

The politics
I love politics. I majored in political science. But the hierarchy system that was put into place didn't seem to make sense. The truce between the Alliance and the Dispossessed seemed forced and wasn't hashed out enough. Hopefully this gets expanded on in the next novel. It was hinted to be discussed more in the future novels.

The other gargoyles
Lennier was badly written, as was the "villainous" Marco and his pack. It seemed forced to have Marco be the "bad guy" and him being opposed to Luc. Although I liked Marco -- he just wasn't extremely well-written and lacked what could have been good potential. 

The whole blood thing
It felt like a knock off of seasons one and two of Supernatural that there are all these kids running around with demon blood in them and then they are going to be used to lead a uprising.

What is this? Buffy? So we have a strong villain who can't leave the underground because she doesn't have enough strength and needs to drink more blood to do so. Oh yeah, and she is waiting for "The Harvest." That is Buffy season one right there.

Overall: I give it a 2.5/5. I am a huge fan of mythology and the idea is intriguing enough for me to want to read the rest of the books. However, the poor character development of the minor characters along with some of the plot being ripped off from other series was enough for me to not give it a higher rating.

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