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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

 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

Thoughts on the cover:
This cover had a lot going on in one tiny space, but surprisingly not only did it all work together with giving a hint to the story within, it fit together beautifully. I think this is one of my favorite covers this summer actually.

The colors blend in an eye catching spectrum that thankfully if you judge a book by it's cover, does the story justice.

I was a little wary of this book when I won it from Random Buzzers, I have yet to read a gargoyle story mainly because when anyone has ever mentioned a gargoyle and paired it with the word romance, all I can think about is the cartoon.

It didn't sound to appealing.
Sure for a cartoon it as a great source of entertainment as a child, but given the book category, I was not sure if the author was going to be able to carry the point across without coming off with a creepy erotica vibe that doesn't exactly float my boat.

As I cracked open the book and settled in for a good read while on bed rest, I was really surprised with how quickly I was dragged under and stuck in the world. Page Morgan designed.

It was a very creative idea and one that the author was able to pull off flawlessly. The words flowed together in a beautiful siren song that kept me hooked and devouring page after page.

This is one of my summer reads that I will be recommending all year round.

5 out of 5 Raven's.
Want to know more? You can read a chapter sampler here:
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan Chapter Sampler 

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