Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed

TITLE: The Beautiful and the Cursed
Book 1 in The Dispossessed series
AUTHOR: Page Morgan
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
PREMISE: Ingrid moves to Paris with her family only to find her brother missing. Searching for him, leads to discoveries she never imagined.
MY REVIEW: This was a bit of a different debut and surprisingly, I liked it. I say surprisingly because that summary was not the most inspiring in the world and between that and the swooning girl on the cover, the most I was hoping for was a mild amusement. But I got some enjoyable reading out of this.
True, the author does play on the historical fantasy tropes that are so common in YA now. In fact, a lot of it reminded me a bit of the first Infernal Devices series with a dash of Gemma Doyle. It's far from the best series ever, but if you're looking for a historical fantasy to get into that manages to do something different then werewolves/vampires/witches, this one fits the bill. It helps that I was rather reminded of the series Gargoyles which was my favorite Disney animated show back in the day (I'm pretty sure Goliath/Eliza were my first was them or Gordo/Lizzie from Lizzie McGuire).
Basically, this was some entertaining stuff. Tropes aside, I got enjoyment out of it and I imagine many other readers will as well if you're in the mood for just some fun historical fantasy.
WHO SHOULD READ: Infernal Devices fans, Something Strange and Deadly fans, historical fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five stone gargoyles

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