Friday, September 06, 2013

Book Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

The Beautiful and the CursedThe Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The year is 1899. Ingrid Waverly (daughter of an earl), her mother and her sister Gabby arrived in Paris to complete her mother's wishes of opening a gallery. Her brother, Grayson, has been sent ahead of them to choose the location. But, that is not the real reason for them being there. Ingrid was cast out of English society for an incident that occurred in which she is blamed of starting a fire. Her brother also left under mysterious circumstances. When they arrive, her twin brother is nowhere to be found and he has not been seen for days. Ingrid and Gabby find themselves in a quest to save them, battling for their lives and realizing that the world is not as it seems. Gargoyles and demons are real, and that is just the start.

There were several issues surrounding my enjoyment of this book. The most important was its forced plotting. Ingrid's departure from England was too contrived, her brother's was never really explained, and there were to many coincidences of people being in the right place, at the right time, way too many times. People just seemed to materialized out of no where and fly in and save the day (whether human or gargoyle).

The second issue were the love interests, two for each girl. Really? Was that necessary? The love triangles (inverted triangle? hexagons?) were unbelievable. Again we have the case of lust at first sight. It's like flipping a switch. I don't think a day passed and there was already a pairing brewing. I was getting dizzy with so many characters, none of which were well defined. The rationales for their actions were flimsy at best and there wasn't that much of a character building or history, even for the main characters. Character descriptions are often at odds with their actions. We are told Ingrid's mother is a strong woman, yet she is more often than not, a blubbering mess. Ingrid herself is a dichotomy of ideas. We are led to believe she is a strong woman, but she is a prudish (yeah yeah, I know is 1899), dim witted girl that is stumbling through the entire novel.

I forced myself to finish this book. I will not be reading the rest of the series.

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