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The Beautiful and the Cursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed - Ingrid Waverly has embarrassed herself and her family when the boy she expects to propose asks her best friend instead at a large party. When her friend's house catches on fire, she thinks it is because she knocks over a candelabra. At the same time, her brother has been banished from London by their father and by luck, her mother decides now is the opportune time to open an art house in Paris. So, with her younger sister, Gabby, the family leaves England for France to the former site of an Abbey that her brother thinks would be an excellent location for the gallery. Then things start to get really strange when her brother is missing and girls start disappearing as well. As Ingrid starts to unravel exactly what happened to her brother, she stumbles on angels, demons and a few creatures in between. Her younger sister, Gabby is a breath of fresh air and being the younger won't stand for being pushed into the background. Ingrid and her sister are no damsels in distress, they won't back down. As they get closer to finding their brother, they find themselves in danger. Ingrid soon discovers, the Rectory they have moved to is surrounded by gargoyles which provide more protection than the myth would have you believe. When Ingrid realizes that she has her own personal guardian gargoyle in the form of a hot guy named Luc ,the sparks really fly. There is of course a human side of good that are fighting the demons, the Alliance, which tolerates the gargoyles, but believes them less than humans. The first hundred pages are mostly set up for the stories to come. The last part of the book is really a page turner and non stop action. I adore Gothic tales and this one is especially a treat since it has a really hot hero mixed with a young woman that doesn't take no for an answer. If you enjoy historical paranormal mystery with some really wonderful characters this has all the set up for a wonderful series. I haven't read a decent story with gargoyles since Shanna Swendson put one in her Enchantments, Inc. series. Now, I suppose I will have to wait another year for the next installment. Parents: this is best suited for teens since there is some violence, but probably safe for most horror fans. There are also a ton of wonderful themes about feminism, racism and I am sure everyone will be asking for there own personal gargoyle.

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