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.
Ingrid and Gabby survived the Underneath. They saved their brother, Grayson, from a future of dark servitude and exposed a plot to undermine the Alliance. But danger still lurks in the streets of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city's bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.
For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.
Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near-and the timing couldn't be worse.
Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.
Axia has promised that the world will burn. And now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.
Published: May 2013, May 2014, April 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Curlypow's thoughts on the series:
I read The Beautiful and the Cursed way back in 2013 when it first came out but for some reason I didn't review it. I'm not sure why, because I really enjoyed it. However, I did decide that I wasn't going to read book 2 until book 3 came out. I've been finding lately that the gap between volumes is sometimes enough to stop me from reading a complete trilogy, but if I can read 2 and 3 together I'm more likely to finish it. Well it certainly worked with this series. I devoured the last two books in less than a week and firmly believe it was worth the wait.
I was expecting to have a little bit of a lag in remembering the storyline from book 1, but no, I didn't. Not at all. Perhaps it has something to do with the uniqueness of some of the characters - we are talking gargoyles here after all. Not beautiful, not handsome, in fact supremely grotesque and ugly, but for all that, surprisingly lovable. Ms. Morgan has pulled together a cast of characters that are not from the usual molds and has held them together with a great mystery and some very exciting action.
If you like your romance these novels have it in spades. Three different romances in fact and all of them swoon worthy in their own way. Each of the three siblings has their turn at romance, but I'm not going to tell you if they work out or not, you'll have to read yourself to find out. The setting is turn of the century Paris and the Exhibition, so if you are a historical fan, this book is definitely for you. Ms Morgan has obviously done her research and I felt as if I was actually there.
So, with gargoyles, demons, secret societies, more action than you can shake a stick at and a heroine who is willing to try anything to keep her family safe, this series is a compulsive read. I did not want to put it down. This one is going to be a reread for me. I might actually have to buy my own copies in fact. Great fun if you are looking for something just a little different.