Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Wondrous and The Wicked by Page Morgan

Author: Page Morgan
Publication: April 14, 2015
By: Delacorte Press


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.

* I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

The covers in this trilogy are some of my absolute favorites! They're even more beautiful in hardcover.

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed, #2)

This is one of those books that snuck up on me. I'm not a huge historical-anything fan because it involves keeping track of dates and timelines which for me, feels an awful lot like "mathing". (The mild form of dsylexia I have makes numbers a challenge sometimes.) BUT, when the audio for The Lovely and The Lost came up for review last spring, I took one look at that cover (the blue one), read the blurb, and decided to give it a shot. Because gargoyles and Paris.

I'm so glad I did!

Side note: If you're into audiobooks, these are ones you need to check out. The narrator does a beautiful job of bringing the characters and their world to life. 
When I realized it was a sequel, I made a bee line to my library for book one, The Beautiful and The Cursed book (the pink cover). Page Morgan does a fantastic job of weaving together multiple POVs to give readers more than one character to champion. The same goes for the relationships too. Instead of only rooting for one couple, there are several, each with it's own set of issues, tension, and complications, but all of which I wanted to see end in HEA. 

Seriously, this is the first series I've read where I wanted ALL THE SHIPS! 

 And the other three behind it too.

The prose alone is worth reading this series. It kind of makes anything I've ever written look like this. 

As I told Page Morgan when I had the chance to meet her at ApollyCon, I want to live in this world she's created, be a part of the story and it's characters.

Historical fiction, mystery, and paranormal romance, The Dispossessed trilogy has a little something for everyone and The Wondrous and the Wicked is a gorgeous, heart-achingly romantic end to this series!

Read it.

Favorite Quote(s): 
"It was startling how accustomed she'd become to naked men waltzing about." 
"However, as he took a step closer to the bed and tilted her chin up, she understood that he no longer wished to be a gentleman."

About the Author
Page Morgan I'm the author of the YA Gothic thriller THE BEAUTIFUL & THE CURSED, its sequel THE LOVELY & THE LOST, and the upcoming THE WONDROUS & THE WICKED. I've been intrigued by les grotesques ever since I came across an old, black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. I wanted to tell that gargoyle's story. Soon, the idea for The Dispossessed series was born.

I live in New England with my husband and our three daughters, an English Pointer puppy, an arrogant cat, two cuddly bearded dragons, a bunch of chickens, and during the summer and fall, our neighbor's two sweet horses.

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