Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan


Author: Page Morgan
Pages: 368
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Received from: Chapters
Status: The Dispossessed #2

Summary (from Goodreads):

The sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost finds the Waverly sisters in mortal danger and able to trust no one.
 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 street of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city's bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.

The Lovely and the Lost was a lovely read! I haven't read the first book since it came out, but I quickly found myself lost after only a few sentences in!

The stakes are much higher in this book, as Dusters seem to be popping up everywhere as Axia's harvest is nearly complete. As Gabby faces identity issues after being left deformed, Grayson struggling for control and forgiveness within himself, Ingrid struggles for her own self worth as well. She's special, and everyone knows it, and wants her- alive or dead. The siblings have a lot of trouble in front of them, but the question is, will they be able to work together to put an end to their misery?

A lot of things happen in this book right from the beginning: there's a new Duster, Luc's new guarding 'partner' has arrived, The Waverly patriarch himself has also joined the ensemble, and of course, there's hint of splintering between all the fractions of human, Dusters, and demons.

What I liked about the story was that we got to learn more about the world that Morgan has created. In English class, we learned that every story has two (or more) plots: in this one it's the romance and the political instability between the two groups (alongside defeating a very evil fallen angel, but in my defence she was only mentioned in this book). 

We learned more about the tensions between the gargoyles in this book, and how fragile real camaraderie  is amongst them. We also learned about the splintering that's happening between the Alliance members (which is something we all, sorta, knew was happening in book one), and of course we learned about those crazy Daicryptas (I apologize for misspelling that by the way). 

The entire book, in my opinion was about loyalty and how it can break under pressure and grief. In this book, ALL THE RELATIONSHIPS were tested as the events of book one left long lasting results; and the events of this book seemed to make it worse.

But what was nice was learning about the characters on a much more personal level. We all knew that once upon a time before TBTC that the Waverly's were happy siblings, and it was nice to see Grayson being protective of Gabby, and trying to establish some form of relationship with his twin again. We saw a lot of development between Vander and Nolan (although it is questionable where their loyalties are at this point), and Ingrid and Luc. Eep!

Ingrid was her usual, dependable self for some parts of the book, but she has learned so much from her experience in book 1. By the end of this one, she was much stronger, and although she was a little lost by the end (it broke my heart), I have so much hope for her. 

And Luc. Oh my darling Luc. We learned about how he became a dispossessed in this book and it hurt. IT HURT SO MUCH. You don't understand how much I sympathize for his character. He's so in love and very human, it hurts me that he's still paying for his sins. 

But while my love for Luc has grown, Marco has crept into my heart as well. Because I'm from Canada, the Marco's ebook story isn't available for me, but after this book, you suddenly fall in love with him (and it's a good thing). 

Overall, I thought the book was amazing! There is A LOT to wrap up in the finale, The Wonderous and the Wicked, as the events from this book, well, hit the fan. I totally recommend this series, and for those who were doubters after book 1, to just pick this one up because this series is worth continuing! 

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