The Dispossessed #2
“Darkness Dwells in Every Heart”
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Dispossessed
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 13, 2014)
Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper--and deadlier--sting.
Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid's twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they're still being hunted--only this time, demons aren't their only predators.
Ingrid's blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It's an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid's blood--and they see no value in human life.
The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time--which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.
Because darkness follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust the most.
Annoyingly, I couldn’t get Andye to engulf herself in the first book in this series, The Beautiful and The Cursed, although I thought it was surprisingly amazing. Luckily though, Andye grabbed me a copy of The Lovely and The Lost because either she must like me a lot, or she really wants to make you guys happy with a review because she knew I wouldn’t resist reading it and writing about it.
Of course, I don’t regret this at all as The Lovely and The Lost was unsurprisingly satisfying this time, as I knew it would be. If this book was a life-scene, imagine drinking hot cocoa while sitting in front of a fireplace. A fireplace with sparks jumping out (you know, sparks to symbolize the exciting scenes amongst all the comfort).
I felt like Morgan created a good mix of the old story into the new, but I think it would be ideal if you read the first book before reading The Lovely and the Lost. Morgan also added enough plot for a third book by throwing in the whole Rome ruling counsel of the Alliance, overturning the Gargoyle politics, and adding a few other loose ends I can’t wait to find out what happens with.
There were some pretty disturbing characters this time. Dimitrie creeped me out, a little too good to be true. Then there was the blood-letting obvious bad guy, Dupuis.Then the mimic demon (oh please, let those not be real). And Leon. Leon wanted to overcome his demon blood, yes. But, instead his fangs would rip through his gums, poisoning those he bit and his fingers secreted horrifying webs.
I just hate spiders. *Shivers*
But I should note that I hate horror stories too. So, although this is gothic and has a dark edge, I wouldn’t call the story overall dark and disturbing. For those of you who like happy chick-lit, this one has plenty of romance as well, even though it isn’t a comedy or contemporary.
Still, the phrase “Darkness Dwells In Every Heart” is actually a pretty apted tag-line for the book, as it seems everyone has a ripe issue they are encompassed by: Ingrid and her frustration to control her gifts, Nolan and his father, Gabby and her scars, Luc and his desire, Vander figuring out what his gifts really are, and Grayson at odds with his beast nature and attraction to Chelle. Page Morgan did a superb job adding life, heart, and struggle to the characters. And she did a great job balancing a whole set of characters, rather than just focusing on one. That any author can do that amazes me.
If you judged a book just by the end of the story, this one was pretty awesome. I hated that I had to wait a WHOLE DAY before I could finish it up, because, well, stupid life and people that need help and love all just had to get in the way.
But, although there were some wonderful aspects to The Lovely and The Lost, overall, it wasn’t spectacular. This is my only complaint (which isn’t much of a complaint). Conclusion: It was good. The end was great. But the whole book wasn’t a high. It is worth a re-read someday, but not screaming fans.
Personally, I loved the creative story, well-written characters with depth, and old-Parisian setting. If you want to dabble in gothic-fiction you should read this. Or if you like myths, historical settings, shadow-hunters or enjoy fantasy this book is for you and will probably be worth your while. (Worth your while just like hot cocoa by the fire always is.)
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- Language: So minor it seemed like none. Unless there really was none.
- Sexuality: Moderate to heavy. The last book was more heavy sexually than this one.
- Violence: Heavy