The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan
Book Two of The Dispossessed series
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Liked:
So, you all know from yesterday's post that I binge-read book one and book two of this series, one on Friday, one on Saturday. So, book one's review went live on Monday, and this book's review is live on Tuesday. I don't usually binge-read books like that, but I think it's a great idea when you have several books in a series, because you are less likely to forget what happened in the previous book. Of course, you're liable to mix up events in books one and two. But I'll take that risk. But anyway. I loved the first book, and I loved this book.
This book picks up a little after where book two left off. Ingrid has been raining her powers with Monsieur someone (for the life of me, I cannot remember his name), someone of the Alliance. Gabby has been training with Chelle. Luc has been avoiding Ingrid, even though that's basically impossible. There is a new gargoyle, Dimitrie, who is supposed to protect the Waverlys, with Luc. But things are not as they seem. Ingrid and Grayson are still being hunted (especially Ingrid), so much so that it feels like Ingrid against the world. All the while, Nolan's father is thoroughly against Gabby's role in the group. What is happening?!
Just like in book one, there are many things going on at once. Each important character sort of has their own point-of-view in this book, like Ingrid, Grayson, Luc, Gabby, and so on. This adds to the depth of the plot, because every character has a different role in the story, and a different part of the plot. Like the last book, it all comes together in the climax, and then disperses again. I actually really like this structure. Also, you'd think it would be confusing, with multiple subplots, but it's not at all!
Character development is, as usual, excellent. I didn't expect to see a lot of character development in a sequel novel, but the protagonists continue to develop in this book. I really like how Gabby's character is progressing. I liked her in this book, and I like her even more in this book. Ingrid kind of stayed the same, and I actually didn't like some of her actions, but she's cool.
Luc continues to be my favorite character. I feel so bad for him in this book. Nothing is his fault, but everything gets blamed on him. And nothing goes his way. And he's still going on. He's just this poor old gargoyle who shoulders all the blame for everything and doesn't get anything in return. I love his character, his nobleness, his stubborn attitude, HIM.
As far as sequels go, this book does exactly what a sequel should do. It builds on what was given in the first book, and sets up a bigger picture for the third book. The overall series' climax is coming in book three, and this book does a good job of getting readers to the overall series' plot. Some serious sh- um, STUFF, is going to go down in book three!
The romance. I've been avoiding the topic of the romance, because like book one, it's not all that clear-cut. The romance is beautiful and heartbreaking and BEAUTIFUL. I really hope that things work out for Luc and Ingrid in the end... Team Luc for the win!
Overall, this book was great. This SEQUEL was great. No sequel slump for the win! I cannot wait to read book three. This is seriously becoming on of my favorite historical fiction series. It WILL be, if book three is agreeable! Please be agreeable.
What I Did Not Like:
Please, please let the romance go in one direction and one direction only. PLEASEEE.
Would I Recommend It:
YESSSSSS! I loved the first book, and I love this book. If you've read the first book, regardless of whether or not you liked it, READ THIS ONE AS WELL. If you haven't started the series, YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Immediately. Especially if you like historical fiction.
4 stars. What a great sequel! I'm so happy that this book lived up to my mounting expectations and did not disappoint me. I was seriously afraid of certain things not going in a certain direction (being vague on purpose!), but I'm really happy with the way things are shaping up. I hope the third book is amazing! And that certain things work out in certain directions. Hint hint.
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