A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Book Review #222

Title: A Curse So Dark And Lonely

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Format: ARC (Pansing)

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Pages: 477

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

This book is a retelling of Beauty & The Beast with a whole lot of twists. I was immediately hooked into the story right at the very first page. I couldn’t stop reading even though I knew how thick this book is but I continued on until 477 pages have gone by.

I love the entire base plot for this story. I like the brooding and closed off crown prince, scary Grey who is so loyal and badass but compassionate Harper. They make such an odd team but they work. In fact, they work really well with one another since they complete each other. Harper has Cerebral Palsy and I love that the author has put on a positive light towards it. It makes me understand and know better about those who have them.

The love and breaking the curse took a lot of time. Instead, it was like the curse began on the first page and was broken at the very last pages. Rhen and Harper were really taking things slow, one day at a time as though they aren’t in a time constraint. I like that when Rhen became the monster, he’s willing to fight with all his might to see and listen to her. And that, ladies and gentlemen is true love and how it takes two to break a curse.

The ending was so sudden and I need to find out what’ll happen next. Grey deserves so much better and I want to know if there is a way that Jake and Noah can go back to the real world and also more of Rhen and Harper. I want to know so much more but I have to wait for such a long time until I can. But anyways, all of you should really anticipate this book that will come out early next year and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do.


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