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Book Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

acursesodarkandlonelyReleased: 29th January 2019

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.

A modern Beauty and the Beast retelling. Our main character, Harper, is taken away from DC to Emberfall as a last chance to save the prince from the evil curse that has him changing in to a fierce monster at the end of each season and killing any one in sight. Harper has cerebral palsy which was a unique aspect and done very well from my point of view. She didn’t let it stop her from being strong and fierce and going for what she wanted and believed in.

The start of this was quite slow for me and took me a while to really get in to, but after a certain point it was hard to put down and I ended up really caring about these characters. Sure it has flaws but the overall enjoyability of this book was great. Awesome side characters, it gave me some Cruel Prince mixed with some Throne of Glass vibes.

It was quite humorous in parts too that broke up the tension and still managed to throw in some twists at the end even though I predicted most of them. There is a certain part in this book that made me tear up which is pretty hard to do. A recommended read for any YA fantasy lover for sure, I’m glad it has a sequel coming out next year that I will be reading for sure.


My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

this book was purchased by myself

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