A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

4 STARS

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Alright, so overall I did enjoy this book. It is a retelling that has been done, so some of the elements were predictable. Harper is from our world, and dealing with quite a lot. What I love about her is that she is always standing up for what is right, even when she finds herself in the world of Emberfall. She has a lot to deal with and I think she does it well.

Rhen and Grey are both likable in their own right, but I don’t feel like I got to know enough about them. There is a lot going on towards the end, and then there’s a nice kicker at the end that has to do with the male leads.

Harper also has Cerebral Palsy, and while I respect the fact that the author clearly wanted to have some ability representation, I also felt it could have been executed a little better. I have lots of opinions, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so feel free to connect with me to chat about it!

Overall, I think that this book would be great for YA fans that love fantasy and haven’t read Beauty and the Beast retellings before.

Special thank you to Bloomsbury for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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