A Curse so Dark and Lonely

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TRB reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

About the Book

A Curse so Dark and Lonely; Brigid Kemmerer
Young Adult; Fantasy; 507 Pages

Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (January 29, 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. 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.

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

Jenn’s Review

Beauty and the Beast gets a modern makeover in Brigit Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

Harper’s life is definitely not rosy in modern New York – her father ran away, lung cancer is slowly killing her mother, and her brother is trying to placate the mobsters their father ran afoul of, by harassing other unfortunate folks that owe these evil men money. And because life is so fair, Harper is doing her best to live a full life despite her Cerebral Palsey.

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TRB reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

While playing lookout for her brother, she witnesses a man who appears to be abducting a woman. When she attacks, hoping to prevent the stranger’s kidnapping, she ends up falling into the kidnapper’s realm, on a plane of reality far different from her own.

It is here that she meets Rhen, the cursed crown prince who, of course, needs her to fall in love with him to break the curse before the season ends and the Beast he is cursed to become is unleashed on another bloody killing spree.

As such things go, Harper tells him in the blandest of terms that she won’t fall in love with him, and of course, she tries to run away; and from there the story becomes less and less predictable. Harper and Rhen devise a plan to save his kingdom, and together, they manage to rally his subjects to defeat the invading forces from the north.

The world-building in this story is beautifully crafted and consistent. Characters are sympathetic and realistic, and plot twists are carefully woven throughout. The hero is strong, and while he’s a bit of a jerk at the beginning of the story, his character arc offers redemption. Harper is also flawed, but she is strong and determined, her physical challenges are more of a driver to prove her abilities than an excuse to be the wilting princess.

Well-told and well-written. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this YA romance.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

One of my favorite fairy tales turns dark as Harper, a fierce girl with Cerebral Palsy, is used to being treated like glass. Her mother has been fighting cancer and has three months to live. Her brother deals with a gang to hold them all together.

Rehn is the crown Prince of Emberfall. Every Autumn he turns into a beast and kills his people with no memory. When he changes back, he turns eighteen again. And again. The evil sorceress Lilith taunts him and his last guard, Grey. As war looms on the horizon, he must find love to break the curse.

Harper isn’t easy to woo. She isn’t a delicate flower. Rehn has a dark past. He is afraid to hurt her. Can they find love and break the curse before time runs out for both of them?

I love the disabled heroine, and how she has a bite to her. The story was written with a sense of reality and it wasn’t a sappy fast burn smacking lips kind of read. It was an earning of trust and defending each other kind of read.

I didn’t like how it was a little confusing in places, but other than that, it was wonderful and possibly the best adaptation of Beauty and the Beast I have ever read. The ending was well tied together and left me hungry for more


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