Author: Brigid Kemmerer
We all have a spark inside us, and our sparks can find each other no matter where we are.
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.
Honestly, I came into this book with the highest of hopes, Beauty & The Beast is my favourite Disney movie of all time, any retelling, re-imagining, adaption is under the highest of scrutiny by myself. But A Curse So Dark & Lonely delivered every single chapter! I was not disappointed at any point.
I loved this book from beginning to end, the concept is awesome, I was explaining the idea to my mother and she was astounded someone thought this up. A girl from DC is transported to a parallel universe because she needs to fall in love with a prince and break the curse, and she has about 8-12 weeks to do it, it’s not your garden variety YA fantasy. But it was written expertly, I was never lost, never confused, I was always too interested in the page I was on I didn’t try to work out the plot early. I just let the book take me there. My favourite way to experience a book.
Written in the perspective of Harper and Prince Rhen I was screaming at the pair of them, “Do you not see he loves you” “Are you blind, she’s obviously feeling something for you FOOL”. As you can tell, I was rather invested in these two. Their relationship was wonderful to watch grow, no instalove, every eye catch, half smile and caught breath was earned by each side. Harper was always on the defensive, Prince Rhen always hitting her with the charm. at least for the first quarter of the book. After a certain altercation with the sorceress, Lilith, it’s obvious Harper isn’t as angry at him as she’s been making out.
Rhen is broken, from the moment he meets Harper, he’s been trying to end the curse on his kingdom for 5 years and with Harpers arrival, the sorceress that cursed him makes this his last chance to break the curse. With nothing to lose accept the worst, Rhen tells Harper everything and she is less than amused. Grey, the kings guard and glue that keeps the kingdom, prince, and Harper in one piece is the sassiest, most honourable character in the book and he is the perfect medium for the pair. His strict, controlled conversations with each character, bring depth and understanding to both Harper and Rhens plights. Harper’s cerebal palsy is acknowledged at the right times and respectfully written into the book. In the acknowledgements, Brigid confesses she consulted a friend who has CP for help and further understanding. Harper is SO bad-ass, and strong and emotional and perfect. I loved her. I can’t wait for more!
I promise even with the above spoileryness there is SO much more to this book! I loved it, I’ve pre-ordered it, I need this on my bookshelf for those quotes, the sass and the love story, because deep down, that’s what I came for.
A Curse So Dark & Lonely is released on 29th January 2019.
Would recommend to fans of… Beauty And The Beast, hate to love relationships and sassy Royal Guards (be still my beating heart for Grey)
Star Rating: 5
I was sent/given this book by Netgalley and Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review, my thanks because this was AMAZING.