Book Review of
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
My Initial reaction, when I read the blurb of Brigid Kemmer’s ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely’ was like ‘Oh My God!!!’ This is a modern retelling of my favorite fairytale story!
Then dawned the dreadful feeling of apprehensions… What if it doesn’t do the justice to the beautiful story of ‘The Beauty and the Beast’.
With the apprehension in my heart, I started on ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmer’. Two chapters down and my dread started to recede. And by the time I was six chapters through, I was jumping with relief and happiness.
You ask me why?
Firstly, this book ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely’ is altogether different from ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, and it has its own charm.
Opening Lines: There is blood under my fingernails. I wonder how many of my people I’ve killed this time.
Page Counts: 496 pages
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Blurb from author’s website:
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.
Okay, here starts my review!
Brigid Kemmer’s book ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely’ is the first book in a series of the same name. It is a Fairytale re-imagined and re-told but in a very different manner.
You will fall in love with this enthralling fable and it’s very fierce characters. Kemmer has built a world where Love is the only way to survive and break the curse. But for love to survive, needs determination and strength of heart, because you never when one will fall prey to wicked enchantments.
Kemmer mesmerizes her readers with her sheer beauty of character build up. Every character of ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely’ is as beguiling as the story itself.
Innocence and politeness of Prince Rhen, steals your heart yet the pain of his makes you weep in silence.
The sheer strength of Grey and his loyalty to his Prince is remarkable and makes you fall in love with him.
And Harper steals your heart in the very first scene with her sassiness and vulnerability. She has Cerebral Palsy but she doesn’t let the weakness define her persona.
The beauty of Kemmer’s narrative sizzles in you long after you are done reading the book. Its sheer beauty grips you very hard like a monster in its clutches.
Everything about this book is so addicting. Even the dynamics between Rhen, Grey, and Harper were breathtaking. I did not want this story to end. Nope, Siree. I did not.
I cannot stress the fact enough that I am starving to know more. To know more about the question mark that is Rhen and Harper’s relationship. Know more about Grey. Oh, the pain of waiting for almost a year for book two to get released.
You don’t need me to spell it out for you – how good this book is. SO what are you waiting for? Go pick up your copy now and read this delicious book ‘A Curse so Dark and Lonely’.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
Born: Omaha, The United States
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.
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