A Curse so Dark and Lonely: This book was one of the best books I’ve ever read (and those are a lot) – and it also was THE BEST Retelling I ever got my hands on!
Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publishing date: January 29th, 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..”
This book was one of the best books Ive ever read (and those are a lot) – and it also was THE BEST Retelling I ever got my hands on!
A Curse so dark and lonely was exciting, scary, mesmerizing and enchanting from the first page on and I couldn’t stop reading. The Kindle nearly fell in the bathtub because some of the twists and turns were so unexpected and absolutely terrifying. The story was a whole fairytale in its own right and the division into two POVs was just perfect to get to know what was happening all the time.
It begins as a retelling of the beauty and the beast, but more modern, a little different to the original telling, but because of Disney I couldn’t stop imagining Grey as Lumiere 😀
I really never fall for two male characters at the same time – but this book? Oh man I broke down in two pieces because all of Brigids Characters were absolutely perfect. Harper was fierce and scary and the perfect anti heroine we didn’t know we needed. And then there was Scary Grey and the soft Rhen. Do you see me melting already? Everyone and everything was perfectly written, even the wicked characters and then there were all these secrets and you knew what would be coming. We always expect the worst as reader – well this books gives us worser than worst. Like worst worst outcome and you still can’t stop reading and hope for the good things to happen. Harper was my absolute favorite and now that I know, that there will be a Sequel I cant wait to get it in my hands.
And the best was that this book was set in two different times/ universes but it didn’t feel forced like most books with time jumps feel for me. I wanted to know what was happening in the now as much as I needed to know what will happening to the princes country. And the ending was absolutely lit! It set me on fire with this huuuuge cliffhanger – and I liked it!
This retelling of the beauty and the beast is so much more than only a retelling. Its a mesmerizing and hypnotizing read that everyone should pick up, and I am angry with myself, that I didn’t read this book earlier because it will now wander off onto my all time favorite list.
Read this book.
Thank you. Over and Out