Book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Fantasy (Retelling of Beauty and the Beast)
Release Date: 29th January 2019
Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. 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 constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? 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 retelling was absolutely amazing and I loved it! The characters were amazing and I loved the character arc for Harper and Rhen. Grey was the absolute best and I can’t wait to see more of him in the sequel ‘A Heart so Fierce and Broken‘. Especially since it will be from his and Lia’s perspective!
The book was great and I loved how Harper, who has cerebral palsy, did not let that become a weakness for her in any way. She refused to let it stop her from doing anything, and she gave as good as she got. It’s just a part of her and she never let it become this big thing she was constantly thinking about or even letting it limit what she could do. This book got brownie points for that alone. But seeing how fiercely protective she was of those she loved, how she wanted to be seen as she was, instead of someone less because of her CP was amazing. I loved seeing how she took control and pulling Grey and Rhen out of some situations. And the way she fell into her role of Princess of Disi made me cackle and love her all the more.
Rhen had an amazing character arc and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel with Grey, especially after the bombshells dropped on us in the last few chapters of the book! It’s going to be entertaining, and maybe even heart wrenching and I cannot wait! The storyline was a bit confusing at the start with how the seasons worked but it is explained a bit more clearly towards the middle of the book, and I had my light bulb moment when I realised how it worked.
Overall, the book was great, with beautiful world-building and even better characters. Brigid seamlessly introduced plot points that could or will be relevant in the sequel and the plot twists were dropped at the perfect point to put you in shock for a moment or two. I cannot wait to see where the sequel will take us! And of course, to explore more of Emberfall and neighbouring kingdoms!