A Curse So Dark And Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer – Arc Review

a curse so dark & lonely

Synopsis Logo

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.

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A refreshing and stunning take on the beloved ‘Tale As Old As Time’.

My Thoughts

I’ve been waiting for an incredible Beauty & The Beast retelling to come my way and It’s finally blessed me with its presence!

Retellings of stories can become stale real quick, with their reused plot lines and repetitive outcomes, they can really miss the mark. But this one felt very different to me, with a mix of modern-day times and the old-fashioned and primitive other world, it gave a refreshing take on a beloved ‘tale as old as time’.

Our main character Harper is certainly a unique one. She has cerebral palsy, which is something I have never come across in a book before. The authors inclusion of this disorder is a brave one and I applaud her courageous movement and hope that other authors take note and begin to write about these conditions too! – Although Harper has this impairment, she doesn’t let it hold her back and stubbornly refuses help throughout the book. She’s very spunky and it’s not to say she doesn’t have fear, but she charges ahead with confidence and tries to get the job done. She also has a kind heart and wants to do everything and anything in her power to help the people of Emberfall.

Rhen isn’t the usual ‘beast’ we have come accustomed to either. He only becomes a monster at the end of each season, after attempting to woo a girl into falling for him. Rhen would have once thought this to be easy, his good looks and charm would have saved him years ago – it’s safe to say that his ego was through the roof. But his hopes have long since dwindled and he’s a shadow of that man. Rhen broke my heart numerous times through the book, with his despondent mood and dispirited personality, it was truly sad to witness. Harper’s attitude and foolhardy persona makes Rhen think twice and hope blossoms once more – he begins to show signs of life within himself and he attempts to become the King he is worthy of.

Rhen’s right hand man Grey is probably my favourite character. He has stood alongside Rhen all these years – his loyalty is impeccable. Grey believes in what is right to do and follows through each time, even if he suffers in the process. He has a dark sense of humour that I just adore and his rare smirks give me life! He teaches Harper how to throw knives and builds a real friendship with her which was so lovely to see. I’m completely besotted by this commander and I can’t wait for his story to be told in the sequel!

I was on tender hooks for the entirety of the book and finished it within a day. It was SO addictive and utterly gripping from start to finish. When I thought it was all over and my heart was breaking into teeny tiny pieces, the author threw in one last twist and completely ruined me – I need the sequel like I need air!

If you love Beauty & The Beast and want to read an exhilarating take on the story, then please give this a go – though your heart will truly break!

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Find The Book

The book is due for release on 29th January 2019 – you can preorder it now!

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I want to thank Bloomsbury and Netgalley for sending the book my way in return for an honest review.

Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣




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