A Curse so Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer

5 Beauty is stronger than the Beast stars!!


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

Hardcover, 484 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
Original Title
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
1681195089 (ISBN13: 9781681195087)


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


My Review…

I am trash for Beauty and the Beast retellings.. I can’t explain how much I love them especially if they are done well. This one had me hooked from the very beginning, there is no slow start to this book.  Harper practically comes out swinging and I loved every minute of it.  If there is one thing, I can’t get enough of it is a strong female protagonist.  I really felt all of Harper’s pain being brought into this unusual situation and not knowing who to believe or what to do.  Yet you really see from her perspective that these two macho men aren’t out to do her harm, they just want to get through a season. This Beauty is very unconventional and I don’t mean as in she doesn’t know she is a beauty.  I mean she might actually be stronger than the men in her life.  She does what’s best for the people around her with little thought to her own well being.

Usually the beast is meant to be moody, broody and grumpy.  However Rhen is contemplative and kind hearted.  He realizes right off the bat that he can’t woo Harper in the normal way of a Prince so he decides just to be himself.  I really enjoyed Rhen as himself because he is every bit just as charming.  His evolution through out the book becoming who he was always meant to be was really great.  I have always enjoyed in Beauty and the Beast how the Beast sent Belle back as a sacrifice to his own well being and this book is no different and yet it was, because this beast is so different.

I could not get enough of Gray’s character and am so happy the second book deals with him, that’s a spoiler but not so much of a spoiler.  Honestly though he’s amazing, loyal to a fault even to Harper. There is no love triangle I swear it kind of seems like it but it’s not.  I adore him, as always I seem to fall more in love with secondary character than the main characters.

I tried really hard to just write about the characters and not the actual book because this book deserves to be devoured bit by bit.  It’s been a while since a read a really good Beauty and Beast retelling and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I have had a serious book hangover since finishing this book and could read it again at any moment.


About the Author… 


Brigid KemmererBrigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

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