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.
Review: 4 Stars
I was pretty hesitant on picking this book up. While I do love re-tellings I am not a huge Beauty and the Beast fan because it’s mainly a romance story, but after seeing all the hype I wanted to check it out. I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this book. A Curse So Dark and Lonely grabbed my attention pretty quickly and sucked me right into this story.
I absolutely loved the first half of the book. It had a dark feel to it and there was way more to the plot than I had anticipated. There certainly were influences from Beauty and the Beast, but Brigid Kemmerer really did a great job making this her own stand out story. The third quarter of the book wasn’t my favorite because the romance became more central to the plot and the pacing slowed down a bit. But the book pickedd back up for the ending and has me psyched that I have a copy of the sequel because, wow, I really need to know what happens next!
The characters really were done well. I loved Harper from the very beginning. She was determined and had a really great heart and I think she truly brought out the best in Rhen, which is truly how a relationship should be. I also really appreciated that Harper’s cerebral palsy was represented in this book. While she had this disease it didn’t define her. I think that it’s really nice to see illness represented in a fantasy novel in a positive way like this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chronic illness or disease presented in a fantasy novel in a way like this before and I think it’s so important. On a different note, I really liked how Rhen and Harper grew throughout the novel, while I loved Harper from the beginning I didn’t feel that way about Rhen, but by the end I was rooting for their relationship. I really loved Grey as well. He was such an honorable and loyal character, and I hope that we get to see more of his personality in book two.
Overall I liked this book way more than I expected that I would and now I understand what all the hype is about. I really enjoyed this book, parts of it were fun and had me laughing out loud, some parts had me reading as fast as I could to know what happened next. By the end I felt like I had been on a roller-coaster ride. Luckily I already have a copy of the sequel, so I can continue with this story and these characters.