After I finished Het Schaduwjaar (The Grace Year) I felt like I fell into a black hole. I didn’t know what to read. Because what was possibly going to top that book? I ended up picking up A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, which is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I love myself a good retelling (The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless for example). So even though I was scared that no matter what I picked up after The Grace Year, it would be a bit disappointing, I went in open-minded. And I am super glad I did because A Curse so Dark and Lonely was an amazing read, I gave it a solid 5-star rating!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury YA on the 29th of 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 book is so good! It gripped me from the first page and it kept its fast pace all throughout the book. I honestly don’t know why I never really thought of picking this up before. It came out in January and it is one of those books that’s hyped, I see it a lot on Bookstagram. Usually, hyped books do attract my attention. This one, however, did not, well it did eventually, it just took a while. And I am very happy that it did in the end.
Like I said, this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. What I loved is that the original story was incorporated in this book very subtle. It was there, but it wasn’t too obvious. It is definitely a story that stands on its own. Some bits of the book were a bit predictable, but that is understandable with retellings. Overall the book definitely surprised me, and there were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all! The ending for instance… which I’m not going to talk about because I don’t want to spoil it…
I also really loved the characters in this book. They really came alive for me and they all felt really sincere. I have to mention Grey because he is just the best character – Grey is Rhen’s only companion and the commander of the guard. I’d love to have him as a friend! I found out that in the next book Grey’s point of view will be one of the main POV’s. I can’t wait for that! But again, I loved all of them.
This book is amazing! I finished it so quickly and I really really loved it. I was so sad when I finished it. I just want more, I need more! The next book A Heart So Fierce and Broken will come out next January, I am so excited about it! If you haven’t read this book yet, please go and do so and then you can pick up the second book when it comes out! I also think this is a great read for this time of year, it definitely has some autumnal vibes.