A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer




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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I really liked it but wish I had connected more with the characters.


I really enjoyed this book.  It was funny and light-hearted.  The characters were lovely.  I love Beauty and the Beast re-tellings, and based on the number of them out there, I am not the only one. Some are definitely better than others, and A Curse so Dark and Lonely was one of those.  I liked the elements of the story were similar but not exactly the same. I also enjoyed that the beast, Rhen, wasn’t in beast form the whole time. I always thought that part of the original fairy tale was a bit overboard.  

I really enjoyed Harper, she was smart, inventive, and didn’t take any crap.  I also liked Rhen, though even though half the story was told from his point of view I never really connected with him.  I also didn’t really believe the love story part. This seemed more like hate to friendship then hate to love.

My favorite character, however, was probably Grey.  He is stoic and mysterious and by far the most interesting character.  I sincerely hope that the next book about him!

Overall: 4

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