A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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. 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.

My Review

I have read many retellings of beauty and the beast. Some good and some not so good. I don't put my standards high anymore. However, with this book, readers will be pleasantly delighted with this new retelling of a classic from author Brigid Kemmerer.

Rhen is the "beast". Harper is "Belle". Grey is Rhen's protector. Each one of these characters brought something different to this book. Rhen is not the big, scary "beast". Yeah, the opening scene of the book starts with Rhen covered in blood wondering who he killed. However, he does have a kind side to him as well. Harper is not a wallflower. She may have started out that way but part of this could be due to that she found herself in a new world and her cerebral palsy. Yet, she did not let the fact that she has cp stop her from taking a lead. Actually, I forget that she had cp as it did not hinder her. Grey was actually my favorite. He is loyal and a bit of a mystery man. This intrigued me. Plus, every time that he made an appearance in the story, I liked him even more.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading new twists on favorite classic fairy tales. Author, Brigid Kemmerer makes a name for herself in the young adult genre with A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and read it.


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