Curse So Dark & Lonely

★★★★★/ 5

Title: A Curse So Dark & Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Fantasy, YA
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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 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.

I loved this book so hard. I finished it in a whirlwind of two days (when I was supposed to be writing a report) and I have been recommending it to everyone ever since. Not only is the book cover stunning, but the retelling itself is also unlike any others I have read before.

Instead of our female protagonist, Harper, being some naive, passive, helpless girl, she is strong and smart and embraces her cerebral palsy – refusing to let it hold her back. This is something which I really admired since I had an aunt with cerebral palsy and I know the struggles. Our character, Harper, is stubborn and funny and I instantly loved her devotion to her family. What’s more, is that I loved the complexity and depth of Prince Rhen and his steadfast loyal captain of the guard, Grey. There were times when I didn’t know who I wanted to ship more Harper and one of the men or the prince and the guard themselves 😛 Even the novels villain, Lillith, is interesting and I instantly hated her (but only in the way that you love to hate villains in these kinds of stories).

Kemmerer did an amazing job of making me care about the characters and what happened to them. The world building was fantastic and I instantly wanted to live in Emberfall. I especially loved how they took a character from our modern world and transplanted her into a fairytale world – I thought that was really cool.

If you love fairytale retellings, stories with kick-ass females and hunky but smart princes, then you will love A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

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I received a copy of this ARC thanks to netgalley and Bloomsbury in trade for a fair and honest review.