Blogtober 2018 · Reviews

Blogtober Day 14: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer // Review


Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 29th January 2019

Synopsis: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with added magic, beautiful writing and characters to make you want to dive right into Emberfall.

This is the book of 2019. I can already feel it in my bones, I have completely fallen in love with Brigid and the world of Emberfall! I honestly don’t even know how I’m going to write this review without just screaming about how much I loved the book, but let’s try!

First off the writing is absolutely everything. I was completely captivated from the first paragraph and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The writing is so addictive, you don’t realise that it’s pulled you in until the book is all you can think about.

The world building is absolutely outstanding. Emberfall has so many details to it, and so many beautiful descriptions that at times it felt as if I was there with Rhen and Harper, and let me tell you – I definitely didn’t want to leave. It was so wonderful to be so immersed in a world as magical as Emberfall. I can’t wait to go back!

Harper is such a strong character and the representation of cerebal palsy is so brilliant. I loved how it made her a stronger character and never took centre stage to the story, just like real life it was something that was mentioned but overall something she learnt to deal with. If anything it added to her character and represented such a new aspect to the original Beauty and the Beast story.

Rhen, Grey and Harper are the perfect trio for any novel – if they could be the main characters for every novel I read for the rest of my life I would be so happy! Their dynamics work so well together, with Harper being such a badass woman, Grey’s protective side and Rhen honest loving side – it’s a trio made in heaven.

The enchantress, Lilith, is the queen of all villains. She is so diabolical and so well developed that you can’t help but absolutely despise her – the perfect sign of a wonderfully written villain! The curse, although there, wasn’t really too much of the main aspect of the story which was a great breath of fresh air for the retelling.

The split POV worked so well, and I loved being able to read the situations from both Rhen and Harper’s perspective. It allowed for such a well rounded and well told story. The slow burn romance, and the honesty of Harper’s feelings toward Rhen rather than the typical “I’ve been kidnapped so I fall in love with you” in most retellings is so wonderful. Harper had her own mind the entire way through and the slow burn romance I was living for. I honestly couldn’t have loved it more.

This book is the YA fantasy of the year, and it’s not even released yet. I’ve fallen completely in love with every single aspect, and I have the biggest book hangover from it! I can’t wait to have a physical copy and read it every single day! If you want a breath of fresh air and a wonderful retelling then look no further and pre-order now! Brigid you are a genius!

You can pre-order A Curse So Dark and Lonely on Amazon UK here!

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