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Blogtober – Mini Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Synopsis: “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. “

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Rating: 4.5/5

WARNING: I mostly just talk about how much I like Grey so yeah. I really liked this book and I’m very much ready for book two. I can’t place what it was that didn’t make this a 5 star for me. I don’t know why curses always are put on teenagers (I know it’s YA everyone is a teenager) and while physically it would be better to be stuck as 17 instead of like 60 now that I’m 30 I think I’d rather be stuck in my 20s or 30s.

Things I liked:

  • Harper! She’s such a badass who doesn’t let anything get in her way and when you doubt her that just gives her more fuel to prove you wrong.
  • I love that Harper has a physical disability and that she doesn’t let it control everything in her life. She has cerebral palsy and she owns it! It does not own her.
  • Can Harper just become my best friend?
  • Grey, Scary Grey. My heart. I loved him from the beginning. He is the one I fell for not Rhen. Rhen sucks. We’ll get to that later. But Grey big SWOON. He treats Harper as a person not as some prize to be won or a means to an end.
  • Totally team Grey & Harper. If that’s end goal I’m on board. Seriously OTP.
  • I really liked that Harper was not having any of this kidnapping nonsense. She is not impressed in the least that Rhen is a prince. She was taken against her will from her home and she comes into Emberfall swinging ready to fight to get back.
  • Some of my favorite retellings are Beauty and the Beast related and this does not disappoint. It’s easy to pick up on from the beginning too.
  • I liked that Noah and Jake also had a part in Emberfall. I’m curious to see what happens to them in book two. I think adding more of our world into a fantasy realm is different and it changes things.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Rhen. Just not a fan. He’s the typical arrogant prince loathing in self pity because he’s been failing for so long at breaking the curse because he doesn’t think of anyone but himself. Very Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Yes, they had some cute romantic moments where he wasn’t horrible but I was more of a fan when those moments happened with Grey.
  • The length and pace. It was a bit longer in my opinion then it needed to be and slow in parts.

The ending. UGH. I have so many questions. I just need to know more about Grey and what’s going to happen when everything gets revealed because you know that’s coming. I was more mad at the ending than sad. I just wanted Grey to be okay and with Harper and Rhen (kinda Three’s Company like) but this is a YA fantasy and we can’t have happy endings book one.

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