A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Brigid Kemmerer. I have never read a retelling before nor is Beauty and the Beast my most favourite fairy tale but I wanted to give this book a try because I had heard how superb it was. In this post I am going to be giving a spoiler free account of my thoughts and feelings of my experience reading this book. Here is the the blurb:
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.
The characters and world building
I loved the characters and the world of Emberfall. I felt like I really knew Harper and Rhen, their personalities were so well described and portrayed to the reader. Harper is strong-willed and determined. Rhen is misunderstood and holding so much guilt on his shoulders. It was so beautiful to see him eventually open up about his feelings. I related to him a lot. He constantly battled within himself about the decisions he made and whether they were the right ones and I’m a lot like that myself at times.
Grey is another character I loved. His loyalty was astounding! Through everything they were facing he never stood down from his duty and would give his life to save another so willingly. Grey is the kind of friend everyone hopes to have in life, and I loved that about him.
“Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”
The story progression and ending
The story gripped me right from the start. There was never a point where I was bored, I was constantly wanting to know more and more. It filled me with so much intrigue with every passing chapter. I found myself trying to predict the ending based on what I already knew. I’ll say this now, I was so very far off with every prediction I made!! Nothing could have readied me for the ending of this book. My heart was not ready and I am extremely excited for A Heart So Fierce and Broken (January 2020).
Overall I rated this five stars, I found no fault with it at all and thoroughly enjoyed reading every page. It lived up to all the positive reviews and hype I had heard about it and I am so glad I gave it a try!
Have you read A Curse So Dark and Lonely? What were your thoughts about it?