Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and LonelyA Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury YA on January 29th 2019
Pages: 496

An instant New York Times Best Seller! In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.
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.

I really enjoyed this retelling. A lot of retellings are hit or miss for me. Either they are too much like the original or they are nothing like it and I don’t understand how it can be a retelling. This one has just enough of the original Beauty and the Beast elements. And it was a slow burn. And I love a slow burn.

This book is told in alternating chapters, which doesn’t always work for me. Most of the time I fall for one character over the other and I just want to get to their chapters, but that did not happen with this book. I was equally invested in all of the characters and I cannot wait to see where this story goes in the next installment.

The only thing I was not the biggest fan of was the time jump/world change. It did work for this story, so I can’t fault that, but it is just not my favorite thing in a fantasy book.