I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. This review will not contain spoilers
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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! If you love Beauty and the Beast, and you love re-tellings then this is a book you should definitely read. It is however a bit darker than the original story, which is what drew me in more (I also recommend all of Christina Henry’s books if you want dark re-tellings).
I really liked how fierce the main character Harper was, and how she would never let people define her by the fact she has Cerebal Palsy. I really liked the friendships she developed with Grey and Zo. For me, Rhen was a bit harder to like at the beginning. Typical Prince taking what he wants to try and break the curse he brought on himself. But as the book went on and he opens up more to Harper I began to fall for him, hell he should’ve kidnapped me, I could have broken his curse (I’m joking, the kidnapping part was a huge part of me not liking Rhen and Grey in the beginning). Freya was an absolutely perfect character in my eyes; she not only brought up and looked after her own child, but also took in her sister’s children – she is the unsung hero of this story.
Basically overall I loved this book and after THAT CLIFFHANGER!!!! I need a sequel like yesterday. My mum absolutely adores Beauty and the Beast so I’m going to make her read this too as I definitely think she will enjoy it too.