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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigit Kemmerer

Hello readers,

How is your week going? I finished A Curse So Dark and Lonely yesterday and decided to talk about it with you. This book is the first in the Cursebreakers series and is written by Brigit Kemmerer. It’s also the first book that I read from this author and I’m very happy with it.

First let’s talk about the elephant in the room – the similarities with ACOTAR (A Court of Thrones and Roses)! Yes, both have a character with similar names Rhen/Rhys, both heroines are lead to a castle where there is a ‘beast’ and realize they can be a ruler…. both have a sorceress (a bad one) and both are a retell of Beauty and the Beast. A lot of both’s, right?

About the love triangle, and I hope that by now you know how much I hate love triangles…. I can’t compare this book with ACOTAR (I hope my words don’t come haunt me in the second book). After a couples of chapters, I thought oh no, not another love triangle, but in the end I realized that it is not. My interpretation is that Harper sees Grey as a friend, someone that she can trust, like a brother. I didn’t feel the ‘love’ or ‘sexual tension’ between them, not like I did for Harper and Rhen.

The book tells the story of Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, that was cursed by an enchantress to be eighteen years old every season until a girl falls in love for him. But every time a girl doesn’t fall for him, he turns into a beast that only thinks about destruction. He killed his family and everyone that is on his way, until the only one that remains with him is Grey, a royal commander.

Then, there is Harper. She lives in Washington, DC, where her mother is dying, her father ran away and her brother has to do ‘jobs’ for some bad guys that are after their father.

Every season, Grey has to take a girl from ‘this world’ to Emberfall, where Prince Rhen has to make or try to them to fall in love with him. When Harper sees a man trying to kidnap a girl, she saves the girl and is pulled into Emberfall.

There, she meets the Prince and discovers that she has to fall in love with him to break the curse and come back home, where her mother and brother need her. But it’s not easy, Emberfall people’ are poor, dying and in need of a king that no longer exists.

When Rhen meets Harper, he starts to believe that they can break the curse but she doesn’t know that he is the monster that everybody has afraid.

‘I put my hand against the door. She has not moved from the other side. “Was not mocking you, my lady.” I pause, but she says nothing. “Ironrose is not enchanted.” She speaks from just on the other side of the wood. “Fine. Then what is it?”. “Cursed.” With that, I turn the lock and take the key.

The book started with a good story, the heroine has cerebral palsy but she is not defined by the condition, like the author says, its something that is part of her daily life. She’s so strong and resilient. And although this book is after all a love story, in the end, is more than that: it talks about family and the love for country.

In the middle there is a chapter or two which I could pass because I think it didn’t add much to the story but then it gets amazing and I could feel myself wanting to read more and more.

I love how the author decided to portrait the monster as something different each season, and how it was described, I could really imagine it in my mind. I also like how it’s written by the point of view of Harper but also Rhen.

Then ending is something that I was expecting and just because of that I give it 4 stars! Although I have the second book in my computer, I will give a week before started it, just to absorb everything that happened in this one.

Have you read this book? What’s your opinion?

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