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A Curse So Dark and Lonely ~ Brigid Kemmerer

February 14, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

ISBN: 9781681195087

496 pages

Source: Barnes and Noble

I have had a long running love-hate relationship with Beauty and the Beast.

The original is such a trap and setup for falling for and trying to change an abusive person who thinks the perfect partner can save them.

And while there is much clinging to the idea that love can save a person in this rendition, the abuse isn’t there. In fact, the character portrayal of The Beast, is flexible, kind, and generous. Rhen is definitely damaged and filled with the same self loathing as the original, but it manifests as melancholy as opposed to rage fits.

There isn’t a lot of backstory for the girl taken from modern day Washington D.C., presumably the Belle of the book. High schooler Harper has been coddled by her older brother, much of her life, after a birth mishap handed her a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

Her mom is sick and dad has gone missing, due to some affiliation with debt collecting scum who her brother now works for.

Aside from tidbits about her parents and a nod to her brother’s cute (and fairly new to Harper) boyfriend, that’s all we’re given before she is whisked away by a strange man, fighting for her life as she is whisked.

Most of the book is spent in Rhen’s kingdom, fighting for the lives of his citizens. There are multiple dark forces, literally on the horizon, who are threatening to tear everything apart. But Harper isn’t going to play by old rules and she lights a fire under the prince and his captain of the guard, allowing them to take pride in their homeland for the first time in many years.

The book is super fun and I really did enjoy most of the characters. I think it tried to do a little bit too much, though. Even though it was 500 pages long, it felt like it just barely touched the surface of the depth to where it could have gone.

In that way, I think it is pretty comparable to A Court of Thorns and Roses in that there is a lot of scene setting but you know there is way more that needs to be explored. Hopefully this series follows that Maas theme because I did love the rest of that trilogy once it got rolling. Fingers crossed we get much more out of the next few books for this one, as well.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 14, 2019 9:31 am

    I have this in my TBR.. I hope I like it. Well written review

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