A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid KemmererA Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark And Lonely

byBrigid Kemmerer

Hardcover | January 29, 2019

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"Absolutely spellbinding." --Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary

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. 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.

Brigid Kemmerer is the author More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Ann...
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Title:A Curse So Dark And LonelyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.31 × 6.41 × 1.59 inPublished:January 29, 2019Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681195089

ISBN - 13:9781681195087

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great retelling for those who like to stick to stories they know and love! *Big thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC!* I really enjoyed Harper. She was a very interesting character and her already unconventional life turned even more complicated when she got transported to Emberfall. I liked her spunk. She had this ferocity and she was made of pure determination. She has Cerebral Palsy, which is something I’ve never read before and it was very important to her character. Her leg and ankle often caused her a lot of pain, but that didn’t stop her from having a high-stakes adventure in this book. And trust me she runs a lot. Grey was my next favourite character. He was definitely more background, but under all that steel is a lot of personality. And while the end of his story was just a weensy bit predictable, I am really excited to see if the author will do more with it. Ok Rhen. Aka Beastie. I liked him and yet he was kind of just there. He was the arrogant, jerk type that had to learn how to be genuine, which is understandable because that is how the tale of B&tB goes. Yet…I don’t know, he just didn’t strike me as amazing at the end there. He does go through some crazy stuff and I don’t blame him, but I just…I don’t know. I like him, but I don’t think I would have fallen in love with him to save his kingdom….sorry. The modern world is in this very little, which I am very thankful for. I mean Emberfall was pretty generic and it didn’t have anything I could pick out that made it truly unique, but it had good people to entertain the reader. I especially enjoyed the quirks that the modern characters had to face in Emberfall, and the way that they explained their mannerisms. It’s at its core Beauty and the Beast only with a beast much more hostile and dangerous and an Enchantress that is not so nice and lots and lots of blood. This book is definitely more bloody than the Disney version. And since we are comparing to Disney there is no Gaston. Which I’m okay with. The Romance is slow burn because it has to be hello. However....The Villain was really not explored enough. I mean she was vicious!!!!, but I would have liked more depth to her. The Ending was not an ending because it sets up for a companion novel. It does a really good job of keeping the intrigue alive, but the characters’ stories were left far from finished, I think. It’s got some cheesy lines, like those fantasy kingdom creeds that I sometimes can’t take seriously but okay, I’ll let them slide. Overall, I enjoyed this book. For being almost 500 pages long (it honestly could have been shorter), I flew through it which is surprising. It's got good action, good romance, great characters...it just needed some more twists, I think.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was Everything I just finished reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and I honestly can’t say enough how much I enjoyed reading it. It was a joy to read from beginning to end. The characters, the creature, and the country were all so great. This was a brilliant new take on a tale as old as time; the curse felt familiar, but everything else was fresh and new and exciting. If you get the chance, read this!
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Take on a Beloved Classic I'm completely in love with this book.  It's gives me all those good, fun vibes of ACOTAR, while being completely different from that book.  This is the Beauty and the Beast retelling that I've been waiting for. Let me just start by saying that I know some of you are going to groan at the idea of another Beauty and the Beast retelling and believe me, I totally feel that too; however, somehow A Curse So Dark and Lonely manages to feel like something fresh and new and I was living for it.  First of all, this is a modern take on the tale  - mixed with a more traditional take. First thing that got me really excited about this book was that it's a fantasy with disability representation, yes - you heard that right! Our main heroin Harper has Cerebral Palsy, which makes one of her legs drag behind her frequently.  I don't know enough about Cerebral Palsy to say whether or not I felt it was good rep but I did really appreciate that it didn't just feel thrown in there.  She was never held back necessarily due to her leg, but it gave her trouble all the time and there were times she knew she had to rest because she was exhausted.  Harper ends up getting kidnapped and being dragged to this other world, which happens to have our beast in it.  I won't get into any great details about the beast and the curse because it's much more fun watching it pan out. Rhen and Grey are the men Harper "meets" the moment she is taken in their world and I came to fall in love with both these men by the end of it.  I will admit that I wanted to bonk Rhen over the head a few times for being insanely frustrating - I still couldn't bring myself to fully hate the man.  Grey, I was madly in love with from the start.  I guess I'm a sucker for a man in uniform - what can I say? A Curse so Dark and Lonely does have a large element of romance mixed into it, but I personally loved that.  It will likely turn some readers off but I actually thought this romance only lent to the story, not distracted it from.  The only real complaint I have about this story, and it wasn't even enough for me to take points off the ratings is I thought the villain was a little boring and cliche.  I would've liked there to be more meat to her character but it didn't ruin anything for me either. This book is almost 500 pages long but don't let that send you running in the other direction.  The print is bigger and the story is very easy to read, so you'll get through it in no time.  Even though the world and characters do get developed - there is no complicated magic system or political system to learn. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, I just had such a fun time with it.  I gave it five stars based on enjoyment alone.  I hope you all give it a try and enjoy it even half as much as I did. Thank you Bloomsbury.  ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-12-17

Editorial Reviews

"Harper is the undisputed hero . . . Avoiding disability inspiration tropes, she is a fallible, well-rounded character who fights for the vulnerable and resists being labeled as such herself despite how others perceive her. A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review"This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast." -School Library Connection, starred review"A fresh twist on an old story. . . . Fans of Sarah J. Maas will be eager for this one." -Booklist"Kemmerer knows how to blend a compelling story with a swoony romance, and the love triangle that inevitably develops . . . is organic and unforced because of strong characterization." -BCCB"A unique world filled with fantasy and menace . . . will leave readers anxious to see what happens next." -School Library Journal"Absolutely spellbinding. A Curse So Dark and Lonely expands on all the beloved themes of 'Beauty and the Beast' to create an intensely original retelling: one full of fierce new characters, wicked magic, and wondrous amounts of heart. Brigid Kemmerer doesn't just tell a story, she builds an entire world that you will never want to leave." -Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY"I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head." -Sara Holland, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of EVERLESS"Slow burning, big hearted, magical fun! I loved every minute." -New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins"Heartwarming, thoughtful, and romantic: Brigid Kemmerer took me on a magical journey with this dark fairy tale about growing up, falling in love, and making impossible choices. I can't wait to see where these characters go next." -Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE"Beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in." -Alexandra Christo, author of TO KILL A KINGDOM"Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret. I have only one complaint: I wish the sequel were already available!" -Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS"Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel." -Starred review, Booklist on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL"A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky." -Starred review, School Library Journal on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL"This book is going to fly off the shelves to all teens, but it will hold special interest for those looking for a tear-jerking romance and serious readers of realistic fiction." -VOYA on LETTERS TO THE LOST"A great concept, delivered in a compulsively readable package . . . romance readers will stay up late to finish this very satisfying and heartfelt read." -Booklist on LETTERS TO THE LOST"Explores the ideas of carving identity out of pain and the way perception colors expectations." -BCCB on LETTERS TO THE LOST"Readers will find themselves rooting for the real Declan to win Juliet's heart the same way his online persona did. Consider this tale of modern star-crossed love as a first purchase for YA collections." -School Library Journal on LETTERS TO THE LOST