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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. 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 constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she's pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? 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.


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is an absolutely fantastic book. This novel was so hard to put down. I feel like the characters gripped you right away and wouldn’t let you go. I thought this was a very interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. This story is told in dual point of view Rhen and Harper. I felt like once you were in the story there was no going back. You had to know what Rhen and Harper were going through.

Harper is such a great character. I truly loved her. I loved that she was from the modern world and not sure she could believe her eyes once she reached Emberfall. Harper has cerebral palsy but she doesn’t let that stop her from living life. She isn’t going to let anything slow her down. I love that she isn’t perfect. She still has a very reckless behavior but yet she is devoted as well. She really is a great main character. I loved how she grew in this story and really showed her true self. I love how she went from being skeptical to truly believing. The devotion she has towards her family just gets me. 

Rhen is definitely the definition of a tortured prince. I think in a lot of ways he doesn't think he deserves happiness. the whole time part of me wondered if he really even wanted to find true love. When you go through that much pain, it has got to be hard to think that you are still deserving of someone's love. I really liked Rhen. i thought he learned some lessons in this book as well.

Grey was definitely my favorite character. If anyone is to receive an award it would be him. He is so devoted in helping Rhen break the curse. He wants the best for his prince. I love that he really invested in Harper as well. Grey wanted to protect her. Not just for Rhen but because he eventually considered her as a friend.

I can't wait until book two is out. Kemmerer how could you do this to me?! I need all the answers and I need them right now! This is a story you don't want to miss so pick up A Curse So Dark and Lonely right away.

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

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