Title: A Curse So Dark And Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication date: 29th January 2019
Genre: Fantasy/young adult/retellings
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a proof copy of this book to review.
Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed to repeat the Autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, only to be freed when a girl falls in love with him.
Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. When she is sucked into Rhen’s cursed world nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfall…and it will take more than a broken curse to save them both from utter ruin.
WOW. WOW. WOW.
I’ve just finished reading the proof of this book that I was kindly sent by Bloomsbury – thank you!
This book has to be one of my favourite retellings EVER! It’s like reading a fairytale with a dark and delicious twist.
The characters are so well written. I love Harper, she’s such a fierce character, I wanted nothing but good things to happen to her. She is one of those characters that when you read about them you think ‘I wish I was that brave’ or ‘I wish I was that strong’ she’s had such a tough time at the start of the book and my heart completely went out to her. She also has Cerebral Palsy and I believe that including a main character that had a disability made me love her character even more because of how strong she was and she didn’t once let it stop her for fighting for what she thought was right. Not many authors write about characters with disabilities and I think they should because it brings a lot of awareness to the different types of disabilities that people face on a daily basis.
I also really loved Rhen, he was written so well. From the arrogant, selfish prince to the guy falling for Harper. I loved how his tone changed according to who he was talking to. I loved how well he kept his secret and also how it came out.
I also have to say how much I love Grey, he’s the fierce, obeying commander sworn to protect Prince Rhen no matter what. It completely warmed my heart to know that Grey did it all because he was Rhen’s friend whereas Rhen though it was because he swore the oath and had no choice.
All three of these characters worked so well together and I loved for the scenes they were in.
Another character I lived for was Freya, she said some of the most beautiful things I have ever read in a book and it sometimes brought a tear to my eye. For example this one quote where she says “It is not the moment of passing that is the most important. It is all the moments that come before” this really made me cry as when my grandad died 2 years ago I felt so guilty for not saying goodbye before he went, this quote has helped me see that in a different light and see that the time I spent with him before he died was the most important.
I really really loved the writing in this book, it was completely enchanting from the very first page. It has powerful messages and the whole book is completely unforgettable. From the beginning to the end this book is fast paced, packed with a growing romance and action scenes that keep you turning the page again and again.
One of my favourite scenes in this book is when Prince Rhen is teaching Harper how to shoot a bow and arrow and Harper keeps saying ‘again?’ ‘again?’ ‘again?’ Because she was having such a great time. I wish I could finish this book and say ‘again?’ ‘again?’ And read it all over again but then I would never get any other books read.
I really recommend this if you love retellings and a story with powerful messages. Love it!