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A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Book Review

Book Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: January 29th 2019
Format: Paperback

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I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.

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Why I chose this?

I was actually wandering around Waterstones lunch hour, as you do when I noticed they had a buy one get one free offer on. I had heard a lot about this book and I understand that its sequel is coming out in January.

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What it’s about

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

Fall in love, break the curse.

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.

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First Impressions

First there is a sticker on my book (I hate stickers on books to be honest) which says “A modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast.” so that’s already a plus for me. The cover is beautiful and I adore the colour. The spine is fantastic I am loving the holographic type thingy on it.

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What I Thought

This was better than I expected. Truly. Harper is a hero that I think the world had needed for a long time. I love that she has Cerebral Palsy because it’s not often I’ve come across a popular book with a character with disability. I love how she didn’t let it become an excuse not to do things. I work with people with disabilities and a lot of them use it as an excuse not to work when we both know they’re more than capable.

I really enjoyed how the differences between our world and there world were shown. From clothes and gadgets to the simplicity of life in Emberfall (minus the curse and the monster). I kinda want to stay at an Inn like the one mentioned after the fire. The way it was described seemed really cosy and I also thought it was lacking in rooms. There only seemed to be about three or four.

When reading the description for the land I was picturing a medieval England (or more specifically A Knight Tale).

I thought the writing style was exceptional and you could clearly tell by the language used who was from which world. I also enjoyed the duel POV which then changed towards the end. Especially that last chapter which gave me all sorts of feels.

The minute I put the book down was the minute I pre-ordered A Heart for Fierce and Broken, I’m also glad I waited nearly 12 months to read it as there is less time to wait for the next one.

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Star Rating

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