Wednesday Book review: A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: A curse so dark and Lonely

Genre: YA fantasy

Rating: Five stars

Plot/blurb from Amazon

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.

My thoughts

Okay this book actually drew me in to Emberfall, I felt like a secondary character that couldn’t stop the events in front of me and that hasn’t happened since I read Harry Potter so I bow to you dear author. Regarding Harper’s disability I could see the message: Stay in your comfort zone and be truly protected or explore the world on your own and see what you are capable of. At this time in writing I need to put her words of faith in action thank you Ms Kemmerer. If you’re expecting a straightforward plot to follow then good luck finding one, as this book has more twists and turns than the wisteria climbing up Harper’s castle window. This book also teaches that fix the present and acknowledge your past and try to make a brighter future. It’s nice to see a vulnerability in Rhen the supposed ‘hero’ because that’s not how traditional fairytales go.. FYI this retelling even with its small use of medieval language and strategic language that my have gone over my head. It kicks ass to the original.

It is only true love when both can see each other’s ability to be vulnerable and the time to strong and become one.

Cannot wait for the second book!


Next week I’ll be giving my review of the second book of the Rosewood Chronicals, ‘A Princess in practice’ by Connie Glynn

So for now be content with this fabulously written fantasy and once you’ve done that, stumble back in time to the fifties with me in my debut, Carefree and Consequence (I have special page on the blog with its reviews too)

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Rachel’s Reccomended Reads

The Storyteller’s Secret: A Novel

The Perfect Child

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Beneath an Indian Sky: A heartbreaking historical novel of family secrets, betrayal and love

The Lost Daughter of India: A heartbreaking novel of tragedy and secrets that will have you hooked

That’s Another Story: The Autobiography

The Dressmaker

A Talent for Murder (Agatha Christie 1)

A Different Kind of Evil (Agatha Christie 2)

As the Sun Breaks Through (The Cliffehaven Series Book 15)

The Woman on the Orient Express

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The Paris Seamstress: Transporting, Twisting, the Most Heartbreaking Novel You’ll Read This Year

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Cinderella’s Shoes (Fairy-tale Inheritance Series Book 2)

Snow White’s Mirror (Fairy-tale Inheritance Series Book 3)

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Once: Before Midnight; Golden; Wild Orchid (Once Upon a Time)

Fairytale: Escape with a Magical Story of Love, Family and Hope

The Secret Mother: A gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked

The Surrogate: A gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist

I love retold fairytales, stories about India, autobiographies, anything set in the 1940s, and I love psychological thrillers. Here is a few of my favourites for you to peruse… enjoy my lovelies!

You’ll be so proud of me as I’m a hoarder I managed to take some books that were taking up space in my room to the charity.