A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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 ...

Details A Curse So Dark and Lonely

TitleA Curse So Dark and Lonely
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews A Curse So Dark and Lonely

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. “I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.” A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a much darker theme. In this version, the Prince is forced to repeat the quest to find love over and over each season, while causing more and more bloodshed each time. But after three-hundre...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I've been struggling to find the words to describe my feelings toward this book. Though I didn't feel blown away or well connected to any of the characters, it was a breezy read and I never found myself not wanting to pick it up. Many early readers have compared this to the ACOTAR series, but I feel as if they are two completely different beasts. This book is definitely catered toward a younger audience and contains a much tighter grip on its sex...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    4.5 stars!THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN OMG
  • Mary
    THE GOOD:* OH MY GOD I AM DEAD, this is coming to you from the beyond, where my soul was expelled after reading this book* in case you didn’t know, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it is GLORIOUS* the main character has cerebral palsy, and she’s a goddamn badass, I would let her walk all over me and say thank you* the writing is beautiful and mesmerising and this book had almost 500 pages but I absolutely FLEW through it because t...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    #1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★★#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken ? Harper’s life isn’t easy—her father has left her family with all his debts, her brother is working for the same loan sharks they owe, and her mother is in the final stages of cancer. Meanwhile, in the land of Emberfall, Crown Prince Rhen is facing the final season of his curse: if he doesn’t find love within three months, he’ll be left forever in the form of ...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Really unique take on the Beauty and the Beast tale. And I absolutely loved the main character, Harper. Despite this being a really long book, I read it quite quickly because it was engaging and addictive.
  • emma
    if you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will really like this book.I did not like A Court of Thorns and Roses.review 2 come!--------IT'S A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY REP.i don't care if it's 500 pages long and my midterms are fast approaching, i'm reading it RIGHT NOWthanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC!
  • Anissa
    It’s 3am and I just finished reading and WOW THIS BOOK IS AMAZING (but tomorrow calls for a lot of coffee - so worth it). I just couldn’t put it down - SO good!
  • chloe ✨
    THAT ENDING THOUGH...I can't wait for the sequel!!!
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars. I was never super engaged in the overall story, but there were so many individual aspects I liked that I'm rounding up. Harper is a teen with cerebral palsy who lives in the DC area. Her mom is dying from cancer, her dad is gone and left them in debt, and her brother's in a lot of sketchy trouble. Meanwhile Prince Rhen in the fantasy kingdom of Emberfall is under a curse where he keeps repeating the autumn of his 18th birthday until he...
  • melissafandomworld
    HOLY BGJDHBFGHJBDFGH... this book is fantastic! Where have you been all my life? This is how you write re-tellings folks! *be prepared, this is going to be a long review, LOLSince there are already so many BatB re-tellings out there, I'm always a bit skittish to start a new one even though I love them in general. But a lot of them aren't really original and surprising anymore, to be honest. a Curse so Dark and Lonely is one of the few who hit all...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    "They believe her limp is the result of a war injury, but Harper is quick to correct them."I was born this way," she'll snap, "and I'm going to die this way, so teach me to work around it." They love her for it."Thank you to Bloomsbury for kindly providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.If you're looking for a 2019 release book with a WHOLE lot of of ACOTAR vibes then look no further. I am a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer's wor...
  • Alexandra Christo
    Brigid is a genius and you are all in for a bloody TREAT.
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    RELEASED TODAY!!!!! Run, don’t walk, to get this one!! :))*ARC Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review* Rhen puts his hands on my arms and leans in. When he speaks, his voice is very low, very quiet, just for me. “My father is dead, my lady. My whole family is dead.” He pulls back, meeting my gaze, but his voice doesn’t change. “That monster killed them all.” This book is everything I knew I wanted and needed in my lif...
  • Sophie Elaina
    A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a reimagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast with much darker themes. In this novel the 'beast' is forced to live the same Autumn season over and over, each time a new girl is stolen away to the court and held as prisoner in hopes of breaking the curse. And each time more and more chaos and bloodshed ensues. I was intrigued to find out that this is set in modern times. Where 'the belles' are taken from our world...
  • Sophie
    5 compelling retelling stars! I fell in love with Brigid Kemmerer’s stories this year after I read Letters to the Lost. The moment I saw this book was about to be published in a few months I asked for it and crossed my fingers.I couldn’t thank Bloomsbury Publishing enough for granting my wish!But you know what they say when you have great expectations, they can be deceitful…A Curse so Dark and Lonely certainly did not disappoint me in the l...
  • Inge
    3.5 starsI am an absolute whore for anything Beauty & the Beast so I've been lusting after this book for a while now. Still can't believe I was given a review copy, squee!A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a very strong book throughout. The main character has cerebral palsy and is overall an A+ badass who doesn't take crap from anyone, not even a Crown Prince. Her relationships with Rhen and his guardsman Grey were developed realistically. A story lik...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    I was able to buddy read the arc of this with my amazing bookish friends, and like always, I read ahead and finished way early. This was supposed to be a five-day read and I finished in two because the plot and pace were so quick; I just couldn't put it down. This is a much more direct Beauty and the Beast retelling than I originally thought it would be but I really enjoyed that because, well, I love Beauty and the Beast. I adored Harper as a mai...
  • ambsreads
    so...that was overhyped this was incredibly flat. the whole story was one dimensional and predictable. i expected so much more and it just didn’t deliver in the slightest. full review to come closer to release
  • TL
    Started off great... I loved Harper, Grey, and Rhen (love to hate Lillith) and the world she created with Emberfall. The way she did the curse I thought was creative, and I liked that it took awhile for Harper to trust Rhen.The final twist was something I didn't expect so I give the author points for surprising me with that one. However, I got BookFatigue after the halfway point... the fighting and everything was well done and I was on the edge o...
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling in a bookish world crammed full of Beauty and the Beast retellings. I was a little hesitant, despite my love of both this fairytale as my favorite and retellings as a genre, but I decided to give it a try when I saw a few people talk about its unique take.Our Belle in this retelling is Harper, a girl from DC whose family doesn't have it easy ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    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 some...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    So freaking good, I couldn't put it down! Full review to come closer to release date!*EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*I adore Brigid Kemmerer's writing. She always has a unique flare unlike any other in any genre or sub-genre she writes and that makes her one of my most anticipated authors for each new release.When I saw a twist on a classic fairytale we have all heard and many, me included, love, I was All. In. This was so riveting. I was hooked from the v...