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

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...

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

TitleA Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

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

  • Lola
    This is hands down one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read. I did not have high expectations at all, having found Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost to be a MEH read (please don't curse me!), but this story hooked me right from the start.I even had to check twice to see if Brigid Kemmerer really wrote this because I do not remember her writing style being so elegant and feeling like a lover’s caress. Oh my!Well, look, Valent...
  • jessica
    quick! someone call the vatican and let them know a miracle has happened, because this is the first time i am giving a fairytale retelling 5 stars!! this. book. is. phenomenal. like, honestly guys. you need to stop what you are doing and go get this book. the idea of ‘beauty and the beast’ has been retold multiple times, but this made me feel like i was experiencing the story for the first time, which is such an accomplishment. this is fresh ...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    Video review - https://youtu.be/w9617uq7Kk0?t=1030Unpopular opinion here, but I was just so bored. I was into it for probably 300 pages because I figured it had to get some dimension to it at some point, but it never did. I loved the rep with the main character having cerebral palsy, she was probably my favourite character out of all of them, but she was still a tough one to pin down because things were presented but never really expounded upon (...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Read again with For Love Of A BookFairyloot Book Of The Month! Click on link below the picture to see the GOODIES! =)THE GOODIESOmg!! THIS WAS THE BEST RETELLING EVER AND IS IN MY FAVORITES LIST!! I need the next book NOW!! Harper comes from modern day DC. She has cerebral palsy and she’s bad ass! Harper gets sucked into another world when she attacks Commander Grey when she sees him carrying a woman away. She thinks he is going to kill the lad...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    ‘Twas a buddy read with my bestie, Tabi, even though she completely left me in the dust, haha!Right, so...this was an AMAZING La Belle et la Bête retelling!!! And trust me, I’ve read half a dozen of them by now (Beastly, Cruel Beauty, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Uprooted, Hunted). Why no, I don’t have a problem…Why would you even think that?! ;) I especially enjoyed the fact that, like Meagan Spooner’s Hunted, we were able to see insi...
  • Elena
    I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light. In case you didn't know already, one of my book talents are joining in the hype of the books months or years after the hype. A Curse So Dark and Lonely was really one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I wasn't a fan of Kemmerer's popular Letters To the Lost book, but I still wanted to give this one a shot. Considering I'm ...
  • Warda
    I'm on the verge of breaking up with YA fantasy. Well, with the new releases anyway and just sticking to authors that have worked for me. And possibly reading YA fantasy that were released in the past, because the constant disappointments and anger I feel towards the new ones are slowly decimating my soul.This was a flop for me. Here I was expecting to really enjoy this retelling and it just got worse as I read on. I could not tell you what happe...
  • emma
    Well, this was...something.Like. This book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, except take away the dope library and all the nice songs and France (okay yes I know the Disney version isn’t the original but I LIKE huge libraries and nice songs and France!!). Anyway take all that stuff, and replace it with scenes from gritty modern-day D.C. and blood and monsters and blood and oh my god SO MUCH VIOLENCE AND BLOOD.And also a love triangle.Followi...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    #1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★★#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken ? If you've read the book and enjoy listening to great songs that are super emotional and reminiscent of characters, might I encourage you to listen to 'I'll Be Good' by Jaymes Young and cry over Rhen with me? 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 th...
  • 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...
  • Angelica
    Let it be stated for the record that I read this book in one sitting. I went to sleep at almost 3am reading this. I had to be at work at exactly 9am. Do I have any sense of 'adult responsibilities' or any real concept of priorities?Clearly not.And I regret nothing!This book was strange for me. I honestly had no idea how I would rate it because while I was completely addicted while reading, I also didn't love it. I wasn't even close to loving it. ...
  • ✨ A ✨
    I already knew that Brigid Kemmerer was a queen of YA contemporary. But I didn't know she is also a queen of YA fantasy. And boy was this sublime.I will admit that I was hesitant at first about reading this. Some authors are only good at a certain genre and when they decide to branch out, the results are disastrous. Phew! So glad that wasn't the case here. This beauty and the beast retelling was different and unique but still stuck to the origina...
  • Chloe
    THAT ENDING THOUGH...I can't wait for the sequel!!!
  • 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
  • Cindy Pham
    A solid Beauty and the Beast retelling with well-developed characters and relationships. Harper is a great main character because she has a realistic blend of strength and doubtfulness and a good head on her shoulders that makes her worthy of being a fantasy heroine. Rhen’s inner conflicts make him his own developed character rather than just a love interest. Grey, despite being a supporting character, is also just as likable (arguably more so)...
  • Prince Charming Doesn't Exist
    This review is an unpopular praise of a teen girl who has watched Beauty and The Beast (1991) exactly 113 times, listened to its ending song over 400 times, spent a fortune on everything Belle, and then finally read her first complete retelling of a fairy-tale. OhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodOhMyGodI don't even remember how I ended up reading this (probably because of the beautiful cover) but anyways I did and I am so pr...
  • 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...
  • C.G. Drews
    This book is like receiving a warm magical hug...and then a swift smack in the face all at once. Which, aww, that is amazing. That is just what I'm here for! I absolutely adore Letters to the Lost (like pls put it on my all time favourites list) so I had high hopes I'd adore Kemmerer's foray into epic fantasy too. And well OF COURSE. (I also have her Elemental series on my TBR...this year = Year of Kemmerer.)➸ this is a beauty and the beast re...
  • 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.
  • Zainab
    I've been reading this book all day and I mean all.friking.day. My eyes are burning and so very tired but it was worth it. So worth it!For those who don't know, this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it is actually so much better than the original. Don't get me wrong I like the original one but the whole talking teacups and dancing candles is kind of off-putting. In this one the prince has only one (very loyal) commander. So that was c...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I don't care what y'all say, you can pull Beauty & the Beast retellings out of my cold, dead hands.This book was as enchanting and angsty as I was hoping it would be. I read well over 200 pages of it in one sitting the night I picked it up, which at my current mental state should be considered an Olympic feat. I was glued onto the story from the main character's strong will to the love interest's angst-ridden curse. The writing, though not entire...
  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    “I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.“ Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟When Harper sees a man Kidnapping a young unconscious woman, she knows she needs to act fast. She saves the woman, but get captured herself. Suddenly she’s not in DC anymore, she’s in another land, another world. The man who kidnapped her is a Kings guard - Grey who serves a prince named Rhen. They...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    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." Not bad. Not bad at all. Honestly, I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one was exceptionally good. I loved loved loved, Harper— a strong witted girl with cerebral palsy, who accidentally gets transported from modern D.C. to an unknown f...
  • amy ☂︎
    this book is..... literally a disney movie, and y'all need to read it immediatelyeverything about it is so magical and charming and you can't help but fall completely in love with the world and all of its charactersreading a curse so dark and lonely on a cold night with a mug of tea and wrapped in several blankets is the highest, purest form of self care and i just want everyone to feel as warm and happy as i did while reading it ✨ throws fairy...
  • 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!
  • melissafandomworld
    REREAD July 2019:This reread was just as epic as when reading the book for the first time in October ‘18. I was supposed to read by a schedule because we were doing a group read but I finished it I. 1,5 days instead of the planned 6 days. Just couldn’t stop reading anymore and now I’m so bummed out again that the wait for a heart so fierce and broken is soooo long.—-ORIGINAL REVIEW IN 2018HOLY BGJDHBFGHJBDFGH... this book is fantastic! Wh...