A Curse So Dark and Lonely

TITLE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
AUTHOR: Brigid Kemmerer
READ DATE: July 22, 2019 to July 30, 2019
RATING: ★★★★★ // 4.75

Fall in love, break the curse. More like fall in love and break my heart why don’t you.

This book, you guys, I don’t know where I thought it was going. To be honest, I thought it would be another A Court of Thorns and Roses, but NO. While it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it stands on its own with it’s own twist and turns. I have a lot of feels for this book, and I’m not sure I even know where to start.

Things I loved:

  • Harper. This girl deserves all the freaking praise in this book. I don’t care who you are, and even you don’t “love” the book, you can’t deny that Harper’s personality has a way of pulling you into the story. She’s not on a quest to prove herself at all, but she does just that in way that by the end of the novel you realize that she has been strong this whole time and was always overshadowed by her brother. Bless the representation in this book, and Harper having cerebral palsy.
  • Rhen. I really thought that we were going to have a Tamlin 2.0 on our hands, and I was so ready to just throw Rhen out the window and ignore him totally. But no! Kemmerer did a great job of showing how Rhen really is as well as how the curse has made him into the person he is. Plus, he never pushed Harper to do/talk about things that she didn’t want to…unlike another cursed character.
  • Grey. Scary Grey, who is really a soft cinnamon roll and deserves the world no matter what. Harsh and brash, but soft and lovable. If there is one character who really sticks out and has possibly the greatest characterization throughout the whole story, it’s Grey. Ugh…soft bean. That’s it…that’s all.
  • Enemies to lovers. Can I use that trope? Is that what this is? Cause in my head the trope is totally used and it works. Even at the end, Harper and Rhen aren’t totally set on each other, but are willing to try. Which is all that anyone can ask for when there’s more books coming.
  • The last 125 pages. LISTEN….my heart was pounding and I couldn’t take it. Okay. It was too much, but not enough. It was everything I could’ve wanted and more. THEN THAT ENDING. If you’re telling me that Rhen and Grey are going to be pitted against each other, I will sob for days, cause NOPE.

Things I disliked:

  • The Monster. To be honest, I didn’t DISLIKE the Monster. I just had a hard to imagining it, and when it came close to the end I was imaging Buckbeak from Harry Potter. Which I feel like wasn’t supposed to happen, but I did and oops.
  • Jake. Listen, I know he’s supposed to be the big brother and what not. He just felt more like an ex who shows up and then tries to control Harper’s every move and makes her believe that she is really weak due to having cerebral palsy. And ugh…I just don’t like him okay.
  • The pacing. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. Some places it dragged, others it was too fast, and sometimes it was just perfect. Once you emerge yourself into the story, you don’t really notice it that much. So maybe it really wasn’t the pacing and just my mind tricking me, I don’t know.
  • Lilith. I know we are supposed to hate her, and I do! If I believed she was really dead, I would be all happy and what not, but I just have this gut feeling that she isn’t dead. And if she is really dead then thank goodness, cause she needs to be gone for all the trouble she put Rhen and Grey through.
  • The ending. Listen, I can love and dislike an ending at the same time. I only dislike it cause it gives away to the fact that Rhen and Grey will probably be on opposite ends. I don’t want this friendship to be ruined, okay. Just nope.

This book has captured my heart and is now a rival for A Court of Mist and Fury. Which should say a lot since my review on ACOMAF is basically me screaming with a bunch of gifs.

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