A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer | 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 modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. One evening Harper is on “look out” for her brother Jake whilst he repays the debt that his family owe. That evening Harper witnesses what she thinks is a male taking advantage of a female. Upon intercepting Harper finds herself in the world of Emberfall, with Prince Rhen, a cursed heir to the throne who repeats the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over again. Only true love can break the curse or Rhen will transform into a vicious beast. Can Harper truly fall in love with a Prince? A Prince who has deprived her of her family and turned her world upside down?


THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE! I devoured the 480 plus pages in less than 24 hours. I just could not put it down. I don’t normally enjoy fairy tale retellings as I find they are too similar and do not really have any unique elements that keep me interested. This book was something else. I was hooked from start to finish and felt so many emotions throughout my time reading it. I loved all of the characters, well MOST of the characters, I wanted to punch Lilith in the face. In relation to the characters I also really enjoyed the subtle hint of same sex relationships, it really was the cherry on top of a fantastic book.

The world in which this book is created is beautiful, whimsical and magical. Honestly, it entranced me. It made me want to be part of that world. Autumn is my favourite season, so I could definitely picture myself in a world that is always in that season living in a castle with a prince. When are you picking me up Prince Rhen?

I have to say however, my ultimate favourite thing about this book was that the protagonist has cerebral palsy. Does that stop her from being a badass? Nope! It depicts a character who is aware of her weaknesses but does not let that define her life. If she wants to do something she will do it and her disability is not going to stop her from doing it. Nothing will stand in her way. This was a wonderful twist to the original fairy tale, one which helps to raise awareness and help relinquish the stigma attached to disabilities in modern day society. I also love how Rhen, Grey and her family do not focus on her cerebal palsy, they do not treat her any differently. It is amazing to watch the characters develop in relation to this!

That last chapter was a sneaky one. I don’t want to wait until January 2020 to find out what happens next!

I feel like everybody should read this. I understand being sceptical around fairy story retellings, I feel the same. But this is different, this is wonderful.

“For the good of Emberfall, for the good of all”

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