Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.

Prince Rhen is the heir of Emberfall and he was cursed by a powerful enchantress. He has to relive the autumn on his eighteenth birthday and turn into a horrible beast time after time until a girl falls in love with him. Rhen thought the curse could be broken in no time. How difficult is for a girl to fall in love with a handsome prince? However, years pass and he’s still cursed. This fall is his last chance to break the curse.

Harper is an ordinary girl from Washington, struggling to survive in a world where her brother messes around with some dangerous outlaws and her mother dying from cancer. Her life changes in an eye blink when she pulled by Grey, the royal guardsman, into a fairytale kingdom, where a charming prince is asking for her help. This sounds ridiculous to Harper and her only desire is to go home to her mother and brother. Harper and Rhen have to face their fears and work together in order to save the kingdom and Harper’s family from destruction, evil enchantress and death.

This is definitely my all-time favorite re-telling! I couldn’t put this book down! The plot was very quick passed and twisty and exciting. Important to mention the beautiful and enchanting setting of a fairytale kingdom, dark forests and magical castles. I was captivated by the story completely and I can’t wait to dive into the sequel as soon as possible. All the characters were great! Loved both Rhen and Harper and their strong personalities. You can easily see Harper develop as a character throughout the story. She was strong and brave from the beginning but the girl she became is a true fighter and a leader. Her sarcastic and entertaining way of communicating with Grey was one of the best parts of the book! I laughed hard at their conversations. The sequel has to follow Gray, he’s fascinating!

“Rhen,” she calls after me.
I pause in the doorway and face her.
“I’m not going to fall in love with you,” she says.
Her words are not a surprise. I sigh.
“You won’t be the first.”

Rating: 5/5

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