A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Disclaimer: I bought my own copy. Yay me! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Cursebreakers Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, suicide/self harm TW)

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Synopsis: 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 constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Review: Holy cow this was an amazing adventure! I loved the writing, it just flowed so beautifully, and the world building. The characters were well developed and the story was interesting through the whole thing. The book almost doesn’t read as a retelling and I think that’s it’s biggest strength.

The only downside was I have to wait until January 2020 for book 2….

Verdict: Best book of 2019 for me!

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