ARC Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer)


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: January 29th 2019
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 484
This book will be available in all good bookstores.

Blurb from Goodreads

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was 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 barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But 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.




Oh my god guys.

This book was far better than I expected. I went through the story with such low expectations and hopes but I was very satisfied and contented with the story. First, I was thankful that I received this arc from Pansing. Upon receiving the arc, I was intimidated by the fact that the book was so thick (it’s 500 pages long) that I nearly guessed that this is definitely a stand alone fantasy. I was wrong. I could tell by the ending that there would be a sequel and I cannot wait to read it! I believe that there is more to be told in the next story!

I have never read Beauty and the Beast and since this is a retelling of the tale, I didn’t have any references to compare between the stories. The story was well written with such amazing and diverse casts. I love Harper, the main character who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and that the medical condition did not define her. She is strong as steel and quick with her movement. Her confidence and courage was shown by how she tried to solve problems in order to break the curse. She was so selfless because she cared and helped the people of Emberfall, even though she came from another world. The male main character, Prince Rhen was also interesting to read about. He was so mysterious and calm. I could feel his despair every time he spoke about his life and that made me truly sympathised him. The other supporting casts were also so fun to read.

Even though the story was set in a very much different world from us, the world of Emberfall seems so familiar and comfortable. I was so mesmerized with the world that I felt like I was in the story as well. I was surprised by the ending because I really didn’t anticipate it. It pains me until now that I have to wait for another year to finally get my hands on the second book! 😭

I read this book in just two days because it was so good and gripping from page one till the end!

Looking forward for the next book of the series ❤

Thank you Pansing Books for providing me this ARC in exchange of an honest review!



4 thoughts on “ARC Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer)

  1. Fantastic review. I haven’t heard about this book, but I’m happy I read your review because I want to add it to my TBR list. I love Beauty and the Beast so I’m always intrigued by retellings.

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