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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Hardcover – 29 Jan 2019
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"Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret. I have only one complaint: I wish the sequel were already available!" - Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS
"Absolutely spellbinding. A Curse So Dark and Lonely expands on all the beloved themes of 'Beauty and the Beast' to create an intensely original retelling: one full of fierce new characters, wicked magic, and wondrous amounts of heart. Brigid Kemmerer doesn't just tell a story, she builds an entire world that you will never want to leave." - Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY
"I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head." - Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of EVERLESS
"Slow burning, big hearted, magical fun! I loved every minute." - New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins
"Beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in." - Alexandra Christo, author of TO KILL A KINGDOM
"Harper is the undisputed hero . . . Avoiding disability inspiration tropes, she is a fallible, well-rounded character who fights for the vulnerable and resists being labeled as such herself despite how others perceive her. A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Heartwarming, thoughtful, and romantic: Brigid Kemmerer took me on a magical journey with this dark fairy tale about growing up, falling in love, and making impossible choices. I can't wait to see where these characters go next." - Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE
"This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast." - School Library Connection, starred review
"A fresh twist on an old story. . . . Fans of Sarah J. Maas will be eager for this one." - Booklist
"Kemmerer knows how to blend a compelling story with a swoony romance, and the love triangle that inevitably develops . . . is organic and unforced because of strong characterization." - BCCB
"A unique world filled with fantasy and menace . . . will leave readers anxious to see what happens next." - School Library Journal
"Kemmerer merges modern sensibilities with an epic love story in this Beauty and the Beast retelling." - Shelf Awareness
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"A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky." - Starred review, School Library Journal on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
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About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
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The characters are wonderful! They are full bodied and well rounded, you definitely root for them and grow to care for them. Harper is a feisty and independent girl that is a worthy heroine. Prince Rhen is a stubborn so and so but I found myself liking him more and more with each page swipe. Also we have Grey to add to the company, which fills out the equivalent of the “best friend” role to a tee!
The world of Emberfall is richly described and the story weaves seamlessly on. I could not put this book down and loved it so much that I immediately pre-ordered the physical book! I applaud Brigid Kemmerer for her amazing gift and I truly hope that there will be a follow up!!!
This was 'technically' a good fantasy novel, but it never broke through to make it a great one. I would still read it, but it's no ACOMAF.
I love a retelling and even though Beauty and the Beast is a story that has been retold many times, this book felt fresh and exciting. It has many of the classic elements but weaved together with enough difference to make it stand on its own.
The writing style was easy and infectious I honestly had a hard time putting it down, it is quite a long story but it really didn’t feel like it, especially in the last half of the book when the action really kicks in. The world-building was also great, there was enough information there to paint a full picture, and I always feel like if I can be that absorbed in a book and not have too many questions about the world at the end then the writer has done a good job.
I loved Harper, she’s so resilient, violently pulled into new surroundings, having to deal with an enchanted castle, and with the loss of her brother and mother at a critical point in their lives. She’s the kind of character that you can’t help but fall in love with because even when she is outmatched against an opponent she strives to improve so that she has the edge the next time. She also makes plenty of mistakes that she learns from, she starts to see that having the best of intentions doesn’t always mean that you can act on a whim.
I also loved getting to see the comparison between how she was in her real life compared to Emberfall, you realise how much she has grown as a person, although I was glad that we didn’t spend too much time in DC because I was loving the adventure of Emberfall too much. Another thing to mention is that Harper has cerebral palsy, I cannot say whether her representation is accurate but I thought it was handled brilliantly, she knows her limitations and will set the record straight when she needs to, which for me is realistic.
Harper also has an amazing effect on Rhen, she forces him to see things in another light, you could tell that this attempt to break the curse was so different than the others. This really highlighted the difference in Rhen we see him on full charm offensive the tactic he has used countless times before and then eventually we get to see when he is vulnerable and has nothing left to lose. He really comes into his own when he is pushed out of his fugue by Harper and starts doing his best to help his people.
As much as I loved Rhen, Grey, I have to say was dazzling. He had that silent brooding thing going on and exuded strength and loyalty. There is a bit of a spark between Grey and Harper and that just makes the tension in the story even better because there is obviously so much riding on her falling for Rhen.
There was only one thing that I felt was slightly lacking, the enchantress wasn’t as well developed as she could be, she was vicious but I wasn’t 100% sure about her motivations, but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the book in any way.
I also can’t believe the ending!! I’m not sure how I’ll manage to wait to find out what happens to them all, I’m so excited already. I highly recommend A Curse So Dark and Lonely but beware you will definitely be left wanting more.