“They believe her limp is the result of a war injury, but Harper is quick to correct them.”I was born this way,” she’ll snap, “and I’m going to die this way, so teach me to work around it.” They love her for it.”
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Publication Date: January 29,
Thank you to Bloomsbury for kindly providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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 Lacy. 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.
If you’re looking for a 2019 release book with a WHOLE lot of of ACOTAR vibes then look no further. I am a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s work so I immediately knew upon hearing about this book that I needed it. However, when I found out this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling I groveled for this book, so I really can’t thank Bloomsbury enough for sending me an ARC of this! Hands down, this is my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve read, and even though I’ve heard the story and seen the movie a thousand times this managed to bring back ALL THE FEELS but feel so incredibly new at the same time.
For starters, our MC Harper (a.k.a the Belle of this story), has cerebral palsy, and Harper never let’s her disability define who she is (hence my favorite quote from the entire book at the top of my review). In fact, she owns it and embraces it like a complete boss and refuses to let it slow her down. I completely understand that Harper’s case of cerebral palsy is on the high-functioning side but it was completely new to me as I’ve never read a story with that kind of representation before. Our tortured prince Rhen (a.k.a the Beast), brings back all the feels from the original Beauty and the Beast. However, Rhen remains human until his curse is almost over and then turns into his beast form killing everyone and everything in his path, unless Harper can break the curse.
The second thing that makes this story unique is that when Harper and Rhen’s world’s collide it’s two different time periods meshing together. Which absolutely means, you are going to get all the funny moments of Rhen trying to understand things like what a cell phone is and what Washington D.C. or as Rhen calls is, Disi, is like. When Harper gets dragged to Emberfall she has A LOT going on back home and ultimately will have to decide if she wants to save Rhen’s kingdom or go back home and try to save her family. It’s sure to tug on your heartstrings. Plus, we get an evil sorceress who is just The Worst and Grey, the loyalist, softest boy to ever bless my heart. Both of these characters continue to make the story a thousand times better.
And just in case you’re worried you won’t be able to get enough of this world or these characters in one book, fear not! There is another book, you’ll just have to wait a year for it and suffer with the rest of us who have a thousand and one questions about what the hell is going to happen. I am absolutely stoked for the next book and you can already bet I will grovel for that one was well.
“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”
“We are not always presented with the choices we want, but choices exist nonetheless.”
“Failure isn’t absolute. Just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”
“It’s not my first scar, Rhen. I wasn’t perfect before. I’ll get over it.”
All in all, if you love tortured princes, fierce leading ladies, loyal sidekicks, enchanting world building, and plenty of plot twists then A Curse So Dark and Lonely is sure to sweep you off your feet!
Until next time,