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Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I adore retellings and I love Beauty and the Beast so I was looking forward to reading this popular series. I’ve had this book on my kindle and TBR since 2019 and I’m glad that I finally picked it up.

I enjoyed the retelling aspects and how Brigid Kemmerer used the elements of Beauty and the Beast within the Fantasy. However, I would have liked it more if the main story was a little less predictable.

I found myself not connecting with the middle of the novel and I almost did not pick it up again after the first 100 or so pages. I felt like the novel could have been shorter.

I also struggled with the main romance, aka our Beast and our Beauty. I did feel the connection between them liked I hoped. I’m looking forward to the next book the series and hopefully I will come to love the main romance.

My favorite aspect of the novel was the characters. I loved the three main characters we followed. Harper was a strong main character, Rhen was easy to like, and Grey (who deserved some more chapters) was my favorite of them all.

I found myself getting sucked into the story but it did not happen until near the end. I enjoyed the twists that the story took and connected with our main characters, Grey, Harper, and Rhen.

I still recommend checking out this interesting Young Adult Fantasy series. It was a solid retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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