‘A Curse So Dark And Lonely’ by Brigid Kemmerer captured my soul.
Synopsis: Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, Prince Rhen 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. 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, Harper 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. 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 don’t think I disliked any of the characters in this book. They were all extremely well rounded. I especially liked Harper because she doesn’t let her disability stand in her way. She doesn’t allow her cerebral palsy to determine what she can and can’t do and I find that really inspiring. And it’s actually really nice to see this in YA fantasy as it’s not something I’ve come across in such a blatant way. I can already see me telling myself ‘If Princess Harper can stand against the odds, then I can definitely go to the gym’.
Prince Rhen is another character that grew on me. I liked him from the get-go and my feelings only became stronger. I found him to be quite a pessimistic fellow (and rightly so) and he came across as such a sad soul. You could really tell that he regretted his past but I’m glad he didn’t lose his arrogance or charm. I adored Commander Grey. He came across blindly loyal in the beginning but he also grew on me as he developed. I find his ending the hardest to bear and I wish he also had a happy ending.
Though it made me love Grey more, I don’t understand the reason why his path ended the way it did. Unless there is a sequel, and we’ll see why it’s important, it wasn’t necessary? If anyone has any theories as to why Kemmerer gave him that ending, I would love to hear from you because I’m stumped. I thought that maybe it’s because the reader could question who was truly cursed but like I said… STUMPED.
This book feels quite unfinished to me. I felt like there needed to be more and I don’t feel satisfied at all. I’m hoping this isn’t the true end because I loved this story and I’m not ready to say goodbye yet.
“I find his hand and grip it in mine, then watch his eyes flare in surprise. He lifts mine and brushes a kiss across my knuckles. ‘I feel as though I have won and lost at the same time.'”
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