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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

(A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)

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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 h
ebook, 496 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury Children's
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ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a much darker theme. In this version, the Prince is forced to repeat the quest to find love over and over each season, while causing more and more bloodshed each time. But after three-hundred seasons, this season will officially be the very las
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: from-publisher
I've been struggling to find the words to describe my feelings toward this book. Though I didn't feel blown away or well connected to any of the characters, it was a breezy read and I never found myself not wanting to pick it up. Many early readers have compared this to the ACOTAR series, but I feel as if they are two completely different beasts. This book is definitely catered toward a younger audience and contains a much tighter grip on its sexual content. In fact, up until the final quarter o ...more
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I'm a simple girl...I hear book is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, I add book to my tbr, I suffer waiting for book’s release date
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

* OH MY GOD I AM DEAD, this is coming to you from the beyond, where my soul was expelled after reading this book
* in case you didn’t know, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it is GLORIOUS
* the main character has cerebral palsy, and she’s a goddamn badass, I would let her walk all over me and say thank you
* the writing is beautiful and mesmerising and this book had almost 500 pages but I absolutely FLEW through it because this is what good literature does to me
* there’s such a
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really unique take on the Beauty and the Beast tale. And I absolutely loved the main character, Harper. Despite this being a really long book, I read it quite quickly because it was engaging and addictive.
if you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will really like this book.

I did not like A Court of Thorns and Roses.

review 2 come!



i don't care if it's 500 pages long and my midterms are fast approaching, i'm reading it RIGHT NOW

thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-release, top
It’s 3am and I just finished reading and WOW THIS BOOK IS AMAZING (but tomorrow calls for a lot of coffee - so worth it). I just couldn’t put it down - SO good!
Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars. I was never super engaged in the overall story, but there were so many individual aspects I liked that I'm rounding up.

Harper is a teen with cerebral palsy who lives in the DC area. Her mom is dying from cancer, her dad is gone and left them in debt, and her brother's in a lot of sketchy trouble. Meanwhile Prince Rhen in the fantasy kingdom of Emberfall is under a curse where he keeps repeating the autumn of his 18th birthday until he can get one of the women his commander kidnaps to
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
HOLY BGJDHBFGHJBDFGH... this book is fantastic! Where have you been all my life? This is how you write re-tellings folks! *be prepared, this is going to be a long review, LOL

Since there are already so many BatB re-tellings out there, I'm always a bit skittish to start a new one even though I love them in general. But a lot of them aren't really original and surprising anymore, to be honest. a Curse so Dark and Lonely is one of the few who hit all the right checkboxes for me though! It's original
Mar 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I love B&TB retellings, I love disability rep in fantasy, I love Brigid Kemmerer's ships... I'm here for this.

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Alana • thebookishchick
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay but wow. First, the synopsis slayed me. Now, it’s the cover.
I needed this, like, yesterday.


Tough as nails MC

Alexandra Christo
Brigid is a genius and you are all in for a bloody TREAT.
Sophie Elaina
A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a reimagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast with much darker themes. In this novel the 'beast' is forced to live the same Autumn season over and over, each time a new girl is stolen away to the court and held as prisoner in hopes of breaking the curse. And each time more and more chaos and bloodshed ensues.

I was intrigued to find out that this is set in modern times. Where 'the belles' are taken from our world and taken to another land. The protagonist Harper
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*ARC Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Rhen puts his hands on my arms and leans in. When he speaks, his voice is very low, very quiet, just for me. “My father is dead, my lady. My whole family is dead.” He pulls back, meeting my gaze, but his voice doesn’t change. “That monster killed them all.”

This book is everything I knew I wanted and needed in my life. And, also, this book is everything I didn’t know I wanted and needed in my life. Yes, it’s a Beauty and the Beast re-
Candace Robinson
So, I've read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings. I did like this one, but I wasn't fist pumping. My main problem came with Harper... She was just soooo... I don't know! I feel like a lot of times authors have the guys all lovable and then the girls are just hard to like. I did like that Harper was strong despite her cerebral palsy, and she did get more likable as the story went on, but it took a while.

Also a lot of you may not know this movie, but if you've ever seen Mom and Dad Save
3.5 stars

I am an absolute whore for anything Beauty & the Beast so I've been lusting after this book for a while now. Still can't believe I was given a review copy, squee!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a very strong book throughout. The main character has cerebral palsy and is overall an A+ badass who doesn't take crap from anyone, not even a Crown Prince. Her relationships with Rhen and his guardsman Grey were developed realistically. A story like this does need a slow burning romance becaus
Sabrina The Trash Queen
May 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
I read the excerpt of the first chapter and absolutely loved it.
It seem like a fun read. And I’m all in for it.
2018-2019 is the years of releases. :)
Julie Zantopoulos
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own-it, read-in-2018
I was able to buddy read the arc of this with my amazing bookish friends, and like always, I read ahead and finished way early. This was supposed to be a five-day read and I finished in two because the plot and pace were so quick; I just couldn't put it down.

This is a much more direct Beauty and the Beast retelling than I originally thought it would be but I really enjoyed that because, well, I love Beauty and the Beast. I adored Harper as a main character, was frustrated by Rhen (as I think we
so...that was overhyped
this was incredibly flat. the whole story was one dimensional and predictable. i expected so much more and it just didn’t deliver in the slightest.

full review to come closer to release
Preorder placed!! Let the waiting commence...

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
So freaking good, I couldn't put it down! Full review to come closer to release date!

I adore Brigid Kemmerer's writing. She always has a unique flare unlike any other in any genre or sub-genre she writes and that makes her one of my most anticipated authors for each new release.

When I saw a twist on a classic fairytale we have all heard and many, me included, love, I was All. In.

This was so riveting. I was hooked from the very first dark chapter and was eager to know more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I’m completely in love with this book. It’s gives me all those good, fun vibes of ACOTAR, while being completely different from that book. This is the Beauty and the Beast retelling that I’ve been waiting for.

Let me just start by saying that I know some of you are going to groan at the idea of another Beauty and the Beast retelling and believe me, I totally feel that too; however, somehow A Curse So Dark and Lonely manages to feel like something fresh and new and I was living for it. First of al
Oh wow, but that was utterly enjoyable. I devoured Brigid Kemmerer’s words, as always, though it did take a number of chapters before I truly started getting into the story. I can’t believe I have to wait an entire year for the next one!
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling in a bookish world crammed full of Beauty and the Beast retellings. I was a little hesitant, despite my love of both this fairytale as my favorite and retellings as a genre, but I decided to give it a try when I saw a few people talk about its unique take.

Our Belle in this retelling is Harper, a girl from DC whose family doesn't have it easy - from loan sharks, to her mom's terminal cancer,
Paula Terrado
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
a BEAUTY AND THE BEAST retelling where the heroine has cerebral palsy. LISTEN i'm willing to give up all my money for this
Jaime Arkin
4.5 Stars.... that ending you guys!!!!! WHATTTTTTTTT
Amy Risner

ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been dreading writing this review because I know so many early readers have praised this book. While I did enjoy reading it with my dear friends, I just wasn’t blown away and, sadly, don’t have much interest in the sequel.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but darker. Each season a girl is kidnapped to be forced to fall in love with the beast. If it fails, the beast has to relive each season over and over again until he can
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I've just finished my favourite book of the year...

I got this book from Bloomsbury Publishing through NetGalley, and I cannot thank you enough. Your sent me this book in September, I got so busy and I'm sorry for that.

I started the book yesterday night and finished it in the middle of the night. It is how a retelling has to be done. At some point I wanted to cry not because what I was reading was sad just the opposite. It was beautifully written, it was mesmerizing, it was brilliant, mag
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Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore a ...more

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