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A Heart So Fierce and Broken

(Cursebreakers #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  49,808 ratings  ·  8,112 reviews
Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

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Hardcover, 450 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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BrinkPinkLibrarian Oh I actually rather like Grey and Harper together. Personally, I thought they had more chemistry. But just seeing anybody with Grey would probably ma…moreOh I actually rather like Grey and Harper together. Personally, I thought they had more chemistry. But just seeing anybody with Grey would probably make me happy. Fingers crossed that Lia is just as awesome as Harper! :)(less)
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Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first ACSDAL book and Grey was my favorite character, so I was optimistic coming into the sequel, knowing that the second book would mainly be focusing on him. Unfortunately I found this to be a slump to get through; much of it felt like filler since the story just comprises of Grey traveling between two different kingdoms. I was looking forward to meeting the new female character, but ended up not being a fan of her, since so much of her story centered on her inferiority complex. ...more
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#1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★★
#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken DNF

DNF @ 20%

No rating, obviously, because I didn't read nearly enough of this to really give a thoughtful opinion on it... but ow, my heart.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020! Curse was one of my favorite reads of 2019, I loved Harper and Rhen and Grey so freaking much, I loved the plot, everything. My hopes were SO high — and then the mere first few chapters of this book snatched them up and threw them off
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
oh wow. im quite conflicted about this one. this is my most anticipated sequel and release of 2020 and i am happy with this, but im also really let down by it. hear me out.

by the second chapter, it was quite evident this was going in a direction that i didnt like or support. although this picks up quite recently after the events of ‘a curse so dark and lonely,’ i feel like all of the characters went through some massive unseen change. they just didnt feel like the same people, with the same care
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harper, princess of disi, love of my life, protector of my heart, giver of my rights, you deserved more than one pov chapter and five appearances in almost 500 pages where your only purpose is to serve the character development of your male counterparts
alana ♡
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Fear makes people act in ways we'd never expect."

Kicking of 2020 with a 2 star review of one of my highly anticipated releases for the year was not how I imagined things going....but here we are. We're just going to dive right into this one because whew Lord, I have a lot to say. If you have not read the first book then definitely read this at your own risk as there are some pretty big spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this review!

What I Liked

📈 Transition and pacing. One of t
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Pages: 464
Publication: January 7th 2020.

A cross between an epic fantasy and a legendary romance.

This book was everything I hoped it would be and more! I definitely recommend it to everyone who likes Fantasy, Fairytales, Adventure and Romance. It surprised and delighted me in that it was not any sort of retelling. Though I did think A Curse so Dark and Lonely was one of the best retellings of Beauty and the Beast, even better than the Disney versions, since it dealt with a genuine beast that kill
✨ Helena ✨
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

This was a buddy read with my dear, Gabriëlle!!!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was super good. I’m in love with Grey. I mean that goes without saying. AND, there were normal jerkhole stuff too! That ending! Once again, have to wait and see what’s going to happen.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 24, 2020 is currently reading it
GOT MY COPY! DESERVED A LOOONNNNG NAP! (Caffeine stocks left the building!)
Cardan Greenbriar
i'm sorry
i can't review this book fully. i don't even know what to write. all i want to say is that this was highly anticipated, but it let me down so so bad. I love LOVE LOVE A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but this one is literally boring, Grey was such a great character in the first book, but in this one he's sloppy and sulking like Rhen was in the first book and i wanted Grey to have action and a great persona. The heroine Lia Mara was a mirror of Grey (though she had so much potential), honest
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Dark River
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay, listen - LISTEN!!
Here there be spoilers because I have a lot of feelings about this book and I CANNOT contain them okay? SORRY. And be warned that most of them are not positive - to my own surprise.

A Heart so Fierce and Broken has been one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 following A Curse so Dark and Lonely, which remains one of my absolute favorite reads for all of 2019. I devoured that book, laughed and cried and fell oh so hard for every single character. Most of all the wonder
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
After how much I loved the first book in the series, I went into A Heart So Fierce and Broken with both excitement and caution. I know it's hard to follow up a thrilling first book with an even more so second book, especially when there are amped up expectations to take into account. But I needn't have worried, because I come away having thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I'll say right off the bat that this story is an unexpected follow up to the first. It doesn't so much extend it as it does a pivot aw
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Bloomsbury for the advanced review copy!

This is so different from book one that I'm so interested to see how everyone is going to react. The first 200 pages of this were very dry and political, and I couldn't quite make sense of what was happening. It felt like the escalating drama could be solved with better communication, so I was frustrated why the author was dragging out so much hardship. In the last half, however, pieces started falling in place and the plot picked up.

I really
Book Roast
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've had such tough time with fantasy (my favourite genre) for the last 7 or so month that getting back into this story was like a breath of fresh air! I just love Brigid's writing style so much, it's so simple yet punchy! You don't always need to go on for pages to get your point across in a meaningful and beautiful manner, you will not find paragraphs of descriptions of those 3 bushes by the river in this book!
I was nervous getting into this as I knew we will be following a different characte
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Ugh no.

Talk about utterly crapping all over a perfectly enjoyable first book in a series.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (AHSFAB) is a giant mess of a book. It’s dull, it lacks originality and it utterly erases the wonderful disability rep that was present in book one, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, which was my favourite aspect of that read.

For AHSFAB Kemmerer decided to change the points of view from Harper and Rhen’s perspectives to fan favourite Grey and new girl Lia Mara... BIG MISTAKE!

Grey, or
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to like this book so much because in the first book of the series I didn't like Grey at all but now he is one of my favorite characters.
I can't wait for the release of the next book because that ending really surprised me.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya

Rating this one was actually hard for me, because there were things I really liked, but there were also things that bothered me. In the end I decided that the things I liked, outweighed the bothersome things, so I went with 4 stars.

"I keep hoping for peace. I keep longing for empathy. I keep expecting people to act as I would."
- Lia Mara


Lia Mara: I'll give you this - Brigid Kemmerer knows how to write amazing, strong wome
Patricia Bejarano
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

#1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely — 3 Stars
#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken — 3 Stars
#3 A Vow So Bold and Deadly — 3 Stars


I made a moodboard for this book and was planning to write an elaborate review, but I’m so damn conflicted about this installment that I can’t say for sure how I feel about all of it. I think my definition of a sequel compare to this author’s must’ve been vastly different bcs this book was not a
Apr 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Me:This book is a completely unnecessary sequel.
Also me: I need to know more about Grey!!!
✨ A ✨
If you're wondering what my heart felt like immediately after I finished this — the title of this book should be able to provide some insight.


If you have not read A Curse so Dark and Lonely (book #1) then DO NOT read this review

“Since you made me realize that I am no longer a weapon to be wielded by another.”

The curse might be broken but Emberfall is still on the verge of collapse. Rumours about the true heir are circulating and the people are starting to question Rhen's authority.

Sol ~ TheBookishKing
“What we do know is what’s most important: this prince’s reign will come to an end, one way or another.”


This review is long, longer than what will probably be allowed on this website so click !!HERE!! for the link to my blog!

First and foremost I’d like to say, if you haven’t read A Curse so Dark and Lonely, please go read that before reading this. Or click !!HERE!! if you’re interested in watching my review on that!

I’m not holding back on spoilers for that book as there’s no way to explain what
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”

Long story short, this sequel exacerbated everything I didn't like about book one, while removing the few elements I enjoyed from it.

While the first book was arguably pretty generic, it was a retelling so I couldn't really fault it. This book though was a mix-mash of every trope in the book while bringing nothing new to the table. Harper was all but eliminated from the sequel, remo
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars


Earlier this year I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely and I truly loved it. I was so excited to get to the next book, A Heart So Fierce and Broken. I’ve got to say, I have mixed feelings about this one. There were things about it I actually liked a little more than the first, but there were also things (Rhen…) I liked less.

Let’s start with the things I liked. The writing was great and I loved that so much of the book was from Grey’s pov. Grey is the best character in this series and
Lia Carstairs

What kind of ending was that?!?!!!
Now I have to wait until next year for the last book after that cliffhanger??!!!

And I tried so hard to read A Heart So Fierce and Broken as SLOW as possible.
I even worked on some of my projects, instead of procrastinating (and that's saying something) yet I still finished this too quick.


After the curse in Emberfall was broken, Rhen is trying to bring his kingdom to pea
Lauren Lanz
“It is not weakness to wish for peace.”

Despite enjoying A Curse So Dark and Lonely, I wasn’t all that inclined to pick up this sequel. There seemingly wasn’t enough substance for a second book to come of the first’s ending. Boy was I wrong. A Heart So Fierce and Broken is easily one of the most surprising books I’ve read all year. It does what the first instalment did not, and truly establishes itself as an original and unique story rather than just a fairy tale retelling.

~★~ What
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~4 stars~

I don't actually know if this is an accurate rating, but just based upon the fact that I finished this over 8 hours, and in the span of a day, that seems good enough. I really enjoyed it, obviously. I am trash for fairy tale retellings, and I hope to get to more this year. I thought that the story took an interesting route I didn't see coming, and that ending, while so immensely confusing, is definitely keeping me hooked and waiting for the next book. I found that the beginning was bori
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Aug 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
"It is not a weakness to wish for peace."

This was a surprising and enchanting young adult fantasy about revenge, betrayal, love, and power. This book follows Grey, a royal guardsman as he learns more about his power and makes enemies and new friends. We also follow Lia Mara, one of the daughters of Queen Karis Luarn, as she tries to convince Grey that an alliance with Emberfall would help their people.

I really liked this book! The pacing was slow in the beginning, but by the middle I was complet
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Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she ...more

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