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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

(Cursebreakers #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  66,882 ratings  ·  12,056 reviews
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Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
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Brigid The second book, A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN, has Grey's POV as one of the main POVs. There is no love triangle; he will have his own love interest. …moreThe second book, A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN, has Grey's POV as one of the main POVs. There is no love triangle; he will have his own love interest. (less)
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
getting ready for my most anticipated sequel and release of 2020 by doing a reread. and this is just as amazing as it was the first time. 💙


quick! someone call the vatican and let them know a miracle has happened, because this is the first time i am giving a fairytale retelling 5 stars!!

this. book. is. phenomenal. like, honestly guys. you need to stop what you are doing and go get this book. the idea of ‘beauty and the beast’ has been retold multiple times, but this
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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Unpopular opinion here, but I was just so bored. I was into it for probably 300 pages because I figured it had to get some dimension to it at some point, but it never did. I loved the rep with the main character having cerebral palsy, she was probably my favourite character out of all of them, but she was still a tough one to pin down because things were presented but never really expounded upon (not even just with her personality, it was an issu
Well, this was...something.

Like. This book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, except take away the dope library and all the nice songs and France (okay yes I know the Disney version isn’t the original but I LIKE huge libraries and nice songs and France!!). Anyway take all that stuff, and replace it with scenes from gritty modern-day D.C. and blood and monsters and blood and oh my god SO MUCH VIOLENCE AND BLOOD.

And also a love triangle.

Following? No, not even slightly? That’s fair, and also me
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Harper comes from modern day DC. She has cerebral palsy and she’s bad ass! Harper gets sucked into another world when she attacks Commander Grey when she sees him carrying a woman away. She thinks he is going to kill the lady. Suddenly Harper gets transported into another wo
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the verge of breaking up with YA fantasy. Well, with the new releases anyway and just sticking to authors that have worked for me. And possibly reading YA fantasy that were released in the past, because the constant disappointments and anger I feel towards the new ones are slowly decimating my soul.

This was a flop for me. Here I was expecting to really enjoy this retelling and it just got worse as I read on.
I could not tell you what happened in the last 100 pages or so. I skim-read it an
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lol acotar wishes it could be this book

i genuinely didn’t hate this, but i also didn’t it? (except the cerebral palsy rep that harper provided. that was excellent.)

idk, what does ACSDAL bring to the table? it’s a generic beauty and the beast story with a boring love interest, an unnecessary love triangle, and a very loose world. there just wasn’t much to keep me interested and i struggled to get invested.

with this book and cinder being such disappointments for me recently, may
Helena of Eretz ✰
‘Twas a buddy read with my bestie, Tabi, even though she completely left me in the dust, haha!

Right, so...this was an AMAZING La Belle et la Bête retelling!!! And trust me, I’ve read half a dozen of them by now (Beastly, Cruel Beauty, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Uprooted, Hunted). Why no, I don’t have a problem…Why would you even think that?! ;)

I especially enjoyed the fact that, like Meagan Spooner’s Hunted, we were able to see inside the mind of the beast! I think that this book ranks just u
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★★
#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken DNF

If you've read the book and enjoy listening to great songs that are super emotional and reminiscent of characters, might I encourage you to listen to 'I'll Be Good' by Jaymes Young and cry over Rhen with me?

Harper’s life isn’t easy—her father has left her family with all his debts, her brother is working for the same loan sharks they owe, and her mother is in the final stages of cancer. Meanwhile, in the land of Emberfall
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.

In case you didn't know already, one of my book talents are joining in the hype of the books months or years after the hype. A Curse So Dark and Lonely was really one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I wasn't a fan of Kemmerer's popular Letters To the Lost book, but I still wanted to give this one a shot. Considering I'm not even a fan of YA fantasy and it's so
Let it be stated for the record that I read this book in one sitting. I went to sleep at almost 3am reading this. I had to be at work at exactly 9am. Do I have any sense of 'adult responsibilities' or any real concept of priorities??

Clearly not.

And I regret nothing!

This book was strange for me. I honestly had no idea how I would rate it because while I was completely addicted while reading, I also didn't love it. I wasn't even close to loving it. And I don't know what to make of that.

This book
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”My father once said we are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose – just as a poor hand can win – but we must all play the cards fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

So after reading “A Curse so Dark and Lonely” I was actually kind of surprised to discover that a lot of my favourite bloggers only rated this book 3 or 2 stars. I get that they are tired of “The Beauty and the Beast” retellings but I don’t get the low

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
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid Beauty and the Beast retelling with well-developed characters and relationships. Harper is a great main character because she has a realistic blend of strength and doubtfulness and a good head on her shoulders that makes her worthy of being a fantasy heroine. Rhen’s inner conflicts make him his own developed character rather than just a love interest. Grey, despite being a supporting character, is also just as likable (arguably more so). I enjoyed reading about the relationships between ...more
Cardan Greenbriar
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every single person who has an unlimited love for Beauty and The Beast
This review
is an unpopular praise of a teen girl
who has watched Beauty and The Beast (1991) exactly 113 times,
listened to its ending song over 400 times,
spent a fortune on everything Belle,
and then finally read her first complete retelling of a fairy-tale.


I don't even remember how I ended up reading this (probably because of the beautiful cover) but anyways I did and I am so proud of my naive decision.

This book got
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc

I can't wait for the sequel!!!
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★.5
2.) A Heart So Fierce and Broken ★★★★.5


Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
“Failure isn’t absolute.”

But this book is an absolute failure.

I'm not even going to bother with the niceties because this will turn into a full blown rant anyway.
I'll start with the obvious: plot holes so big you will never ever accidentally fall into them cause you can spot them from miles away. So apparently the curse means that there is one girl for one "season" and the season usually ends when summer ends and the prince turns into a monster, or when the mission is aborted because it's obvio
C.G. Drews
This book is like receiving a warm magical hug...and then a swift smack in the face all at once. Which, aww, that is amazing. That is just what I'm here for! I absolutely adore Letters to the Lost (like pls put it on my all time favourites list) so I had high hopes I'd adore Kemmerer's foray into epic fantasy too. And well OF COURSE. (I also have her Elemental series on my TBR...this year = Year of Kemmerer.)

➸ this is a beauty and the beast retelling!
I'm a ferocious fan of retellings, but I like
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I've been reading this book all day and I mean My eyes are burning and so very tired but it was worth it. So worth it!
For those who don't know, this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it is actually so much better than the original. Don't get me wrong I like the original one but the whole talking teacups and dancing candles is kind of off-putting. In this one the prince has only one (very loyal) commander. So that was cool.
And the ending! Oh my God the ending! Can't wa
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
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.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

* 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
Mar 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
I guess I will love this
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I don't care what y'all say, you can pull Beauty & the Beast retellings out of my cold, dead hands.

This book was as enchanting and angsty as I was hoping it would be. I read well over 200 pages of it in one sitting the night I picked it up, which at my current mental state should be considered an Olympic feat. I was glued onto the story from the main character's strong will to the love interest's angst-ridden curse. The writing, though not entirely glowing, did sweep me away. The first issue I h
Mar 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Reader friends, this is currently $1.99 on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook. If you’ve been waiting for it to go on sale, this might be your chance.
Kat Valentine
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A absolutely fabulous retelling of beauty and the beast!!! I friggin adore this writers storytelling,she writes with such detail that I felt like I was their with all of these characters and their surroundings. I love any heroine that is flawed in some way it makes them more real to me. Harper has cerebral palsy that has affected her leg but despite this disease she has a heart of a lioness and is one hell of a fighter! And she doesn't make it easy on this beast. Rhen is our beast and he unknowi ...more
Nikita Afsar
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
(Updated to 5 stars cause it's what she deserves)

I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. It was exactly what I needed and wanted in a book right now after struggling with the last two books I read. I love Harper, Rhen and Grey sm.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.“

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟
When Harper sees a man Kidnapping a young unconscious woman, she knows she needs to act fast. She saves the woman, but get captured herself. Suddenly she’s not in DC anymore, she’s in another land, another world.
The man who kidnapped her is a Kings guard - Grey who serves a prince named Rhen.
They tell her she needs to stay.
But Kidnapping stays Kidnapping, even if
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, i-own
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."

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Honestly, I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one was exceptionally good. I loved loved loved, Harper— a strong witted girl with cerebral palsy, who accidentally gets transported from modern D.C. to an unknown fantasy magic land (honestly everyone's biggest wi
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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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