Review – A curse so dark and lonely (not a fan)

Title: A curse so dark and lonely

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Format: e-arc

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Page count: 496

Release day: January 29th 2019

Series: A curse so dark and lonely #1

Rating: 2 stars

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc, all opinions are my own!*

What is it about? (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 Lacy. 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.

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What I thought:

So this book is really hyped, and is getting so many positive advanced reviews. So maybe I’m on my own here, but I did not like this book at all.

My main complaint: It was BORING! Nothing happened at all, it was way too long. And this 20 pages of action at the end, did not make up for the non-action in the first 450 pages..

The book started of really promising and I was really interested. But then nothing happened, and it kept repeating itself. If the book was 200 pages shorter, I think I would have liked it way more. Since the writing was really good but they should just have skipped a big part of the story.

I was contemplating to stop reading this book so much, but every time I thought ‘maybe in the next chapter something will happen’, and every time it was not the case.. I should DNF books more easily, since it does not make sense to read books I do not enjoy.

I’m still giving this book 2 stars because the writing was really good, and it did like the authors take on the beauty and the beast story! I would definitely look into other books she would write in the future.

I would only recommend this book to people who like a really really slow romance.

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2 Replies to “Review – A curse so dark and lonely (not a fan)”

  1. Wow, I had the complete opposite experience reading this book! Isn’t that funny how that can happen? I could not put this book down when I was reading it. Every chapter that ended made me want to read the next one just to see what would happen. I felt that it was action-packed and I really fell in love with the characters. I felt like it is a breath of fresh air in the YA world, since it has disability representation, the two main characters hadn’t both said “I love you,” by the end of the book, and their reactions to things felt really genuine and not forced.My gal pal book club read this book and all three of us gave it 5/5 stars. I always find it interesting when readers have polar opposite opinions about books

    1. Yes that’s definitely interesting to see 🙂
      I feel like I’m having an unpopular opinion here haha, most people seem to absolutely love this book!

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