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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series) (2019 original; edició 2020)

de Brigid Kemmerer (Autor)

Sèrie: Cursebreakers (1)

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Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.
Títol:A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series)
Autors:Brigid Kemmerer (Autor)
Informació:Bloomsbury YA (2020), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely de Brigid Kemmerer (2019)

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I was afraid when I picked up this book, it wouldn’t live up to the hype - well it definitely did. This book grabbed me by the heart from the first pages and didn’t let go. The book follows Prince Rhen and Grey as they relive every season over and over again as they’re trapped by a curse. Grey kidnaps Harper, hoping she might be the one to break the curse. However, Harper is from the modern world, which makes things a bit tricky. I love that Harper wasn’t the perfect heroine - she makes mistakes but she shows the two boys how to make a difference, despite the tough decisions they make along the way. Harper was my favorite character and I found myself rooting for her along the way, though all of her stumbling blocks. I love the relationships she made in a short time. Her brother and Noah made me laugh - and despite Jake being a complete disaster, you could tell he is concerned for his sister. The banter between the three characters more than once made me laugh. I thought their might be a love triangle happening but that might’ve been just in my mind. This book kept me engaged and wanting to know what would happen. There was a twist that I didn’t see coming and despite not knowing how I felt about it, I will be reading book two. If you’re looking to lose yourself in a book, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, look no further than this book. ( )
  dabutkus | Sep 4, 2022 |
Alright. Here’s the thing. Overall I did not enjoy this book which shocked me because it has such a good rating and is loved by tons of people so I expected to like it. For the most part I found it boring and uneventful, plagued by dull characters. Not to mention it SERIOUSLY suffered from the Im-not-like-other-girls trope. It was constantly hitting you in the face with how not normal Harper. But really she wasn’t that unique?? Like literally one of the examples they gave was how she was the only girl of over three hundred who actually knew a thing about horses. Uh, have you heard about horse girls? There are a ton. Or how she was the only girl to think to grab a dagger. Once again if I was kidnapped I would be grabbing any weapon I could find. This girl isn’t special.

However, I can appreciate the way the author handled Harper’s cerebral palsy. I’ll give her credit to begin with that she even had a main character with a disability and it was refreshing to see how she didn’t let her disability stop her and wouldn’t let the other characters think less of her or treat her differently. Besides this I kind of found Harper annoying. She was so quick to charge head first into every situation without any kind of forethought and honestly made some pretty dumb decisions in my opinion. I just mostly found myself frustrated and face palming the entire time. And really the other characters weren’t all that great either? I finally started liking Grey a little bit by the end and it shockingly had me shipping Harper and Grey a little bit which is really unfortunate as that will probably definitely not happen. I also kind of enjoyed Jake and Noah the little bit we saw them at the end. So. Basically the only characters I kind of liked were the minor characters which really isn’t a good bases. If I’m not rooting for the main characters then what is the point? And don’t even get me started on Lilith. She was such a caricature of a villain. She was bland, her motivation made no sense and just kind of randomly popped up be remind you there’s a villain for no good reason. *cue evil laughter* She was seriously the worst.

Now, let me talk about the ending. The ending was the only part of the book that I truly enjoyed. If I was just rating the ending then it would have a much higher rating. And I’m kind of mad that I enjoyed the conclusion so much because now it’s really making me consider if it’s worth reading the sequel in case the second book actually is better than the majority of this book. Plus, I’ve heard Grey gets a POV and I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of him.

Overall: Did not enjoy this book except for the end. Really was not worth it and I don’t understand why so many people loved it. ( )
  Oblivionsdream | Jul 18, 2022 |
I really wanted to love this book because it's a genre that I really enjoy. Unfortunately, it was just OK for me. It had a lot of elements that could make it great, but it just fell flat and I found some things to be problematic. I think the sequels might be better stories.

Things I enjoyed-

Representation- The main character (Harper) is a strong female lead who overcomes the challenges she faces, despite being hindered by physical difficulties due to her cerebral palsy. Harper’s brother Jake is gay. His relationship with his partner Noah is endearing and written well.
Friendships and secondary characters- The secondary characters are well written, and their friendships with the main characters are believable and inspiring. I really enjoyed Gray and his friendship with both Harper and Rhen. I also really enjoyed Zoe’s friendship with Harper.
Beyond Beauty and the Beast- The ending had potential to move into its own story and move beyond a typical Beauty and the Beast retelling. The sequels may prove to be more interesting than the first book.

Things that I found problematic-

This felt very formulaic and an awful lot like the author was checking off boxes of what makes “good teen lit”. “Special” heroine- check. Tortured love interest- check. Tragic backstory for the heroine- check. Someone has a tragic illness- check. Poor person gets thrust into world of luxury- check. Love triangle- check.
The heroine is “special” because she’s plucky and strong willed, and “not like other girls”. It felt like the author thinks all girls are interested in clothes and luxury and therefore not worthwhile, but Harper is “different” and therefore superior to the hundreds of other girls because she’s not like that. Her character grew on me, but why do strong female characters have to be special and not just normal?
The love interest, Rhen, is troubled. He’s supposed to be tortured, but good inside. His character is super predictable. He’s a jerk who continues to do the wrong things until Harper comes in and convinces him otherwise.
There’s a love triangle-because of course there is. The ending may make this more interesting, but it was clear that she’d end up with the hero, even though the hero’s friend is more interesting.
World building- Emberfall is written as “ye generic medieval world”. It has potential, but the author didn’t really immerse the reader into the world. There are enemies from nearby lands, but the world around them isn’t developed. The enemies aren’t really developed at all until the end, and if felt very rushed. There’s war, but it’s overly simplified. There are magic wielding characters that have been banished and this has the potential to be interesting, but there isn’t enough to make us really invested. ( )
  PagesandPieces | Mar 11, 2022 |
“I am not broken.”

Oh man, this was such a terrific book! I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially Beauty and the Beast retellings, and this hit all the perfect notes. Harper, a girl from DC, is struggling trying to care for her dying mother, and worried for her brother, when she’s thrust into an otherworldly curse. Wren has been living in a magical kingdom, cursed for hundreds of years as he fails to complete the task the sorceress assigned. These two had SUCH great chemistry. This take on the beast’s curse was both a nod to tradition, but also had its own twists.

But Harper was the one I fell in love with, as well as the fact that Brigid Kemmerer chose to wrote her and other characters with disabilities, and stronger for it. She was a kick-ass girl, and as the hardened, hopeless characters in the beast’s world slowly began to come to life, this story just got better and better. A must-read!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
A Beauty and the Beast retelling with diverse and engaging characters that are (simply) fun to read. This book also has switching POV's which allow us to be able to experience different parts of the story through other eyes rather than sticking with one character. The main character, Harper, has cerebral palsy which causes difficulty moving around and performing tasks. The researcher is intimately familiar with the affliction as someone close to her has the condition. Despite the difficulty, Harper performs amazing tasks such as sword-fighting and riding a horse while falling for Rhen who has a curse placed upon him by a witch. While the settings are considered generic to some, they provide enough background information without getting in the way of the storyline or causing the book to be much longer than needed. The characters that are described as LGBTQIA feel natural and are not forced into the story for clout. Characters are not lost within the story and each character is dimensional and well-rounded enough to provide connections and engagement. Overall, a wonderful re-telling of a classic tale. ( )
  HeidiSV | Feb 2, 2022 |
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