Book Reviews

A Curse So Dark And Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)| Brigid Kemmerer

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Genre: Contemporary, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy, Romance, YA

Date Published: 29 Jan 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 477 pages

Date Started: 16 Oct 2019

Date Finished: 22 Oct 2019

Goodreads rating: 4.24/5

My rating: 4.5/5

Source: Own

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My Thoughts

I had to pick this book up after finishing Of Curses and Kisses. I feel so bad for leaving ACSDaL on my shelves for so long.

I appreciated the many points of view, as they helped me to gain a general perspective and learn about the characters in depth. The love story was practical, and I really enjoyed the distinctiveness of the original story. My hopeless romantic heartfelt warm and happy and confident it would crack this curse no matter what!

This was so different from Beauty and The Beast, yet there were so many similarities. The plot twists were fresh and the characters looked different and I appreciated the everlasting replay of the “Seasons” where Rhen tries to break the curse again and again.


What I Liked

“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 the fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

Let’s dive straight to the characters!


I expected to find an arrogant prince who was so full of himself. Yes, maybe that’s what he appeared to be at first. But, there he’s also a prince who wants the best for his people. he would not sit quietly, and he does everything in his power to try and break the curse.

He’s smart, brave and he respects those close to him. despite losing his head with Harper a million times, he treats her with respect and dignity. Despite wanting to lock her up, when he noticed that she was different from the other girls Grey had brought to him before. He decides to let her roam on her free will as long as it’s within the grounds of Emberfall.

“Rhen,” she calls after me.
I pause in the doorway and face her.
“I’m not going to fall in love with you,” she says.
Her words are not a surprise. I sigh.
“You won’t be the first.”


While Rhen is the Prince of a magical world named Emberfall, Harper comes from our world with horrible home life. She gets kidnapped and zapped into a whole different dimension. It’s an understatement to say she’s enormously pissed off. She also has cerebral palsy which I enjoyed because it’s something YA wants to see badass women with disabilities in beautiful environments.

It was a fresh breath of air to read about a female protagonist who is flawed but does not let that stop her from being the fireworks that she is.

She literally gave Rhen and Grey a run for their money. Harper was fierce and she stood up to Rhen despite being in his realm and not knowing where she was or what was she about to face.

She was fiery and brave and strong-willed and sensitive, and perhaps a little shaky, but somehow she wanted to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences. She didn’t seem to mind if she was going to get hurt in the process.

I absolutely loved the time-loop after each season ends and Rhen fails to break the curse. It was only Grey and he who was affected and everything else outside Emberfall moved on as though nothing has happened.


Despite being a side character, he contributes a lot to the storyline. He’s faithful even after he’s set free of his oath. I loved how Kemmerer described the training scenes. You could almost see it with your own eyes.

Despite the darkness and all, there were some funny moments. Like when Harper and her entourage get zapped back into Emberfall and they (her entourage) still find it hard to believe her.


As much as I adored Harper and her strong will, it was getting beneath my skin after a point. She’s in a new place yet she behaves as though she had full comprehension of what was happening around her and roamed around freely. 

There were some parts of the book felt rushed and could have been slower. My heart was palpating waiting to see if Harper would return to Emberfall.

Nevertheless, I can’t wait for the sequel.


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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