A Curse So Dark and Lonely

“A magical book with a dark edge.”


Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn, he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfall … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.



A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I didn’t really know if I would enjoy this concept because I often prefer the original story over the retelling. I can say that I am very surprised and I would highly recommend this book.

I expected a story full of romance and fantasy. I would not have thought that there would be more tension in it than romance. From the beginning, you are immediately curious about how things end between Harper and Rhen. The story is told from both of their perspectives, allowing you to get to know both characters better. Both main characters are portrayed very strongly. You learn that Harper has cerebral palsy, and how this makes her a stronger person. The relationship between Harper and the people she loves is very well established. You really sympathize with her because of this.

Brigid Kemmerer’s writing style is very pleasant and easy to read. Despite the large number of pages, I didn’t feel like it took me a very long time to read the book. I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in fantasy and young adult.


A magical book with a dark twist. The characters are very well described and Brigid Kemmerer’s writing style ensures that you read this book very quickly.

Product information
Written by: Brigid Kemmerer
Pages: 480
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 9781681195087
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