Arc Review – A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer


January 28, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Book one in A Curse So Dark And Lonely series

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: January 29th, 2019

Source: eArc from

Rating: 4 Hearts




In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

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.


Harper wants to help a young girl who is being kidnapped, she will be kidnapped in her place and will find herself in a parallel world, with a prince she will have to get to know.

Rhen is a prince but unfortunately following a spell he is led to relive the same season over and over again, transforming himself into a beast at the end and killing all his people if he does not find love.

Grey is Rhen’s bodyguard and he is the one who picks up the girls on land and takes them to Emberfall.

I liked this story, the fact that the prince is cursed and that he has to do everything to make a young girl fall in love with him before she discovers that he is changing. He is certainly arrogant, but deep down he has a good heart.

I love Grey, he’s a good friend and an excellent guard. He does everything he can to protect Rhen and then Harper.

Harper is a strong young girl, she will do everything she can to resist Grey and then Rhen, she will try to run away and eventually she will get to know the two people she lives with.

A curse so dark and lonely is catchy, there are funny moments, sad moments and Prince Rhen’s life has not been pink. Despite everything, he will try to save his people as best he can.

I can’t wait to read the second volume because the end scares me a little bit, there is no love triangle for the moment but I’m not necessarily confident on this point for the future.

Quick word: A book with fascinating characters not to be missed.


Harper veut aider une jeune fille en train de se faire kidnapper, elle sera enlevée à la place de cette dernière et se retrouvera dans un monde parallèle, avec un prince qu’elle va devoir apprendre à connaitre.

Rhen est un prince mais malheureusement suite à un sortilège il est amené à revivre sans arrêt la même saison, se transformer en bête à la fin et tuer tout son peuple si il ne rencontre pas l’amour.

Grey est le garde du corps de Rhen et c’est lui qui récupère les filles sur terre pour les emmener à Emberfall.

J’ai bien aimé cette histoire, le fait que le prince soit maudit et qu’il doive tout faire pour qu’une jeune fille tombe amoureuse de lui avant qu’elle ne découvre qu’il se transforme. Il est certes arrogant mais au fond il a bon cœur.

J’adore Grey, c’est un bon ami et un excellent garde. Il fait tout ce qu’il peut pour protéger Rhen et par la suite Harper.

Harper est une jeune fille forte, elle fera tout ce qu’elle peut pour résister à Grey et ensuite à Rhen, elle essaiera de s’enfuir et au final elle apprendra à connaitre les deux personnes avec qui elle vit.

A curse so dark and lonely est entrainant, il y a des moments drôles, des moments tristes et la vie du prince Rhen n’a pas été rose. Malgré tout il essaiera de sauver son peuple comme il peut.

J’ai hâte de lire le second tome parce que la fin me fait un peu peur, il n’y a pas de triangle amoureux pour l’instant mais je ne suis pas nécessairement confiante sur ce point pour la suite.

En bref : Un livre avec des personnages fascinants à ne pas louper.

About the author

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of dark, contemporary Young Adult romances like MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA novels like THE ELEMENTAL SERIES and THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington). Her next book will be her first foray into YA Fantasy, with A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, available January 2019 wherever books are sold. Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.



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4 thoughts on “Arc Review – A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

  1. J’ai tellement adoré ce livre ! Une belle surprise 🙂

  2. Le triangle amoureux me fait aussi peur, j’espère qu’elle choisira Rhen, même si j’aime beaucoup Grey. J’ai quand même un peu peur de ce qu’il va faire maintenant qu’il sait qui il est. Encore heureux qu’il y d’autres livres bien à lire en attendant.

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