Book: A Curse so Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
This book gave me such a hangover, I ended up flicking the pages to make sure that I had read the end of it. When I found out that the sequel is coming out next year, I was so happy. I cannot wait to get back into this world and find out more about Grey!
I absolutely loved this, I think it’s one of the contenders for my favourite book I’ve read this year! It had the perfect mix of everything I need within a book: world building, characterisation, representation and an intense story-line.
I first got attracted to this book because I love Beauty and the Beast, and I wanted to see how Brigid took the story and wrote it. Harper was such a wonderful female character, not only was it great cerebral palsy representation, but she was strong, witty and even though she knew her weaknesses, she never let it hold her back.
It was especially poignant in the scenes with her brother when he wanted to protect her and kept telling her she was too weak to be doing things, and throughout the story you could really see her character developing – she learnt that she was capable of protecting herself, and loved the freedom she gained.
Emberfall was a great fairytale place, and the world building was so effective that I could really picture it and it never came across as too heavy or distracted from the narrative. The actual story-line itself wasn’t too thick with the Beauty and the Beast influence, and it became it’s own story with it’s own twists and turns. Even though I knew that it was Rhen she was supposed to end up with, I was rooting for Grey because their natural chemistry just worked so well.
I really cannot find anything to fault the book, for me it just really clicked and the pace was so good. It was action packed and there were so elements to the story without it ever been confusing. I can’t wait for the sequel!