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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

(A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)

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An instant New York Times Best Seller! 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 y
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
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jessica
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
quick! someone call the vatican and let them know a miracle has happened, because this is the first time i am giving a fairytale retelling 5 stars!!

this. book. is. phenomenal. like, honestly guys. you need to stop what you are doing and go get this book. the idea of ‘beauty and the beast’ has been retold multiple times, but this made me feel like i was experiencing the story for the first time, which is such an accomplishment. this is fresh and original and everything about it is just so enchan
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Lola
This is hands down one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read. I did not have high expectations at all, having found Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost to be a MEH read (please don't curse me!), but this story hooked me right from the start.

I even had to check twice to see if Brigid Kemmerer really wrote this because I do not remember her writing style being so elegant and feeling like a lover’s caress. Oh my!

Well, look, Valentine’s Day is coming up, I can’t help but be a little e
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شيماء ✨
I'm a simple girl...I hear book is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, I add book to my tbr, I suffer waiting for book’s release date
Melanie

ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a much darker theme. In this version, the Prince is forced to repeat the quest to find love over and over each season, while causing more and more bloodshed each time. But after three-hundred seasons, this season will officially be the very las
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
4.5 stars!

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN OMG
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: from-publisher
I've been struggling to find the words to describe my feelings toward this book. Though I didn't feel blown away or well connected to any of the characters, it was a breezy read and I never found myself not wanting to pick it up. Many early readers have compared this to the ACOTAR series, but I feel as if they are two completely different beasts. This book is definitely catered toward a younger audience and contains a much tighter grip on its sexual content. In fact, up until the final quarter o ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely ★★★★★
#2 A Heart So Fierce and Broken ?

If you've read the book and enjoy listening to great songs that are super emotional and reminiscent of characters, might I encourage you to listen to 'I'll Be Good' by Jaymes Young and cry over Rhen with me?

Harper’s life isn’t easy—her father has left her family with all his debts, her brother is working for the same loan sharks they owe, and her mother is in the final stages of cancer. Meanwhile, in the land of Emberfall, Crow
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Mary
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE GOOD:

* OH MY GOD I AM DEAD, this is coming to you from the beyond, where my soul was expelled after reading this book
* in case you didn’t know, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it is GLORIOUS
* the main character has cerebral palsy, and she’s a goddamn badass, I would let her walk all over me and say thank you
* the writing is beautiful and mesmerising and this book had almost 500 pages but I absolutely FLEW through it because this is what good literature does to me
* there’s such a
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chloe ✨
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-reads
THAT ENDING THOUGH...

I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Really unique take on the Beauty and the Beast tale. And I absolutely loved the main character, Harper. Despite this being a really long book, I read it quite quickly because it was engaging and addictive.
emma
if you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will really like this book.

I did not like A Court of Thorns and Roses.

review 2 come!

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IT'S A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY REP.

i don't care if it's 500 pages long and my midterms are fast approaching, i'm reading it RIGHT NOW

thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC!
C.G. Drews
This book is like receiving a warm magical hug...and then a swift smack in the face all at once. Which, aww, that is amazing. That is just what I'm here for! I absolutely adore Letters to the Lost (like pls put it on my all time favourites list) so I had high hopes I'd adore Kemmerer's foray into epic fantasy too. And well OF COURSE. (I also have her Elemental series on my TBR...this year = Year of Kemmerer.)


➸ this is a beauty and the beast retelling!
I'm a ferocious fan of retellings, but I like
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Anissa
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release, top
It’s 3am and I just finished reading and WOW THIS BOOK IS AMAZING (but tomorrow calls for a lot of coffee - so worth it). I just couldn’t put it down - SO good!
Zainab
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I have been reading this book all day and I mean all.friking.day. My eyes are burning and so very tired but it was worth it. So worth it!
For those who don't know, this book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but it is actually so much better than the original. Don't get me wrong I like the original one but the whole talking teacups and dancing candles is kind of off-putting. In this one the prince has only one (very loyal) commander. So that was cool.
And the ending! Oh my God the ending!
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Cait • A Page with a View
3.5 stars. I was never super engaged in the overall story, but there were so many individual aspects I liked that I'm rounding up.

Harper is a teen with cerebral palsy who lives in the DC area. Her mom is dying from cancer, her dad is gone and left them in debt, and her brother's in a lot of sketchy trouble. Meanwhile Prince Rhen in the fantasy kingdom of Emberfall is under a curse where he keeps repeating the autumn of his 18th birthday until he can get one of the women his commander kidnaps to
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melissafandomworld
HOLY BGJDHBFGHJBDFGH... this book is fantastic! Where have you been all my life? This is how you write re-tellings folks! *be prepared, this is going to be a long review, LOL

Since there are already so many BatB re-tellings out there, I'm always a bit skittish to start a new one even though I love them in general. But a lot of them aren't really original and surprising anymore, to be honest. a Curse so Dark and Lonely is one of the few who hit all the right checkboxes for me though! It's original
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Brigid
Mar 14, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, i-own
Not bad. Not bad at all.

More thoughts to come.
Alana • thebookishchick

"They believe her limp is the result of a war injury, but Harper is quick to correct them."I was born this way," she'll snap, "and I'm going to die this way, so teach me to work around it." They love her for it."

Thank you to Bloomsbury for kindly providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you're looking for a 2019 release book with a WHOLE lot of of ACOTAR vibes then look no further. I am a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer's work so I immediately knew upon hearing about this book t

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Alexandra Christo
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brigid is a genius and you are all in for a bloody TREAT.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
"Failure isn't absolute. Just because you couldn't save everyone doesn't mean you didn't save anyone."

This was amazing! It's been a while since I finished a book in a day, but here we are.

Harper is a clever, stubborn, strong young woman who has never let she disability define her. When her attempt to rescue someone winds up causing her to be stolen away to another realm in that girls place, she takes matters into her own hands.

Rhen is a charming prince, who has never known true love, cursed to
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

RELEASED TODAY!!!!! Run, don’t walk, to get this one!! :))

*ARC Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Rhen puts his hands on my arms and leans in. When he speaks, his voice is very low, very quiet, just for me. “My father is dead, my lady. My whole family is dead.” He pulls back, meeting my gaze, but his voice doesn’t change. “That monster killed them all.”


This book is everything I knew I wanted and needed in my life. And, also, this book is everything I didn’t know I wanted a
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I’m completely in love with this book. It’s gives me all those good, fun vibes of ACOTAR, while being completely different from that book. This is the Beauty and the Beast retelling that I’ve been waiting for.

Let me just start by saying that I know some of you are going to groan at the idea of another Beauty and the Beast retelling and believe me, I totally feel that too; however, somehow A Curse So Dark and Lonely manages to feel like something fresh and new and I was living for it. First of al
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Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
5 compelling retelling stars!


I fell in love with Brigid Kemmerer’s stories this year after I read Letters to the Lost. The moment I saw this book was about to be published in a few months I asked for it and crossed my fingers.

I couldn’t thank Bloomsbury Publishing enough for granting my wish!

But you know what they say when you have great expectations, they can be deceitful…

A Curse so Dark and Lonely certainly did not disappoint me in the least!

Brigid Kemmerer wrote a dark, uncompromising yet f
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Sophie Elaina
A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a reimagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast with much darker themes. In this novel the 'beast' is forced to live the same Autumn season over and over, each time a new girl is stolen away to the court and held as prisoner in hopes of breaking the curse. And each time more and more chaos and bloodshed ensues.

I was intrigued to find out that this is set in modern times. Where 'the belles' are taken from our world and taken to another land. The protagonist Harper
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Candace Robinson
So, I've read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings. I did like this one, but I wasn't fist pumping. My main problem came with Harper... She was just soooo... I don't know! I feel like a lot of times authors have the guys all lovable and then the girls are just hard to like. I did like that Harper was strong despite her cerebral palsy, and she did get more likable as the story went on, but it took a while.

Also a lot of you may not know this movie, but if you've ever seen Mom and Dad Save
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Inge
3.5 stars

I am an absolute whore for anything Beauty & the Beast so I've been lusting after this book for a while now. Still can't believe I was given a review copy, squee!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a very strong book throughout. The main character has cerebral palsy and is overall an A+ badass who doesn't take crap from anyone, not even a Crown Prince. Her relationships with Rhen and his guardsman Grey were developed realistically. A story like this does need a slow burning romance becaus
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Sabrina The Trash Queen
I read the excerpt of the first chapter and absolutely loved it.
It seem like a fun read. And I’m all in for it.
2018-2019 is the years of releases. :)
ambsreads
so...that was overhyped
this was incredibly flat. the whole story was one dimensional and predictable. i expected so much more and it just didn’t deliver in the slightest.

full review to come closer to release
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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 a ...more

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