The sad thing about looking back on my rejection for A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is the fact that by the time I got around to reading this book after it was published, I hated it. And now, looking at the summary for it I’m honestly kind of insulted that this book was compared to the brilliance of Marissa Meyer’s retellings. It just doesn’t stand up in comparison.
I mean, Kemmerer completely fell into the “not like other girls” trope with this book. And I couldn’t possibly hate that trope more than I do now. Just a few days ago I posted about how utterly toxic it is. And it’s kind of devastating because I was so excited for this novel, but it was honestly just awful. Barring the cerebral palsy rep, which as fantastic, so much about A Curse So Dark and Lonely was problematic and awful.
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. 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.