A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a beauty and the beast retelling, dragged a bit in some places, was quite predictable but I enjoyed it.
I rarely read retellings. In fact, I try to but I really loved the A court of Thorne and Roses beauty and the beast retelling. I was also impressed with the disability representation so I gave this a chance.
Rhen, the main male character is cursed. Every winter he turned into a beast. So every fall he sends his guard, Grey, out to bring a girl from our world back with him so he can try to have her fall in love with him and break the curse. He’s failed every time the last 300+ years. The enchantress Lilith, who cursed him, tells him that this will be the last time for the curse. He must either succeed to break the curse or he will remain a beast for all time. This last time, Grey brings back Harper who has cerebral palsy. And I’ll admit the disability was written well into the book. It wasn’t ignored, glamourised, or made into her entire personality.
Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. 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 constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? 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.
Honest review, I felt it dragged a lot in the beginning. Halfway, I was like when is the action going to start. It did pick up eventually and the ending was worth it but one other thing I noticed and didn’t like: was a lack of a big cast in the beginning. It was just like 3 people and the magical house which wasn’t so impressive. Then at some point, we get Lilith who was quite a boring villain.
Regardless this was a good retelling and it wraps you into the story with all the anecdotes and the way the story is being told.
The world in A Curse So Dark and Lonely was so imaginable, quite bland due to the lack of diverse characters but very creative and easy to get into.
I loved the ending but I fear book 2 won’t live up to expectations book one left.
Rhen’s inner conflicts make him his own developed character rather than just a love interest. Grey, despite being a supporting character, was probably my favourite character. I liked Grey and I totally called that ending, but it’s still not enough to bring me to read the other books. Yes. I wouldn’t be reading except I get the audiobooks to listen to while I carry out other tasks. I fear the second book might suffer from second book syndrome and the third book might not live up to the hype. I’ve seen all the reviews and I believe them. The positive and the negative ones. It’s such a good book if you still want to go ahead and read it. The book one is a definite Read.