“My father once said we are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose—just as a poor hand can win—but we must all play the cards fate deals.”
A huge shoutout to Bloomsbury for bringing this book into my life. Oh. Wow. Firstly, let me point out that I'm not a huge fantasy reader AT ALL. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a YA fantasy re-telling of Beauty and the Beast so I wouldn't normally go for this but I was totally sold on the re-telling aspect. I am SO GLAD that I gave it a go. Capital letters are in full force for this review.
Harper, a Washington D.C. native, is accidentally drawn into the cursed world of Emberfall, and ends up as Prince Rhen's last chance at breaking the curse. Instead, she refuses to be the victim and uses her feistiness to help a kingdom in peril.
It's a long book, over 400 pages with small text, and I read almost all of it in 24 hours. I could not put it down, and when I did I was so disorientated in the best way. The characters were SPOT ON and she really made me feel the tension, the awkwardness, everything. They absolutely drove this book. Whether you're a big YA fantasy fan, or like me, then I can't recommend this book enough. You'll find me counting down the time until the next one in the series. Consider me well and truly hooked.
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*Please note this was given to me by the publisher free of charge.