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Oh what had I expected? I like Beauty and the Beast and I had expected a good plot. This was a disappointment . I did not like the characters and the writing style. The story was okay.. it could have been made better with better characters and better writing.
I just wanted to get it over with. It made me cringe on so many occasions (and believe me I am a hopeless romantic). The beginning was nice. I got into it. But after Chapter 10 it got worse. The ending was a bit okay but it was too rushed. I actually expected the plot twist beforehand 😎 . So, I wasn't surprised much. But, I am going to read the sequel just cause I want to know more about Grey (That's all. I don't like him either and I just want to get it off my TBR).
I am really disappointed. The characters, honestly, sucked. To make a good book, we need good characters or a good story and if we get both (That's awesome) and if we don't get both (that sucks like this one). I am giving it 2 stars just because of its ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COVER 😍. Let's see if the sequel is any better.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely starts with Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, on the verge of turing eighteen years old again for the three hundred twenty-seventh time. He has been cursed by an evil enchantress. As you can tell, this is a retelling of the fairytale "The beauty and the beast." While Harper waits for her brother, she gets kidnapped by the prince's gaurd but she is a fiesty girl, with a mild case of cerberal palsy.
Everything is always the same. Except for the dead. They never come back.
Brigid Kemmerer's writing style is what sucked me in from the very beginning. It was very beautifully protrayed and I loved the way she let us explores her new world with clarity. However, the book felt needlessly long and a few chapters were slow.
“Not all scars can be seen, my lady"
On the context of charecters, Harper was okay, she was initially protrayed as the unique person blah blah, fierce whatsoever blah blah, but her charecter arc was great. She grew on me as the story progressed. Rhen was bland and I didn't like him nor could I relate to him at any point throughout the book. I really hated the way he treated Grey. Grey's charecter building was good and far more interesting. On the basis of predictability, you would know how it's gonna end but the author made it interesting enough for me to know how the story goes forward. The rest of the kingdom and the Harper's family was not fully explored to an extent to incite my curiosity nor interest. Karis Luran was a joke (Sorry, but someone had to say it).
“You speak to me with contempt and disregard, as though I do not feel the weight of what my people endure. You speak as though you rule over me. I will remind you of our roles here.” “What, kidnapper and kidnappee?” 🤣(LOL) Harper-1, Rhen-0.
The world building was okay and understandable. The romance on the other hand was tedious with a possibilty of a love triangle somewhere around the corner but meh😑. In conclusion, I'd rate it a 2 stars and I won't be picking up the sequel either. This was an okay read, where I'd felt removed for the most part but it does have its perks, maybe you'd find yourselves enjoying it.😊
About half way through I gave up on this book. I’ve read worse but the style of this book, combined with the rather stupid heroine made reading this a chore.
In terms of the style, this is written (in classic YA style) in the first person present tense. I dislike novels in the present tense - there’s a reason why this isn’t generally used: the past tense is far more natural to the reader when a story is being recounted. However, I can cope with it if it’s not overdone, but this writer is not as skilled as she could be and there is far too much unnecessary ‘I did this’ and ‘I said that’ going on. It’s perfectly possible to write dialogue without constantly interjecting who is saying what. The author also falls into the trap of describing stage directions which add to the word count to no purpose, slowing the action down. Everyone is constantly mentioning their sighs and we don’t need to have every gesture described - leave something to the imagination please!
The book also alternates the POV from heroine to hero in every chapter which I HATE. Alternating POV can work in skilled hands, but swapping every chapter puts the author into a straight jacket that doesn’t serve the needs of the story. In order to be really successful at it, you also need the skill to write very different characters who think differently which is very rarely the case. The other reason I really hate this is because it removes all dramatic tension. In a romance, for instance, (which this book is, I assume, at least in part), the thrill comes from one person not knowing what the other is feeling. It’s those small gestures, things left unsaid, hesitations, etc. that give the clues that maybe they are falling in love. In a first person narration you are along the ride with one person realising what their own feelings are and wondering about the other. In this POV swapping style there’s no mystery and romance is instantly dead.
In terms of the heroine, the hero seemed to think she was really smart but I don’t know why. There was one point where the hero was telling other characters ‘secrets’ which he really wanted them to gossip about so word would get around, which was super obvious to the reader. She was there the whole time, and indeed (it was his POV) he commented on how alertly she was listening and what a great ally she was. Then later she needed him to explain to her that he wanted people to whisper these secrets around - she completely hadn’t understood what he was doing. There was other cliche stupid stuff she did later and that’s what really made me stop reading as I couldn’t be bothered following along with her humourless idiocies. Also, at one point she slaps the hero’s face for no good reason apart from the fact that the author has no doubt seen this cliche in hundreds of films and thought this was a sign of a strong heroine. In fact it is assault and the only excuse for that kind of thing is if the other person is physically attacking you first. Please Brigid Kemmerer, have a think about whether that is really acceptable in this day and age. A truly strong heroine would not randomly physically assault men because she’s a bit upset.
I did get as far as chapter 29 which is pretty much halfway through. I had hoped that the characters and story would prove engaging enough to overlook the stylistic faults but they didn’t so this is a DNF for me.
Wirklich jeder scheint dieses Buch zu lieben, aber ich habe es nach 100 Seiten abgebrochen. Der so genannte Prinz war passiv und langweilig und redete schwülstig daher. Schrecklich. Die Protagonistin selbst war um einiges besser und es war schön zu sehen, dass auch Menschen mit Behinderumgen positiv dargestellt werden, aber das konnte das Buch für mich nicht retten. Sehr schade, ich wollte es wirklich lieben...