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This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I really liked it. Absolutely love the main characters. Its dual perspective for the most part. The thing I like the most is that it's very fast paced. The twist, in the end, was not easily predictable but I guessed it just for a fraction of a second and then I thought no that is not possible but apparently I was possible. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. Also, the main "couple" reminded me of Dara and Siv from Duel of Fire (Steel and Fire Book 1). I liked that.
Here are a few things I didn't like about it - The "She is not like the other girls" trope. I just don't like that. Although Harper never said it herself, Rhen does quite a few times. - While reading a chapter I often got confused whether I was reading Harper's POV or Rhen's. It was difficult to tell them apart.
Other it's a good book. I would highly recommend it.
It is very easy to tell someone that the only way to break a curse is to fall in love. However, what people do not tell and this is the main catch, is that it is not so easy to fall in love.
This is the problem that Prince Rhen of Emberfall is facing. Having made one mistake in his youth, he is cursed to relive the eighteenth year of his life again and again and again. What was his mistake you may wonder? He courted an enchantress and cast her away. Spurned due to this and seeking revenge, she curses him. The curse can only be lifted when he finds true love.
Doesn't this sound like a typical fairy tale but with the roles reversed? The prince has to find his princess. However, nothing is as easy as this explanation and this is not just any fairytale. In this new age re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast, the author brings to us a new age spin on things. Once the curse begins, the prince has the duration of the autumn season to find his true love. If that doesn't happen, he turns into a monster and becomes quite dangerous.
The author brings to us a tale of sorrow and grief that is hidden behind the walls of the castle and unknown to the people of the kingdom. The only story that the people know is that their king seems to have abandoned them. The Prince's guard is the only other person around and the only one granted with the ability to move from this time/place to the present day Earth and bring back girls for the Prince to court.
During one such situation, we are introduced to Harper. Harper witnesses a kind of kidnapping and tried to stop it. It is in this situation that she is brought back to Rhen's world. The author then brings to us a wonderful tale of friendship, loyalty and eventually love. The characters are well developed and you cannot help but fall in love with them and their story. If I continue to write more, I will only gush about the story and reveal all the plot twists. To avoid that I will stop here and conclude.
A very well thought out book, this is a must read for all! I cannot wait for Book 2 and I am sure most of you will feel the same.
Its story is quite similar to beauty and the beast. I love the character of Rhen, he is decent and kind. The hardship that he had to go through has shaped his character to be dignified and serve his people better. Harper is fierce and brave. I really admire how she faces Rhen with so much confidence and stand by him in time of needs.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer wss one of the books I wanted to pick up last year but ultimately turned out to one of my first picks this year. For the uninitiated, this book is the first in the series and claims to be a modern adaptation of the everloving fairytale Beauty and the Beast and here is my take on it.
The book mainly moves forward with the help of our two central protagonists and we get their narration throughout. Harper who we see trying to save a girl from getting kidnapped is brought into another world, into the land of Emberfell where she meets the crown prince Rhen. Rhen is cursed for almost 300 seasons and has been surviving along with his commander Grey shut in his castle, trying to find the right girl who will break the curse. As the story progresses, we see chemistry brewing between the central characters and how they join hands with each other to save the kingdom as well as to break the curse.
I was pretty much interested to see how a modern day adaptation of this fairy tale would be translated into pages. To be honest, I picked it up with quite high expectations which started falling down as we moved ahead the plot. The plot felt too convenient in narration where we are not much detailed on the struggles the lead characters face but rather on the love triangle between three characters. By the end of the book, except for the Epilogue the book became quite predictive and I was looking forward to see something new rather than the usual plot.
A young and arrogant Prince is cursed by a sorcerer to live as a beast until he finds true love. A nerdy girl arrives with no frills and immediately calls the Prince out on his not-so-Princely behaviour. I expected the character descriptions of the girl to be stereotypical of a 'strong' girl but I was pleasantly surprised that the author remained as true as possible to real life girls. She is affected by Cerebral Palsy but she does not let it affect her everyday life any more than it needs to. The girl is smart and headstrong. She only cares about doing the right thing and getting back to her family. I found her surprisingly likable. Descriptions of the Prince as well as his Commander were predictable as was the forbidden attraction between the Commander and the Princess. I was glad that the author did not concentrate on the romantic aspects as much as she did on the actual story. The sorcerer needs to be vanquished but no one knows how. The girl must fall in love but that seems extremely improbable. The Prince must get rid of his inhibitions but that seems unlikely. How is an author to wring out a story that has so many predictable elements? She concentrates on world building and fierce characters and lets them do the talking and the readers love her for it! I was glad to see that the book did not preach a 'All ends well when people fall in love' approach. The book talks about good intentions and honorable actions. However, it was predictable and the 'cliff hanger' ending felt unnecessary in a story that seemed to have reached its logical conclusion.