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  • 24 September 2019
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review è A Curse So Dark and Lonely ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Free download A Curse So Dark and Lonely Ther 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 l. Well this wassomethingLike This book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling except take away the dope library and all the nice songs and France okay yes I know the Disney version isn t the original but I LIKE huge libraries and nice songs and France Anyway take all that stuff and replace it with scenes from gritty modern day DC and blood and monsters and blood and oh my god SO MUCH VIOLENCE AND BLOODAnd also a love triangleFollowing No not even slightly That s fair and also me neitherBasically our protagonist Harper is a girl with a suuuuper tough life living in a high crime area of current day real life Washington DC Her mom has cancer so she helps her brother make money by playing lookout while he beats the sht out of people for a loan shark Also Harper has cerebral palsy and the rep for that plus the relationship between her brother and his boyfriend Noah is far and away the best part of this bookUnfortunately we have so much weird sht to wade through in this synopsis explanation aloneWhile she s playing lookout for her brother during one such life necessitated crime spree she gets kidnapped by some old timey dude This is Grey the high commander something something of the kingdom Emberfall blah blah Every year or moon passage or sun season or Insert Bullsht High Fantasy Term For Passage Of Time Here Grey travels from the beautiful kingdom of Somewhere Not In Our Realm to our own Washington DC which is in a differentdimension universe world I read this whole book and I m not uite sure What does Grey do there you might be asking Go on a jaunty tour of the sights of America s capital Perhaps a stroll about the Smithsonian No my dear boy He captures an innocent woman So that Rhen the king or lord or something can try to get that lady to fall in love with him or something to break a curse by which every season he turns into this giant ever changing beast who kills everyone and destroys everything or something One of them is our protagonist Harper who is promptly not like other girls d for not beingcompletely delighted with being kidnapped and taking to some drug trip old timey castleAnd somehow it s all downhill from there From what I can remember I read this book seven months ago and even then I didn t have the greatest understandingLet s get into some categoriesWHAT A TREAT FOR ME TO GET TRICKED INTO REREADING ACOTAR A BOOK I DID NOT ENJOY AT ALL THANK YOUYou may be tempted to think I am an idiot Even so than usual I mean Yes I am aware that A Court of Thorns and Roses is also a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and therefore these two books are going to have some baseline similaritiesBUT THEY ARE WAY TOO SIMILAR FOR THAT TO BE AN EXCUSERhen justis Rhys Earlier in this review I typed Rhys without thinking because they are the same Grey is Tamlin complete with traces of love triangle Lilith the sorceress who puts the curse on Rhen is the parallel to the evil under the mountain lady from ACOTAR whose name I can t remember down to the sexual assault of RhenRhys as a form of torture and part of the curse I know that the early versions of fairytales are darker than our current Disney versions and all but I can say with confidence that that sht is not part of the original storyObviously it s the same plotline in broad strokes because it s a retelling of the same story but the similarities go further Here are examples Both Harper and Feyre regularly participate in illegal activities in order to provide for their families pre glorified kidnapping which lands each of them in the situation that gets them taken to the beast figure s castle Once there each has to decide whether to return to her family or become ueen ish and save a kingdom Each of them then discovers the power that lies within them realizes they could become a ruler blah blah blah cool cool cool all definitely new stuff Both are supposedly feminist reads that are in reality deeply not like other girls y and only even remotely empowering to the female protagonist And they both even have love triangles that are overwhelmingly similar Between TamlinGrey the sort of original kidnapper and bona fide Nice Guy and the fan favorite bad boy powerful king dude RhenRhys And baby love triangles did Not exist in Disney s Beauty the BeastBut the love triangle isn t even the worst part of the romance in this book And like How is that even possibleTHIS ROMANCE IS FCKED UP AND GROSSNormally in Beauty the Beast stories there s a degree of an important lil thing called CONSENT Think back to the Disney cinematic masterpiece Belle is never kept in the castle against her will She agrees to stay in exchange for her father s life Still fcked up and manipulative for sure but we re not here to unpack the ways that Disney messed all of us up In fact in every iteration the Beauty character agrees to stay with the Beast characterNot in this oneHarper is legitimately violently kidnapped and taken to Consentless Storybook Land where she never stops trying to go home She tries to escape multiple times She never agrees to stay She is kept AGAINST HER WILL in a STRANGE LAND while her MOM is DYING of CANCER and her brother s LIFE IS AT RISK So sorry I m not exactly in the mood for the Stockholm syndrome ass romance being pushed hereLike here s Rhen outlining the swoon worthy romantic framework we re dealing with here Grey has grown skilled at finding girls who have no family no one to miss them I pause and look at her Often there is no trickery to it they come willingly with little than the promise of a safe place to sleep You I suspect would not have been lured so easily Let s unpack some of the ways that s legitimately disgusting taking advantage of women with no shelter or security and taking them to ANOTHER WORLD where they will LIKELY DIE and with near certainty NOT RETURN HOME EVEN IF THEY ASK often there s no trickery but it does involve LURING WOMEN IN NEED Harper COULDN T BE LURED so instead they KIDNAPPED HERAnd there s stuff on the horizon Because being harder to lure than a rodent unfamiliar with the concept of mousetraps isn t the only way Harper isn t like other girlsAMERICA S FAVORITE TROPE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD WHICH ALSO ISN T LIKE OTHER GIRLS HEADS BY THE WAY IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERINGLet s just get into it I counted 10 instances of the not like other girls trope I am now going to share a selection of those instances with you1 Most of the girls Grey drags from her world won t touch a blade or a bridle and instead gravitate to the finery found within the lushly outfitted wardrobes inside Ironrose Castle Cue a whole passage about how tough and badass and cool she is compared to every other freshly kidnapped but let s just move right past that girl in human existence who is a personality less sack of lovesickness from the get go2 Usually the girls are charmed even delighted but Harper looks like she wants to turn and walk right back out of here The language used around the multitudinous kidnappings that are nonstop referenced in this book never stops being weird 3 For a different girl the best part of this bedroom would be the closet Women be shopping am I right We love to resort to baseline gender stereotypes in order to characterize a protagonist by contrasting her to women at large rather than by use of any legitimate writing tactics4 She is interesting My eyes flick up That s not a word I ve ever heard Grey use to describe one of the girls A lot of the time I m kind of immune to the not like other girls bullsht but sometimes one instance of it is so fcked up that I am suddenly woken from the coma of my existential fatigue This is one of those moments No other girl is interesting If women across the board are just not Interesting to you you re fcking sexist and gross That s it Bare minimum the characters in this book and the situation at the core of it are sexist and gross5 She accepts the lie readily but I do not like it Earning this moment feels a thousand times satisfying than plying women with pretty falsehoods and empty promises It must be lovely to be the one woman this fcker decides he s okay with treating as a person6 I have had over three hundred women to practice on I should have known better Women are again and I cannot stress this enough NOT people but they are practice7 Did you get naked with these hundreds of women too Fun stuff8 I forgot that she is not some simple girl who sparks intrigue with every other word from her tongue Some Simple Girl Also that sentence is from a literal paragraph after the one I uoted before it NiceMaybe even overwhelming than all of these instances is the fact that just about everything Harper does and is and says has to be contrasted with Girls At Large Her familiarity with horses Not like other girls Playing cards with Grey Not like other girls Smacking Rhen across his stupid dumb consentless face LIKE NO OTHER WOMAN IN RECORDED HISTORYBy changing this story so it isn t just One Girl Beauty who shows up at the Beast s abode and rather it s HUNDREDS OF GIRLS the author seems to have also thought that we needed reminders at every turn that Harper isn t like any of them It s fcking exhaustingLET S TALK ABOUT GENDER ROLES BABY LET S TALK ABOUT REGRESSIVE FORMS OF EXAMINING FEMININITYLiberal inclusion of the not like other girls trope is unfortunately not the only gross sexist thing found in this book And I m not just talking about how consentless the whole thing isBecause holy gender roles Batman is this thinggender role yExamples He selected ten guardsmen from those who applied To my surprise Zo was one Grey chose and the only female ONE OUT OF TEN Finally a feminist read am I right The ladies of the castle have gone to work to make things festive So glad The Women are finally getting to the important non stereotypically feminine work Oh waitThis line also just doesn t sit well with me The tight fabric veiling the lower halves of their faces turns them all androgynous which is somehow intimidating Call me crazy but I kinda fail to see what s so intimidating aboutandrogyny Am not creeped out by genderlessness personallyBut don t worry It s not only female characters by means of being flat and uncharacterized beyond feminine roles who are a nonstop barrel of Terrible Because our main dude is also thatRHEN SUCKSRhen is essentially portrayed as this tortured tragic figure forced to do bad deeds for the greater good Considering the sheer number of terrible things he s done kidnapping women on the reg having a monster alter ego who is a nonstop Killing The Innocents machine destroying his kingdom and also not ever doing his job even once even by accident we as readers have to buy this story In order to even tolerate this sparkly eyed rogue we have to believe that he is only bad because he Has To BeBut uhthat characterization doesn t add up Like even a little Take this gem of a thought for example I once thought the monstrous destruction was the worst part of the curse but I ve long since learned that it s not It s this the repeated humiliation and punishment If Rhen was tortured by what he was doing maybe it d be easier to like him But he feels very little guilt or regret Instead he is very much like IT S NOT MY FAULT all the time forever And I get that s what I m supposed to believeBut I m just saying it doesn t exactly scream Good Guy to react to your responsibility for the death of your loved ones by pitying yourselfHM THAT DOESN T SEEM LIKE IT MAKES SENSE BUT IT DOES SEEM LIKE IT WILL BOTHER ME FOR A NONSENSICAL AMOUNT OF TIMEIn addition to the various aforementioned not my favorite writing tactics this book is oftensloppy And I read an ARC so maybe some of this changed but I got taken out a few times by little things that bugged meLike the fact that Harper s family is so poor that loan sharks are showing up at the door and her brother Jake didn t have a dollar to give thembut somewhere in there he bought a new phone Or that there s a zero word chapter Or that one paragraph switches to a POV that is completely different from the entire rest of the book Or that none of the guard characters ever sleepLittle things But again these may have changedNOW THAT S WHAT I CALL AMAZINGLY OVERWROUGHT HIGH FANTASY NAMESOn oh maybe page fourteen of this book I realized something That Something was that the names in this fantasy castle fairytale old times world are a fcking delight Everything has the most ridiculous overdone perfect name in the history of the universeI wrote down every single one I did not even exclude the ones that seem less funny than the others Here they are for your reading pleasureAll the names of places which sound like names of fairy villages I would ve brainstormed at 11 after constructing a stack of pebbles in my backyard for teensy mythical creatures to move into Emberfall Ironrose Wildthorne Valley Hutchins Forge Blackrock Plains Silvermoon Harbor Verin Syhl Shallow WillmintonAll the names of characters in the fantasy part relish all these normal names with one letter changedRhen Grey Evalyn Coale Bastian Freya Lilith Dahlia Davin Marko Karis Olivia Edgar Dara Petor Zo Mave Micah Leylan Dustan LandonACTUAL BOOK BASED READING EXPERIENCE COMPLAINTSWe ve reached the normal section of this review where I stop yelling about specific things or offensive things and instead yell about actual book things Like the characters and how I felt nothing for them even once even at all over the whole course of this book Or the fact that the twist was very predictableI don t even really remember the twist anyNEVERTHELESS SOME GOOD STUFF PERSISTEDStill there were some good things In fact there were precisely three of them1 This was fun and uick which is a real shock considering it s long boi I read it in like a day or something And then proceeded to not review it for seven months2 The cerebral palsy rep in this is by far the best part of the whole thing It is the single most uniue interesting and carefully and thoughtfully done aspect If I read the next book is there a next book it will be because of it3 Surprisingly this gets marginally better as it goes along I went from laughing regularly prompting my roommate to ask me Is that a this book is funny laugh or this book sucks laugh it was the latter to not usually laughing and instead occasionally scoffing ProgressBottom line Apparently this book worked for a lot of people Maybe it will work for you For me it was a nonstop rollercoaster ride of Mess if you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses you will really like this bookI did not like A Court of Thorns and Rosesreview 2 come 15 stars IT S A BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY REPi don t care if it s 500 pages long and my midterms are fast approaching i m reading it RIGHT NOWthanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

review è A Curse So Dark and Lonely ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Free download A Curse So Dark and Lonely 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 hopeNothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy With her fa. This is hands down one of the best fairy tale retellings I have ever read I did not have high expectations at all having found Brigid Kemmerer s Letters to the Lost to be a MEH read please don t curse me but this story hooked me right from the startI even had to check twice to see if Brigid Kemmerer really wrote this because I do not remember her writing style being so elegant and feeling like a lover s caress Oh myWell look Valentine s Day is coming up I can t help but be a little extra romantic or corny Actually I highly recommend buying this as a Valentine s Day gift for your special someone because the love that is depicted in this story is TRUE and must be shared with the entire universeI d like to be able to say that I only get this dramatic in prose but alas the way I write is the way I speak Just yesterday a friend was telling me about her boyfriend s unboyfriend like behavior and I gave her a passionate speech about love trust and sacrifice I knew little aboutMaybe I should have given her this book insteadBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

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review è A Curse So Dark and Lonely ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Free download A Curse So Dark and Lonely And 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 than a broken curse to save Harper Rhen and his people from utter ruin In a lush contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa MeyerAlternate cover edition of ISBN 97816811950. Twas a buddy read with my bestie Tabi even though she completely left me in the dust hahaRight sothis was an AMAZING La Belle et la B te retelling And trust me I ve read half a dozen of them by now Beastly Cruel Beauty A Court of Thorns and Roses Uprooted Hunted Why no I don t have a problemWhy would you even think that I especially enjoyed the fact that like Meagan Spooner s Hunted we were able to see inside the mind of the beast I think that this book ranks just under Rosamund Hodge s Cruel Beauty as my favourite retelling of this classic tale 3 Just like Hodge s interpretation Kemmerer s has one heck of an opening line There is blood under my fingernails I wonder how many of my people I ve killed this time Doesn t that just hook you in Unlike most faery tale retellings Kemmerer s blurs the lines between urban fantasy and high fantasy which admittedly is why I was initially hesitant to pick this book up But you needn t worry Less than five of the sixty chapters actually take place in our world The novel is almost exclusively set in the parallel land of Emberfall My father is dead my lady My whole family is dead He pulls back meeting my gaze but his voice doesn t change That monster killed them all We all know how this tale goes by now Once upon a time a handsome prince lived in a beautiful castle Although he had everything his heart desired the prince was selfish and arrogant One night an unexpected intruder arrived in his chambers seeking to become the future ueen The prince shared a bed with her and turned the woman away Scorned the woman revealed herself as a beautiful enchantress As punishment she cursed the castle and all who lived there After each season she would transform him into a hideous beast unless he could learn to love another and earn their love in return After which the curse would be broken Unfortunately for the prince this is his last season to do so or he would remain a beast for all time Filled with despair and empty of hope he wondered who could ever learn to love a beast I d forgotten this How I could never solve anything before How I was something to be shoved into back rooms or left playing lookout in the alley because I never had anything to offer Harper was a simply lovely protagonist who was so brave kind and caring While she may not have been born a princess she certainly carried herself like one Captured from the streets of Washington DC at eighteen and suffering from a mild case of cerebral palsy when one falls on the mild side of the spectrum one can walk unaided she has a lot going on at home as well Her father left them with a mountain of debt owed to criminals her brother is expected to find a way to pay back that debt and her mother is dying from cancer Needless to say being abducted to a magical land and given the duty of breaking a curse isn t something else she wants to add to her to do list Either way she comes to truly care for the people of Emberfall which makes her rather conflicted internally Should she stay in Emberfall and help the people who cannot help themselves Or should she return home to treasure the few precious moments she has left with her mother and help her brother resolve their debt Harper is definitely one of my new favourite protagonists They believe her limp is the result of a war injury but Harper is uick to correct them I was born this way she ll snap and I m going to die this way so teach me to work around it They love her for it Rhen was a wonderful prince and I definitely swooned at some points I really felt for him because with the exception of Grey he s been alone for so long repeating the curse over and over again season after season and in that time no one has come to love him He s lost the family that he loved AND the trust of his people who thought he had deserted them He might even lose his country itself to a neighbouring country trying to invade and if he fails to break the curse this season he ll permanently be a beast that could kill his people without hesitation Grey stands in the doorway one child on his shoulders half covered by the cloak Another is in his arms sound asleep and drooling against the front of his uniform Snow dusts all three of themMY HEART 3 BUT despite how much I loved Rhen the star of the show for me was Grey the commander of the royal guard I love the tall dark and handsome strong silent and brooding male trope haha So sexy He was so brave risking his life by facing down the beast each season and so loyal continuing to stay by Rhen s side after all this time I have no idea who I prefer Harper to be with romantically but she has sizzling chemistry with the both of them 3 The last time I felt so passionately this way was with the Infernal Devices trio Will Jem and Tessa by Cassandra ClareMy only complaint is that the enchantress Lilith was a pretty one dimensional villain We never got to hear her side of the story or even feel some sympathy for her But all in all she was a pretty sadistic and cruel antagonist that made this story even compellingAnd can we talk about that epilogue I need A Heart So Fierce and Broken pronto January 2020 cannot come uickly enough I haven t read Kemmerer s recent ventures into contemporary fiction but I did read her X Men esue Elemental series in the early 2010s This was such an improvement from her plots to her characters and even her writing style I m so proud of how far she s come This is a must read especially if you love faery tale retellings or even a good love story D