By: Mariah Brown
This is my first ever book review and I am excited to be doing it on Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely. I read this book when it was first released, and I could not put it down. This book was voted as Southern New Hampshire University Book Club’s Book of the Month based on the cover, which is where I want to start. The artwork on the cover is so beautiful and mysterious with the thorns and forest look, which ties the book together. As most know, it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but in an entirely different light, and this cover allows the idea of beauty to be within, even in the scariest of situations. The way this book was created allowed it to be completely separate from a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but there were similar characteristics that I fully enjoyed and any reader would love.
Once I opened the book there was a map that can be referred to throughout the reading, so I could understand where the events were taking place. This map allows any reader to follow the locations of Rhen and Harper throughout the story. Brigid Kemmerer is an amazing author who was able to grab my attention right when I started the book. Brigid authored this book from both Rhen and Harper’s point of view, so each chapter was from a different point. She was able to transition between each point of view smoothly and effortlessly. At some points, she even backtracked in the story a bit to reveal what the other character was thinking during a conversation or event. It is difficult to write a story from multiple points of view and even harder to make the transition smoothly, but Brigid Kemmerer pulled it off. The only point I had some slight confusion was at the beginning when Harper’s point of view was first introduced. This was easily understood in chapter 3, though.
There was amazing character development throughout the story that included gradual understanding of the characters’ past and the reasons why they made the decisions in specific situations. Brigid Kemmerer allowed me to feel like I could be placed into the situations that the characters were put in and relate to their reality.
Overall the book was easy to read and developed very well. I would highly recommend people read it if they enjoy fantasy, love, and adventure all rolled into one. I have already looked up more of Brigid Kemmerer’s books and plan to read her series that starts with the book Storm. She will be releasing the second book in this series titled A Heart so Fierce and Broken sometime in January 2020 and a third book in winter of 2021. This series will be known as the Cursebreakers series.