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A Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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Published: 29th January 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 496

Average Goodreads rating: 4.9★

My Goodreads rating: 5 ★★

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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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 hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father 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 land, 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 more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.i had

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So, let me give you my review of the book that made 2019 for me. I was waiting so long for this book to be released. I started following Brigid after I read her book Letters to the Lost, which got me out of my massive reading slump. So when Brigid announced that she was releasing a book based on a retelling of my favourite fairy tale of all time, Beauty and the Beast. I was so excited. I kept up with all the updates and even tried to get my hands on an ARC. But sadly I missed out. But that did not stop the excitement I had for this book.

When I found out that the main character has Cerebral Palsy, I had so many emotions. Having a little brother who is physically and mentally disabled, (Cerebral Palsy) being one of the disabilities he has, I knew that I just had to read this book. Not only was it a retelling on the best fairy tale ever written (in my biased opinion) but it also has representation of people with disabilities. It was a win win! There are not many books that represent disabilities, we need more of these!

I found that even though this book was said to be a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast I found it had so much potential to be seen as it’s own unique individual story and to be perfectly honest, I think I might prefer this story over the original Beauty and the Beast story. I just loved how well written and unique it was. The connections and emotions that you feel for each character was so strong! It took a new and complete spin on the idea of Beauty and the Beast. It was not at all what I expected. I was worried at first that it was literally going to be a re-telling, telling the same old story from the Beast perspective, but its not that at all. Its just amazing and beautiful! I can’t even explain.

Rhen and Grey are characters that are complete opposites from each other and the love triangle between Harper and these two characters is really strong. I honestly do not know what team I am on for this book yet because I love the relationship she has with both of them. It’s too hard to choose!

I loved that Harper even though she is from a family that can be classed as troubled and somewhat dysfunctional, depending on your definition of ‘dysfunctional’ is, and including the fact that she has CP, she remains a strong independent woman! I love that she as a character has grown stronger because of her life struggles and that it has helped form who she is. I can relate to having an illness make you a stronger person, having a chronic illness I can relate on the idea that you need to keep your independence and that it allows you to be stronger in a lot of ways that other people struggle with.

This book was just beautiful and amazing to read and I can not wait for the next instalment for this series.

I have tried to keep this review brief as I do not want to give away spoilers or ruin the plot line, so I am just going to leave this here, and make you read the book for yourself!

Have you read this amazing re-telling yet? what did you think of it?

 

Rose xx

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Book Review: The Gilded King By Josie Jaffery

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Published: 25th June 2018

Format: Paperback

Pages: 292

Average Goodreads rating: 4.26★

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Genre: Young Adult: Dystopian, Fantasy

Publisher: Self – Published

Goodreads description: In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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Firstly, I would like to thank the Author Josie Jaffery for sending me a copy of her book. It has been amazing to read this book and give an honest review, all opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.

When Josie advertised on Twitter that she was looking for book bloggers to review her book. I immediately signed up to participate in this amazing opportunity. Having only book blogging for less than 2 months, this was a perfect! I really enjoying reviewing this book for Josie, and honestly more people need to read this! Can I please read book 2 now?! Before I start my review, let me say that it was not at all what I expected, and I loved it!

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First, let me start by explaining a bit about the book. This book is the first book in the Sovereign Series, a spin off from her other series; Solis Invicti. The Gilded King is dystopian fantasy world about vampires and humans living amongst each other. This dystopian world is split into two categories, The Blue being made up of a social hierarchy and The Red being the outside of this society that is contaminated and fighting for survival, the place no one dares to step out into. The humans amongst the Blue are raised to fear the Red, learning that it will end in their death if they dare to step foot outside of the Blue. However, Julia is sceptical of this taught knowledge, wondering if they are told this to keep them in The Blue to feed the Nobles, also known as the Silvers, aka vampires.

This book is told from two characters perspectives Julia and Cameron. I loved that it was told from two characters perspectives, I felt like I got more out of this story because of this. The only issue I had was towards Julia. She kind of annoyed me a little bit because she is so negative and skeptical of everything, she doesn’t seem like a very fun person to be around. But that is whats expected with the way she was raised. But apart from her constant negativity I loved her! She is at the bottom of the social hierarchy, a slave to the Nobles. Working in the kitchen and the garden with her best friend Claudia. Julia was abandoned as a baby by her parents and thus doesn’t have anyone to turn to for support other than Claudia. However this soon changes when they are assigned attendant positions to two Nobles and their life starts to take a drastic change. Julia begins to form a bond with her Noble, Lucas even though she knows she shouldn’t. Through Lucas’ outlook on life and his behaviour being loving and caring, the complete opposite to the behaviour she is used to seeing from Nobles, Julia begins to believe in fairytales again and learns that there is more going on in The Blue than she is lead to believe.

The book alternates between Julias and Cams perspectives. Cam is a Noble who ventures out into the Red to find someone who is missing, who he believes would not leave The Blue unless she was dead or against her will. While on his adventure he discovers that he does not need to do everything on his own, learning to ask for help while also forming a friendship with someone unexpectedly, taking him by surprise.

Now I am not going to say much more than that, because I do not want to spoil too much of the plot line, but let me just say that I ship Lucas and Julia as well as Cam and his new friend so much! OMG! So the ending that we were given, I was so devastated and screaming that I needed the second book. I woke my partner up at 2am in the morning having to discuss the ending with him because what a cliff hanger! I am still not over that!

I absolutely loved this book! I found it a bit confusing in parts because of some of the unique names and I felt maybe a bit more detail was needed sometimes, but that’s expected from any book, no book is perfect. But this did not stop me from enjoying this book. I was hocked within the first 30 pages! I love a good vampire book, particularly a dystopian. I highly recommend reading this book! do not stress if you haven’t read the first series before reading this one, I haven’t read it yet either. I feel this can be read without reading the other series first, but I am definitely going t be reading Josies first series now as it might give me some more background information to stop some of my confusion that I had in the last 100 pages of this book.

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Do your selves a favour and go check out this book, until then, enjoying this excerpt:

At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

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Thanks for reading!

Have you read this book? If so what did you think of this book?

Rose xx