Published: 29th January 2019
Average Goodreads rating: 4.9★
My Goodreads rating: 5 ★★★★★
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
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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
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?