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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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July Book Haul 2018!

Hi everyone!!

Sorry that this post is a bit late in the month. I have been so busy with art school that I just haven’t had time to write this post. Last month I brought more books than I normally do! YAY!!! In total I brought 11 books, so I’m going to introduce the books I brought into categories so here we go:

Hard Covers:



I39099533_525325394556358_2812630892235718656_n brought two hardcovers this month! A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Frost and Starlight written by Sarah J. Maas. I think these covers are just so beautiful! With this being one of my favourite book series I just had to start buying the hard covers since I own all the paperbacks.

For those who haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses here is the Goodreads description:

‘Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
38949069_216930848977394_2275714556661596160_nDragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.’

I definitely recommend reading these books if you love a good young adult fantasy series!

New Series I discovered:

There were a few series over June and July that I heard about, which I put on to my TBR/buy list. I was able to buy some of them/finish buying them last month which I was super excited about, but now I need a new book shelf!

  1. Carve the Mark series by Veronica Roth

Book 1: Carve the Mark

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Book 2: Fates divide

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I am super excited to read these books! They sound amazing! I loved Veronica’s Divergent series, I thought her writing was magnificent. So I am super pumped to read this series! Here is the Goodreads description for Carve the Mark, I won’t put in Fates divides description for obvious reasons:

‘Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship—and love—in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.’

2. Caraval series by Stephanie Garber

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Book 2: Legendary 

I have heard so many good reviews on this book! I read the Goodreads description and it caught my interest rather fast. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to very soon hopefully!!

Good reads description for Caraval is as follows:

‘Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.’

Have you read this yet? If so what did you think?

3. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

I brought this one to add to my Red Queen series which sadly I haven’t read yet either. Here is Goodreads description for it. If you haven’t read the red queen series yet don’t read the description below:

9781409165330.jpgTwo women on either side of the Silver and Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller RED QUEEN.

Queen Song

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars

Captain Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

Favourite series I am buying my own copies of:

38949175_236618266992905_4583938764463669248_n.jpgThere is going to be a few of these on my book haul lists each month. This is because the last nearly 3 years I have been buying my own copies of books I really liked that I read when I was at home. My Mum brought a lot of books, because she is a lot like me; book nerd and loves young adult fantasy books. But because my room was so small, ( I grew up in a family of 7 people) I did not have the room to buy books so I just read my Mums copies. But since moving out of home nearly 3 years ago I have been able to start buying my own copies. Which has been fantastic! Last month the series I finished buying was the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely loved this series and thus to finish my collection I got:

Book 2: City of Ashes

Book 3: City of Glass

Book 4: City of Lost Souls

Book 5: City of Heavenly Fire.

These books are a different cover to my other books, but I like having a range of different covers but will be collecting the covers in the original format that my book one and four is in eventually. (yes I’m that weird person that likes having multiple copies of the same book in different covers for my favourite book series) Mortal Instruments just happens to be a favourite of mine. after buying these books my Cassandra Clare collection is complete. Just waiting on the next book to the Dark Artifices collection: Queen of Air and Darkness, which is released in December, which I already have preordered. haha oops!

What books did you buy last month? or if you didn’t buy any, what is a book series you love so much that you have multiple copies of?

Thanks for reading! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

Rose xx

 

 

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July TBR

Hi everyone!

I do not have many books on my TBR list for this month, simply because I have been really busy with my health, my art and I start back at art school next week (16th July). So I am trying to keep my list rather simple for this month! I only have three books this month! I am actually really excited to read these books, as I am super pumped for Sarah J maas’s new book in the Throne of Glass series. I am a bit behind in reading the ‘latest’ books, because just like everyone else, life gets in the way and there just is not enough time in the day to get everything done! But here we go!

Book 1: 

The Beasts Heart By Leife Shallcross            ‘My beast’s nose scented cold, and earth, and the faintest tang of magic. Not the same 36969648_495414344232446_7721139755437522944_nmagic that pervaded the house, or even the forest. This was something older and wilder, filled with sadness and decay. Yet at its core was something pure and clear, like the peak of a bell, or the heat of a burning ember. Or the colour f a crimson Rose.’

This book I have already started to read. I am almost half way through. This book is about the classical tale, ‘story as old as time,’ Beauty and the Beast! However, it has an interesting twist to it! It is written from the perspective of the Beast, which I find rather interesting, I do not know of any Beauty and the Beast stories written from the Beasts perspective. If you know of any please let me know!

I was so excited when I heard this book was out because I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast, it is my all time favourite fairy tale! So when I saw it on the shelves in the book store I had to have it. I think the art cover is just beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous!

Book 2:

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Blood will run. Dreams will shatter. An army must rise. The assassin-queen has sworn not to turn her back on her kingdom again. Especially when she might be the only one who can raise an army to keep the Dark King from unleashing his beasts upon them all. But Erawan will wield Aelin’s past, her allies, and her enemies against her. With a powerful court trusting Aelin to lead them and her heart devoted to the warrior-prince at her side, what – or who  – is she willing to sacrifice to spare her world from being torn apart?’  

This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely love her books, and I am so excited to finish reading this! I absolutely love Rowan and Aelin as a couple, I ship them completely. I just can not get enough of them as a couple in these books! I will admit though that even though I love this series, I love Sarah’s A court of thorns and roses book series more. I need more of them in my life! Have you read any of Sarah’s books?

Book 3:

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.37004065_495455094228371_6766698018247802880_n

A Glorious empire. A Desperate Quest. An Ancient secret.’

‘Chaol westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an allegiance with the Khan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the legendary Torre Cesme for the wounds that Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Irene Towers has no desire to help a young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need – and will honour it. But Lord Westfall carries darkness from his own past, and Irene soon comes to realise it could engulf them both.

And deep in the shadows of distant mountains, where warriors soar on mighty runs, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival – or doom them all.’ 

I’m not going to such much about this one as I said it all above. But I just can’t wait to read this book! Loving this series at the moment!!

 

What is on your TBR list for this month? Do you have many? Any recommendations for my next TBR list?

Thanks for reading!

Rose xx