I have some reviews for you today! Shocked? I am too, but I have a really good reason for not writing… I’m READING! I’m reading a lot! And I am enjoying myself so much, I haven’t wanted to stop. For the first time in a very long time, I am reading just for me and it feels great! After the worst reading slump of my life last year, I needed to rediscover the joy of reading, and the biggest surprise to me, is that I have been reading a whole lot of Fantasy! Me! Granted, it’s not hardcore GOT, LOTR type stuff because, though I enjoy watching it, I still don’t like reading it. No I have been reading YA Fantasy. Mostly epic Fae type stuff, and I am LOVING it!
On “Bookstagram” we have a hashtag #bookstagrammademedoit and this is completely true in my case! It started with The Folk of the Air trilogy (Brilliant), which I gobbled up like candy, and then Seven Deadly Shadows (Read Review). What really hooked me however, was A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete noob! I loved the Shadowhunter books, I’ve read countless vampire and werewolf books (Even Twighlight *Cringes), but I don’t think I have every read Fantasy with such voracity as I am now! Seriously, I can’t get enough, and the darker the better!
Annnd, I’m going to stop rambling now and get to the review portion of the show, because even though I’ve enjoyed my “reading for the sake of reading” break, I still have a job to do lol!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely & A Heart So Fierce and Broken
How lucky was I, to find a pristine copy of ACSDAL in a used bookstore for only $6, and a hardcover no-less? At the time, I had thought to myself that it would be a beautiful book to photograph and I knew the sequel was coming out, so I snatched it up!
One of my book besties, blogger and bookstagrammer (Jenacidebybibliophile), suggested we do a buddy read to get ready for the sequel, and I thought what the hell, why not?! Plus she’s very persuasive lol! She had also talked me into reading The Cruel Prince too (Hmm, maybe she’s responsible for my obsession?).
So we picked a day and got to reading.
I was hooked instantly! The story, the characters, the violence, EVERYTHING! I enjoy a good retelling as much as the next girl, but this one was on a whole new level!
This was such a unique twist on Beauty and the Beast, and a very dark one too. It was as if the author went back to the violent and gnarled roots of traditional fairy tales and then added a fae twist. As a fan of horror, I really appreciated this. As I mentioned, the darker the better, and this book is as dark as the cold coffee sitting beside me. It’s also exciting, passionate and very well-written. Rhen is as dreamy as he is terrifying, and Harper is a spitfire! And then there is Grey… *Swoon
I honestly loved everything about it and much to ‘Jenacide’s’ dismay (Sorry Babe!), my freakish fast reading talent coupled with my inability to put the book down, made for a very short, very unsatisfying buddy read.
Then we moved on to the sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken!
Now, some fans were disappointed by the unexpected departure from book #1. I on the other hand, adored it!
My affection for one of the characters (*Ahem… Grey), was a big part of it, but mainly it was because it’s an amazing book! We meet so many incredible new characters, the villain is pure evil, and the story-line is completely enthralling!
I could say a lot more but you know how it is with a sequel, it is way too easy to reveal the story, and I don’t do spoilers.
Let’s just leave it as this, this installment is fantastic and is just as good, maybe even better than the first!
To sum up my ridiculously long post, I will simply say these books are 5 star reads, and you need to read them! I promise you will not regret it!
Cursebreaker Series: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I am going back to the “Night Court” where I have been living all week. Please don’t call or write 😉