Book Series Review : Cursebreaker Series ( A Curse So Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, A Vow So Bold and Deadly) by Brigid Kemmerer

The ever popular Cursebreaker series!

I was defintely hooked with the lush title and the cover that screamed “Hey, it’s fantasy right here!” vibes. But again, *dramatic sigh* the long queue of my TBR list. It’s not like I forgot this series, but I eventually decided to read the best for the last. You know, like to get rid of my bookish slumps.

And you know what? it’s time.


1. A Curse So Dark And Lonely (Cursebreaker #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 484 pages
Published : 29th January 2019

—Blurb—

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? 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 am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

— Mini Review —

For the record, it’s kinda surprising to read both fairytale upbringing and the modern days Washington, DC in a book. Well, kinda weird to be honest but the whole ordeal is interesting. And reading this two different timelines in a book, made me squize my heart for wanting both sides characters to meet as soon as possible!

Because this is very much the retelling of Beauty and The Beast, we definitely must have a prince— Rhen. And additional character that soon overwhelm me, Rhen’s personal guard— Grey. And yes, they’re cursed. Or Rhen does, to be exact. Believe it or not, we have Harper— our main lady who is supposed to break the curse all the way from Washington, DC. Did I mention she is often underestimated because of her cerebral palsy?

When I first understand the roles each character will play, the world-building, the situation, I don’t really know how this book will goes on. It is messy in a good way. And I did love this book! Well, not that much but enough for me to keep on reading. I couldn’t keep myself away for a long time from this book. It’s kinda predictable, but the curiosity of how this’ll all turn out is absolutely tempting. 

“The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

 


2. A Heart So Fierce And Broken (Cursebreaker #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 450 pages
Published : 7th January 2020

—Blurb—

Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

“Ah yes, the most dangerous person at the party is always the girl sitting alone with a book.”

— Mini Review —

Knowing how the first book ends, I was quite curious to see how the story will proceed next. However, I was stunned this book is not about the story of a prince in need the help of a lady to broken the curse anymore. To be exact, it’s not a story of Rhen and Harper anymore.

This book will merely focused on Grey as the star of the book. It’s understandable, but at the same time I was perplexed. I came here to read more about Rhen and how the whole ordeal is going to proceed now, instead, I was faced with new plot and a new star instead.

It’s lovely to have Grey as the main character this time. But it just feels weird for me somehow.

“Choices are never easy. There are good and bad options, but the most dangerous is to not make any choice at all.”


3. A Vow So Bold And Deadly (Cursebreaker #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 408 pages
Published : 2nd August 2016

—Blurb—

Face your fears, fight the battle.

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

“I often find comfort in the thought that fate has already drawn a path beyond what seems impossible.”

— Mini Review —

Here is the book I thought, the spotlight distribution will be equal. Instead, this book comes back with more about Grey than Rhen, the supposed crown prince and the main character of the Cursebreaker series.

I get it why Grey got most of the spotlight in the end, but isn’t Rhen the main and the first character reader was drawn into in the first place? And to be honest, I don’t think I remember much of this book.

“I know trust is not something you win once, but is instead something you must earn over and over again.”

 


The Cursebreaker Series

FULL REVIEW

Finally.

I was dreading to begin writing in ths section ASAP. There’s so much to discuss about this book as a whole series.

Let me begin with a nice sentence. I like A Curse So Dark And Lonely. Eventhough the story of a Washington, DC lady got tangled up in a world of fairytale seems to baffled me, but overall, I find the book to be enjoyable. I could stray out for far too long from the book. It’s not addictive but this book had a way to lure you back in to find out what’ll happened next to the characters.

And eventhough the writing was a bit flat and kinda predictable to me, it’s truly a nice book. However, I was quite curious as seeing how the next sequel will proceed because A Curse So Dark and Lonely can definitely end up as a cryptic standalone, with perfect elements to wrap the story. Truly. Perhaps, if I forced my non-reader friends to read, they will think A Curse So Dark And Lonely might be a standalone as well.

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Therefore, I was quite curious as to how A Heart So Fierce And Broken will proceed. And voila! Instead of Rhen and Harper, this book focused more on Grey and her supposed love interest— Lia Mara. It’s kinda disappointing to not have Rhen point of view in this installment. But truthfully, it is exciting and interesting to read more about Grey. Except, it is now a whole different story and kinda feels detached from the first book.

And don’t get me started on the characters.

Starting with A Heart So Fierce and Broken, I think all hell start to break lose. Every characters I encounter on the first book, their characters were just gone. In this new sequel, it’s like I’m reading a whole new character again. Everything doesn’t add up and yes, I don’t even understand if one character is now good or bad. 

If the writing says it good, then it’s good.

If the writing says it bad, then it’s bad.

I don’t feel the soul of the book anymore and the characters are just.. gone. Moreover, it’s like the characters are shifting. Like, this book is trying to get Rhen out of the frame and raise up Grey as the new protagonist instead. 

As for the story, I don’t even remember much of it. Because it’s totally not a retelling of Beauty and The Beast anymore and I think for the story like this, it doesn’t need a 400 hundred pages to be told. 

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Which made me feel kinda.. um, bored to begin reading A Vow So Bold And Deadly. Because everything I know and familiar with A Curse So Dark And Lonely is just gone. The story of a cursed prince seems so far away now and the whole characters relationship are kinda messy

It’s like the characters are changing as the story goes. Sometimes admirable, sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes evil. There are no specific traits to the characters and I lost the touch of their characteristic and then, to the story.

I truly think the series did not have to be this long to finished. Like, perhaps a duology? But I think this series will be better if it was made to be a standalone and just stop at A Curse So Dark And Lonely.

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But looking back, I think this book is rather lacking in delivering the story. You know, like the words play? 

“I forget that the world can narrow down to two people, a moment of vulnerability and trust. To a moment of love that seems to outshine the rest.”

“I would have given you ten times as much.” I think of the moment Harper plunged a dagger into Lilith’s chest. I have to put a hand against my midsection to shake off the sudden emotion. 

I know this sentences hold deep meaning but I somehow, I find it lacking in emotion. Trust me, it’s not a bad series but I think this book has quite the potential remembering how okay the first book goes on.

Author: Celine

 

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