Tuesday, February 19, 2019
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This is an elaborate, slightly altered telling of Beauty and the Beast so you can guess the general storyline but there are some other luscious details added. Harper is a good, strong character who makes impulsive decisions that seem right but sometimes have unintended consequences. Rhen is swoony pretty much right from the get go but also a little sad and haunted by his past failures and the fact that he keeps eating all his subjects. I feel like Harper's disability is more token than real representation, but I mostly ignored that. I also feel like her taming of the beast happened real damn fast but I still liked picturing a big bird-serpent-monster-dragon head-butting her. What's more, I enjoyed all the supporting cast of characters and watching Rhen become a real leader.