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A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series) Kindle Edition
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Brigid Kemmerer blends magic, romance, and the growing specter of war in.a white-knuckle fantasy begging to be read in one sitting. ― Foreword Reviews
Political intrigue, swoony romance, and nuanced character development make for a breathless read, and a twist ending guarantees readers will line up for the next installment. ― BCCB
Action packed, deeply romantic, and . . . keep[s] readers eagerly on the hook for the next installment. ― Booklist Online
A Heart So Fierce and Broken is a perfectly paced story that fuses all the best elements of fantasy and contemporary YA, blending romance, magic, adventure and struggles with morality in a way that makes readers care about the characters. And if it wasn't clear from the first book, A Heart So Fierce and Broken leaves us in no doubt that Brigid Kemmerer can write an epic epilogue that will instantly have you desperate to find out what happens next. -- Natalie Xenos ― Culturefly
Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale: a finely-drawn fantasy world, a heroine rarely seen in fiction, and a tortured hero with a secret. I have only one complaint: I wish the sequel were already available! ― Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A SPARK OF LIGHT and SMALL GREAT THINGS on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Absolutely spellbinding. A Curse So Dark and Lonely expands on all the beloved themes of Beauty and the Beast to create an intensely original retelling. Full of fierce new characters, wicked magic, and wondrous amounts of heart, Brigid Kemmerer doesn't just tell a story, she builds an entire world that you will never want to leave. ― Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Heartwarming, thoughtful, and romantic: Brigid Kemmerer took me on a magical journey with this dark fairy tale about growing up, falling in love, and making impossible choices. I can't wait to see where these characters go next. ― Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head. ― Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of EVERLESS on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Slow burning, big hearted, magical fun! I loved every minute. ― New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent. ― Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in. ― Alexandra Christo, author of TO KILL A KINGDOM on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic. ― Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
Fans of Cassandra Clare, Marissa Meyer, or Alex Flinn, as well as any reader looking to sink into a top-notch story with great characters, will want to read this book. ― VOYA, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. ― School Library Connection, starred review, on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
A unique world filled with fantasy and menace . . . will leave readers anxious to see what happens next. ― School Library Journal on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
A fresh twist on an old story. . . . Fans of Sarah J. Maas will be eager for this one. ― Booklist on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. ― School Library Journal, starred review, on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL
Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel. ― Booklist, starred review, on MORE THAN WE CAN TELL --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Cursebreaker series, which includes A Curse So Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and A Vow So Bold and Deadly. She has also written the contemporary young adult romances Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost, as well as paranormal young adult stories, including the Elemental series and Thicker Than Water. A full-time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her family.
- ASIN : B0811YN813
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (7 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 10858 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 460 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 39,041 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Omg that ending I just can’t at the moment. I’ve been sitting here silently just staring at nothing and trying to process what I read. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and it did not disappoint.
This took me awhile to read because I was savouring every word and didn’t want it to end. I loved it just as much as the first book. I am slightly upset though that we didn’t get chapters from Rhen and Harper but also understand it.
I liked reading more from Grey’s point of view and loved the inclusion of Lia Mara. If I had to choose I’d say that I still loved Harper and Rhen more. Can we also just give a brief shout out to the craziness that was Karis Luran. Damn that woman was crazy with a capital C.
Now begins the long wait for the third book and what a book it’s going to be. If you haven’t already started this series you must. I’m ordering it!
By Greggorio! on 22 July 2020
So; much as it had the traditional problems of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (I don’t want to use the term “Stockholm syndrome” because – surprise sexism alert! – it has a really awful genesis and no grounding in science, which is something I literally learnt yesterday!) I really loved first book ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’. I actually loved first book so much, that when I began reading ‘A Heart So Fierce and Broken’ I was a little bit bummed to realise that this second book is no longer using Rhen and Harper’s alternative POVs, but instead we have King’s guardsman Grey (and recent revelatory heir to the throne of Emberfell) and newcomer Lia Mara, daughter to the rival Syhl Shallow Kingdom as the new protagonists.
Harper and Rhen appear briefly at the start and awfully, in a totally new set-up for their character’s trajectories but then we go off and follow Grey and Lia Mara on their journey to escape increasingly terrible soon-to-be King Rhen and the royal legacies Grey doesn’t want, and Lia Mara has been denied as the first-born daughter who is not the chosen Queen successor.
I was really worried when I started this book that I wouldn’t be able to get into it, and then that’d be all the steam gone out of my sudden reading-surge pulling me out of my slump. But then somebody on Instagram encouraged me that they had enjoyed this second book more than the first, so I put aside my curiosity about what Rhen and Harper were getting up to and actually found myself getting caught up in the on-the-run story of Grey, Lia Mara and co. and the romance that slowly develops between this reluctant usurper and overlooked Princess.
I think the ultimate strength of Kemmerer’s book is that it doesn’t feel like filler, it actually all feels like it’s winding towards a fabulous cliffhanger to then launch us into a really complex third book, ‘A Vow So Bold and Deadly’. And I’ve gotta say – the cliffhanger in ‘Fierce and Broken’ is even better than the one at the end of ‘Dark and Lonely’, and I already thought that was pretty genius.
Third book is coming 2021 (so far AWAY!) and I am really looking forward to whose POV we’ll be getting (my hope and assumption is Rhen and Grey, and if that’s the case I’d actually be super keen to read a little flip in the typical fairytale-retelling that sees the princes and men pull focus and have to learn love and risk-avoidance at a time of potential war.)
I am so enamoured of the ‘Cursebreakers’ series and what Kemmerer is doing here, with considerable skill and flair. This feels like the freshest take on fairytales that I’ve read in a long while, and a lot of that comes from the gender-flipping and playing that she’s working with and just generally the fact that she’s an A++ storyteller. I cannot wait for Book No. 3 – 2021 has never felt so far away with the way 2020 is going, but I can be patient and in the meantime I might go back and re-read Kemmerer’s ‘Elementals’ series just to keep this ball rolling!
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I wasn’t sure what direction this book was going to go in, I certainly didn’t think I was going to love it as much as A Curse so Dark and Lonely but I ended up loving it even more…
This book follows my all time favourite literary characters – Grey. That man has been through so much, and he tries to keep it all hidden. I honestly don’t know how he remained so strong throughout the curse, and then with everything that followed. My heart goes out to him. I love him so much.
Lia Mara was a pleasant surprise. I was charmed almost immediately. She doesn’t see herself the way others do, and I love that she has people around her trying to make her see her strengths.
Iisak and Tycho became instant favourites for me. I swore when reading it if anything happened to Tycho leading up to Grey's questioning I would never forgive Rhen.. And I won’t. I don’t care what is being done to him in secret. I will never get past what happened.
This story was emotional and intense. I didn’t know who to trust. I wasn’t expecting everything to unfold the way it did. I suspected the ending but everything else was a rollercoaster. I want to reread it right now.
"The most dangerous person at the party is always the girl sitting alone with a book.”
Everything about these novels just works so well. The characters are loveable - the main characters, and also the secondary ones. Each is an individual and believable, and you root for every one of them, even when they are on different sides. Kemmerer doesn't pull punches - there are some shocking and brutal moments in these stories. The emotional angst is high as the characters we love end up enemies, which is a painful contrast from the friendship and camaraderie between them that got them through the trials of book one. It makes for a highly compelling read.
If you enjoy 'sword and sorcery' type fantasy novels you simply can't go wrong. The plot is strong, the characters great, the writing good quality and flows well. Kemmerer is a fabulous writer and after the cliffhanger ending I really hope she's got her head down working on the next!
This book rating is exactly where I thought I'd be at the beginning of the book and a match for my feelings on book one. I liked it but I didn't love it.
I was pleased to be existing mainly in Grey's world rather than Rhen. Rhen who I couldn't stand at the end of Curse and now I realise I can dislike a whole lot more. Even with that said, I look forward to some real nasty fireworks in the final installment.
Lia Mara was a growth project in terms of my feelings for her. I didn't like her placement as an interest for one of the characters but I had to begrudgingly accept it. By the end of the book, I did like her. There wasn't a lot of chemistry going on though.
I missed Harper in book two. She was the character that kept me going in Curse but Grey had to be enough, add to that Iisak who was a great addition to the crew.
Rumblings are afoot for Vow to be a clash of characters and I'm ready to finish this trilogy. If I can feel the same rating for book 3, I'll be okay with that, if it's a better rating, I'll be chuffed!
I did an audio/physical combo read for this and enjoyed both formats.
I wasn't sure I was going to feel that strongly toward Lia Mara - she is one of the new viewpoints we follow from in this part of the story. But I love her so much! She loves books, she's caring, unflinching, and level headed. I thought I'd miss Harper's view, but I think I liked Lia a bit more.
And that end! By heck do I need to know what is going to happen next!!!
No not THAT curse.... the sequel syndrome!
Finally, after many years and many many book series... we are finally graced with a book series that doesn't crash and burn after the first book!
OK a bit harsh, they don't all exactly crash and burn. There's many series out there that have their seat belts on and survive a longer haul before....
But this... this second book in the cursebreaker series, in my humble opinion is even BETTER than the first book!! When, pray tell, do we rarely get that joyous occasion?!
Grey, oh Grey... he just keeps on getting better and better.
Sorry Rhen, not sorry! 😏