- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 10885 KB
- Print Length: 460 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1681195119
- Publisher: Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (7 January 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0811YN813
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series) Kindle Edition
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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)
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Call It What You Want, More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
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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!
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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.”
Normally sequels worry me as I feel like something is lost in them but I knew this was not going to be the case for this one! Brigid Kemmerer delivers an action-packed story with so many twists and turns and jaw-dropping details that it's nearly impossible to put down!
We get more of Grey's POV in this book and less Harper but we also get introduced to a few new characters that put even more twist on the story. There are times that we find that we want to smack old characters and murder the new ones but it all seems to even out and we get a fantastic story.
The details are rich and the world-building is one the grand scale that we were given before. The twist in the old classic really takes a life of its own and I feel we get a whole new story out of this installment, which stands on its own two feet. The characters are full and realistic; we can empathize with them and root for them like they were old friends.
I don't want to go into too much detail because this book deserves to be read and devoured with an open mind and spoiler-free. I will say that the ending is mind-blowingly awesome and I need book 3 now!!
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!
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!!!
This is what I wanted from Grey's story and if you like Fairytales, Adventures and Romance, this is the book for you! I am not even going to talk about that ending because it killed me!😭
On the other hand, I really missed the main cast from the first book as I really adored Harper and I did not have nearly enough Harper time.😢
A Heart So Fierce and Broken picks up where the first book left off – so no, this book DOES NOT standalone – but it does give a whole new perspective to read about – the deliciously stout Commander Grey, who is now on the run from Prince Rhen and Harper; the two people who is the most dear to Grey.
Now, rumours are bound afoot in Emberfell, about another heir to challenge Rhen’s claim to the throne; it doesn’t help that Rhen and Harper’s most trusted man isn’t by their side. On the other hand, Grey is trying his best to live a life in hiding, away from the palace and without any emotional attachments. But things, reality for that matter has a way of cropping up, when you least want it; and that’s exactly what happens with Grey.
I swear, I don’t want to give away any more spoilers (beyond what I have already given you) but I swear; if you haven’t already picked up this series; you are missing out on a lot!
A Heart So Fierce And Broken, killed me and there’s a part of me that hasn’t survived reading it – the fact that Brigid Kemmerer made sure that her readers realise that even Fictional heroes are susceptible to human errors and trust me, that lesson was learned harshly with the pieces of my soul never going to be whole again!
Again, per usual; Ms. Kemmerer writes in such a fabulous way; that I honestly wanted to binge – read the book while simultaneously trying to savour it as well! And believe you me; it wasn’t an easy task AT ALL.
Also Lia Maria; our princess was somehow the PERFECT choice for our Commander Grey – she gave me a solid foundation and strength to stand for what’s right + unconditional support that he had rarely gotten from anyone else *heart eyes*
Also; I absolutely adored that she gave some amazing page time to wonderful secondary characters; and the team that was forged in some trying and traumatic circumstances, now is solid and standing right behind Grey for what seems to be an epic confrontation.
And that cliff-hanger? I barely survived the year’s wait till this beauty released and now you want me to wait a WHOLE YEAR for the third book? I mean; how mean can one author be? But I will wait, cause I NEED to know that everything will be okay with Rhen, Harper and Grey (oh dear Lord, please let everything be okay!).
The author weaves together a rather complicated set of emotions spread among all the chaaracters, all layered one on top of the other. To get to them, we have to peel back each layer and deal with what is revealed. With so many rumours about Harper and the rival heir about, Rhen is at his wits end to keep everything together. This story mainly focuses on Grey's journey, his actions and decisions and his interaction with the enemy princess and kingdom. We see how he grows, how he learns to become a prince in his own right and how he interacts with the people around him. There is a stark contrast to Grey's personality and Rhen's which is beautifully brought out in this book.
This story is a wonderful sequel to the first, showing us a different aspect of the plot and story and culminating in a cliff hanger, leaving the reader wanting for more! I am sure that every cursebreaker is impatiently waiting for the next book to know what happens!
I am a huge fan of the first book, so I was a bit concerned when I heard that it wouldn't be focusing on Harper and Rhen all that much (they are barely in it), but rather on Grey.
That being said, I actually liked it more than I thought I would. It dives more in the psyche of Grey, and how he deals with certain facts and his relationship with Rhen. It also addresses that traumatic experiences, such as being cursed and trapped for years, can leave you with a lot of issues that everyone deals with differently.
I really liked that they don't just ''asshole-ify'' a charackter.. which I also refer to as the ''ACOTAR-Effect'', but rather say that certain actions may be the result of PTSD.
The world building is also deepens, and we see more magic and magical creatures.
Yes, there is more romance too!
In conclusion, the book surprised me! I thought I wasn't going to like it and then I LOVED it.
I forgot about reality and all sense of time, so if that doesn't convince you...