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A Heart So Fierce and Broken Paperback – 21 January 2020
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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 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 on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
The Beauty and The Beast retelling I've been waiting for. The world Brigid has crafted is so beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in ― Alexandra Christo 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 fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic ― Kirkus Reviews, starred review 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 wonderful sequel, Emberfall and Syhl Shallow is a believable world, that captures and draws you in. ― Children's Book Sequels
an amazing re-telling of Beauty and the Beast [.] superbly written book ― Reading Zone
I really enjoyed this book. I had read the first in the series, and this was what a sequel should be. It was about character development and it answered questions that were left unanswered in the first book. This book was filled with so much detail that it felt like I was there with the characters. Usually things end happily ever after, but A Heart So Fierce and Broken introduced a new problem that wasn't predictable but was also enjoyable. ― Teen Titles
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books (21 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1408885085
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408885086
- Reading age : 11 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 2.9 x 13 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 34,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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! 😏