December 31, 2019

#BookReview: A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by @BrigidKemmerer

Synopsis: In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

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?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.


About the Author: Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and LonelyCall It What You WantMore 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.

Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: After the cliffhanger of book one I was so excited to get my hands on book two!  This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down and I can not wait until 2021 for the third title!! The pacing in this one was even better than the first and I have to say that as Kemmerer does these amazing titles they just keep getting better and better.  I hope that she does another fantasy/contemporary in the future.  This story expands on what we learned in book one and I have to say that I loved every second of it.  I need book three yesterday and I don't know what I am going to do until I get it.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Must Read

“This sweeping, romantic epic repeatedly turns the tables on the fantasy tropes that readers might be expecting.” ―Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“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 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 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 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
“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

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