ARC Review – ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author:Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication DetailsBloomsbury Australia on 4th February, 2019
Word/Page Count: 476 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)



In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

After seeing the proliferation of glowing 5-star reviews, I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of A Curse So Dark and Lonely and began it with cautious optimism. Could it really be as gloriously spellbinding as people were saying? I’m here to tell you that this book deserves ALL THE STARS x infinity.


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Frankly Fictional – March 2018 Bookish Box: ‘Happily Ever After’


Frankly Fictional is an Etsy shop that sells handmade soy candles and, starting in January this year, has been offering limited edition boxes that contain candles and assorted bookish goodies.

Frankly Fictional
Cost: $37
Shipping Costs: $17 within Australia
Payment Method: Credit Card or Paypal

Note: if you check them out on instagram and look up their reps, you can usually find a discount code for 10% off.

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Book Boyfriend Box – April 2017: Beauty & The Beast

Book Boyfriend Box is a bi-monthly US book subscription box that provides you with a new YA release plus 2-6 bookish goodies that may include jewelry, make-up, bath products, candles, accessories & apparel and more.


Book Boyfriend Box
Cost: $29.99 USD (discounts available on longer subscriptions)
Shipping Costs: USPS Priority Rate | Canada – $14.99 | Internationally – $25.99
Payment Method: Credit Card
Mailed Out: 9-15th February, April, June, August, October & December

***Note: this is a bi-monthly box that ships every 2 months. Renewals happen on the 25th of the month prior to shipping. Subscribe by the 10th of the shipping month to receive that month’s box, otherwise if you subscribe after that date, you’ll receive the box for the next cycle***

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Once Upon A Fairytale – August 2016

Once Upon a Fairytale sends you ‘treasure boxes’ of themed jewelry and accessories inspired by fairy tales, fables and myths. There are two tiers available for this subscription box: the first category is a Princess box which has 3 – 4 pieces of jewelry plus artwork/bookmark. Or you can upgrade to the Queen box which includes an additional 1 – 3 items. Furthermore, you can pick whether you want your chosen box to be suitable for children or for subscribers 13 years and up. This is a review of the adult Princess box for August, and the theme was ‘Enchanted’!


Once Upon A Fairytale
Cost: $19.99 USD for the Princess or $29.99 for Queen
Shipping Costs: $2.00 to the Philippines / $10.00 to the rest of the world.
Payment Method: Credit Card.
Mailed Out: first week of the month
**Note: this subscription auto-renews and you are billed on the 30th of each month**

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