Resume : 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.
minor spoilers ahead.
When i saw that book on goodread for the first time, i was already hoocked. I’m a huge beauty and beast fan (especially for that so perfect librarie. I would live, eat and die there if i could.) I’m also a huge fan of retelling, in general. (i’m writing one right now, even if i’m not sure anyone would read it one day.) I wonder about pre-ordering the book for a few weeks, but then i decided to wait to get some reviews for others before buying it.
Then, Fairyloot announced their february theme, and i was so sure that would be the book that i ordered the box. It was the first time i was getting a fairyloot box, so i was so excited, i was always talking about that (and my friends might have tought i was five yo again. Whoopsie.)
Let’s speak about the book, then. It was the first one i read from Brigid Kemmerer, but you can consider me as a fan now. Her writing is so fluid, so vivid that i felt i was in the book with the characters. I fell in love with Harper. She is so strong… And so ressourcefull ! That moment she became “princess Harper of Disi”… I swear i tought i was dying of laught. And, this is one of the most important thing in that book : i laughed. A lot.
Rhen is an interesting character too. His relationship with Grey is wonderfull. the way the two of them act like brothers, but also with a master/servant relationship… I loved Rhen’s jaleousy too, and what i loved the most it that teir weren’t any love triangle.
I might be the only one, but i didn’t consider Grey as a potential lover for Harper. She needed a friend, someone she could speak to, someone to thrust (even if, yes, grey is the one who abducted her, i know.)and grey filled this place. he taught her how to fight, he helped her to understand this new world, he was, if i can say it, her guide.
Well. their is pages i didnt like tought. When the brother and his beloved are bought to Emberfall, they just annoyed me. A lot. But well. nothing is perfect, even if this book is close to perfection.
It’s a 5 stars for me, and i’m dying for next january to get the sequel.