REAL TALK: If your dog or cat could talk, was quite1/28/2021, 5:21:12 PM
REAL TALK: If your dog or cat could talk, was quite charming, and dressed well WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH IT? This has always been my main concern about Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”. While everyone else is concerned about Stockholm syndrome, I’m like… she fell in love, romantic love, with a talking animal. I have a lot of questions and concerns. . ANYWAY I think this is part of the reason why I ended up loving “A Curse So Dark and Lonely” so much. Because author Brigid Kemmerer first and foremost, retold Beauty and the Beast in a way I could really get behind. I wasn’t expecting to love this story so much, but it was hard for me to put down and I blew through it quickly. . It’s got the enchantress, the curse, the beast, the enchanted castle, and the head strong girl— but man does this story have such a bigger scope of plot. I thought the characters were well done and loved them and all the different levels of tension between them. (Grey, the Prince’s guard, was my FAVE) I also loved and how this story was so much more than a romance between a beast and girl— but really a story about trust, duty, friendship, and a kingdom. . I really liked the beast aspect of this story and the ways that the author changed them. All in all the story had a great balance between the brutal and sweet, along with intriguing kingdom politics and action, and fun blending fantasy and contemporary worlds. . I loved that Harper, our female protagonist, had cerebral palsy and it was not something that defined her character in a negative way. There is a point when Harper has to learn how to use a sword and her balance is not great with CP. She fiercely says “this is how I was born and who I am, teach me how with the ability I have.” I am eagerly anticipating the next book and to see where the arc of this story goes and grows!