Finally a review after I think two months? Well I was struggling with what posts to type or how to type a certain review until this book, I suddenly had a lot of things to rave about and scream about because I loved this book. It was one of my anticipated releases to get in 2019, and I was set to pre-order my copy when I saw that Fairyloot was including this so I didn’t pre-order and oh I’m so glad because their edition is so beautiful and in hardcover!
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.
Let’s talk about Harper, I love that she has Cerebral Palsy in this retelling, I grew up with a best friend who has CP too and I’ve seen firsthand what it does to a person and I love how accurate the rep has been for it. I also love how she doesn’t let the CP define who she is as a person, and instead she’s beautiful because of how brave, selfless, reckless and strong she is as a person. She comes in with zero knowledge of the world that she’s in, but quickly learns and even falls into the position of a princess so perfectly, and let’s not forget how she was talking battle strategy with Rhen and Grey too.
Grey has become one of my favourite characters in the book, I’d happily sit down and play cards with him, learn to throw knives with him and just generally training with him. I love his friendship with Harper, I love how she can command him to do a task for her and he happily does it for her, they’ve come a long way from wanting to kill each other at the start.
Lilith is the evil villain in the book and oh my god I really do hate her, she’s just so bitter and evil because she’s just not the girl for Rhen. I still think that she was out of order for putting that curse on him, because putting a curse on a guy isn’t gonna get him to be with you, it’s going to make him hate you more. 326 seasons, come on 3 hundred and freaking twenty six seasons and he still hates her, oh and let’s not forget when she’d inflict pain on him or on grey and shows him visions of his people, like that’s just malicious thing to do to a person.
There was a time while reading when I didn’t know who my OTP is for this book because I loved Harper with Rhen, but I also loved her with Grey too! So it is very confusing as to who to pick, but I also love how the romance wasn’t rushed, nor cliche, it was slow-burning and even then you don’t see her screaming I love you from the rooftops to the guy at all.
Let’s talk about the whole battle side of things, especially that big battle at the end because holy shit Harper riding Rhen when he’s in his beast form with wings and scales, just picking of the soldiers off one by one until they all ran off back to their ‘queen’ who I also think is a utter evil cow.
Lastly, that plot twist, oh ho I can’t wait for book two to see how this plays out but mostly just so I get to see more of Scary Grey!
Did you read this book, and what did you think of it?
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