Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

a heart so fierce and broken

A Heart So Fierce And Broken

by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy, Romance

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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.


I read this one basically straight after the first book, so it’s safe to say I did not expect the way this book turned out.

Kemmerer had built such a strong relationship and personalities for Rhen and Harper in the first book and I was so excited to see how she would develop them in a sequel. So I was quite disappointed when I realised a few chapters in that a continuation of their story is not what this book was. After coming to terms with that, I decided to treat it like a standalone book so I could enjoy it as equally as the first and it turned out to be another great book from Kemmerer.

This sequel focuses on the aftermath of book one, but through the perspectives of Commander Grey and a new character introducted, Lia Mara, who is the daughter of Emberfall’s biggest threat – Karis Luran, the Queen of Sylh Shallow. I did enjoy getting to know more about Grey as a character and I liked Lia Mara too.

I did enjoy reading this book. It was written really well and I was just as immersed in this one as I was the first book. Kemmerer did a great job of building on the world she already created in the first book and definitely escaped the hole sequels in a series often fall into.

However, just some plot points really annoyed me. I loved Rhen in the first book and the arc he wrnt on but I feel like this book just completely disregarded everything he strived to hard to achieve and tossed it aside, turning him into a villain that he worked so hard not to be. And then I also wish that Harper had more of a significant role to play in this book, but just because I love her character.

Overall, I did enjoy this book I just wish did some things different preference-wise. I can’t wait for the third book!


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Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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A Curse So Dark And Lonely

by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy, Romance

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Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? 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.


I was definitely late to this party, but that certainly didn’t take away from how much I loved this book!

I had seen so much hype about this book for so long that I was almost worried to read it in case I was disappointed. However that was not the case. A fresh, modern take on the Beauty & the Beast story we all know so well, Brigid Kemmerer’s first in a new series follows Harper as she gets sucked into a world of Emberfall and Prince Rhen – who’s cursed to live out the same season until a girl falls in love with him and breaks the curse. Harper doesn’t know whether to believe in all this and has to come to terms with who Rhen is, the monster that rages across his land, and whether she can believe everything he tells her.

I read this as part of Kate’s Easter Readathon so I finished it in a day. But i wouldn’t be surprised if I absorbed it just as quick under normal circumstances. It was completely addictive from start to finish. I loved the characters that Kemmerer created and the world was really well built. There was not a single thread left loose in this book. I love Rhen so much!!

The writing was really beautiful too. It really captured the whole fairytale aesthetic of the book and drew me in completely. As a fan of More Than We Can Tell, this series is definitely much different than her contemporary works but somehow it suits her just as well. This is a series you should definitely check out!


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ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell

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More Than We Can Tell

by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Contemporary, Romance


Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.


More Than We Can Tell is another one of the ARCs I received at Deptcon3 which I’m reall grateful for. I hadn’t heard of it before nor of its author so it wasn’t entirely a priority to start. I picked it up on the off chance that it’d be a quick read (but mainly because the beautiful cover) and I found myself pleasantly surprised!

I thought the characters were extremely well-weaved in this book. They were really realistic and had distinct personalities that I enjoyed. I liked how careful the author was about their storylines and it was pretty obvious she took her time and did the right research. It was gripping from the first page to the very last. When you think you finally have one mystery solved, there’s a sudden plot twist and everything changes.

The language of the story was really easy to follow to. There are very important lessons for everyone to take from this book, especially as well as Emma’s storyline is so timely with the #MeToo movement and the abuse women have to suffer. This was a deeply touching story and I was shocked at how much relevance it had. I have yet to read Letters to the Lost (which is a book book about one of the characters, Declan, and his girlfriend Juliet in MTWCT), but this one and Kemmerer’s style of writing has made me really interested! Out on March 6th, I’d recommend this book for anyone who’s a fan of Eleanor & Park and romances that will keep you reading until the end!


Rating:

★★★★★