Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you!
“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.”
A little background on why I chose to read and review this book. First of all, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I absolutely live for anything Beauty and the Beast inspired. And more importantly the heroine of this book has cerebral palsy, which I myself have. Books featuring cerebral palsy are few and far between, so of course I had to read this and give my two cents. So let’s get started!
First off let me just tell you how much I adored this book. I love the mix of Beauty and the Beast vibes with modern day things. I love that Harper comes from a modern time and brings all of her sass with her. The thing about this book is that while it is a retelling, it adds in some different elements that make it unique. Rhen only becomes a beast at certain times and he always takes a different form. Time restarts with every season for him, and each season brings a potential new girl to fall in love with him. With this story it’s interesting, because Harper is actually attracted to Rhen’s looks because he is in human form. She isn’t expected to fall in love with just his personality, which I found pretty realistic. Since, let’s be honest, looks are initially attracts us to a person. 🙂
I also loved the character of Grey and the way his relationship with Harper evolves throughout the book. He was just a really fun and refreshing character. He’s sarcastic, witty, and so fiercely loyal. Rhen is so amazing as well. He’s totally tortured and swoony, but of course you have to love him because well he’s cursed and having a rough time of it haha. That’s not to say that he’s innocent, because he’s certainly not. But I love a brokenhearted boy, so I’m a bit obsessed!
And now, let’s talk about Harper. She’s just everything I hoped she’d be. She just full of sass and courage and heart. I was so proud to read about her character and how well she represents us ladies with cerebral palsy. Now Harper’s cerebral palsy is a huge reason why I read this book, I had to support a character like her. I have cerebral palsy myself and it has certainly helped shape me into the person I am today. What I loved most about Harper is her strength and determination. She never lets her CP get the better of her. She owns her disability and she’s very upfront about it. I do want to mention that CP manifests differently in each person and it can be caused by other occurrences beyond what caused Harper’s CP. Mine for example was caused before I was even born. 🙂 I’m just so proud to see a book that brings attention to CP in such a great way. I’m proud to say I identify with Harper and I’m so proud of this lovely author for doing justice to cerebral palsy.
I absolutely recommend this book, I really can’t say enough good things about it and the attention it brings to something so close to my heart. If you’re interested in my cerebral palsy story you can find it here.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads