A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
**We received an advanced copy at ALA. We’d like to thank Brigid and Bloomsbury for the opportunity to review. This book comes out on January 7th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore**
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: it’s been a long time since I’ve had a whole bottle of wine to myself… and here we are. I watched the Eagles game with my crush (he is literally oblivious) so I drank all the wine. All of it. Birds won though so that’s good.
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.
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.
Drunk Overview: this is the sequel to one of the best-worst beauty and the beast retellings I’ve ever read. Best because I LOVED it and worst because I loved it until the very end when she pushed it towards a serial. If you want to see my drunken ramblings about book 1, it’s here. This review WILL have spoilers for Book 1… obviously.
Our lady Harper fell in love with the beast, Rhen. His captain of the guard held a secret (he’s the lost heir to the throne *gasp*) and is now in hiding. Our enemy country is on its way to “parley” aka wage war when the enemy Queen’s not-heir daughter decides to fuck it up by sneaking away in the night to negotiate peace with Rhen. Rhen being Rhen, he ducked up and took her hostage instead. Everyone with me so far? Cool. This story is of Grey and enemy Bae.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I cant even remember the name of enemy bae. That’s how much this book didn’t matter (Sober Editor’s Note: It’s Lia Mara). What I loved about book 1’s angsty romance was LOST in this. It wanted to be, but I so didn’t care. There was no reason for angst. Ok that might be a lie. GREY has some reason for angst but she sure as shit doesn’t.
Characters: I think you’ve seen where I’m going with this. The characters sorta grow? We don’t even see Harper or Rhen at all. It’s all Grey and enemy bae. Harper’s bro grows a lot. Grey grows a lot, him dealing with learning of his Parentage and what that means for him and what he has the right to fight for. It was kinda cool to see… except it was shadowed by this god awful romance. GOD AWFUL.
Plot: This book was so much walking. Why have I read so many walking books lately? Is it because I’ve been reading 2nd books? Idk man but when I found out this wasn’t a duology, to say I was pissed is an understatement. MAKE SOMETJKNG HAPPEN PEOPLE.
Writing Style: Eh?
World Building: The only thing is learning about the other country and how much it sucks as bad as Rben’s. That’s it.
IM JUST SO DISAPPOINTED!!! 1. Cause it wasn’t a stand-alone. And 2. Because not only was it not a stunning stand-alone, it’s gonna be at least a trilogy. STOP WHiLE YOURE AHEAD PEOPLE.
What to pair it with: spiked seltzer. You think you’re drinking something that’ll get you where you want to be, only to be disappointed.
Rating: 1.5/5 shots
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Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,