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Brigid Kemmerer

Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

36 Works 9,180 Members 385 Reviews 4 Favorited

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Series

Works by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (2019) 2,644 copies
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (2020) 1,201 copies
A Vow So Bold and Deadly (2021) 924 copies
Defy the Night (2021) 879 copies
Letters to the Lost (2017) 569 copies
Storm (2012) 496 copies
Forging Silver into Stars (2022) 357 copies
Spark (2011) 305 copies
Defend the Dawn (2022) 279 copies
More Than We Can Tell (2018) 243 copies
Spirit (2012) 223 copies
Call It What You Want (2019) 182 copies
Secret (2014) 164 copies
Elemental (2012) 146 copies
Sacrifice (2014) 141 copies

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Birthdate
1978
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Agent
Mandy Hubbard

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Representation: N/A
Trigger warnings: Fire, pandemic mentioned, near-death experience, kidnapping, death of a friend and murder of parents in the past, physical assault, poverty, medical content, imprisonment, torture, blood, grief and loss depiction
Score: Seven points out of ten.
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One year ago, I mistakenly read the sequel to Defy the Night, Defend the Dawn. I initially enjoyed it, but soon enough, I picked out the flaws, now making it an only read. One year later, it was time to read the first instalment in the trilogy, Defy the Night. I soon picked it up and read it, and when I finished it, it was enjoyable.

It starts with the first person I see, Tessa, whose last name I forgot, working alongside her friend, Wes, to steal medicine and food to cure people from the epidemic that plagued the country they lived in, Kandala. They had to do this because the price for a cure to this disease is exorbitantly expensive and creates a barrier between the affluent king and his associates and the ordinary citizens of Kandala. It feels a lot like Robin Hood, but with an original twist. Defy the Night has an explosive beginning but the middle is where the pacing slows, with someone killing Wes, much to Tessa's dismay. I predicted that Tessa would have an enemies to lovers romance with the antagonist, Corrick. It turns out I was right. I don't know why the romance had to be there when it took me away from the fantastical aspects. I engrossed myself in Defy the Night since it was so immersive, but the worldbuilding left me one question: where did the epidemic come from? I don't know--that is an inquiry that has no answer yet. The conclusion picks up the pace, ending Defy the Night on a cliffhanger, but I know what happens next. The library has the final part, Destroy the Day. I'll pick it up when I have time.
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Law_Books600 | 13 other reviews | Feb 20, 2024 |
This was a very smooth read, i.e. I opened the cover, less than three hours passed, and I closed the cover. In between, I Fell into a great reading experience of alternating chapters, Rob, then Maegan. Both are dealing with crises/fallout mostly beyond their control. For her, it's the reality that her extremely successful older sister is home on break from college and dealing (not terribly well) with being pregnant. For Rob, it's the constant reminder of his father's theft of investments from people who couldn't afford to lose anything. When things got ugly, his dad tried killing himself, but failed and now sits in a wheelchair, with a feeding tube and unresponsive.
When they're partnered for a school project, neither wants anything to do with the other, but we all know how that goes.
Factor in bullies, a very cool outcast boy whose mom was a victim of the investment thefts, increasing attraction between Maegan and Rob, not to mention interesting conclusions to both their stressful situations, and you can see why this book pulled me in so easily.
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sennebec | 8 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
FIVE. YES, FIVE. Once again, Brigid Kemmerer smashes expectations by putting out a sophomore sequel that, in my opinion, is far away even better than the first book.
 
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Jenniferforjoy | 44 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
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Recommended: I'm not the first to say YES!
For fantastic rep of a character with a disability who is not defined solely by it, for a story that breaks from tropes early on, for situations that are morally grey and grapple with right and wrong

Thoughts:
I was thinking recently about how hard it is to find books with characters who have a disability where the book isn't focused all about how they have a disability. You know, books where they're still just people, rather than "that guy with Autism." And then I picked this up, and lo and behold, here's my answer to that gripe. This isn't even a main part of the story, but I absolutely loved the way Harper's cerebral palsy was worked into the story as an aspect of her rather than as defining her entirely.

It was hard not to hear about this book, because so many people were talking about it for so long. And to be honest, that made me steer clear of it, because I don't trust the hype and it will often make the book feel disappointing if my expectations are inflated. I also avoided it because it was largely branded as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Having now read it, I can't believe that's how anyone would describe it, because while there are obvious parallels, there is SO much more to this world and story. Calling it a retelling is misleading, and does it no justice.

The plot takes a sharp left early on, and I was delighted to see that happen. Harper's boldness is a delight, as is the subtle way it's addressed that she's accustomed to being viewed -- by herself as well as the rest of the world -- as someone who can't take care of herself. Watching her take control of things so brilliantly made me feel so proud you would think I was her own mother.

I also appreciate that while love is, in a way, at the center of the story, it is far more than a story of "boy and girl fall in love." It felt more real, in that whispers of love swirl around as the characters live their lives near each other and work towards common goals, as they learn about each other.

So, yes, I was far behind the times on reading this book. But ultimately I feel like I am far luckier than all those who read this early on, because I didn't have to wait to start reading [b:A Heart So Fierce and Broken|42952728|A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)|Brigid Kemmerer|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1559126810l/42952728._SY75_.jpg|66757917].
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Rating
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