For months now I entered what my friend Joe@Storey of Stories imagined as brand new meme called “First Impression”.

It’s a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only two sentences in the book, a chapter or two , maybe a little farther.  The goal is to  give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  It will be fun to go back to this post once you’ll have finished the book! Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you right all along?


Today’s first impression is all about an ARC I’ve been overjoyed to get thanks to Bloomsbury publishing: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved Letters to the Lost that she wrote and had to put my greedy hands on this one!

By the time I am writing this post I am nearly finished reading but I took notes early on in the book.

The opening scene begins with these sentences:

“There is blood under my fingernails. I wonder how many of my people I’ve killed this time.”

“I thrust my hands into the barrels beside the stables; The ice-ocl water bites at my skin, but the blood clings; I shouldn’t bother, because it will be all gone in an hour anyway, but I hate this.

The Blood;

The not knowing.”

Dramatic and terrifying right?

Well I was hooked right from the start!

This seems to be a modern retelling of the Beauty and the Beast. It seems that in this one the beast is really beastly and kills people, not some edulcorate version of the tale! Will I be able to have empathy with said beast?

The female character Harper suffers from cerebral palsy but refuses to be defined by her handicap. She works around so well we forget it and just see the courageous girl behind.

I would predict 4 to 5 stars!


Two weeks ago I predicted 5 stars (I was feeling bold) for Tower of dawn by Sarah J Maas and it’s been 4,5 stars!

Click on the graphic to read my review.

Now what is your first impression Friday?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Those first lines are super intriguing and now I kind of want to check this out even though it isn’t normally a book I would look into to! Can’t wait to see your review!