When I finished this book I’m pretty sure I scared all of my neighbors with my screeching. It was a solid book, but that ending?!? Excuse me, but how can Kemmerer write an ending like that and expect me to wait until the next book is released. No. I do not have the patience for that. Come back and give me answers!!!!
But we made it. I binged read a couple other series and ate too many peanut butter cups to pass the time, but we made it. Respect to the people who read this book when it was released and had to wait more than a month. Literally, how??
I will definitely be making a run to the library later today to grab the next book, but for now, how about I share my thoughts on a Heart So Fierce and Broken.
Fair warning, spoilers for A Curse So Dark and Lonely are to follow. You have been warned.
Book: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Published January 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
Trigger warnings: graphic violence, torture, murder, war themes, anxiety, mental illness
A Heart So Fierce and Broken went a totally different direction than I was expecting. I’m not complaining, it was just unexpected. I wish we would have heard from Harper and Rhen a bit more, because I spent a whole book becoming invested in their storylines and it felt kind of forgotten.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken kind of hopped right in, but it left me with some questions. At the end of A Curse So Dark and Lonely I thought that Harper was still unsure of her feelings. She wasn’t sure if the curse was broken with Lilith’s death, or if she did in fact love Rhen. But then she pulls up in chapter one of A Heart So Fierce and Broken and is like I can’t leave, I love him. I’m sorry, but when did that happen?? Did I miss something, or are we assuming this revelation happened off page??
I did not like Rhen in the last book. Well, he has been downgraded to the downright despise level. I feel like he kind of had a redemption arc of sorts when it came to stepping up and saving his kingdom, but I don’t want to go through this again. I’m just so done with him.
And the fact that Harper goes along with it. Where is the fiery spirit who stood up for herself in the last book??? I want her back.
Grey was so loyal to Rhen in A Curse So Dark and Lonely. There were some parts where I wanted him to think for himself for just a moment. Welp, Grey was thinking for himself in this book. I’m not sure his thought process was exactly fool proof, but he was thinking for himself.
Why are the only two options kill or be killed? Grey keeps talking about how he doesn’t want to be king, so what is he even fighting for?? Couldn’t either Rhen or Grey step down and avoid the whole civil war?
The last chapter was hands down the best part of the book. I am not ok. I have so many questions right now. How long has this been going on?? The whole time?? I NEED TO KNOW
A Heart So Fierce and Broken was an ok read. Before you go in, just cleanse your mind of all expectations and you should be fine. It felt like a lot of running and set up. It did get bonus points for that shocking ending, and I will be getting a copy of the next book as soon as humanly possible.
Have you read A Heart So Fierce and Broken?? What did you think of it??