A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date | January 29th, 2020
ARC From Edelweiss
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Buckle up, readers. And click away if you don’t want to read a negative review, because I have nothing nice to say about this book. I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely at the end of last year, and I loved it. To say I was excited to read A Heart So Fierce and Broken would be an understatement. Sadly, to say I loathed this book would be, too. I’m not going to make this a long and drawn out review. I’m not going to summarize anything for you or go on and on, because quite frankly, I want to move on from this steaming pile of…
My disjointed thoughts:
The first thing I hate about this book is how the author basically takes Harper and Rhen and turns them into villains. (Which, I’ve been warned, seems to be this author’s M.O.) Now I have no idea what Harper and Rhen did to Brigid Kemmerer between the end of the first book and the start of writing this one, but I hope they screwed her over good. Because she certainly did them.
Harper and Rhen are stupid in this book, which also frustrated me. That Lia Mara figured out Grey’s secret before they did just made them look dumb. She had hardly any time to put two and two together, and because she did it so quickly and Harper and Rhen didn’t, it just made me like her less.
The irony of Lia Mara calling Grey ‘stupid man’ when she was the one who walked into an enemy kingdom with zero power or authority. I guess it was supposed to make the book uber feminist because she kept calling him that? I mean, she was so strong to walk into Rhen’s kingdom with no plan, I guess? And super brave, maybe? Yeah. Not even a little bit. It made her dumber than Rhen and Harper in this book, which was no small feat. Am I saying that there weren’t times when Grey was stupid in this book? Not at all. The author was kind enough to even pull him out of character to make him that way; but Lia Mara could have been more self aware.
At one point, Grey even thinks that going to Syhl Shallow is the most treasonous act he could commit. And still he chooses to do that over telling the truth. Some warrior he turned out to be. This author took a formerly brave character and turned him into a coward. In conjunction with the first book in this series, this made zero sense from a characterization standpoint.
The willingness with which Lia Mara would die for her kingdom. Seriously? Her mother was evil and ruled with zero grace. Lia Mara knew her sister wouldn’t, either, and she was going to sacrifice herself for that? Yeah. That’s some strength right there, I’ll tell you. So much better than standing up for what’s right.
This book ruined any rereads of A Curse So Dark and Lonely that I had planned. I will never be able to read the first book again without thinking about how terribly written the second one is.
Well, folks. That’s it, in a nutshell. This has not been a stellar year for me when it comes to sequels. I honestly thought it couldn’t get any worse than Emery Lord’s The Map From Here to There, but it’s like Brigid Kemmerer read my review for that book and said ‘hold my beer.’ Obviously the author had an endgame in mind, and she was going to get there no matter how far she had to pull Grey, Harper, and Rhen out of character. Disappointed and disgusted does not even cover my feelings for A Heart So Fierce and Broken.
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