A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers, #2
Published: 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Thank you so much Pansing for sending me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review! A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer is available at all good bookstores.
The first book wasn’t amazing for me because I found the pacing of the plot not in sync with the pacing of the romance (full review here). So, I was rather reluctant to start this second book in the series because I’m not a fan of Harper and thought that we’d be getting more of it in the points of view of Harper, Rhen and Grey. Well, if you thought the same as I did, I can tell you now that I’m done, that we will only come across Harper and Rhen for less than 20% of the book. A Heart So Fierce and Broken focuses primarily on events after the first book but in the points of view of Grey and Lia Mara (the enemy’s daughter).
Fortunately, I find Lia Mara more likable and less frustrating, so the reading experience was more enjoyable. Moreover, the storytelling is solid (as always) and the character development (especially Grey’s) is brilliant. The whole Rhen and Grey thing was expanded and worked on well too. I couldn’t help feeling bad for Rhen. Though, I don’t like what he has done, I understand why he became the way he did. There’s only so much a person can withstand before they break. Plus, Rhen isn’t like Grey and was not trained like Grey was as well. It makes sense why Rhen became who he is in this second book.
Other than that, the romance between Grey and Lia Mara feels…shallow—lacking in depth in some ways I’m unsure of how to explain properly. It’s similar to Harper and Rhen’s in the sense that the guy’s attracted to the girl cause she’s “different” from the others, but the pacing of their romance actually matches with the pacing of the general plot. Unfortunately, the romance between Grey and Lia Mara is also pretty bland and dull and it stays this way until a few chapters before the ending. To me, their romance reads more like one that came around due to convenience than resulting from some emotional connection or something like that.
All that aside, I need to get this out: the ending gives me so much TENSION. I’ve never gotten a stress headache from a book before and well, that happened. Seriously, thinking about it again now makes me want to scream. THERE BETTER BE A REDEMPTION ARC FOR RHEN, OK? I need things to end well. I NEED IT (it’s ok if it doesn’t too, please make the angst good and I’ll be upset but most likely love it too).
2021, please, hurry up.