A Heart So Fierce and Broken | Book Review

Cursebreakers #2 | 464 Pages | Jan 7, 2020


A Heart So Fierce and Broken at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: The most dangerous girl in the place
  • Dude: We love the broody man
  • Steaminess: Keeping it PG
  • Brutality: There will be blood

Pairs Well With

Someone pass me a flask by the firepit


I feel like I’m tied to the train tracks and Kemmerer is standing there laughing and twisting her mustache.

But for real, this book hurt. Like reading Order of the Phoenix pain. I was not obsessed with A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I liked it and it was a fun read, but it wasn’t my absolute to die for book of last year. Still, I was so intrigued by the ending and Grey’s character that I really wanted to read his book. Yes we get broody and yes we get badass but, at what cost?

The first half of this book was a struggle for me. I almost DNF’d, but I also didn’t want to start the year out that way, so I continued to push through. Like many others who have read this book, it’s not Kemmerer’s writing that made me struggle. It’s fast-paced and engaging, keeping you reading, even when you are cringing and screaming “Why??? This doesn’t make sense!”

It’s the characters and their behavior which seems very strange and out of place from book one. Noah does mention that Rhen and Grey are likely experiencing PTSD from the events of book one which makes them lash out or hide. This does make sense and I’m glad that it was brought up because I wouldn’t have put that together. I think that sometimes in fantasy books we forget that PTSD is a real human condition and characters would naturally experience this. Personally, I don’t know enough about it to decide if that makes sense for Rhen, Grey and Harper in this setting. Most likely yes, but I think it should have been discussed more if that is the case. It was glossed over in an off-handed comment which didn’t really convey the severity.

The conflict that we see is all due to two grown men not admitting they are friends and they end up in a WAR because of their refusal to admit their feelings. 

This hurt me on the inside. Just man up and talk to each other without playing middle school games. 

Please stop dragging others into your bromance issues.

I realize that this book is not about Harper, but I feel like we would have gotten more if we had a few of her and Rhen’s conversations. We know he is being an ass, but maybe we would see the PTSD coming through more if we had been let in on some of those discussions. Plus, even I missed Harper.

I will say that the side characters were fantastic. I love Tycho and if something happens to that baby I will LOSE IT. The second half of the book really was much more enjoyable and I think that it’s because we were away from Rhen’s abnormal reactions and decisions. Leaving him behind was healthy for everyone’s mental health, even mine.

Overall, I enjoyed the plotting, romance and Lia Mara in general. She had spine, but didn’t make ridiculous and impulsive decisions every five seconds. Yes, she had one major impulsive decision, but honestly, it needed to be done. She is intelligent and resourceful, with a quiet power. 

I will definitely be ready for the third book because this one had a cliffhanger I was NOT PLEASED with. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but throughout the book, I could see threads running through and I’m excited to see what comes of those.

Have you read A Heart So Fierce and Broken? Let me know what you thought in the comments! 


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