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Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author More Than We Can Tell, Letters to the Lost, and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
Absolutely spellbinding. A Curse So Dark and Lonely expands on all the beloved themes of 'Beauty and the Beast' to create an intensely original retelling: one full of fierce new characters, wicked magic, and wondrous amounts of heart. Brigid Kemmerer doesn't just tell a story, she builds an entire world that you will never want to leave. (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of CARAVAL and LEGENDARY)
I couldn't get this creative, suspenseful take on 'Beauty and the Beast' out of my head. (Sara Holland, New York Times bestselling author of EVERLESS)
Slow burning, big hearted, magical fun! I loved every minute. (New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins)
Heartwarming, thoughtful, and romantic: Brigid Kemmerer took me on a magical journey with this dark fairy tale about growing up, falling in love, and making impossible choices. I can't wait to see where these characters go next. (Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE)
Beautifully dark, filled with wild adventure and a modern-day heroine every reader will find a bit of themselves in. (Alexandra Christo, author of TO KILL A KINGDOM)
Harper is the undisputed hero . . . Avoiding disability inspiration tropes, she is a fallible, well-rounded character who fights for the vulnerable and resists being labeled as such herself despite how others perceive her. A fast-paced, richly detailed feminist epic. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
This enthralling modern fable champions altruism while illustrating intimacy's relationship with honesty, respect, trust, and consent. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Fans of Cassandra Clare, Marissa Meyer, or Alex Flinn, as well as any reader looking to sink into a top-notch story with great characters, will want to read this book. (VOYA, starred review)
A complex, creative, and compelling reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. (School Library Connection, highly recommended) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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I've read all of Brigid Kemmerer's books now and love the way she creates characters and weaves stories. Well worth a read.
I first started reading Kemmerer back in 2012, with her YA ‘Elementals’ series – and since then, she’s just become a YA-force with a slew of contemporary stand-alones, five books in the ‘Elementals’ overall and now the hugely successful ‘Cursebreakers’ series. And with ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ you definitely get the feeling that you’re delving into a new world by a seasoned author who absolutely knows her niche and writes to it *exquisitely* well.
Case-in-point is how entertaining and fresh this first ‘Cursebreakers’ is, even through the fact that there have been a *lot* of Fairytale retellings in YA recently and always; from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer, to the particularly expansive realm of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retellings specifically (‘Beast’ by Brie Spangler, ‘Cruel Beauty’ by Rosamund Hodge, ‘Hunted’ by Meagan Spooner … there are truly *so* many!). ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is an odd beast (sorry) in particular, because it is a beloved Disney-version but also it is an incredibly problematic fairytale (even knowing that all fairytales are misogynistic cautionary tales designed to keep women in check). The best summary I’ve seen of the specific ‘Beauty and the Beast’ issues comes from YouTuber Lindsay Ellis, and her 2017 video ‘Is Beauty and the Beast About Stockholm Syndrome?’ (SPOILER: kinda yes)
Modern retellings have had to really push a boulder up a mountain to counteract the inherently icky aspects of B&B, and the thing is … they still exist in ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ and they are still a problem, but; I still really enjoyed this book regardless, and truly appreciated Kemmerer’s deft hand in this retelling enough to not really care … which could also be linked to my just wanting to fall into a book during pandemic. And this novel 100% achieved a couple nights of taking my mind off the world, so I’m probably feeling disproportionate gratefulness here too, but still – I think this book works!
First of all; there’s a little ‘Enchanted’ (the 2007 film) going on here, in that there’s the magical world of Emberfell lurking behind Washington D.C. where heroine Harper lives a hard life with her brother and dying mother, when she is accidentally abducted by King’s guardsman Grey, and bought to the world of Emberfell which is currently 300-seasons into a curse. Prince Rhen slept with the wrong witchmage and sparked her ire, turning him into a deadly monster at the end of each season until he finds his true love. Grey has been slipping into our world to widen the net of women to bring back to his prince to try and make fall in love with him, and Harper happens to be the unwitting and unlucky latest candidate.
So – yes – abduction still a marker of this series. As is the disgruntled sexy witch who puts a curse on a selfish prince because he dismissed her affections. Kemmerer also somewhat disturbingly introduces a fair amount of suicidal ideation for Prince Rhen, who is truly at the end of his tether when it looks like his 300th woman is even less inclined to love him, more likely she’ll beat him to death with a rusty pipe … yes, there are problems. See the aforementioned Lindsay Ellis video.
But – there’s a lot to admire here too. Harper is a heroine with cerebral palsy, which is represented here – I think – with a lot of tenderness and spunk. Harper undergoes this transformation to warrior princess in a lot of ways, and I appreciated that she pondered her own ability while delivering action and heroism in spades. My real bone to pick is how many times derogatory terms like ‘cripple’ are used; I’d have much preferred incidental diversity in a lot of ways, and I think Harper’s own ability to prove herself to herself would have been more than sufficient.
I also really did love the dynamic of Grey, Rhen and Harper …. And yes; there’s tension here (was it just me though, who thought Rhen and Grey had a little somethin’-somethin’? I thought *that* would have been a great twist to the fairytale!) and the cliffhanger ending happily suggests that this threesome will become an even bigger story in book #2 (which I am starting ASAP!)
Overall; there were problems. Sure. But like I said – Kemmerer has an uncanny ability to write seamlessly and draw readers in, even to somewhat tired tropes and adaptations. She does it again here, and to great effect – I loved it.
☆ ☆ ☆ STARS
For those of you who may have tuned in to my posts this last week, you may have noticed that ACSDAL is a book that I’ve been going up and down over. First I hated it and put it down. In a fit of stubbornness, I picked it up again and soon got enveloped in its subtle dark tones and great illness rep for Cerebral Palsy. I was enjoying it!
Then came the ending. I can only say that my feelings left over from ACSDAL are: slightly angry, frustrated and yearning for an alternate scenario in which I could change everything that happens after 75%. So be prepared… this is going to be an up and down review!
HARPER – Was such an amazing heroine. She was strong in spirit and will, while still being inordinately kind and loyal considering her circumstances. Harper truly embodied what disability rep should be about in books. There was no hiding her illness. Rather, ACSDAL painted her as a heroine who truly challenged her limitations while embracing all that she was. Her illness was a part of her and always would be.
RHEN – Was my least favourite character. Honestly, characters for me are a huge factor in my enjoyment of a book. I don’t necessarily have to like them as people but I do generally need to respect their POV or see a good character arc. I felt like this was missing with Rhen. He did have some development, don’t get me wrong. But it seemed like he was CONSTANTLY doubting himself. Even when everyone was rooting for him and things were finally going his way. I honestly don’t think the ending could have been possible if he was doing things alone. I can’t say the same about Harper or Grey.
GREY – My absolute favourite character. I’m HOPING and PRAYING that he’s going to get a bigger part in the next book. I really, really wanted to see something happen between him and Harper. THE SPARKS WERE THERE. I’m going to give the next book a try and hope that good things happen between them!
SIDE CHARACTERS – There were a host of great side characters in this book that made me adore Emberfall. From Freya to Jameison to Zo. They were resilient in the face of Emberfall’s slow downfall and they had become stronger for it. I loved how they banded together and were willing to risk it all for the sake of freedom and prosperity.
What I loved: I loved that this book had some pretty epic characters with solid story arcs. I’m a complete sucker for that! I also loved the disability rep with Harper’s Cerebral Palsy and how this wasn’t ignored, patronised or made her appear ‘lacking’. It was dealt with respect and embraced as something that made Harper more resilient in life. I also thought that there was a decent amount of action in this story from about the halfway point onwards. There were some surprising moments which I hadn’t been expecting but enjoyed immensely!
What I disliked: Oh boy. The whole first half pretty much. RHEN. If Harper and Grey weren’t so damn great I’d have DNF this book at 30%. The pacing seemed a bit off in the first half and things were a bit too slow for me. I have to admit though, I’m not usually someone who is a fan of retellings so this one is probably on me. For those of you who like, or at least don’t mind, retellings this would probably be a great read!
Overall, I mostly enjoyed this book once I really got in to it. I disliked the ending and its predictability since I was anticipating something more original and inventive. Despite this, Harper and Grey are phenomenal and I’ll check out the next book just for them!
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Harper is one of those characters that you don’t have a choice but love them. She fights for what she believes in and is not afraid to stand up to anyone. She is not afraid to wear a dress and play the part of a true lady either and embracing her feminine side. It really stood out to me this scene when she turned around and said that she was born with her injuries and she will die with her injuries, so they need to teach her how to work with that and for me that was so empowering. She is not flawless either; with the best intentions she makes mistakes and is not afraid to own up to that.
Rhen, the Crown Prince of Emberfall, seems to be the typical brooding ya hero at first glance, however, as the story progresses, we get to learn a lot more about him and I cannot begin to say how much I love him. His interactions with Harper were refreshing and made me very happy inside. He might seem uncaring, cold and aloof, but he actually has the ability to empathise and see things from a completely different perspective and I found myself many times agreeing with this opinions. He and commander Grey have a brilliant relationship and I loved their banter and camaraderie. All the supporting characters I felt they were fleshed out enough for their roles.
The plot was faced paced and kept me turning the pages; I read this book in two days. The writing was very rich and easy to read. The characters had unique voices and I really appreciated the relationships following a natural, realistic progression. The ending also made my heart skip a bit and I am really excited to see what the author will come up with next.
I enjoyed this book very much, I basically devoured it on two days. I totally recommend it if you like ya fantasy and especially Beauty and the Beast retellings; this is one of the good ones!
In terms of the style, this is written (in classic YA style) in the first person present tense. I dislike novels in the present tense - there’s a reason why this isn’t generally used: the past tense is far more natural to the reader when a story is being recounted. However, I can cope with it if it’s not overdone, but this writer is not as skilled as she could be and there is far too much unnecessary ‘I did this’ and ‘I said that’ going on. It’s perfectly possible to write dialogue without constantly interjecting who is saying what. The author also falls into the trap of describing stage directions which add to the word count to no purpose, slowing the action down. Everyone is constantly mentioning their sighs and we don’t need to have every gesture described - leave something to the imagination please!
The book also alternates the POV from heroine to hero in every chapter which I HATE. Alternating POV can work in skilled hands, but swapping every chapter puts the author into a straight jacket that doesn’t serve the needs of the story. In order to be really successful at it, you also need the skill to write very different characters who think differently which is very rarely the case. The other reason I really hate this is because it removes all dramatic tension. In a romance, for instance, (which this book is, I assume, at least in part), the thrill comes from one person not knowing what the other is feeling. It’s those small gestures, things left unsaid, hesitations, etc. that give the clues that maybe they are falling in love. In a first person narration you are along the ride with one person realising what their own feelings are and wondering about the other. In this POV swapping style there’s no mystery and romance is instantly dead.
In terms of the heroine, the hero seemed to think she was really smart but I don’t know why. There was one point where the hero was telling other characters ‘secrets’ which he really wanted them to gossip about so word would get around, which was super obvious to the reader. She was there the whole time, and indeed (it was his POV) he commented on how alertly she was listening and what a great ally she was. Then later she needed him to explain to her that he wanted people to whisper these secrets around - she completely hadn’t understood what he was doing. There was other cliche stupid stuff she did later and that’s what really made me stop reading as I couldn’t be bothered following along with her humourless idiocies. Also, at one point she slaps the hero’s face for no good reason apart from the fact that the author has no doubt seen this cliche in hundreds of films and thought this was a sign of a strong heroine. In fact it is assault and the only excuse for that kind of thing is if the other person is physically attacking you first. Please Brigid Kemmerer, have a think about whether that is really acceptable in this day and age. A truly strong heroine would not randomly physically assault men because she’s a bit upset.
I did get as far as chapter 29 which is pretty much halfway through. I had hoped that the characters and story would prove engaging enough to overlook the stylistic faults but they didn’t so this is a DNF for me.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely combines many of my favourite book tropes. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast - a fairytale with potential to be problematic, what with the kidnapping and the Stockholm Syndrome romance. Kemmerer avoids the issue by having her Belle - Harper, a girl from our world - be a fierce, independent kind of character who's more ready to train in the art of throwing knives with the prince's guard than she is to swoon.
I really liked Harper for a lot of reasons, but most importantly she's a character with Cerebral Palsy. But while it does affect her, it's not a central issue in the book - it's just part of who she is, and I still don't see enough of this in fiction.
The ticking clock device of this chance to break the curse being the last, combined with the slow burn romance between Rhen and Harper made this so difficult to put down. My only slight criticism would be the fact that the bad guy - the enchantress Lilith - doesn't get much screen time or development. She's super evil. That's about the extent of it. It doesn't matter so much for the story, and from the little bits of her backstory peppered throughout the narrative, I get the sense she's going to come much more to the fore in the next book. And I trust Kemmerer to deliver on that front.
Overall, a really tense, fast paced and often romantic read, with good representation and characters I can't wait to spend more time with. Highly recommended.
Firstly I want to say how much I loved Harper having mild cerebral palsy and showing the range that this condition has. I appreciated how this was woven into the story, navigating her limitations but actually focusing how she could smash physical boundaries. Her tenacity, strength and fierce loyalty made her a likable heroine.
Rhen was vaguely likeable but he didn’t move beyond that really. I felt like I got to know Grey much better and came to enjoy his character. My suspicion is that this was just one long book setting up a cluster of a love triangle…anyone join me in this hunch? There was a lack of connection between Rhen and Harper (I get that this is some of the plot but still) and there was definitely more spark between Harper and Grey. I think I wanted to feel more connection in the platonics as well as the romantics of this tale too.
The story had ebb and flow with a lack of consistent pacing but it did really pick up towards the final third and I felt more involved and read more avidly. It was a strong ending, ensuring that I will return for more from this series, even with the triangular-shaped plot.
I have enjoyed Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary reads but this delve into fantasy wasn’t my favourite. Beauty & the Beast is a beloved fairy tale and I have enjoyed it being retold but something was missing here and I will have to stand out from the mass love a little on this one.
I have discovered that I don't like retelling. The majority of retelling I have read I haven't enjoyed. But I loved this book.
Kemmerer does a wonderful job of subverting the original story and creating 3 very solid characters that we admire and relate to. Harper, Rhen and Grey are all brought to life on the page by Kemmerer's beautiful writing, and unique voice.
Harper's character growth is phenomenal and I admired her strength and resilience throughout the story; her ability to deal with the cerebral palsy is inspiring and extremely important for other readers to see a powerful role model - offering diversity.
Rhen's narrative felt a little like chocolate: hard outer shell but warm and intimate on the inside. I was impressed by how much empathy I felt for him, even in the end! I think that's mirrored in Harper's feelings for him too.
Grey's wit and dark humour seemed to sparkle from the page and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his exchanges; he brought a little dynamic to the story.
No spoilers. Just read it!
In this story, the prince, Rhen, is cursed by a witch to find true love before he can turn into a savage beast and destroy Emberfall (his kingdom) and his people. It sounds easy enough but there is one twist to it, he must find a girl to love him before the end of a season (roughly three months). So far three hundred seasons have past and he still couldn't break that curse, because he seems too arrogant and the girlS he chooses fear him too much when they see him turn into a monster. The only person close to him is Gray, his last remaining loyal soldier. That is until Harper, a young teenager from Washington, DC, who Gray kidnaps and brings by mistake to Emberfall, for a new season. Confused at first, Harper slowly begins to get a grip on where she is and what is happening and while she does not trust the two men in whose company she finds herself, she wants to help break the curse and save Rhen's kingdom (of course, she is unaware that Rhen can turn into a monster and that, in reality, she should fear him).
I loved Harper's bravery, even if sometimes she acted on impulse and was a bit reckless. Harper has cerebral palsy which, following several surgeries and other treatments in childhood, causes her to limp. But that doesn't deter her only makes her fight harder. And Rhen is the perfect broody hero, he is a broken soul, prayed on by an evil Witch. He is overwhelmed by guilt because his people suffer because of his curse. But underneath it all, he is gentle and caring and my heart broke for him so many times while reading this book. Also Gray was definitely an interesting character, intriguing and mysterious, always willing to sacrifice for his prince but there was something in his actions and his bearing that made me think there's more to him than meets the eye.
Told from dual POV, which I enjoyed a lot, this story started off slow but by the end, the action hit in full force. The world-building was great, the plot had some twists and turns and was definitely angsty and suspenseful. I wanted more romance, though. I liked the interactions between Harper and Rhen (and I think they make a great couple), but they were too scarce, and I felt like she spent to much time in Gray's presence, to the point that I almost thought that there was a spark between them. The ending left me confused about whether Harper loves Rhen or not, but I guess I'll find more answers in the next book of the series.
There's a lot of gory stuff here, from the hacking, stabbing, and devouring to a sadistic villainess who makes her victim spit blood just for the fun of it. But I enjoyed it a lot, and I can recommend it to anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast retellings!
This book was not what I was expecting, in a good way. I have seen a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings being released over the last few years and I’ve found them to be quite similar in their storyline which made me hesitant to read this. However this was a totally unique take on the story and I absolutely loved it!
We get both Harper and Rhen’s point of view so it was really interesting to see things from both of their views. Harper is an outsider and doesn’t know much about Emberfall and Rhen is the prince of Emberfall and while he grew up there, he hasn’t been out of his castle for 5 years. Harper reminded him that despite the curse he can still help his people and gave him hope. I really loved seeing that.
"I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light."
Harper is by far my favourite character, she is brave, determined, resilient and doesn’t let anyone push her around, not even a prince! She has cerebral palsy, which I was surprised to see because we rarely get any disability or long term health conditions rep in books and this rep was really great! She accepts this is a part of her life but doesn’t let it control her life and neither does she allow anyone to just pity her or baby her because she is in pain or walks with a limp. She will always hold a special place in my heart because I have long term health conditions which affect my daily life and I could see myself in Harper.
When we first meet Rhen, he is stubborn and arrogant and impatient. He could be petty at times too and I didn’t particularly like him at first. But he did grow on me as we learn more about him and he grows a lot as a person throughout the story.
"The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless."
The third character was Grey and while we don’t get his point of view, I completely fell in love with him! I actually prefer him to Rhen and shipped him and Harper more. He is Rhen’s guard and absolutely deadly. Yet he is a big softie which we see throughout the story when he interacts with the children. I really hope we see more of him in the second book, especially after that ending and epilogue!
This story doesn’t centre around Harper and Rhen falling in love so Harper can break the curse, it is bigger than that. It’s about saving all of Emberfall and caring for all the people there who have been suffering. It’s about social justice and doing something to help even if you can’t save everyone. It showed me that having a disability doesn’t mean you aren’t capable.
"Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone."
I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, I especially hope to see more Grey and more of the world as we don’t really get to explore much we are only told of places and other kingdoms.
This is a lovely book. The author has put her own spin on the classic tale. There's no singing and dancing furniture but the main storyline has the familiar plot of an arrogant prince needing to get someone to love him but the author has added in a lot more detail and plot points to differentiate it from other retelling and to give the classic fairytale real depth. There's a twist at the end which sets up the sequel nicely.
I love what the author has done with the 'Belle' character. She's modern, strong willed and fierce. She also has cerebral palsy and I know i've mentioned in a few of my reviews about authors bringing in these physical conditions into their books but this is the first time that the main character has it. Other characters assume she will be weak because of it and she proves them wrong every chance she gets.
The cover is groegous and this is a very easy read (finished it in just over a day!)
Will be great to see what the author does in the sequel now that she'll have free range over the whole storyline.
If you like B&B retelling then you'll enjoy this. You could also try a Tale as old as Time by Liz Braswell and a Court of thorns and Roses by S. J. Maas.
I don't know what it is about them. Maybe it's the nostalgia of a familiar tale, maybe it's the anticipation of what an author might change to put their own spin on it, or maybe I'm just a sucker for fairy tales, princesses, princes and evil malevolence lurking around the corner. Whatever it is, it works for me.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In this instance, Prince Rhen had been seduced by an enchantress who later became hellbent on revenge for his rejection. As punishment, she curses him so that once every season he turns into a horrific monster of varying form. The monster is out of control, rampaging his kingdom and killing almost all who live within it and the only way to break the curse is for Prince Rhen to convince a random unsuspecting girl to fall in love with her captor. It never was a reasonable tale, let's be honest.
Fortunately Harper is not a starry-eyed adoring fan from the moment of her capture, and instead ferociously fights back. She's hampered a little by her inability to travel across the veil between her world and Rhen's, but she's fiesty nevertheless and refuses to give up. Harper swiftly comes to realise that the people of the kingdom are starving and under attack from enemy forces, so she sets out to help them, tying her to the kingdom and to Rhen for far longer than she had hoped.
I really enjoyed both Rhen and Harper's perspectives, although they were initially quite similar, because there isn't a huge amount of dialogue building their friendship - vast portions of the character and relationship developments occur behind the scenes within their own narratives. I loved this approach to the storytelling and particularly enjoyed watching Rhen and Harper interact with the more secondary characters; it's also more realistic to see a gradual build in their friendship, rather than an immediate attraction.
Prince Rhen's commanding guard, Grey, was easily my favourite character (and judging by the reviews I am not alone!). He is fiercely loyal to Rhen, as his only remaining guard, but also because he has sworn to help him break the curse which inherently binds him to the curse too. Their relationship should be Prince and Commander, bitter because of the oath, but is much more of an informal and brotherly friendship than expected. Harper and Grey on the other hand develop a more complex relationship, potentially scuppering Rhen's chances, and this adds a new (and frankly better) dynamic to the Beauty and the Beast plot. I didn't think I'd like the potential love triangle, but it works really well.
There is representation within this book for Cerebral Palsy. Harper is mildly affected by the condition and the author takes time to incorporate this into the story. Honestly, I wish she'd done this a little bit better because, whilst I can't speak from personal experience, I really feel that there could have been a lot better representation for this if she had given the story a bit more room to explore it. Nevertheless, its great to see a female protagonist who isn't sitting safely within the cookie-cutter mould.
I still find it jarring to read a story about a girl who is supposed to develop feelings for her captor, but I really believe that Kemmerer addressed as many of the problematic elements of this that she could do within the confines of the first book of the series. The plot is reasonably predictable but actually has a unique spin and the ending, whilst frustrating, was totally unexpected. A really strong start to the series.
I loved the characters and the world of Emberfall. I felt like I really knew Harper and Rhen, their personalities were so well described and portrayed to the reader. Harper is strong-willed and determined. Rhen is misunderstood and holding so much guilt on his shoulders. It was so beautiful to see him eventually open up about his feelings. I related to him a lot. He constantly battled within himself about the decisions he made and whether they were the right ones and I’m a lot like that myself at times.
Grey is another character I loved. His loyalty was astounding! Through everything they were facing he never stood down from his duty and would give his life to save another so willingly. Grey is the kind of friend everyone hopes to have in life, and I loved that about him.
The story gripped me right from the start. There was never a point where I was bored, I was constantly wanting to know more and more. It filled me with so much intrigue with every passing chapter. I found myself trying to predict the ending based on what I already knew. I’ll say this now, I was so very far off with every prediction I made!! Nothing could have readied me for the ending of this book. My heart was not ready and I am extremely excited for A Heart So Fierce and Broken (January 2020).
Overall I rated this five stars, I found no fault with it at all and thoroughly enjoyed reading every page. It lived up to all the positive reviews and hype I had heard about it and I am so glad I gave it a try!
This was 'technically' a good fantasy novel, but it never broke through to make it a great one. I would still read it, but it's no ACOMAF.