Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Title: Of Curses and Kisses
Author: Sandhya Menon
Series: Book One in the St. Rosetta's Academy Series
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published By: Simon Pulse (February 18, 2020)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can't shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…


As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.









One of my absolute favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast and so, I might be more picky about re-tellings because, it really is such a classic. And even though I can be picky and maybe even a bit harsh sometimes in what I do and don't like when it comes to those that mess with such an amazing classical tale, I have to say, I still pick them up and read them like they are candy.

Of Curses and Kisses was no exception. Combine and classic retelling of my absolute favorite fairy tale and an author I already love and adore and you had one read that is pretty much irresistible to this girl. 
And happily, I can say that neither the author nor the retelling disappointed.

I adored this book. The characters, the classic spin on an old favorite. The modernization, the diversity, the wit, the friendship, the family connections, truly, just all of it. Completely worth every single minute I spent reading it. So much fun and I am so excited it is going to be part of a series. I can't wait to see what she will do next with all of these fun loving and adorable characters. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

27 comments:

  1. Reviews seem to be all over the place on this one, so I am glad your's is on the positive end, because I was very much looking forward to this book. Happy to hear you approve of the spin Menon put on the original tale.

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    1. It wasn't my absolutely favorite from her but it was pretty cute and a fun spin on it.

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  3. I am so excited to read it! I love Sandhya Menon's contemporary books so I know I'm going to love her writing and who doesn't love a good B&B retelling. This one sounds so unique too! Can't wait!! Great review, Ali!

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  4. I have heard people either love or hate this book. There's no in between. I love that it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, because that's one of my favorite fairy tales. Good to hear it was a good one!

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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    1. I can see that with this one and how it wouldn't be for everyone.

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  5. I love retelling and Beauty and the Beast is a fave of mine too, this looks good Kindlemom. Thanks

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  6. I adore Beauty and the Beast, too, so I'm a little picky on re-tellings, as well. Glad to hear this didn't disappoint! I'm even more interested since I loved Dimple. :)

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    1. I thought it was a fun twist. I hope you like it if you try it as well!

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  7. I love Beauty and the Beast too. This sounds really good.

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    1. It has always been my favorite. I mean a girl who loves to read and is sorely misunderstood and feisty? What's not to love!

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I don't think I've actually read another review for this one. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I weirdly haven't seen it around that much either now that you mention it!

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  9. Fun cover! Glad this one turned out good, especially when it's a retelling of a favorite story. Sounds great!

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    1. You always take a chance when it's a retelling for sure.

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  10. I adore B&B to Ali. Glad you enjoyed this retelling.

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  11. This sounds like a fun and exciting Beauty and the Beast retelling! Beauty is my favorite since she is a bookworm too! I'm glad this story didn’t disappoint Ali :) Lovely Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. That's why I liked her so much as well Lindy!

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  12. I love Beauty and The Beast re-tellings so much! This sounds like one I'll adore. It also sounds a little bit like Capulets vrs Montagues.

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    1. I would say it is a lot like a Romeo and Juliet with a Beauty and the Beast spin! You are so right. I don't know why I didn't catch that before LOL!

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