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Of Curses and Kisses

(St. Rosetta's Academy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Sandhya Menon No, it's contemporary! But it's got "is it magic or isn't it" vibes that were so much fun to write. :)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Honestly, this was such a breath of fresh air. I'm a simple girl; if you use phrases like "elite boarding school" and "contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast", I'm here for it. Of Curses and Kisses is a retelling that stays fairly true to its origin material, and the soft romantic vibes worked really well for me. I thought the way that the curse is woven into the narrative is clever, and while I know some readers have stated that this was a book that was easy to put down at times, that's ...more
Nov 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
i had to look up "misanthrope"

according to google, a misanthrope is "a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society."

honestly, who here can honestly say this doesn't describe them on monday mornings before coffee

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Ashley Nuckles
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty slow going at first and there was a lot of backstory to uncover right in the beginning, but this was soooooooo CUTE omg I love
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review

CW: emotionally abusive parent, parental neglect, blackmail, leaking of personal information

I'm not gonna lie, I went into this a bit skeptical, not because of anything the book or the author did bur I've just been let down by YA contemporary a lot recently, so I wanted to keep my hopes at low levels just in case. But I ended up genuinely LOVING it? It took me a few chapters to get into and to get used to the MC's voice (which was
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I think this is a me thing? I don't think there is anything necessarily bad about Of Curses and Kisses, there just isn't anything new about it either. I think plenty of people who love retellings will enjoy this one, and I would have loved it when I was in high school, but I just didn't feel involved at all with this story as I read it.

Jaya is a nice main character, I'm sure lots of bookish people will love her as our Belle character, and Grey is.... sure a brooding white boy, which isn't my
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

I'm very sorry to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to.
I quite liked how the theme of Beauty and the Beast was taken and woven into the storyline, you can definitely see its elements in the novel.

I appreciated how the story was told from the points of view of Jaya and Grey, so that we got both of their perspectives. Grey was the character I liked
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, so when I saw that this was one that took place in a boarding school, I was definitely going to pick it up.

When this book started, I was enjoying the story. I loved how Jaya was so protective of her younger sister and how she was trying to get close to Grey so that she could get revenge for what he did to her sister. The whole boarding school setting was fun and I liked how Jaya was everywhere so that Grey couldn't help but get to know her. The
Adi Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)
4.5 stars

And how amazing would it feel, to set this burden down, just for a few moments? To share it with someone else for a bit? How sweet would the relief taste, if he were able to share this shameful, dark secret that had plagued him since he was born?

Of Curses And Kisses was a book that I desperately wanted to read ever since I learnt of its existence in August 2019. There were three main reasons why I wanted to read this book.

A. A Beauty and The Beast retelling with an Indian MC. I’m a
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
On the one hand, I enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast-inspired details woven into this story. I also enjoyed what we get of the secondary characters (who might get their own books), and I did like Grey a lot (but that’s just my usual bias towards solitary, grumpy, good-hearted guys.

On the other hand, Jaya made me constantly want to shake her and give her a good talking-to all the time. Her choices and behavior throughout the story were personally frustrating, even though it fit in with her age and
I was gonna read this ARC closer to the release date or atleast till I was able to buddy read it with my friends, who are all part of Sandhya’s street team. But I found myself feeling a little sad on my birthday and decided what better way to cheer myself than picking up Sandhya’s book. And that’s exactly what happened.

This is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast and while I don’t remember much about the original except Emma Watson’s movie, this book definitely had that fairytale
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

What an absolute delight! This book was the first of many books that really gripped me, pulling me into the intricate world of Princess Jaya and Grey Emerson, two characters fated to hate each other because of a century old fight. After learning from resources that Grey was responsible for Princess Jaya’s little sister’s slander in the media, she enrolls herself into Grey’s private boarding school in hopes of making
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fresh, uplifting, and magical!

Of Curses and Kisses is an engaging, heartwarming tale that transports you to the international boarding school, St. Rosetta’s Academy in Aspen, Colorado and into the lives of Princess Jaya Rao, a young, Indian senior determined to seek revenge on the Emmerson heir who seems to constantly wreak havoc on her family, and Emmerson Grey, a brooding, reclusive, young man who lives his days under the shadow of a curse placed on his family generations previously.

Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
“a spin on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and follows an Indian princess who must con her worst enemy, a misanthropic British aristocrat, into falling in love with her in order to restore honor to her family”

This ticks all my boxes and is already on my most anticipated of 2020 list
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

She couldn't make this boy fall in love with her. She couldn't break his heart. Because if she did, it was her, not him, who was the beast.

I'm frustrated that my first review of 2020 will be a bit of a rant. I requested this book from the publisher because I hadn't read a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The boarding school setup was also appealing, so I had high expectations. Sadly,
Rachel Finney
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much SimonTeen for sending me a copy Of Curses and Kisses (I won a recent giveaway).

I remember distinctly reading When Dimple Met Rishi and loving every minute of it- specifically the multicultural representations. Of Curses and Kisses was no different- in fact, I loved it even more! I haven't read many books around Middle Eastern/Indian cultural and it's such a rich experience. It really knocks down misconceptions and hints at the ongoing fight for equality and modernization.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book, I mean, was just simply amazing. As soon as I heard that Hodder would be publishing this book in the UK, I quite cheekily emailed and asked for a copy, and ended up first on the list. Waiting for the copy to arrive was a bit of a struggle, but when I got home on the Friday before Christmas, having broken up from work for the holidays and free to read as much as I wanted without feeling guilty, my
Kate (GirlReading)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A super fun, Beauty and the Beast retelling that goes beyond the classic tale.
I brilliantly explores familial pressures and expectations, stereotypes placed upon women, friendship and sisterhood, all while featuring the slowest of slow burn romances (love that for me) and weaves elements of the original story throughout in a brilliantly clever way.
Whilst I didn't love this quite as much as her previous books (although, to be completely honest, I think this was more down to my reading slump than
Jen Ryland
Very cute retelling - I liked that it was not as fantasy-heavy as most Beauty and the Beast retellings.

The sister relationship was SO sweet - by far my favorite part. The romance wasn't the swooniest and I could have used a little more plot, but overall the concept was still a lot of fun.

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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, so when the author announced that she was doing one with an Indian princess and the grump/sunshine trope, I was all in!

This may be a twist on the actual story, but it's a story that stands on its own too. Jaya is frustrating and very judgemental at first, but her character growth by the end is *chef kiss* And Grey is a sweet soft tall boy who deserves the world Also the Caterina and Rahul part has me WAY hyped for St. Rosetta's Book Two
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Okay so heres the thing — I really like these characters and the message and the themes but like...the execution fell a *little* flat for me. Like the dialogue seemed a little unrealistic and it was all very dramatic in a cheesy way Which I get bc it’s a fairytale retelling but it was a little rough for me at times.

I HEAVILY related to Grey (bc obviously) and I really liked him and Jaya together but like...the poor guy really was suffering for the whole book and it was a lot

But I

3.5/5 stars

Of Curses and Kisses is a contemporary YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is the first book in the St. Rosetta's Academy series.

It is set at an elite boarding school outside of Aspen, Colorado. There are alternating POVs: Princess Jaya and Grey (both 3rd person POVs).

Princess Jaya is the heir to a royal family in India. Grey is from a rival family. She is 18. He is almost 18.

I was so excited when I saw that this book was a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast. I think that
Megha Patel
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Has there ever been a book written by Sandhya Menon that I haven't loved? The answer is always no. There's just something about her style that makes me fall in love. Her books are always so sweet and full of love. And Of Curses and Kisses was no less.

I love a good fairytale retelling and I was not disappointed at all. The story line is obviously inspired from Beauty and the Beast but I really liked the royal family and the school element. The characters were all great too. Our main characters,
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3.5 Stars

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon is an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. It’s boarding school setting is dream-like and the characters are compelling. However, the pacing of this story was a tad off and affected my overall enjoyment.


Menon has devised a unique twist to the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast that is both diverse and intriguing. It is really enjoyable to read about the curse placed upon the Emerson family
Taylor (Frayed Books)
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a magical and unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I absolutely loved it! As with all of Menon’s books, she captures the characters in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there in the story.

Full review to come release week (February 2020) on Frayed Books!
I’m 1000% here for anything Sandhya writes and it breaks my heart that I won’t be gushing over this story.

I liked Jaya and Grey. She’s a bit uptight, he’s quite stand off-ish, and they’re both good people with a lot of potential. I thought Jaya’s sister Isha was delightful and I hope we get to see more of her. There are a good amount of secondary characters and some of them did feel flat.

Plot wise, it was just okay. There’s loads of inner monologue and since I thrive of dialogue, it became a
While this book was an enjoyable read, there was also a lot of factors that
hindered me from giving it a higher rating. To focus on the positive first, this book was a quick, easy read. Perfect for some down-time reading, not too heavy and there were some humorous parts to it. Character-wise, I was more drawn to Jaya’s sister, Isha. Her story was more compelling and for the most part, I really did enjoy the sister element to the story. Protecting her sister was Jaya’s priority, and that was what
Lauren R.
3.5 stars. I'm sad. Yes, it's 80% a case of "it's not you, it's me" with this book. I was overly excited and put it on too high of a pedestal, assuming it would be perfection, so I was almost bound to be disappointed. I do think the pacing was off for this one, with not much happening in the first 40% or so, but there are other issues that are more on MY end of things. I recently have been reading more royal-related books, but one thing that has always annoyed me (and is the reason I've avoided ...more
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
the cover is stunning
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Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.

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