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Of Curses and Kisses

(St. Rosetta's Academy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  173 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
Expected publication: 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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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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Chelsea Humphrey
Some mornings you wake up to the best virtual book mail a girl could dream of! A diverse retelling of Beauty and the Beast? Set at a boarding school? #HereForIt

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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
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
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Update (Jan 19, 2020):


Do dreams ‘manifest’ in 2020 if you just take a shot?

This is the energy I want for the rest of this year.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday! And a huge thank you to Hodder Books & Netgalley for giving me this chance!


Why I am excited about this book:
- Retelling of Beauty & The Beast with an Indian MC!
- interracial couple
- themes of colonialism
- set in a boarding school (say what)

I want an ARC so badly, sigh.

(Aug 23,
Feb 12, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Shelves: 2020-releases
“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
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 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
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.


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
marie ☆彡
giveaway win!
Taylor (Frayed Books)
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-to-review
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!
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
the cover is stunning
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: romance
Another B&B retelling this year? YES!
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
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Of Curses and Kisses is a story about familial expectations and destiny. Set in a boarding school is a story of warring families and mortal enemies. What starts off as a quest for revenge motivated by sisterly love turns into a story of following one's dreams. Of Curses and Kisses is one of those stories where my favorite character ended up surprising me. I thought I would fall
I must admit, I really disliked From Twinkle With Love so I have been inching away from Menon's works since last year. But ohohohohboy am I down for the age-old enemies to lovers trope. GIMME SOME!
a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast that's all I need to see of the blurb, I'm in!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I looooved the premise of this YA novel - retelling of Beauty and the Beast in an elite private school? Exactly the kind of trashy stuff I love to gobble up! Unfortunately I found the dialogue and plot to be stilted and melodramatic (I know it's YA but come on!) None of the characters were very fleshed out, and overall I was disappointed in what seemed to me to be a poor execution of a brilliant idea.
Rameela (Star)
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Anyway, full review will be on my blog probably closer to release date but y’all should know by now that I’ll love anything Sandhya Menon writes. Plus, this was just really magical!
Feb 13, 2019 marked it as 2020-releases

oh my god, the concept for this one is so cool
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, ya
*4.25 (Full review below - spoilers have been hidden!)

Grey nodded, his intense gaze never leaving her face.

Jaya took a drink, not because she was thirsty, but because his eyes, those wild eyes, all storms and thunder and crashing waves, unnerved her. Normal people didn’t look at you like that.

OHHHH Where do I begin?
If you're looking for another one of Sandhya Menon's light-hearted, feel-good, whirlwind, romance novels with strong, diverse characters, easy to read dialogue, drama, family
Kathy - Books & Munches
Dec 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: releases-2020
I love stories set at boarding schools, okay. I'm a sucker for them.

CANNOT. WAIT. for another one! Sounds so cute and awkward too!
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I loved it. It was really good retelling, but also sweet story by itself. Full review to come later.
Isabella (lives_in_ya_books)
10.4.19 Wow, I am already in love with this book and I'm not even halfway through. Sandhya Menon's prose is so vivid and I feel like I'm at St. Rosetta's Academy with the characters.

10.13.19 This is already one of my favorite books. What an amazing start to a new series! RTC.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sandhya Menon writes some of the swooniest YA romances out there, plus she always features such a diverse cast of characters! Of Curses and Kisses, was no exception. I loved the characters, the boarding school setting, and the Beauty and the Beast retelling.
Jessica Jeffers
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was cute, but it didn't always quite work if you thought about it too hard, because the royalty aspect of the story and the modern teen aspect of the story sometimes rubbed up against each other in strange ways. I think I might have like it more if she'd set it in not-the-present-day.
Steff Pasciuti
Over the years, retellings have come to be one of my favorite types of novels. Of them all,Beauty and the Beastis one that I've always been rather eager to pick up. With its added diversity, there was no question that I'd be incredibly excited to pick up Sandhya Menon'sOf Curses and Kisses. A modernizedBeauty and the Beast with a little twist in the form of feuding families, this story had all the makings of a fun tale to fall in love with. For me, unfortunately, this novel didn't live up to its ...more
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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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