Of Curses and Kisses
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. That's why when she finds out she'll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, a member of the rival royal family behind a humiliating scandal involving her little sister, she schemes to get revenge on the young nobleman in order to even the score between their families. The plan? Make him...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Of Curses and Kisses was no exception. Combine and classic retelling of my absolute favorite fairy tale and an ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
This ticks all my boxes and is already on my most anticipated of 2020 list
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, ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.
DIVERSE AND INTRIGUING
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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 ...more