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A Curse of Roses

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  79 reviews
With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.

There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring t
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Diana Pinguicha It's based on the Portuguese version of the legend of The Miracle of Roses, specifically, the one we tell in my hometown of Estremoz: https://en.wikip…moreIt's based on the Portuguese version of the legend of The Miracle of Roses, specifically, the one we tell in my hometown of Estremoz:

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Diana Pinguicha
Oct 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so naturally, I think it is the best.

Some things about A Curse of Roses (fka A Miracle of Roses):
- F/F Portuguese Historical Fantasy
- Follows Yzabel of Aragon (Isabel de Aragão), actual Saint and Cinnamon Bun
- Enchanted Mouras
- Lots of food
- Lots of flowers
- Half of the book is set in my hometown
- An Alentejo Mastiff

Content warnings are present in the book, but just in case:
- internalized homophobia
- religious-based self-harm
- religious and magic-based disordered eating
- the goddamn
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: mostly Portuguese cast & setting, lesbian mc, lesbian Muslim li, lesbian scs
tw: religion-based self harm, homophobia, internalised homophobia, blood, murder, body horror

4.5 ☆

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

My initial review for A Curse of Roses was simply “lesbians have won with this one!”, and that’s absolutely true and tells you a lot about what you should expect from this book. But let me expand on that a bit.

First of all, the book might not be using modern sexualit
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: booooring, arc
No. No thank you. This was rushed, not at all detailed, and confusing. Super confusing. Not to mention anti-feminist, although I know that wasn’t intentional, it still wasn’t ever corrected. The plot had as many holes as a Swiss cheese block, and the characters didn’t have any flaws or personalities. The romance also wasn’t well developed and was rushed. The writing was horrendously inconsistent, at times formal and beautiful, and at others, it sounded a lot like a gangster from 2020. There were ...more
The Bookavid
i cried five times
A retelling about a Portuguese legend? I am DYING
TABI⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Sep 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
this book: iT wAs oNLy a kiSS

me: omg it was only a kiss I NEED THIS BOOK
Alexandra Scarpello
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A Curse of Roses is an interesting hybrid of a wholly new fairy tale, and reminiscent of something we have all seen before.

TLDR Tropes:

- Queer F/F romance
- Fairy tale retelling
- Young woman learning to control her powers
- Positive friendship representation
- Portuguese setting

A Curse of Roses is a fantastical story of a princess who is cursed. When she attempts to eat anything, the food will turn into flowers. With a country on the edge of starvation, Princess Yzabel is desperate to learn how to
❤︎ ☾ Jeanette ☾❤︎
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes/sayings were taken from the ARC and may change.

Many Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled teen for allowing me to read an ARC of A curse of roses!!!

Spoiler free review

A curse of roses immediately drew me in with the gorgeous cover and the description. It did NOT disappoint. I’d like to start this off by saying I love the author’s note that was in this book! The writing was absolutely gorge
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
a portuguese f/f retelling?? MY FUCKING RIGHTS
Jul 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
portuguese leads? a f/f romance?? magic??? yes please, thanks!
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Giving this one 5* before the release to fight the hate generated over the author's opinion of another book.

I'll eventually change it after reading the book. For now, I stand with freedom of speech
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
"With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more."

It is always all about the yearning.

London Shah
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this premise sooo much––can't WAIT to read!!!
Eva B.
Oct 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Omg omg omg I got an E-ARC for this I'm so excited-
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Sep 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book landed on my radar because my friend Skye designed the preorder bookplate and I am thankful for it, because this sounds amazing. ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
this sounds absolutely incredible... sapphic fairytale-ish sounding story with a really unique concept based on a Portugese legend. I AM SO IN!

“Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.
Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yz
Jun 25, 2020 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
June 25, 2020: A f/f YA fantasy romance? I shouldn't be needing anything else to anticipate this one's release but the fact that it involves a curse around food & flowers, well, that's even more exciting! ...more
Julia Ember
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A rich and captivating retelling of the legend of a Medieval saint, Pinguicha's debut gripped me from its first page. An utter delight to read -- meticulously researched, refreshingly queer and sharp as thorns!
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review to come.
3.5 stars.

2020 has blessed us with several queer retellings of myths and fairytales, and I was admittedly concerned that A Curse of Roses would feel too similar to other books I’ve read this year to give it an objective review. Luckily, I needn’t have worried. Elements of Portuguese history and culture are both deeply interwoven into Yzabel’s story, which gave this book a unique perspective – exactly the purpose of an #ownvoices retelling.

Like most retellings, the plot is fairly basic, and Yzabe
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Curse of Roses is a retelling of a Portuguese legend turned historical fantasy. The story revolves around Princess Yzabel who is betrothed to the king of Portugal. The people of Portugal are starving, while at the same time Yzabel is turning all the food she touches into flowers. To rid herself of this curse, she seeks out an enchanted Moura, who turns her world upside down instead.

Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: homophobia (also internalized), self-harm, " magic-based disordered eating", sexism

A Curse of Roses is a story about self-acceptance and questioning the beliefs we assume to be true. In a society where queer identity and magical powers are considered evil and demonic, A Curse of Roses portrays the difficult journey of questioning the authority figures in our lives. Whether it be
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this Arc in exchange for an honest review.
The story is set in 1288 in the kingdom of Portugal, and is based on two historical figures of Portuguese royals. Yzabel was promised to her fiancé, King Denis, as a child to seal a political union. Their relationship at the beginning of the book is strained because Yzabel hides a very big secret from him, anything she puts in her mouth turns to flowers, and she can barely sustain herself. While the pr
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Disclaimer: I’m a Portuguese girl who likes girls and loves learning about her history/mythology, so this book means a lot to me. Even if it wasn’t so close to my heart, I’d still love it because it is amazing. It’s so good, in fact, that this review does not do it justice. Sorry.

The first thing you’ll notice about A Curse of Roses is the beautiful writing. The word choice, the rhythm, the metaphors, it’s all full of
Mariah Wamby
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Kindness isn’t something you are. It’s something you choose to be, every single moment of every single day.”

Thank you to @netgalley and @entangled_publishing for the arc of A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha in exchange for my review!

🌺 A Curse of Roses is the story of Princess Yzabel, who is betrothed to the king of Portugal during a time where starvation is sweeping the country. In the midst of all the hunger, Yzabel’s magic causes her to turn any food she tries to eat to flowers, wasti
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The start of the book shows our MC Yzabel with her attendant Brites and her guard Vasco. Already they have great chemistry, bantering with each other from the get go.

Yzabel is cursed like her aunt, all food turns to flowers. As a ruse, to avoid suspicion she says she is fasting, when truthfully all she wants is to eat something. Her great-aunt died young and Yzabel believes she will die j
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author did a great job of blending their magic system with the history and myth of her setting. I really appreciated that they also included an explanation of settings, history, and myths they used for inspiration in the back of the book. I love when authors entwine magic and history and this is a great example of this type of story. I also thought they did a great job of empowering their female characters while still keeping the historic confines they faced. As the story progressed it was a ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*arc kindly set through netgalley, thank you so much for this opportunity*
cw: self-flagellation, homophobic speech, blood

There's no words to describe how much I adored this book. I've never though that I would read a book inspired by a portuguese tale, or thought that one would be written. I'm portuguese and I know the true tale that this book is inspired by, and no I'm not rating higher just because I'm portuguese. I'm truly in awe of Diana's writing and her storytelling. I loved what she did w
Ashley Elliott Shaw
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read an ARC of this book!

I was immediately sucked in by this GORGEOUS cover. I'm also all in for a fairy tale retelling and was intrigued by the premise of Yzabel turning food into flowers by attempting to eat it. What a horrible curse, having to watch others enjoy a meal while trying to choke yours down before your magic took over. The magic was what I loved about this book. What a beautiful concept -harnessing this cur
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this title as an eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story! I was unfamiliar with the Portuguese legend that this was based on but I was more interested in the story knowing that it was based on a legend. I thought Yzabel was an inspiring character and it was so satisfying to see her grow into a strong figure of legend despite the curse she had suffered with for so long. I thought Fatyan was interesting and I loved the relations
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Born in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a Computer Engineer graduate who currently calls Lisbon home. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.

Her art can be found at http://pinguich

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