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A Curse of Roses

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  197 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
Published 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
Lex Kent
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. This was a good story. I didn’t love it like I was hoping to, but there were parts I really enjoyed and I liked the overall feel of the book. I don’t get to read much historical fantasy, especially not sapphic YA, so I was really excited to read this. The author mentions that this story really meant a lot to her personally and I think that showed in her writing.

I really liked that this was a retelling of a Portuguese legend. I enjoyed the premise and how the story unfolded. I do wis
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
Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled: Teen for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I really liked how certain topics were addressed in this book, but I still think certain things could have been done better.

A Curse of Roses weaves an interesting OwnVoices retelling from a Portuguese legend, telling the tale of Princess Yzabel, betrothed to the King of Portugal, but more importantly, cursed to turn food into flowers, watching on as she and the common people around her star
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
❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

2.5/5 stars

I'm...not quite sure what my allover thoughts are about this read. Some parts of it were pretty good, and some I wasn't such a fan of. I've seen some of my friends write glowing reviews, and others inform others that it isn't worth a read. I'm somewhere in the middle, to be sure.

A Curse of Roses follows Yzabel, the princess betrothed
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of my most anticipated releases for December, and I'm very excited to say that it did not disappoint!

I went into this with low expectations, since it was a debut, but I couldn't help but love it by the end. There was so much gay in this and I was extremely happy with the f/f romance.

"You’ve been forged in despair, Yza, and tempered in hardship. It’s made you considerate in ways many wouldn’t be. That is why we were given a power that could not just feed a nation, but temper it, too.
The Bookavid
i cried five times
This arc was provided by Entangled Teen, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

TW: religious-based self-harm, religious and magic-based eating disorders, and religious-based internalized homophobia, sexism, and sexual harassment.

"You've been forged in despair, Yza, and tempered in hardship. It's made you considerate in ways many wouldn't be. That is why we were given a power that could not just feed a nation but temper it, too. Because you, of all people, will use it for good."

Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
love is real and it exists solely between fatyan and yzabel <3333
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars (rounding up)

A Curse of Roses is a stunning #ownvoices debut novel that retells a Portuguese myth, but with a sapphic relationship. Portuguese author Pinguicha crafts a story that is both romantic and heart-wrenching as the main character grapples with a religious practice that is violently oppressive. Check content warnings on this one if you need them, but if you can deal with the topics I do recommend it. It's a story about love, kindness, acceptance, and being true t
Vicky Again
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was not sure things would end well, but Pinguicha really pulled through and gave us that happy ending. Yzabel and Fatyah are so soft!!! I love them!!!

I'm absolutely stunned by the sheer amount of growth Pinguicha managed to fit in this novel. It never felt like certain parts of her growth was rushed, and Yzabel has plenty (plenty) of steps backwards, for all the steps she takes forward.

The magic of A CURSE OF ROSES is not quite as lovely as it might seem (flower magic should

Thank you to Pride book tours, the author and Entangled teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Princess Yzabel wants to help the people of her future husband, Denis of Portugal. She has been cursed to turn food into flowers, usually roses, and she fears the curse will soon cost her her life like it did her grandmother before her. Her last hope is an Enchanted Moura named Fatyan. To free her, Yzabel must give her a kiss but this would be committ
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A curse of roses enticed me right from the title. The blurb had me sold on the idea and the story didn’t disappoint. This was so up my street I was hooked on every single word.

A princess and a famine. She has all the food in the world but she can’t do anything but turn it into flowers. This is a story of forbidden wants, It’s about control and it’s beautifully done.

I love this publisher. I love this kind of story. I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. 5 out of 5.

I received an ARC in exchange for an
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
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
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank NetGalley & Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

I found many surprises in this book that I adore, I confess that this time there was little I knew about the plot, I'd only heard it was based on some Portuguese myths and I loved that, so that was what led me to pick up the book and I really loved it! Not only I think the basis of this story is super solid and very well executed, but I also really enjoyed how fresh and unique the
❤︎ ☾ 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
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
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 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
portuguese leads? a f/f romance?? magic??? yes please, thanks!
4 gorgeous stars!

This novel was one that I know I’ll remember for years. Written by an author who has faced prejudice against both Portuguese women and LGBTQ+ women, this #OwnVoices book manages to combine factors of Portuguese mythology, YA fantasy and sapphic romance into a beautiful novel about discovering love and learning to embrace every part of yourself.

A Curse of Roses follows a princess engaged to a decent king, but one whom she doesn’t romantically love. However, this princess has much
Alexia Moon
I was given a free e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is fully my opinion.

As soon as I saw an f/f retelling of a Portuguese myth/legend I knew I had to read it! I was fortunate to get access to it through NetGalley and I thank the publisher for that! I love to support Portuguese authors! At first, it was very weird to see Portuguese names mixed with English and with the English language and it took me a while to get used to it but by mid-book, I was totally use
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as not-owned-but-need-asap
a portuguese f/f retelling?? MY FUCKING RIGHTS
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing more exciting than when your favorite genres come together to spin a tale you have not heard of before. Steeped in Portuguese history and tied to the legend of the Miracle of Roses that floats around Saint Queen Isabel and her King, Dinis. Pinguicha took this historical tale and merged it with magic and lore to bring to life Princess Yzabel and the Enchanted Moura, Fatyan.

I loved the writing style and the growth of the characters in such a short period of time. Yzabel is slowly
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.

Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
eARC provided via the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Content warning: discussions of religious-based self harm, religious-based eating disorders, and religious-based internalized homophobia, body horror

This book blew me away. I expected to love it and I ended up loving it even more than expected. Yzabel and Fatyan were so soft and I loved every aspect of their relationship so much. The discussions of religion and religious based homophobia almost made me cry multiple
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
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
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book really came for my heart. as a queer portuguese person, thank you for writing this. while I’m not a religious person, this gave me a lot of comfort. It also inspires me to look into my culture more. learn about legends and past royalty. I’m thankful for that
Joanna Goodrich
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
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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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