Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
Published by Simon Pulse on February 18, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
2020 challenge:ARC 2020
I would give this book 4 for a review.
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 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 target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.
I really did enjoy this retelling so much. I really loved the diversity of this read. I also really loved how this book took the beauty and the beast myth in a contempory setting with some magical hints. I really found this book to be such a refreshing read. I also really liked the duel POV and felt that these characters but changed dramatically over the book. I also really liked the boarding school as a setting. I found some elements of the plot were predictable at times but overall the book did impress me and I will def keep reading this series.