Feb 24 2020

Book Spotlight & Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Book Spotlight, Contemporary Romance, Review, Young Adult / Leave a Comment

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. Sparkling and elegant, Jaya’s unlike anyone Grey has ever met. Still, 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.



About the Author

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.



Review Of Curses and Kisses

Review (4.5 Stars): This was an amazing re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I loved Jaya and Grey’s story together.  The book takes place at St. Rosetta’s International Academy where Jaya and her younger sister, Isha go to get away from the negative publicity back home regarding Isha.  Jaya soon learns that the person from the Emerson family who leaked information regarding Isha is attending the school and Jaya will do whatever it takes to get even with them.  What Jaya never expects is that the more time that she spends with Grey, the more she starts to fall for him and she doesn’t want to break his heart like she originally planned.  Grey starts to fall for Jaya as well but knows that the ruby pendant that Jaya always wears will ultimately lead to his downfall because of the curse that has plagued his family for years.  Will love finally be able to conquer all and save Grey before his eighteenth birthday?

I loved this story and I’m a huge fan of Ms. Menon’s writing.  Jaya was fiercely loyal to her younger sister and thought she was doing the right thing by trying to get back at Grey.  What she found was a tortured soul that was able to capture her heart and she ending up never wanting to hurt him like she originally planned.  Great start to a brand new series.


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