Title: Of Curses & Kisses
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: February 18th 2020
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
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.
This book comes out tomorrow and since I had an ARC of it I decided to speed read it yesterday. It wasn’t anything special which is why I was able to get through it so quickly. I thought it was a cute read and I think a younger audience would really enjoy it.
The two main characters are Jaya and Grey. First off I want to talk about Jaya. She was an interesting character. In the beginning of the book she stuck to her beliefs and didn’t let anyone tell her otherwise, which was annoying at times. However, as the book went on she started to change and see things from a different perspective which I really enjoyed reading about. She’s still not one of my favorite characters but she’s was fun.
Next up is Grey. Out of the two main characters he is the one I liked the most. He starts out the book as an odd duck but he grows to be a character that you start to care about a tiny bit. At the beginning of the book he kind of feels a little flat but he does definitely go through a lot of growth that makes him an enjoyable character to read about.
The writing was very cringey. I think I need to stop reading YA contemporaries as the writing is not something I seem to be able to take. This book specifically was not good writing-wise. For some reason, the race of characters was capitalized and I found that annoying and unnecessary. Honestly I found the fact that character’s race seemed to be mentioned a lot annoying as a whole.
The plot was not anything special. It was cute and romantic which fit the general mood of the book. I did like the female friendships a lot. I thought those were done really well. There were some times where I thought the characters were being stupid but then I remembered there were teenagers and it made more sense. The is it magic or is it not wasn’t my favorite but it was okay. It was a cute story and I enjoyed it.
I think this is a cute light read that you could read in between heavier books if you’re looking for something fun. I do think it would suit a younger audience more but I still enjoyed it. I am interested to see where the rest of the series goes as this is the first book in a new series from Menon. I don’t know if I’ll read them but I might if they look interesting. I recommend this if you’re just looking for a cute romance that doesn’t require too much effort.