[Epub] Of Curses and Kisses By Sandhya Menon – Godeals365.co.uk
I received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.What an absolute delight This book was the first of many books that really gripped me, pulling me into the intricate world of Princess Jaya and Grey Emerson, two characters fated to hate each other because of a century old fight After learning from resources that Grey was responsible for Princess Jaya s little sister s slander in the media, she enrolls herself into Grey s private boarding school in hopes of making him fall in love with her, only for her to break his heart in the end The feud isn t just over a missing ruby and shame brought upon Jaya s family but also an ancient curse said to have been casted on the Emerson clan Grey has lived his entire life in fear due to his father who always told him he was doomed when he would turn eighteen years old Due to this, Grey has never thought his life could be possible after eighteen He hid himself away, pushing away people who wanted to be his friends, and never allowed himself to fall in love There s something about a book when it takes place in a remote country and in a school that is far, far, far away from civilization It s not a fantasy but when you add filthy rich spoiled characters into the mix, it does make you feel like you re living in a make believe world I absolutely adored the hate to love romance between Jaya and Grey Grey was so cold but his friendship with Jaya warmed him It was so beautiful to read.The only issue I have with this book is that the ending was rushed Standing at almost 400 pages, I didn t think it would be an issue to pace out the problem that would stop them from being together but Sandhya disappointed me when everything seemed to happen all at once and be resolved all at once It was a slow burn romance with a snap ending that left me with whip lash I had to dock a star off But other than that, I highly recommend for you to read this one On the one hand, I enjoyed the Beauty and the Beast inspired details woven into this story I also enjoyed what we get of the secondary characters who might get their own books , and I did like Grey a lot but that s just my usual bias towards solitary, grumpy, good hearted guys.On the other hand, Jaya made me constantly want to shake her and give her a good talking to all the time Her choices and behavior throughout the story were personally frustrating, even though it fit in with her age and position as a princess heiress to some extent It definitely lessened my personal enjoyment by a large percentage. 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 International Boarding School, That S A Contemporary Spin On Beauty And The BeastWill The Princess Save The Beast For Princess Jaya Rao, Nothing Is 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 a spin on Beauty and the Beast and follows an Indian princess who must con her worst enemy, a misanthropic British aristocrat, into falling in love with her in order to restore honor to her familyThis ticks all my boxes and is already on my most anticipated of 2020 list Thank you so much SimonTeen for sending me a copy Of Curses and Kisses I won a recent giveaway I remember distinctly reading When Dimple Met Rishi and loving every minute of it specifically the multicultural representations Of Curses and Kisses was no different in fact, I loved it even I haven t read many books around Middle Eastern Indian cultural and it s such a rich experience It really knocks down misconceptions and hints at the ongoing fight for equality and modernization I thought I had the book figured out at parts and was afraid certain narrative threads would be glossed over or become an inevitable pothole however, Sandhya did such an excellent job at pointing out character flaws and having it become a conversation rather than just be an this is a dealbreaker for good and we re not discussing it I truly hope to see stories take place in St Rosetta Academy and hope the author continues to address diverse cultural expectations head on Overall, 10 10 would recommend especially as a travel friendly read. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher This in no way impacted on my view.This book, I mean, was just simply amazing As soon as I heard that Hodder would be publishing this book in the UK, I quite cheekily emailed and asked for a copy, and ended up first on the list Waiting for the copy to arrive was a bit of a struggle, but when I got home on the Friday before Christmas, having broken up from work for the holidays and free to read as much as I wanted without feeling guilty, my copy was waiting for me to dive right in Of Curses and Kisses is a new view of Beauty and the Beast with a centuries long curse going back to the time of British rule of India The Emerson family once stole a sacred ruby from the Rao s, and the matriarch of the royal family cursed the Emerson line Since then, a feud has been rifting between both families, and they despise each other Jaya is the heir apparent and princess of the Rao dynasty, and when her sister Isha is targeted by someone she believes to be linked with the Emerson s, she vows revenge, and Grey Emerson, a student at St Rosetta s, seems to be the perfect target.Grey, on the other hand, knows of the fated curse since his birth Blamed by his father for his mother s death in child birth, he has been shunned by the family and told he was cursed from the get go Never wanting to make any connections or unnecessary relationships with people when he believes he will die by the time he turns 18, when Jaya appears at his school, and seems to want to get close to him, and has with her items he believes vital to the curse, he can t help letting her in What once might have been a tale of revenge, soon becomes a tale of love, but with familial expectations and the weight of reality hanging overhead, both Jaya and Grey don t know whether they can trust themselves, and each other, to truly let go, and give into their feelings.I love retellings, but sometimes you find that they re all very samey However, that definitely was not the case here This retelling was unlike anything I ve read before, with Sandhya s signature writing style and lyrical approach coming through on every page Both the main characters had their own PoV s, which really helped me, as the reader, to understand them even Neither Jaya nor Grey were perfect people, rather they both had worries, flaws, and imperfections I adored each character in their own right, though Jaya s love for her sister and willingness to give up a part of herself and her happiness to best serve her people did endear her to me slightly Even so, all of the characters, from Isha, and the group of friends, Rahul, Daphne, and Leo, and even some of the other secondary characters were all fleshed out properly, and weren t just there for decoration.The romance was simply phenomenal Even from the first time they meet, when they don t fully understand who the other person was, the sparks were flying, and whenever both were on page together, you could just see the emotions flying Yes, there are angsty moments, and times when I wanted to scream at them just to kiss, but nothing was done unnecessarily The pain and the heartbreak was needed to fully encompass the story, and I was that hooked, that I flew through the book in less that a day.All in all, Of Curse and Kisses was everything I needed it to be From fantastic characters, to an amazing plot, I couldn t have asked for better, and now I need everyone else to read it, and then I also need to have book 2 ASAP giveaway win This was such a magical and unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.I absolutely loved it As with all of Menon s books, she captures the characters in a way that makes you feel like you re right there in the story Full review to come release week February 2020 on Frayed Books Some mornings you wake up to the best virtual book mail a girl could dream of A diverse retelling of Beauty and the Beast Set at a boarding school HereForItMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. Why I am excited about this book Retelling of Beauty The Beast with an Indian MC interracial couple themes of colonialism set in a boarding school say what I want an ARC so badly, sigh.