ARC Book Review: Of Curses and Kisses

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Genre: Fantasy, Re-Telling, Young Adult

Release Date: February 18

Book 1 in the St. Rosetta’s Academy Series




Jaya Rao’s family and Grey Emerson’s family have been feuding for years.  When Jaya finds out Grey will be attending the same boarding school as she is she hatches a plan to make Grey fall in love with her and then break his heart. But perhaps, Jaya will be the one that falls in love. 

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Thank you to Simon Pulse for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Of Curses and Kisses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling.  I really liked this modernization of it. Grey was convinced what he was cursed and it made him into a bit of a beast.  He didn’t turn into a monster, but he thought he was one.  

Jaya was bent on revenge.  I did appreciate that this part of the storyline wasn’t drawn out too long.  Was this story predictable? Yes, it was. This is one of those situations where the journey is more interesting than the outcome.  I enjoyed Jaya and Grey’s interactions and seeing them get to know each other. They were both so good for each other. It was nice to see them become better people.  

I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of young adult books that have been coming out recently with mature characters and this is certainly one of them!

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