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About the Author
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 8, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534417559
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534417557
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Lexile measure : 760L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #303,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I liked that Grey challenged Jaya’s firmly held beliefs about her duty to her family and country, and that she challenged the beliefs his father instilled in him. I enjoyed their push-pull relationship, because it was realistic.
I also enjoyed the other characters in the story, even though I keenly felt Jaya’s frustration with DE’s love life as well. I can’t wait to see who the next books in the series will be about, because I enjoyed Rahul and Leo and even Caterina towards the end.
The only downside was that I knew who had ACTUALLY run the articles about Isha from the beginning. It was obvious early on that it wasn’t Grey, and it was painfully obvious to me who it was. I was frustrated it took Jaya so long to figure it out.
In the end, though, everything worked out, and I loved the setting as well. Even though there was typical high-school drama, it was a light and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Modern day Princess Jaya Rao deeply cares for her family, follows tradition and takes the status of being a royal very seriously. Then there is his Lordship Grey Emerson who is a broody loner that has been living under a curse all his life. In fact it was a Rao ancestor who cursed the Emerson line, when a brilliant rudy was stolen and never returned.
Now, due to an unfortunate incident, Jaya and her younger sister have transferred to St. Rosetta’s International Academy. Jaya, believes Grey to be at fault for their current situation so she has devised a plan for revenge: I'll make Grey fall in love with me, then I'll break his heart.
Obviously things did not go as she originally planned and I was invested in their relationships progression. I loved that Menon actually allows her characters to talk through their issues to come to an understanding instead of just jumping to conclusions. I was very satisfied with how the story wrapped up and I cannot wait to see more from this series in the future 🥰
Both voice actors are perfect for their roles making it a wonderful listen.
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I loved having the dual POV in this one to get both sides of the story as the story combines the cute high school romance with just enough similarities to the original story, but with a lot of flair and fun to make it it’s own!
Jaya is a GREAT teenage character full of angst and expectations that make her character development enjoyable to read - kind of the love to hate her, eyeroll at her actions kind of protagonist - she surprises you with how much you love her at the end!
Pick up this one if you love the following:
♥ interracial teen romance with plenty of angst and drama
♥ boarding school settings
♥ a swoon-worthy own voice retelling of a classic favorite fairytale
I absolutely loved this contemporary/ light fantasy. Beauty and the Beast retellings are my favorite and Sandhya did an amazing job writing her own interpretation. Sandhya's version of the curse was imaginative and original. The characters were strong yet flawed and grew as the story went on. Not to mention they were also relatable. Not only was I swooning over the love and romance but I also admired the friendships within this story. I am currently invested in Rahul, Isha and D.E. and hope they all get their own happily ever afters. To say I am eager for book 2 is an understatement. With that being said, don't worry, of Curses and Kisses ends with a happily ever after.
(I also bought the audiobook and listened to it at 1.2x-1.5x speed)
I loved this setting and the fairy tale retelling. I'm so excited to see what other books are in this series, which fairy tales they are, and which characters they'll be about. This was an adorable, romantic book and I can't wait for more.
The retelling of Beauty and the Beast is EXCELLENT- very creative and compelling. I don't want to spoil the book, but it definitely kept me interested to the very end!