Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! 💕

The following is from Goodreads.

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…


I’ve read and enjoyed all of Sandhya Menon’s previous books, so when I saw that she was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it.

I didn’t know anything about it other than it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. So of course I picked it up at my local library and wanted to read it right away. And I did. However, like every other book I’ve read this year, I ended up listening to it on audiobook. Because, again, like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been addicted to playing on my Nintendo Switch and listening to audiobooks has been the only way I get any reading done.

But anyway. Why’d I give it 3 stars? That’s mainly because while I enjoyed the characters and the diversity, the story overall was just okay. It didn’t really stick with me and didn’t wow me at the end. Sandhya Menon’s reinvention of the original story was good, and I enjoyed that for the most part. But I don’t know. I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe it was because I couldn’t really immerse myself in the story. Or that I couldn’t really connect with the characters since they were aristocrats and heirs. But I just know that it wasn’t my favorites of hers.

I will admit that the romance was cute. Because I’m all about a cute romance. This one was no exception. I also liked the boarding school setting.

Though the main character, Jaya, does the stereotypical thing where she claims that her and Grey can’t be together for whatever reason. I was still rooting for the main characters to end up together (but I knew very well that they would).

So there you have it. Did you read this book? Did you have the same thoughts about it as me? Or were they different? I’d love to talk about it in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

4 thoughts on “Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon | Book Review

  1. Great review! I’ve heard a lot of mixed thoughts on this book with a lot of people mentioning the same things you did in terms of the plot not really wowing them. So that’s a little disappointing to hear because the synopsis sounds really good (and I love Beauty and the Beast!) but I do love a cute romance so I still plan to give it a try 🙂

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