Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Published: February 18, 2020

Hardcover: 384 pages

(Thanks to NetGalley & Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, I received an eARC)



The first novel in a series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

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.


I’m a huge fan of this author and have read a few of their books and have enjoyed them all, this was no exception. Books that take place at boarding schools always intrigue me, so I was excited to see this one was set in one.

I enjoyed both Jaya and Grey’s points of views. Jaya and Grey were great characters to follow as they struggled with the choices they made. You could tell it was so hard for both of them to seemingly betray their families or not.

Overall I enjoyed the shenanigans the characters got into and loved that they we just teenagers being themselves. It was interesting to see how the elite children of prominent families behaved while away from their families. I highly recommend this book.

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