Audiobook Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Audiobook Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Boarding school books are back in and Sandhya Menon is here with her boarding school Beauty and the Beast retelling that I ABSOLUTELY ADORED. See why this series is my new fav of her reads and be sure you pick it up to read alongside book 2!

Audiobook Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)

by Sandhya Menon
Published by: Simon Pulse
on February 18, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Audiobook through LibroFMAudible

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 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 fell in love with Sandhya’s words years ago as Dimple and Rishi fell in love and I’ve followed her through the Dimpleverse (with a side of Twinkle!). Heading into uncharted waters with a new series was as exciting as it was nerve wracking! Would I like these characters as much as I like those in the Dimpleverse? Would I get lost in their world?

A resounding Y E S.

I took Curses on a bike ride, which left me biking farther than I intended and also had me laughing while climbing a 10% grade over the name of the fictional bookstore in the book (my lungs could barely handle it haha). Jaya and Grey were so vivid that I thought they might step out onto the sidewalk next to me!

Sandhya has me enraptured with this Beauty and the Beast retelling and I can’t wait to see what else happens at St. Rosetta’s!

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