Blog Tour & Feature: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
We are so lucky to have TWO Sandhya Menon books this year and even more lucky that her fourth book is here now! Of Curses and Kisses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a diverse, contemporary spin and we are here for it. The story of Belle and the Beast is a tale as old as time (ha) and there are some quintessential moments that we hope to see play out. Check them out below and be sure to pick up Of Curses and Kisses, out now!
Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)by Sandhya Menon
Published by: Simon Pulse
on February 18, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retellings
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.
4 Moments Essential to Beauty & the Beast That We Hope to See in Of Curses and Kisses
What makes retellings fun are seeing moments from the original material play out in a new scenario. Here are a few we hope to see play out in Of Curses and Kisses!
- When Belle sacrifices herself for her family. This is such a point of strength and resilience, showing us exactly who Belle is (and why the Beast needs her!).
- When the Beast sees the “people” with less power as people. I can’t even imagine how horrified he must feel.
- When the Beast realizes he is in love with Belle, but doesn’t believe she could feel the same. Just you wait, Beast.
- When Belle and the Beast really see each other for who they are. Swoon.