✫ Of Curses and Kisses Books ✭ Author Sandhya Menon – Tamekatrine.info

✫ Of Curses and Kisses Books ✭ Author Sandhya Menon – Tamekatrine.info i had to look up misanthrope according to google, a misanthrope is a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society honestly, who here can honestly say this doesn t describe them on monday mornings before coffee Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram i had to look up misanthrope according to google, a misanthrope is a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society honestly, who here can honestly say this doesn t describe them on monday mornings before coffee Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram I really wanted to love this but it honestly wasn t my favourite of Sandhya Menon s books and really struggled to finish it While the premise was super intriguing I felt like I wanted something completely different out of the execution Still a cute romance and recommend if you wanted a light hearted read Womp.Wompthis was so incredibly boring to me I just wanna say, I love YA I m also a sucker for these cutesy illustrated covers Reading the synopsis, I had high hopes that this would be a great read for me I couldn t care less about any character I don t think there was enough time effort developing these characters into someone you d actually like and or root for I did like the ending, I ll give a star for that But honestly this is not one I ll be recommending to my book pal Womp.Wompthis was so incredibly boring to me I just wanna say, I love YA I m also a sucker for these cutesy illustrated covers Reading the synopsis, I had high hopes that this would be a great read for me I couldn t care less about any character I don t think there was enough time effort developing these characters into someone you d actually like and or root for I did like the ending, I ll give a star for that But honestly this is not one I ll be recommending to my book pals as a must read This was pretty slow going at first and there was a lot of backstory to uncover right in the beginning, but this was soooooooo CUTE omg I love I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest reviewCW emotionally abusive parent, parental neglect, blackmail, leaking of personal information I m not gonna lie, I went into this a bit skeptical, not because of anything the book or the author did bur I ve just been let down by YA contemporary a lot recently, so I wanted to keep my hopes at low levels just in case But I ended up genuinely LOVING it It took me a few chapters to get into and to get used to the MC s voice which was in I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest reviewCW emotionally abusive parent, parental neglect, blackmail, leaking of personal information I m not gonna lie, I went into this a bit skeptical, not because of anything the book or the author did bur I ve just been let down by YA contemporary a lot recently, so I wanted to keep my hopes at low levels just in case But I ended up genuinely LOVING it It took me a few chapters to get into and to get used to the MC s voice which was insufferable at first , but things got going, it was A TREAT It s been a while since I read a book and kept thinking about going back to it when I wasn t reading it and this did just that It was so intense and angsty, everything you d expect from a beauty and the beast retelling but with an Indian princess I really loved the elements from the original story that were incorporated into this retelling, butspecifically HOW Sandhya Menon incorporated them, she put a twist on some of them, was really subtle on others, and piecing it all together was a fun game I found myself playing while reading the story My favorite part though, was how the beast s curse played out and how she used it to explore emotional parental abuse and how that can wreck a child and leave them unable to properly interact with the world forreasons that one, one of which is fear of being hurt And that s exactly how Grey was, he kept to himself, kept people at arms length and refused anyone who tried to get close to him Until Jaya shows up that is Jaya is FRUSTRATING She s uptight and judgmental of everything around her, especially what doesn t fit her conservative view of the world But as you read on you realize that that s just what s expected of her and how she was brought up As the story progresses, you and Jaya realize that there s a lotto her than what meets the eye, and that she wants a lotfor herself than what was laid out for her Her character development is incredible and so gradual that it feels like the next natural step in her growth and nothing about it is forced Her love for her sister knows no bound and I really loved seeing how she would sacrifice her own happiness for her even though they don t always see eye to eye, their relationship dynamic was great.The relationship between Jaya and Grey is veryVery slowburn, and I liked that beyond the romance, they both helped each other to see that there sto bother their lives than they were told Of Curses and Kisses was able to keep that fairytale feel to it while still reading like the contemporary it is Do I recommend Uh DUH If you like retellings that are pretty faithful to the original material This book was so so lovely, angsty but soft at the same time I think this is a me thing I don t think there is anything necessarily bad about Of Curses and Kisses, there just isn t anything new about it either I think plenty of people who love retellings will enjoy this one, and I would have loved it when I was in high school, but I just didn t feel involved at all with this story as I read it Jaya is a nice main character, I m sure lots of bookish people will love her as our Belle character, and Grey is sure a brooding white boy, which isn t my ty I think this is a me thing I don t think there is anything necessarily bad about Of Curses and Kisses, there just isn t anything new about it either I think plenty of people who love retellings will enjoy this one, and I would have loved it when I was in high school, but I just didn t feel involved at all with this story as I read it Jaya is a nice main character, I m sure lots of bookish people will love her as our Belle character, and Grey is sure a brooding white boy, which isn t my type of character He narrates about half the book which was unexpected and I think was a weakness of the overall narrative If you re a fan of Sandhya then I m sure you ll love this I m just feeling this will be a forgettable read for me this year The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Full review HEREI m very sorry to say that I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to I quite liked how the theme of Beauty and the Beast was taken and woven into the storyline, you can definitely see its elements in the novel I appreciated how the story was told from the points of view of Jaya and Grey, so that we got both of their perspectives Grey was the character I likedThe ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Full review HEREI m very sorry to say that I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to I quite liked how the theme of Beauty and the Beast was taken and woven into the storyline, you can definitely see its elements in the novel I appreciated how the story was told from the points of view of Jaya and Grey, so that we got both of their perspectives Grey was the character I liked the most, but there is no surprise there He s a misanthropist who enjoys to read and to spend his time alone, I was bound to like him.Jaya was okay, but at times she was a bit frustrating in my opinion She just kept reciting herself the same mantra, that is I m the big sister and so I must sacrifice myself , throughout the whole book and after a while it just got annoying.Also, I wish we could have seenof the boarding school We just got a few glimpses here and there and they weren t nearly enough to satisfy my interest for the school I definitely needed.In the end this was just an okay read for me, but if you re into retellings you might want to check this book out The First Novel In A Series Set At An Elite International Boarding School, That S A Contemporary Spin On Beauty And The BeastWill The Princess Save The Beast For Princess Jaya Rao, Nothing Is 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 This was really good book by Sandhya something different and I enjoyed it This is a first book in a contemporary trilogy, and it s also a beauty and the beast retelling and even though I read a lot of those over the years I still loved it RTC in the morning 1 Of curses and kisses 3.5 5 stars A buddy read I did with my friend Libby I love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, so when I saw that this was one that took place in a boarding school, I was definitely going to pick it up When this book started, I was enjoying the story I loved how Jaya was so protective of her younger sister and how she was trying to get close to Grey so that she could get revenge for what he did to her sister The whole boarding school setting was fun and I liked how Jaya was everywhere so that Grey couldn t help but get to know her The anim I love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling, so when I saw that this was one that took place in a boarding school, I was definitely going to pick it up When this book started, I was enjoying the story I loved how Jaya was so protective of her younger sister and how she was trying to get close to Grey so that she could get revenge for what he did to her sister The whole boarding school setting was fun and I liked how Jaya was everywhere so that Grey couldn t help but get to know her The animosity between the broke down pretty quickly and they started to really like each other despite their families feud Other than that, though, the plot of the story started to go downhill for me I wasn t a big fan of the cheating subplot and how that whole thing played out The guy was the one who cheated, but he was the one who received the least amount of blame for the situation Then, the ending resolved itself a bit too cleanly and quickly for my taste and I did not like how things played out Also, these kids are at this prestigious boarding school and literally NEVER do or talk about homework or tests The whole boarding school setting was fun, but it didn t feel like a genuine school for wealthy, intelligent kids who were all held to high standards In the end, while the idea sounded great, I didn t love this book like I wanted to The romance was okay, but the rest of the plot didn t sit well with me and I didn t like the ending I wish I could have enjoyed this , but it was just an average read for me

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