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Of Curses and Kisses

By: Sandhya Menon

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.

ISBN: 9781534417540

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Vendettas , Blessing and cursing , Dating (social customs) , Boarding schools , Princesses , International students , Colorado

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Princess Jaya Rao and her younger sister Isha are sent to St. Rosetta’s International Academy to get away from the tabloids and reports of Isha’s missteps. At the heart of it all is Grey, the heir to the Emerson family, who has been taking pictures of Isha and selling them to the papers. When Jaya finds out Grey attends the same school, she plo Princess Jaya Rao and her younger sister Isha are sent to St. Rosetta’s International Academy to get away from the tabloids and reports of Isha’s missteps. At the heart of it all is Grey, the heir to the Emerson family, who has been taking pictures of Isha and selling them to the papers. When Jaya finds out Grey attends the same school, she plots her revenge. As the school year starts, Jaya is in every class with Grey and flirts with him to gain his trust, then break his heart. He’s often confused by her actions and things don’t go as planned. Jaya and Grey must find out what makes them each unique while also figuring out what it means to be part of a family. The stars align to make mischief in this story of loyalty, family honor, first love, and a generations-old feud. Told alternately by Jaya and Grey, readers learn about the history of each family and a curse that has carried on for generations. The story is well paced with enough action to balance the dialogue and character thoughts. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is current and believable, and the ongoing mystery combined with almost comic intrigue makes a solid YA romance. Fans of Colleen Houck’s A Tiger’s Curse will enjoy this star-crossed tale; think Romeo and Juliet meets Sherlock Holmes. Recommended for teen libraries.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534417540

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 760L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon Pulse

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Vendettas, Blessing and cursing, Dating (social customs), Boarding schools, Princesses, International students, Colorado,

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