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A Curse of Roses



by
Diana Pinguicha

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Entangle
Imprint
Entangled
ISBN
9781682815090
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: Self-Harm , Violence: General , Language: Mild Language
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This #OwnVoices debut has a little bit of everything—romance, politics, magic—and fills a need in the current market for diverse stories written in an authentic and compelling way.

17-year-old Yzabel of Aragon is engaged to the young King of Portugal, and under her touch, food turns into flowers…

With the populace starving, and barely surviving herself, Yzabel doesn’t only need to end her curse—she must reverse it somehow. Turn flowers into food. Desperate, she sets to find Fatyan, an immortal rumored to live nearby, but she is imprisoned by an old enchantment. So they must strike a bargain: Fatyan will teach Yzabel how to master her magic, and Yzabel making a deal with Fatyan will release the magical bonds holding her captive.

As she learns to control her power under Fatyan’s guidance, they grow closer in a way Yzabel has never felt for her betrothed. But she must keep this part of their relationship secret, or else lose her claim to the throne. If Yzabel is forced to leave Portugal, shamed for loving another woman, the people she was determined to save will surely die.Content warning. Author's note. Recipe for Açorda Alentejana. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Violence: Self-Harm , Violence: General , Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy, Magic

Topics

Curses. Magic. Portuguese history. Saints. Love triangles. Arranged marriage. Princesses. LGBTQ.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–In 1288, Yzabel, the 17-year-old fiancée of King Denis of Portugal, is afflicted with a curse that turns food into flowers. As the Portuguese people suffer from hunger and the red plague, Yzabel bands with her lady’s maid to seek the Enchanted Moura, a magical being named Fatyan who has been locked away and can be liberated with a kiss. Fatyan is able to help Yzabel see her sahar, or magic, as a blessing, but as Yzabel realizes her feelings for Fatyan are romantic, she attempts to reconcile her attraction with religious beliefs and teachings that decry same-sex relationships. Even still, Yzabel and Fatyan are up against a power-hungry man who is determined to bring war among the Christian nations and expose the girls for what they are. Pinguicha’s lyrical #OwnVoices novel based on Portuguese legend is a coming-of-age story that encompasses timeless topics. Yzabel fears a same-sex relationship and her sahar makes her a sinner. As she and other characters explore forgiveness of one’s self and others, she learns to question the power dynamic between her and Denis in regards to politics, gender, and sexuality. Tumultuous relationships and strong character development keep the plot moving at a page-turning pace. A content warning for self-harm is included at the front of the book, and there are some brief sex scenes. VERDICT This book offers representation that is rare in YA historical fantasy. Recommended for young adult collections.–Liz Anderson, DC P.L.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–In 1288, Yzabel, the 17-year-old fiancée of King Denis of Portugal, is afflicted with a curse that turns food into flowers. As the Portuguese people suffer from hunger and the red plague, Yzabel bands with her lady’s maid to seek the Enchanted Moura, a magical being named Fatyan who has been locked away and can be liberated with a kiss. Fatyan is able to help Yzabel see her sahar, or magic, as a blessing, but as Yzabel realizes her feelings for Fatyan are romantic, she attempts to reconcile her attraction with religious beliefs and teachings that decry same-sex relationships. Even still, Yzabel and Fatyan are up against a power-hungry man who is determined to bring war among the Christian nations and expose the girls for what they are. Pinguicha’s lyrical #OwnVoices novel based on Portuguese legend is a coming-of-age story that encompasses timeless topics. Yzabel fears a same-sex relationship and her sahar makes her a sinner. As she and other characters explore forgiveness of one’s self and others, she learns to question the power dynamic between her and Denis in regards to politics, gender, and sexuality. Tumultuous relationships and strong character development keep the plot moving at a page-turning pace. A content warning for self-harm is included at the front of the book, and there are some brief sex scenes. VERDICT This book offers representation that is rare in YA historical fantasy. Recommended for young adult collections.–Liz Anderson, DC P.L.

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