Of curses and kisses

Sandhya Menon

Book - 2020

Told in two voices, Jaya Rao, an East Indian princess, and Grey Emerson, an English lord, suffer the effects of a centuries-old feud when they meet at an elite Colorado boarding school.--

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Series
Menon, Sandhya. St. Rosetta's Academy ; bk. 1.
Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Fantasy fiction
Published
New York : Simon Pulse 2020.
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series numbering from author web page.
Physical Description
361 pages : map ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781534417540
1534417540
9781529325317
1529325315
Main Author
Sandhya Menon (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Though India is a democracy now, Jaya Rao of the Imperial House of Mysuru is still a princess, and she understands the expectations. At the top of the list is upholding her family's honor, which is why she's starting at St. Rosetta's International Academy, an elite boarding school, alongside her little sister, Isha. Also at the academy is Grey Emerson, a British aristocrat from the family of the Raos' biggest rivals. It's a deep rivalry: in fact, Grey believes he was cursed by Jaya's ancestor to die before his eighteenth birthday. As a result, he's angry, isolating himself from his classmates. But Jaya is determined to get her revenge on the Emersons, who recently targeted Isha in a public attack: she plans to make Grey fall in love with her, then break his heart. This lightly fantastical spin on Beauty and the Beast works in plenty of crowd-pleasing elements—an enemies-to-lovers romance, a boarding-school setting, an ebullient supporting cast. Fans of Menon's frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Menon's debut, When Dimple Met Rishi (2017), was a New York Times best-seller, and its companion novels have been hotly anticipated. A national media campaign will get her newest into eager hands. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Though India is a democracy now, Jaya Rao of the Imperial House of Mysuru is still a princess, and she understands the expectations. At the top of the list is upholding her family's honor, which is why she's starting at St. Rosetta's International Academy, an elite boarding school, alongside her little sister, Isha. Also at the academy is Grey Emerson, a British aristocrat from the family of the Raos' biggest rivals. It's a deep rivalry: in fact, Grey believes he was cursed by Jaya's ancestor to die before his eighteenth birthday. As a result, he's angry, isolating himself from his classmates. But Jaya is determined to get her revenge on the Emersons, who recently targeted Isha in a public attack: she plans to make Grey fall in love with her, then break his heart. This lightly fantastical spin on Beauty and the Beast works in plenty of crowd-pleasing elements—an enemies-to-lovers romance, a boarding-school setting, an ebullient supporting cast. Fans of Menon's frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Menon's debut, When Dimple Met Rishi (2017), was a New York Times best-seller, and its companion novels have been hotly anticipated. A national media campaign will get her newest into eager hands. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this uneven "Beauty and the Beast" retelling from Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi), Princess Jaya Rao is the heiress to an old Indian kingdom, and though India is now a democracy, she still has to act the part. This means doing her duty (acting "benevolent, firm, and fair"), aspiring to perfection, and looking after her free-spirited younger sister, Isha. Isha's appearance in the tabloids is why, in Jaya's senior year, they've been sent to St. Rosetta's International Academy, a fancy boarding school in the Colorado mountains where the rich stash children who they want out of the public eye. Jaya has reconciled herself to it, though: Grey Emerson, scion of the English family that her own has feuded with over a cursed ruby for generations, also attends there. The plan is to break his heart as payback for his allegedly leaking a photo of Isha to the press. Seventeen-year-old Beast stand-in Grey is lonely, brooding, and, "tainted" by the curse, sure he can't be with people. As if their family connection isn't enough, Grey and Jaya's tempestuous relationship becomes entangled with other school dramas. En route to the inevitable happy ending, readers may tire of repeated descriptions that underline not only the characters' wealth and family connections but also their emotional states, which are often described, and then announced, within the protagonists' alternating first-person narratives. Ages 12–up. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast is set at an elite boarding school, where a princess attempts to protect her younger sister from a rival clan by breaking the heart of a cursed classmate. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Told in two voices, Jaya Rao, an East Indian princess, and Grey Emerson, an English lord, suffer the effects of a centuries-old feud when they meet at an elite Colorado boarding school.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'Fans of Menon's frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory.' 'Booklist'[A] dreamy, sassy confection of a romance'Funny, extravagant, and satisfying.' 'Shelf AwarenessFrom the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Fans of Menon’s frothy, contemporary rom-coms will be excited for this venture into new territory.” —Booklist“[A] dreamy, sassy confection of a romance…Funny, extravagant, and satisfying.” —Shelf AwarenessFrom the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite 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.