Of Curses and Kisses (St Rosetta’s Academy #1) 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.


St Rosetta International Academy is discreetly located in the beautiful mountains near Aspen. It is renowned as a boarding school for the children of the wealthy and elite. It is also know as the place they are sent when they need to be out of the limelight. Jaya and Isha are royalty – send to St Rosetta after a scandal involving her sister has made it impossible for them to stay in India with their family. Soon after arriving Jaya is introduced to the heir of her families rival the Emersons. With the plan to engage and break his heart Jaya sets her sights on Grey but it seems he is not who she thought he would be. Torn between family responsibilities, honour and and age old curse Jaya and Grey must find a way to overcome the expectations of others and find their own happiness.

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty” 

This story is an interesting retelling of the age old Beauty and the Beast. I loved how the author incorporated different aspects of the fairy tale without overloading it. We have the beautiful smart princess who is sent away to a far away castle, we have the brooding heir with no hopes for the future believed to be cursed by a ruby to never find love. The two are forced together by circumstance and together they find their way through.

I really enjoyed this story – I am excited to read the others in the series and I did find the other characters interesting. I think if you are a fan of contemporary retellings, like Geekeralla, you will like this book.


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