The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.
This book is like a soothing balm for the heart and soul. It healed my very stressed, very tired heart and filled my brain with optimism and hope.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this book in terms of genre. To clarify, this is a YA contemporary/romance with a single fantastical element–the curse. It’s a modern diverse retelling of Beauty & the Beast set in a boarding school. And I loved it. This comes from a person who isn’t a big fan of retellings, but Sandhya’s story felt new and fresh.
I loved Jaya and Grey. Jaya was bright like the sun, while my poor, sweet Grey was like the stars asking for permission to shine. My heart broke for him, but Jaya was there to fix the problem like the smart, competent princess that she is.
The characters were a little different than usual but in a great way. They had more emotional baggage and grit, yet the author permeated the story with her adorable, cute, loving style. When I reached the end, I took a deep breath, relieved and happy for my characters because I love them too much. I should also say that the side characters were all incredible and well-developed, and I can’t wait to read their stories in the future.
Sandhya Menon has this way of bringing people together and wrapping them up with love and tenderness–even when they’re battling curses. I am a huge fan of Sandhya Menon. I have read and loved every book of hers, but this feels extra special. Jaya and Grey will always have a place in my heart.
I promise you that Grey will melt your hearts.
5 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton