About the Book:
Title: Of Princes and Promises
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Fantasy, YA Romance
From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the second installment in a brand-new series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince.
Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of Rosetta Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew after her ex-boyfriend, Alaric, cheated on her, but she’s a LaValle. She’ll find a way to march right back in there, her hands clutching the strings to the whole puppet show. This time, she’s going to be untouchable.
Rahul Chopra knows that moment he shared with Caterina LaValle at the winter formal meant something. Surely she feels it, too. He’s a little uncertain how someone like him (socially inept to a point way past “adorkable”) could fit into her world, but he’s loved Caterina for years. He knows they’ll find a way.
When Caterina finds out Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she cannot arrive without the perfect date. But the thought of taking another superficial St. R’s boy exhausts her. The solution? Sweet-but-clueless Rahul Chopra and a mysterious pot of hair gel with the power to alter the wearer into whatever his heart desires.
When Rahul tries it, he transforms instantly into RC—debonair, handsome, and charming. But transformation comes with a price: As Rahul enjoys his new social standing, the line between his two personas begins to blur. Will he give up everything, including Caterina, to remain RC? Or will this unlikely pair find their way back to each other?
*I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Of Princes and Promises is the second book in the Rosetta Academy series. Sandhya Menon is an auto-buy author for me, and I love her books so much. She always manages to bring a smile to my face. This installment did not disappoint!
Caterina wants to show that she’s still the creme de la creme of Rosetta Academy after the big breakup with her boyfriend Alaric. She hopes to take back her “crown” and her status. Rahul believes that the dance he shared with Caterina at the winter formal means something, and he’s convinced that she feels that way too. He’s a little uncertain of how he could fit into her world, but he’s adored her for so long. His hope is that they’ll find a way to be together.
When Caterina finds out that Alaric is taking a supermodel to the upcoming gala, she knows she must find the perfect date to accompany her. The thought of taking another one of the fake boys from the school doesn’t appeal to her however. She decides to take Rahul, who is sweet and often oblivious. Caterina takes him to her personal assistant at a small local boutique. There he is transformed into who he dreams of being, by a mysterious pot of hair gel.
When Rahul tries the hair gel, he is turns into the handsome, charming, and cultured RC. He and Caterina hit the social scene and cause quite a stir. Rahul and Caterina discover that the transformation comes with a price however, as the line between Rahul and RC begins to blur. The question is, will Rahul give up everything to become RC, or will he come back to the ones he loves?
I liked watching the character development of Caterina and Rahul throughout the book. Rahul is such a sweet boy and I loved him from the get go! Such a cinnamon roll. It took awhile for Caterina to grow on me though. She was really only looking out for herself in the beginning. I really loved the overall message that it’s okay to be true to yourself and who you are. Definitely pick this one up ASAP! A fun and fresh new take on the Princess and the Frog that you’re sure to enjoy.
About the Author:
Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Teen Vogue, NPR Book Review, Buzzfeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado.
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