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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 St. Rosetta’s Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew af 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 St. Rosetta’s 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?


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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 St. Rosetta’s Academy. Sure, her crown may be slightly askew af 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 St. Rosetta’s 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?

30 review for Of Princes and Promises

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vaishnavi

    First of all I’m just very thankful that I received this ARC. This book is the second installment of the St. Rosetta’s Academy series and is a contemporary spin off of the tale The Frog Prince. We have already met the characters of the book in the first book “of curses and kisses”, there is a reference to some scenes of that book, but this book can be read as a standalone. I’ve read this book in a single go, I was such impressed by the book. At some point I felt Rahul’s behaviour a bit frustratin First of all I’m just very thankful that I received this ARC. This book is the second installment of the St. Rosetta’s Academy series and is a contemporary spin off of the tale The Frog Prince. We have already met the characters of the book in the first book “of curses and kisses”, there is a reference to some scenes of that book, but this book can be read as a standalone. I’ve read this book in a single go, I was such impressed by the book. At some point I felt Rahul’s behaviour a bit frustrating, but if you be in his spot then we can understand from where he is coming, but still I was frustrated (in a good way😉). He is a complete introvert and the blend to the background type of guy. Caterina is the Queen Cat, always the centre of attraction, and when she needs Rahul’s help to get back at his ex boyfriend at a Gala, this is what changes everything Rahul goes through an immense transformation to RC from being in the background to being the centre of attraction. During this whole process, Caterina enjoys being with Rahul and gradually realises that she is falling in love with him. But everything is not so simple, thee are a lot of twists and turns to reach the end point. Caterina although being the mean cat in the exterior, she is just a sweet girl in the interior. And like “the frog Prince” tale, here our Princess looks through the all the slime and warts and etc of the frog, looks directly into the Prince in his heart, and just unearths him. It’s not like she fell in love with a Prince, she fell in love with a frog, who has a heart of Prince, she has recognised this precious gem, even though there was so much mud covering him, and her love has changed him for good. This is what we have to understand, it’s not the external appearance that matters, what truly matters that what we are at the heart, and that is what defines us. This moral is very subtly told in the story and is effectively conveyed by the struggles Rahul faces to accept his frog self with the diamond heart, instead when he can become the Prince of everyone’s dreams. He struggles but at the end, he finally understands that he needs to be a Prince at heart, and not a Prince in appearance, cause appearance doesn’t matters for the ones who have truly seen your heart, they would accept you in whatever form you are and this is what we find in our true love and true friends. Coming to my rating: out of 5 stars Title : good ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cover : acceptable ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Story : satisfying and cute romance, with a slight thrill at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Writing : there is no doubt that Sandhya Menon is a best selling author ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Description : words were perfectly imaginable, and the emotions were felt right at the heart. Character development : perfect ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Originality : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall : 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I just finished Of Curses and Kisses and I CANNOT WAIT until this story comes out!! I'm definitely exctied that the storyline is going to be focused on Caterina & Rahul, I knew these were going to have something going on, especially when Rahul couldn't stop looking at her at different times in OCAK *HAPPY DACNE!!! I just finished Of Curses and Kisses and I CANNOT WAIT until this story comes out!! I'm definitely exctied that the storyline is going to be focused on Caterina & Rahul, I knew these were going to have something going on, especially when Rahul couldn't stop looking at her at different times in OCAK *HAPPY DACNE!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)

    Read on July 2021 3.5 ✨ I CANNOT WAIT :D

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    23/03/2020 there is a TITLE and a SYNOPSIS! this one does sound really cute and i like that its a retelling of the frog prince. seems like theres no hope for my catarina and daphne love story though :( 25/02/2020 i really hope this one is about Catarina and Daphne Elizabeth falling in love <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    Caterina LaValle broke up with her boyfriend Alaric in book one after she found out he was cheating on her. The boy who comforted her afterwards was none other than Rahul, someone totally un-popular who Caterina would hardly give the time of day before. For a while, it seems like the dance and conversation they shared was a one time thing as Caterina is keeping Rahul at a distance. Until, she needs help and Rahul agrees without a second thought. The deal is for him to accompany her to big fancy Caterina LaValle broke up with her boyfriend Alaric in book one after she found out he was cheating on her. The boy who comforted her afterwards was none other than Rahul, someone totally un-popular who Caterina would hardly give the time of day before. For a while, it seems like the dance and conversation they shared was a one time thing as Caterina is keeping Rahul at a distance. Until, she needs help and Rahul agrees without a second thought. The deal is for him to accompany her to big fancy events and to show Alaric just how well Caterina is doing for herself. But he can hardly go as himself. Rahul will have to go through a full makeover and become someone else in the process. But for him, spending time with Caterina is worth it, no matter the cost. This was a lot better than Of Curses and Kisses. Caterina and Rahul really shined here, I'm glad they got their own book because I got to see them in a different light. I really like that it's not a typical 90s movie makeover story where nobody notices the person being madeover until they are. Caterina knew exactly who Rahul was, and she liked him for him. On the other hand, I barely noticed any similarities with the original tale unlike in book one where there were plenty. Do I mind? Not necessarily. I didn't like the villain. They were a bit predictable and unneeded. The story was strong on its own and the villain existed only to drive a bigger wedge between our couple...and to show another side to Caterina that we were already aware was there. The romance starts early-ish on. That surprised me a little considering how long it took for Jaya and Grey to get together, but it works. I'm happy for them. I'm excited about that DE teaser at the end. Is her book next in line? I hope so. Extra bonus points for the name Vanya Petrovic who is not only Slavic, but also not evil. More nice Slavic characters!!! I'd recommend this book to people who like cute boarding school romances with just a hint of magic. *Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars I read the first book in this series at the beginning of last year and I liked it, so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately it didn't live up to the first one. I didn't really connect with the characters or particularly like them. I didn't really remember them all that much from the first one having read it a while ago and they had been more side characters in the first one so it almost felt like a s Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars I read the first book in this series at the beginning of last year and I liked it, so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately it didn't live up to the first one. I didn't really connect with the characters or particularly like them. I didn't really remember them all that much from the first one having read it a while ago and they had been more side characters in the first one so it almost felt like a standalone. Catarina is the typical stuck up rich girl and Rahul has wealthy political parents, but he is very socially awkward and his parents sent him to Rosetta to "get rid of him." I just spent the whole story feeling bad for Rahul for thinking he had to change this appearance and personality to fit in. It was sad watching him ruin his relationship with the friends who liked him for who he was to begin with. I just think I'm getting a little old for such high school drama (yikes!). I did enjoy Catarina's inner journey, but still didn't really connect with her and really knew what her journey was going to be all along so nothing was really surprising. By the end I was happy with her growth. The plot was not super exciting, it was basically just Caterina bringing Rahul to different parties and events as RC by using magical hair gel. There is a twist at the end that felt almost like a thriller type twist, but then kind of wasn't and ended strangely. The ending in general felt a little rushed, while the rest of the book was slower paced. The writing style was easy to read, however like the first book, there were some not so commonly used words that I did not know the meanings of that kind of took me out of the story a little bit while reading. Despite this not being an absolute favorite book of mine, I was able to blow through large portions at a time which doesn't happen all that often. I would definitely recommend this series, just be aware that it is a very high school scene for you "older" YA readers!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashton Reed

    3.5/5 stars (review originally posted on Under the Covers book blog) ”Most people wouldn’t say I have a heart, and most people wouldn’t say you’re easy to talk to,” Caterina mused. Her brown eyes glittered. “It sounds like most people don’t know us.” This was a sweet YA romance with some really great themes and characters, but there was something missing; I wanted the story to go to the next level but it never really got there. In this sequel to Sandhya Menon’s Of Curses and Kisses, the trademar 3.5/5 stars (review originally posted on Under the Covers book blog) ”Most people wouldn’t say I have a heart, and most people wouldn’t say you’re easy to talk to,” Caterina mused. Her brown eyes glittered. “It sounds like most people don’t know us.” This was a sweet YA romance with some really great themes and characters, but there was something missing; I wanted the story to go to the next level but it never really got there. In this sequel to Sandhya Menon’s Of Curses and Kisses, the trademark mean-girl-queen-bee at St. Rosetta’s Academy, Caterina LaValle, has only one thing on her mind: her plan to show everyone how untouched she is after her boyfriend, Alaric, cheated on her. She’s Queen Cat, and to stay on the throne, she needs a hot date to the Hindman Foundation Gala - one that will shock the smug looks off of Alaric and his rebound model girlfriend for good. Rahul Chopra is head-over-heels in love with Caterina, and has been for a long time. And he can’t stop thinking about the night they danced together at the winter formal, when Caterina looked so hurt after Alaric’s betrayal. Rahul is socially awkward and feels no confidence in his own skin, but he still holds onto hope that Caterina remembers that dance between them, too. And so the only plausible answer when Caterina asks him to go to the Gala with her is yes. The next two weeks, Caterina begins Rahul’s makeover into RC, the hot prince on Caterina’s arm at all the high society functions. But what happens when Rahul likes RC better? And does Caterina really want Rahul to change? Of Princes and Promises has so many great aspects to talk about. When I started reading, I didn’t jive with either of the main characters, but I especially didn’t relate to Rahul’s perspective; he’s so awkward that he comes off as unnecessarily cruel to his friends, and it was hard to read in his perspective at first. However, he is also easy to empathize with, and Menon does a good job of showing why he acts the way he does. Both Rahul and Caterina have interesting character arcs, and it makes for an interesting main conflict I was not expecting; Menon took a fresh look at the “character changes himself” trope and I liked being surprised at that. At first, Rahul doesn’t feel right in his own skin, but it’s amazing to see his true transformation into someone comfortable and confident while still being himself. And Caterina learns that pretending to be invulnerable only hurts her in the end. Their romance rises to the occasion because of this interesting conflict twist, and I’m really glad they could find their happy ending (that’s not a spoiler, you definitely already knew they’d get together 😉). In all honesty, perhaps my problem is that I didn’t read Of Curses and Kisses first. As soon as I started reading, so many characters and settings were introduced and I could tell I was supposed to have a familiarity with these people already. That could have been the barrier between me liking the book and me loving the book. However, this book still didn’t take the leap into the plot, and I think I could sense that hesitation throughout the entire read. It was all surface-level, never really diving into big conflicts or extra tense moments. In the last 20%, it gets close to that next level as everything comes together in the climax, but I really wish there had been a deeper plunge throughout the rest of the book. Also, my understanding was that there would be a little bit of magic in this book, so I never grasped the purpose of the little hints of magic since I don’t think anything was actually magical? There were characters I suspected as soon as I met them, yet their conflicts were completely realistic. And most of the plot revolves around a bottle of hair gel that seemingly magically completes Rahul’s transformation into RC, yet I don’t think it ever ended up being magical? There needed to be a lot more explanation there because its purpose to the theme and the character arcs is never fully explained and that left me very confused by the end. Ultimately, this book is a sweet romance with some great themes and an interesting twist that will take you by surprise. However, for me, I wished there was more depth because I never felt truly immersed in the story. I recommend this book to YA romance readers who want something quick and heart-warming to entertain them!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aracely

    Of Princes and Promises is a very interesting retelling of The prince frog. It has a bit of magic that I honestly didn't expect. We met Caterina and Rahul in the previous book of this series, we knew that she is a rich heiress who enjoys her social life and everything that this world of appearances represents, or so we thought. In this story we meet again with a Caterina that although it seems that the breakup with her ex-boyfriend Alaric could not care less, when she learns that he will attend wit Of Princes and Promises is a very interesting retelling of The prince frog. It has a bit of magic that I honestly didn't expect. We met Caterina and Rahul in the previous book of this series, we knew that she is a rich heiress who enjoys her social life and everything that this world of appearances represents, or so we thought. In this story we meet again with a Caterina that although it seems that the breakup with her ex-boyfriend Alaric could not care less, when she learns that he will attend with a famous model to one of the big social events that the two usually attend, Caterina is determined to let Alaric and the rest of society know that their breakup has not affected her and that she has turned over a move on. It is then that she decides to make a proposal to Rahul to be his companion in that famous dance, of course before she’s planning to transform and turn him into a person totally different from what he is. Rahul has been in love with Caterina since that dance last winter when he decided to ask her to dance when he saw how sad she was after breaking with Alaric, and does not think twice to accept Caterina's proposal. But Rahul's change doesn't just start with the exterior, his new personality will quickly take over him to the point that Caterina begins to have serious doubts and regrets about being the one to bring it all about. I love that Caterina is not the girl we all think we know and that it is precisely Rahul who with the closeness they are having, is discovering her to us, and at the same time we would see how this Frog would become a Prince RC. There is much I could say but I risk falling into spoilers, if I have not already, just say that the story is full of friendship, complicity, love and a little magic, I wasn’t expected the latter, specifically in the way it occurs. Thank you so much to the author, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange of my honest review. Until the next one :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matthea

    When I had the opportunity to review Of Curses and Kisses last year I was over the moon, I fell in love with Sandhya Menon and all of the characters within St. Rosetta’s Academy. When I was accepted to review Of Princes and Promises, let’s just say. Only dogs could hear my squeal! I’m always hesitant on reading the second installment of a series, some of them are considered “filler” novels, but Of Princes and Promises is not! Of Princes and Promises contains as much fantasy and romance as Of Cu When I had the opportunity to review Of Curses and Kisses last year I was over the moon, I fell in love with Sandhya Menon and all of the characters within St. Rosetta’s Academy. When I was accepted to review Of Princes and Promises, let’s just say. Only dogs could hear my squeal! I’m always hesitant on reading the second installment of a series, some of them are considered “filler” novels, but Of Princes and Promises is not! Of Princes and Promises contains as much fantasy and romance as Of Curses and Kisses, not to mention it's based on one of my favorite fairy tales, The Frog Prince! Am I a bit bias to say that Of Princes and Promises was better than Of Curses and Kisses? Possibly… I just cannot begin to express my overall love for this series and for the characters and the world that Sandhya Menon has created. Overall a very well-written YA Fantasy, perfect for those who are wanting a whimsical quick, care-free read! 4/5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Review on Reader Fox Blog | She felt forgiveness and she felt forgiven and that, too, was the magic of Rahul Chopra. Sandhya Menon's Of Princes and Promises is, thus far, the most disappointing book of 2021. It's been about a week since I finished it and I'm still mad. Because the truth is, this book had everything going for it. Of Princes and Promises didn't have to be a massive disappointment. It could have been one of the best books I'd read all year. And I'm just left wondering why? | Review on Reader Fox Blog | She felt forgiveness and she felt forgiven and that, too, was the magic of Rahul Chopra. Sandhya Menon's Of Princes and Promises is, thus far, the most disappointing book of 2021. It's been about a week since I finished it and I'm still mad. Because the truth is, this book had everything going for it. Of Princes and Promises didn't have to be a massive disappointment. It could have been one of the best books I'd read all year. And I'm just left wondering why? Why did this book have to fail so horribly when it was set up to be so wonderful? I don't think there's anything more frustrating to me than watching a book that has so much potential destroy itself utterly in the last few chapters. A quick spoiler alert, I can't adequately explain the problems with this book without them. Sorry. She’d felt like she had all the power then, like she could do no wrong. Caterina LaValle makes her second appearance in Menon's St. Rosetta's Academy series, but this time as the lead character. This was, quite frankly, a brilliant choice on Menon's part in my opinion. Caterina was somewhat of a villain in the first novel and, in essence, is the perfect character to lead in a The Frog Prince retelling. Fresh from having broken up with her boyfriend for cheating on her, Caterina remains a quasi-princess of the school but is certainly in need of something to refresh her reputation. Truthfully, recruiting someone to assist her in holding on to her shiny reputation is not exactly a far cry from retrieving her golden ball for her. So, for these reasons, it does genuinely seem that Menon had the perfect setup for this novel. "Are we going to dance?" Caterina asked, surprised. "Right here?" "Right here," Rahul said. "I'm not putting my heels back on," she warned. In answer, Rahul kicked off his own shoes. In fact, it gets even better when we're introduced to Rahul who is quite possibly the most adorable character I've read in a while. Despite being so socially awkward that his family has hidden him away for being too embarrassing in public, Rahul is unerringly genuine and kind. Though his understanding of social situations is deeply lacking, the boy has an incredibly authentic drive to do better in the most honest manner possible. He's even got an ulterior motive for going along with Caterina's scheme, leading him to a rather intriguing hair gel that grants him the powers to collect himself in social situations. And it matches perfectly with the fable we know, for Rahul wants both to be near Caterina but also learn how to improve himself. He was still standing where she'd left him, simply because she'd asked him to wait and he was someone who was good for his word. Quite honestly, Rahul's character arc as a whole is entirely the basis for why Menon struck gold with the set-up she gave us for this novel. There was a massive amount of potential hidden in the depths of Caterina and Rahul as characters. And to her credit, Menon does really begin the story this way. For the first half of the novel, you do genuinely believe that the novel will follow a path of detailed character development that drives the story as a whole. I found myself thoroughly engaged in the narrative between these two characters, so much so that I was able to ignore any mild complaint I had about the writing and rather ridiculous pacing of the story. Despite hating the pointless and out-of-place time jumps, they seemed minuscule next to what I thought the plot would be. In truth, I was anticipating a masterpiece about losing yourself to addiction, seeing the pain you can cause someone else, and finally getting to a place of acceptance. And, if I'm being honest, we did get a sense of this. But the problem really lies in the fact that it was kind of surface level and took a backseat to the most pointless and story-damaging villains I have ever had the misfortune to come across in my entire life. He adjusted his sweater collar, wanting to rip it off his body. Being in this body, being Rahul 98 percent of the time, just wasn't cutting it anymore. Not when he knew he could be RC, the guy he'd always wanted to be, the guy the world liked so much better. So, the way Menon sets up her Frog to Prince transition is through this magical-esque hair gel that basically transforms Rahul into a 'princely' version of himself. When he attends the first party with Caterina--to prevent anyone from seeing her taken down after her breakup--Rahul becomes RC, a suave and impressive mysterious man everyone wants to know. Naturally, this is something Caterina is thrilled by and Rahul becomes enthralled with. This plot alone opens up a world of opportunity to explore ideas of what it means to reinvent yourself. But, even better, it offers up an expansive opportunity to delve deeply into the concept of addiction. There's this visceral quality to feeling as though you cannot function without a substance driving Rahul's character arc. What first began as a way to help Caterina save face in a difficult situation quickly becomes something Rahul cannot let go of. As a result of his reinvention, thanks largely due to the hair gel, Rahul becomes despairingly addicted to the substance. And it changes him. What's even more stark about this is the fact that everyone around him recognizes this. And though Rahul sees these changes as good, going so far as to believe the gel is allowing him to "unlock...his truest potential" and leads him to feel invincible, everyone else sees something far more sinister. His friends grow increasingly concerned about him. Feeling they are being unsupportive, he pushes them away. More and more, Rahul begins to feel as though his entire existence requires this hair gel. Then the girl for whom he made all the changes to begin with slowly realizes the damage she has done. His chiseled jaw, his long eyelashes, his silky-thick hair, the easy, confident manner with which he occupied his space. It was exactly what she'd wanted him to be; it was precisely what she needed to show Alaric up. Everything was working perfectly. It was like a flawless windup world she'd created from scratch. And yet…the way he'd said Rahul, like an old skin he was molting off. Something about it felt wrong, somehow. I honestly thought this story was the makings of a great take on the 'getting addicted to something that makes you popular and helps the popular girl fall in love with you' trope. First of all, Caterina wasn't getting tricked, thank the skies. She always knew who Rahul was. In fact, she was directly involved in getting him access to the hair gel that would change his entire persona. And at first, both she and Rahul see it as a good thing. The way Menon allows the effects of the gel to slowly seep into Rahul's character is impressive. It's especially brilliant when seen through Caterina's eyes, "knowing in her heart that Rahul Chopra was becoming more and more self-hating with every day that passed, with every event that he went to as RC. And it was all her fault." Seeing the sheer guilt she feels at having been the one to do this to him is almost tangible in how easily we are able to feel it with her. And you genuinely feel that this is going to be the big epic moment in the story. Everything is leading up to the dichotomy of how she changed him and realizing deep down that she already loved and appreciated him for who he'd been before. "It's more like he hurt himself and I didn't want to stick around to watch it. Which, I suppose, makes me selfish." And damn, can we just talk about how she left him? Let's forget for a moment that this entire portion of the novel was deeply diminished by an incredibly stupid and pointless villain and just think about that line. Cause I have some words for it. Now, admittedly, Caterina is unquestionably the catalyst that sent Rahul diving into the deep end of his addiction. He never would have gotten his hands on the gel without her and that is an indisputable fact. But I think there's something to be said for the fact that there is something deeply damaging about having to watch someone refuse to leave behind their addiction. And she's right, in a way, that it does make her selfish to leave him. But I think it's important to recognize that it's not good to damage ourselves watching someone we care about destroy themselves. Certainly, the commentary could have been better. Caterina had every opportunity to reach out to his friends to get him support. I understand this is more of a fluffy-themed book, but you've got themes of addiction here. The directions Menon could have taken with this novel are endless. And I am so disappointed in her for not doing so. There was something sharp about Mia; she reminded him of glass shards wrapped in velvet. But, as if missing out on an opportunity to have a substantially brilliant commentary on addiction and love wasn't bad enough...Mia exists. Honestly, that is the worst and most unforgivable thing about this book. It's fully because of Mia that this book dropped from a 4-star read to a 2-star for me. Her entire existence is the worst thing about this novel, from the nonsensical miscommunication-fueled plotline she embodied to her idiotic villain speech. I could rant for hours and never fully illustrate the level of hatred I have for how much she ruined an otherwise genuinely good--if not great--novel. She's almost single-handedly the entire reason I feel like Menon failed so wholly on Rahul and Caterina's character arcs. Cause Menon just had to have some unimaginably moronic villain appear literally out of nowhere to...spearhead a miscommunication campaign. Menon really likes her miscommunications for no reason, doesn't she? I cannot stress this enough: if the conflict in your novel only exists because of dumb miscommunications, your conflict has some serious problems. What's most frustrating about this piece is the fact that Menon already had the perfect conflict. It didn't actually have serious problems. Rather, she decided to create massive flaws in a book that was otherwise fantastic. What the hell did Mia add to this story? I'll tell you what she added. Absolutely nothing. I hate Mia. I hate everything about her. She was completely pointless and served only as a way to detract from what was otherwise an incredibly promising plot and story. WHY, why does she exist? "But I think I'll find a way to be happy by myself, regardless." What this all boils down to, in the end, is that Menon simply tried to do too much with a story that already had an excellent plot and conflict. She chose to forgo genuine character development in order to have this pointless side plot villain and it fully destroyed her novel. Mia was nonsense of epic proportions, taking readers away from the true and most important conflict of the novel; that of self-perception of worth and human connection. I don't even know how to get into the ridiculousness of the boyfriend. As if the only reason someone could sell Rahul a 'be your best self' concoction that is bad, actually, is because they were trying to help their girlfriend destroy the person who got the life she wished she'd had. There's just so much wrong with the entire Mia subplot. But, frankly, the worst thing it does is take generously away from what could have been a truly amazing story. "Most people wouldn't say I have a heart, and most people wouldn't say you're easy to talk to," Caterina Mused. Her brown eyes glittered. "It sounds like most people don't know us." As far as I'm concerned, Of Princes and Promises is in desperate need of a rewrite. Menon needed someone to sit her down and tell her where the real story was. She needed someone to tell her how dumb it was to include Mia's character at all. I cannot stress enough how crucially bad the decision to have this villain was. There is no need for the second conflict and it does little more than detract from the best parts of the book. Menon, unquestionably, had the perfect conflict. She had the perfect opportunity for character development. She should never have strayed away from it, not for a second. Mia should not exist. The guy who got them the hair gel should have merely been a guy who sold the magic hair gel. Even he did not need to be a villain greater than the representation of the beauty industry itself and society's expectations of attractiveness. This should have been only a story about Rahul and Caterina learning to love themselves and, through that, each other. And in the end, I can't even bring myself to focus on the numerous tiny things about this book that just irked me, like the random dig Menon makes at how periods make women emotional or how Rahul's friends weren't even really that great toward him. Cause everything pales in comparison to the ginormous missed opportunity in Rahul and Caterina's development and stories. I mean, Menon built up these characters to have a connection of epic proportions, ready to fall apart all due to one's ability to feel confidence and self-love. This would have been an amazing story. So, why the hell does it take a backseat to stupid as hell side plot with monumentally dumb villain??? Ugh, I'm so fucking disappointed. | Reader Fox Links |

  11. 4 out of 5

    Avery (BabeOfBooks)

    A frog prince and an ice queen, an unlikely pair who are destined to befriend each other, for better or worse. With a fake dating plot in the works, nothing can go wrong, right? In Of Princes and Promises, Caterina LaValle and Rahul Chopra, an unlikely duo, are brought together under special circumstances. Dumped by her jerk ex-boyfriend, Caterina combs through the boys in her school, searching for the perfect one to be a fake date to each ritzy gala event. Settling on Rahul, a unique bond forms A frog prince and an ice queen, an unlikely pair who are destined to befriend each other, for better or worse. With a fake dating plot in the works, nothing can go wrong, right? In Of Princes and Promises, Caterina LaValle and Rahul Chopra, an unlikely duo, are brought together under special circumstances. Dumped by her jerk ex-boyfriend, Caterina combs through the boys in her school, searching for the perfect one to be a fake date to each ritzy gala event. Settling on Rahul, a unique bond forms between the two, filled with tension brewing beneath the surface. The sequences of the book move like a movie montage, full of blooming blushes and eloquent etiquette. With witty moments and a charming sense of teen voice, Menon carefully creates a fun, swoon-worthy novel with its fair share of awkward moments. Distinctive voices are given to each character, showing Menon's skill for writing romances that sweep readers off their feet. With a sweet dose of heart, sass and social uncomfortably, Of Princes and Promises is a stellar, light summer read. Fans of Of Curses and Kisses will adore this sequel, with cameos from favourites from the book before. Thank you to the publisher and NetGallery for providing me with an arc of this book. It's greatly appreciated!

  12. 5 out of 5

    anna ✩

    5 stars! This was an amazing second instalment in the St Rosetta's Academy series! This can definitely be read as a standalone - the mentions to the first book the series "Of Curses and Kisses" don't spoil it - but I definitely recommend reading it in order to get the full immersive experience. This time we follow Caterina LeValle and Rahul Chopra as they try to navigate the events that happened before the winter break. When Caterina discovers that her cheating ex-boyfriend Alaric is taking a su 5 stars! This was an amazing second instalment in the St Rosetta's Academy series! This can definitely be read as a standalone - the mentions to the first book the series "Of Curses and Kisses" don't spoil it - but I definitely recommend reading it in order to get the full immersive experience. This time we follow Caterina LeValle and Rahul Chopra as they try to navigate the events that happened before the winter break. When Caterina discovers that her cheating ex-boyfriend Alaric is taking a super model as his date to the next big gala, she has to find a date to. And who better than a polished version of Rahul? Of Princes and Promises was everything I was expecting and more. There's fake dating, there's character development, there's communication, there's twists - it has everything! Caterina and Rahul are incredibly fleshed out characters and you'll have no choice but to fall in love with them. The story is also really well paced and reads very quickly. Once you pick up the book you won't want to put it down until it's all finished.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. If you read the first installment, you may like this one even more (I did!), and if you haven’t read the first one, you can absolutely still appreciate this novel as a self contained gem. More to follow… Updated 6/8/21 3.75 stars Menon writes such fantastic YA contemporary romance, and in this series, readers get the benefit of Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication. If you read the first installment, you may like this one even more (I did!), and if you haven’t read the first one, you can absolutely still appreciate this novel as a self contained gem. More to follow… Updated 6/8/21 3.75 stars Menon writes such fantastic YA contemporary romance, and in this series, readers get the benefit of some fairy tale remixing on top of that. I was a fan of the first book in this series, and I found this one even more engaging. Readers should know that it is totally possible to love and enjoy this book without its predecessor, but reading the first will add to your overall experience. The central characters - Caterina and Rahul/RC - are a lot of fun to follow. Caterina is in the position of power as the one with the social status and confidence (usually), and Rahul adopts the "cooler" persona of RC, thanks to the use of magical hair gel, of all things! Theirs is an uncomplicated relationship at first that evolves through some expected but still adorable experiences and patterns. There's a twist that comes up for Caterina near the end that I found a bit abrupt, and while I would have liked to see that section/concept developed a bit, I liked that there was more here than just the romance. I'm already looking forward to what comes next for these characters and any others who are currently brewing in Menon's mind. Recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I was fortunate to be chosen to be on her “review team” and receive an advanced readers copy. However, this review is my honest and unbiased. I loved this book. Was great to renter the world of Rosetta academy. Many characters returned. I greatly enjoyed learning more about Catrina and Rahul. If you enjoyed the “of curses and kisses” you will love this one, but it would also work as a stand alone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    My lukewarm feelings about this series has more to do with the trope than the writing. I adored Rahul, but I cared little for the troubles of the super rich, elite teens. I prefer to read more about "normal" coming of ages stories, like those in Dimple/Rishi. Since certain characters have grown on me, I will likely continue with the series. My lukewarm feelings about this series has more to do with the trope than the writing. I adored Rahul, but I cared little for the troubles of the super rich, elite teens. I prefer to read more about "normal" coming of ages stories, like those in Dimple/Rishi. Since certain characters have grown on me, I will likely continue with the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. After being humiliated by her cheating boyfriend at the winter formal, Queen of St Rosetta's, Caterina LaValle is determined to reclaim her crown, and not show the hurt. But when Alaric reveals he has started dating a super model, and will be taking said model to a prestigious social event - one where the cameras will be looking at Caterina's reaction, she knows she needs to find an escort, and fast. Rahul C I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. After being humiliated by her cheating boyfriend at the winter formal, Queen of St Rosetta's, Caterina LaValle is determined to reclaim her crown, and not show the hurt. But when Alaric reveals he has started dating a super model, and will be taking said model to a prestigious social event - one where the cameras will be looking at Caterina's reaction, she knows she needs to find an escort, and fast. Rahul Chopra may be the son of the Indian finance minister, but he's clueless when it comes to social interaction, and wouldn't usually be Caterina's first choice. But, he kept her secret at the formal, and is more than willing to do anything to help her, so Caterina takes him under her wing, and with a little help of a magical pot of hair chair, he is transformed into RC, a debonair and handsome guy, but one with a cost. As the pair grow closer, will they be able to overcome their old prejudices, or will RC overrule Rahul, and ruin the day? Now, as soon as I finished Of Curses and Kisses, way back in December 2019, I was just blown away by it, and desperate to read more. Well, obviously the pandemic happened, but when my copy of Of Princes and Promises dropped through my letterbox, I dropped everything to read it. I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed it, but didn't love it anywhere near like I had with book 1. I'm not too sure why, but Caterina and Rahul's story, and relationship, just didn't grip me as much as Jaya and Grey's had. Caterina had definitely had a life of luxury since her childhood, and was very loved, but used the power she got from her position to help her. I didn't immediately warm to her, but by a few chapters, I loved her. She had a public persona - one perfected for the cameras and the red carpet, but once you saw her softer side, she was someone you could really like. Rahul was always a softy, but as RC, I really disliked him. I'm not too familiar with the source material of the Frog Prince, but I felt like RC's persona somewhat ruined the appeal of Rahul, and that may be part of why I didn't adore this book. Rahul and Caterina were really good together, but RC just added a bit too much drama than I would've wanted. I did, however, love the mystery aspect, around the new friend who appeared, Mia, and Oliver, the owner of the store that sold Rahul the magical hair gel. I was close to the truth about it all a few times, but never actually got there until the big reveal, and it definitely helped to engage the audience. All in all, this was a good book, but after my love of book 1, I was left wanting slightly. I'm hoping book 3, with I think with be DE's book, will be amazing!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    “Cats are the ultimate narcissists, a study in being heartless. They’re cold, and yet people live to serve them. Put a cat and a bear together, and the bear’s going to run away when the cat hits it on the nose. Why? Because cats have the don’t-fuck-with-me attitude that can put something twenty times their size in its place. That’s what I’ve always coveted.” -Queen Cat This was cute. I like the new covers! I do feel like the romances are very childlike like the first book. I love the family dynam “Cats are the ultimate narcissists, a study in being heartless. They’re cold, and yet people live to serve them. Put a cat and a bear together, and the bear’s going to run away when the cat hits it on the nose. Why? Because cats have the don’t-fuck-with-me attitude that can put something twenty times their size in its place. That’s what I’ve always coveted.” -Queen Cat This was cute. I like the new covers! I do feel like the romances are very childlike like the first book. I love the family dynamics and setting better in this sequel. Hopefully DE gets her own story! Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this arc!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of St. Rosetta’s 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 w Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Caterina LaValle is determined to show she’s still the queen of St. Rosetta’s 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? We get to see a totally different side to the ice queen that is Caterina. I LOVED IT! We know her as cold and cruel but getting to see inside her head proves she is anything but. I really loved that we got to see her be more vulnerable and open to new things and about her feelings! Rahul is such a sweetheart. I’d love a friend like him in my life! It was really cool getting to delve into more of his character too and see his confidence manifest in a more negative way. He is definitely a different person as RC, it’s almost scary! Romance was definitely undertone throughout this book and I believe Menon executed it perfectly! We get the longing from Rahul, and then the admiration from Caterina... perfection! I loved the twist and turns this book took as well - I had an inkling of what would happen but boy was I shocked by the events that did occur. I really enjoyed Of Curses and Kisses and I am so, so glad that this sequel lived up to expectations! Overall, Of Princes and Promises is a fabulous sequel that reminds you you’re perfect as you are. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Thank you again to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advanced copy of this book. #swoonsquad #sandhyassweethearts

  19. 5 out of 5

    Neelam

    I really enjoyed this story and especially as we got to see more of Rahul who I loved in Of Curses and Kisses. This story is a Princess (Caterina) and the frog (Rahul) retelling and it was so wonderful to see a new retelling. One of the things I loved was that we get to make up our own minds about whether there is any magic or not. Is the hair gel truly magical or does simply implying it is magical give Rahul that confidence boost to become more socially adept? The story may seem as though it is I really enjoyed this story and especially as we got to see more of Rahul who I loved in Of Curses and Kisses. This story is a Princess (Caterina) and the frog (Rahul) retelling and it was so wonderful to see a new retelling. One of the things I loved was that we get to make up our own minds about whether there is any magic or not. Is the hair gel truly magical or does simply implying it is magical give Rahul that confidence boost to become more socially adept? The story may seem as though it is a fluffy romance also deals with family relationships and how living up to your parents expectations can affect someone and what can happen if the parent rejects us. It also deals with friendships and how having real deep friendships make a big difference in our lives. People who we can truly be ourselves around and not have to put on a front to protect ourselves. I enjoyed learning more about Caterina who at first seems like your typical queen bee but we learn there is more to her and she struggles just like everyone else. She has no real friends because she keeps everyone at arms length because of how her father raised her. I liked seeing her change over the story and realise she can let people in to have a more meaningful relationship. Rahul is socially awkward often not realising that he should not have said something until it’s too late but he transforms with the hair gel and becomes more like the boys he sees around him. Charming and funny and able to understand social ques but does that make him a better person? Is he changing too much of himself to fit in and does that make him better? These are all things he learns throughout the story which was great to see. I liked seeing Caterina and Rahul together, they were cute and brought out the best in each other. The plot twist was interesting to see too although I can’t say much without spoilers! But it will be interesting to see what happens with that in the next book. We also get to see more of Jaya and Grey which I loved seeing as I really loved their story so it was great to see them being as cute as ever. I also loved how despite Rahul not having the best relationship with his friends in this book they came through for him and helped him when he had no one else to turn to. This was a fun, cute read and I am looking forward to seeing what the next book will be about!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sanna

    “Your entire world is just so flimsy. You’re a paper doll, Caterina. All it takes is one storm to completely disintegrate you.” 3.5⭐️ This instalment in the St. Rosetta's Academy series is a romantic retelling of The Frog Prince. Though I’m not as familiar with this fairy tale as others, I still enjoyed the magical realism elements to the story. Additionally, it was nice being back with the characters we know from Of Curses and Kisses. This story follows Rahul and Caterina, two side characters from “Your entire world is just so flimsy. You’re a paper doll, Caterina. All it takes is one storm to completely disintegrate you.” 3.5⭐️ This instalment in the St. Rosetta's Academy series is a romantic retelling of The Frog Prince. Though I’m not as familiar with this fairy tale as others, I still enjoyed the magical realism elements to the story. Additionally, it was nice being back with the characters we know from Of Curses and Kisses. This story follows Rahul and Caterina, two side characters from the first book. I loved diving more into their personalities, having only seen them from the outside before. Caterina’s a typical ice princess who is slowly learning to be more vulnerable, and Rahul is an awkward outcast who wants to fit in. A scheme involving fake dates, a makeover, and copious amounts of hair gel brings the two closer together. They were a sweet couple and I enjoyed reading their scenes. I liked how much they both progressed throughout the book. I also appreciated hearing about Rahul’s social anxiety at the start, though wish this was expanded on more in the rest of the story. All in all, I enjoyed this book, despite some slow moments and the slightly rushed ending. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    rahul is everything that caterina isn't looking for. his dorky, socially awkward self doesn't fit in with her crowd. before their arrangement, rahul had never thought that he would be confident, charismatic and popular. the hair gel that they procured worked like magic. with how things progressed, it's apparent that rahul liked himself more when he was RC. but people viewing from the outside can see the lengthening distance between him and his friends, and how much he's changing to fit a standar rahul is everything that caterina isn't looking for. his dorky, socially awkward self doesn't fit in with her crowd. before their arrangement, rahul had never thought that he would be confident, charismatic and popular. the hair gel that they procured worked like magic. with how things progressed, it's apparent that rahul liked himself more when he was RC. but people viewing from the outside can see the lengthening distance between him and his friends, and how much he's changing to fit a standard that he shouldn't even be reaching for. it was surprising, though, that caterina was the one who noticed it and didn't like the alteration in rahul's personality and mindset. because, the rahul who is honest, kind and dorky is the one she missed the most during the period they were pretending to date. him being RC seemed like she was with a whole other person. it felt unnatural. as a reader, i thought the difference in rahul's behaviour as rahul and as RC was pretty interesting. as rahul, he stutters while talking to caterina and doesn't know the basics of being in the rich crowd. on the flip side, RC naturally fits into the crowd by making jokes and being really smooth while conversing with others. however, like caterina, there's a closer connection with rahul than RC.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    A modern-day retelling of The Frog Prince takes us back to St. Rosetta’s Academy. 🐸 Caterina LaValle is known as the Ice Queen on campus, but Rahul Chopra sees another side of her, especially after she’s vulnerable in front of him when her boyfriend Alaric dumps her at a school dance. That’s the night Rahul falls in love with Caterina…but he believes there’s no way she’d fall for a dork like him. However, when Caterina needs a date for a gala, she decides to makeover Rahul. With the help of some A modern-day retelling of The Frog Prince takes us back to St. Rosetta’s Academy. 🐸 Caterina LaValle is known as the Ice Queen on campus, but Rahul Chopra sees another side of her, especially after she’s vulnerable in front of him when her boyfriend Alaric dumps her at a school dance. That’s the night Rahul falls in love with Caterina…but he believes there’s no way she’d fall for a dork like him. However, when Caterina needs a date for a gala, she decides to makeover Rahul. With the help of some magic gel Rahul turns into RC, a cool, suave and ultra popular guy. As Rahul begins to change, Caterina finds herself missing the cute, awkward boy he used to be. Which Rahul will he end up being? The adorkable nerd or the charming flirt? 🐸 Book 2 was just as cute as Of Curses and Kisses. Rahul and Caterina were adorable. I love a good fairytale retelling and Menon nailed it with this series! I can’t wait to return to St. Rosetta’s Academy for book 3! Be sure to purchase this book on June 8! TY Netgalley for the ARC.

  23. 5 out of 5

    nihaarika

    Of Princes and Promises is much better than the previous book. And maybe because the storyline for me is far too relatable. From the start, I knew I would like to Rahul. His awkwardness and shy personality reminded me of how I used to be in high school and how much I wished that I would fit in with people. I always wished that I could be more confident and that's why, reading Rahul's struggles, I relate to them on a deeper level. Caterina was someone who I would be intimidated by if I was still Of Princes and Promises is much better than the previous book. And maybe because the storyline for me is far too relatable. From the start, I knew I would like to Rahul. His awkwardness and shy personality reminded me of how I used to be in high school and how much I wished that I would fit in with people. I always wished that I could be more confident and that's why, reading Rahul's struggles, I relate to them on a deeper level. Caterina was someone who I would be intimidated by if I was still in high school, so reading from her perspective was not that easy, but I did enjoy it. And she definitely grew on me as I read on, and by the end of the book, I started loving her too. I would have liked if there were more instances of Rahul struggling to accept his identity, but overall, I did enjoy this and loved the romance, which was pretty cute. If you're looking to pick up an easy read, then I definitely recommend this. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    *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 tha *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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 4.75/5 Of Princes and Promises is the second book in the St Rosetta's Academy. We follow Rahul and Catarina. After dancing at the winter ball, Catarina asks Rahul to be her fake date for all of the social events she attends to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Rahul transforms himself into RC, a handsome gentleman with the help of a magic gel... First, I didn't really like Rahul and Catarina in the first book, but I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 4.75/5 Of Princes and Promises is the second book in the St Rosetta's Academy. We follow Rahul and Catarina. After dancing at the winter ball, Catarina asks Rahul to be her fake date for all of the social events she attends to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. Rahul transforms himself into RC, a handsome gentleman with the help of a magic gel... First, I didn't really like Rahul and Catarina in the first book, but I learned to know them in this one and they were perfect and realistic. I also liked to see Rhey and Jana again as well as all of their friends. Second, the plot was addictive and I couldn't put the book down. The fake dating trope was awesome and original. The romance was amazing and so sweet. Last but not least, the retelling of The Frog Prince was great and Sandhya Menon's writing is so soft. Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and its cuteness. Can't wait to read the next one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Zeman

    I really enjoyed this book. It can easily stand alone, even though it is a part of a series. I kind of figured out the character of Mia half way through the story, which really makes this a 4.5/5 stars for me. I loved that the Ice Queen was conquered by her heart and by a “frog”. Rahul was so sweet and innocent, kind of reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. It was nice to connect with the characters from the first novel in the Rosetta Academy series. I look forward to seeing what the auth I really enjoyed this book. It can easily stand alone, even though it is a part of a series. I kind of figured out the character of Mia half way through the story, which really makes this a 4.5/5 stars for me. I loved that the Ice Queen was conquered by her heart and by a “frog”. Rahul was so sweet and innocent, kind of reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. It was nice to connect with the characters from the first novel in the Rosetta Academy series. I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for DE in the next book!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haven

    Bottom line is: I very much enjoyed reading this book. Sandya Menon is a great writer. If I wanted to be critical, I’m sure I could pick apart some less believable character arcs, or question the choice to set these books among the mega rich and famous etc., etc., but honestly, she is such a talented writer that I enjoyed every word and had a great time reading. Will definitely be picking up the next book, which I am hoping is all about DE!

  28. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: social anxiety In Of Princes and Promises, my heart immediately went out to Rahul. Hopelessly in love, Rahul appealed to all my soft spots. Feeling like he doesn't fit in, he is infatuated with Cat. Feeling like you're 'not enough' for someone was so utterly relatable. How sometimes we wish there was just a magic spell to fit in. While I loved Rahul from the beginning, it took me (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: social anxiety In Of Princes and Promises, my heart immediately went out to Rahul. Hopelessly in love, Rahul appealed to all my soft spots. Feeling like he doesn't fit in, he is infatuated with Cat. Feeling like you're 'not enough' for someone was so utterly relatable. How sometimes we wish there was just a magic spell to fit in. While I loved Rahul from the beginning, it took me a long time to get to know Cat. Motivated by jealously, she gives Rahul a makeover, almost trying to build herself a version of revenge. I'm not going to lie, it took me a long time to warm up to Cat, just because I was instantly so empathetic towards Rahul and his own journey. How he's trying so hard to be worthy of Cat's love. And how that taste of fitting in, even if you have to bend a few rules and change a bit, can be so intoxicating. In many ways, his journey felt so close to questions, instances, and memories of my own. Of Princes and Promises is written in dual POV so, as readers, we can see the changing of opinions and hearts of both Rahul and Cat. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This is another charmer! The second in this series of YA fairy tale retellings (very loose retellings) featuring students at an extremely elite private school is based on The Frog Prince as Caterina helps Rahul transform into someone who seems like a charming prince. While there is a fantasy element to the story, it's mostly a YA contemporary, and I really enjoyed the characters' growth and connection through the s Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This is another charmer! The second in this series of YA fairy tale retellings (very loose retellings) featuring students at an extremely elite private school is based on The Frog Prince as Caterina helps Rahul transform into someone who seems like a charming prince. While there is a fantasy element to the story, it's mostly a YA contemporary, and I really enjoyed the characters' growth and connection through the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nopry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a well written book! Like the first book in the St. Rosetta's Academy series, it was a fun modern fantastical twist on a fairy tale, the frog prince. I enjoyed the main girl's character a lot. The main boy was a little frustrating at times, but it just kept me on the edge of my seat XD As always, I wish there was less profanity, but I'm very pleased by how tame the romances are in this series so far. Nothing sketchy, just some squee worthy flirting and kissing XD The twist at the end was This was a well written book! Like the first book in the St. Rosetta's Academy series, it was a fun modern fantastical twist on a fairy tale, the frog prince. I enjoyed the main girl's character a lot. The main boy was a little frustrating at times, but it just kept me on the edge of my seat XD As always, I wish there was less profanity, but I'm very pleased by how tame the romances are in this series so far. Nothing sketchy, just some squee worthy flirting and kissing XD The twist at the end was fun, although it was kind of predictable. I appreciated the main girl's reaction to the revelation and being in that situation. This is about high school seniors, so I think this would be most enjoyable for people that age who can relate with the characters.

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