Book of the Month: A Curse of Roses

If you haven’t heard about this book on twitter, or elsewhere, in the past few months…well let’s just say now is your chance to change that. If you like folktale retellings made gay, then this is the book for you. And it’s out in less than a month!

So read on to find out more about this book!

Related: Don’t forget all releases can be found in our monthly lists here.

A Curse of Roses

Diana Pinguicha


Rep: sapphic mc & li
CWs: homophobia (including internalised), self harm, disordered eating (due to curse)
Release date: 1st December 2020

With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.

There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.

If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food.

Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.

As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death?

With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more.

She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.

Based on Portuguese legend, this #OwnVoices historical fantasy is an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty…


You might like this if…

…you want to read more retellings.

…you’re interested in Portuguese folktales.

…you’re familiar with Catholic guilt (or you were raised Catholic & you’re gay).


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