September 9, 2020 , Wed



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.

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Okay so the premise of this really intrigued me and I’m always here for sapphic reads. Also, this sounds like it’s going to have GORGEOUS PROSE, which I’m a sucker for.

It’s also based on Portuguese legend and an #OwnVoices story. I’m a big believer in supporting diverse books and diverse voices and I love myths and legends in general so I can’t imagine this not being my jam. AND HEY, WE SHARE A FIRST NAME! Really, though, it just sounds like a unique and gorgeous book and I can’t wait to experience its magic for myself.

A Curse of Roses comes out on December, 1st 2020 just when winter is starting to creep in. I think it’ll be an interesting contrast to the cold weather– to read about magically blooming flowers in the midst of a famine and a fraught forbidden love affair. Plus, this hits right before winter break at my work so I’ll have plenty of time to curl up with some books. What are you looking forward to reading in the next few months? Do you try and read books that match your seasons? I know a lot of people read spooky books in October and holiday books during December and for the most part, I do as well, but I’m a mood reader so it’s hard to match them sometimes. Let me know what you’re looking forward to this Fall and Winter season!


Born in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a Computer Engineer graduate who currently calls Lisbon home. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.

Her debut, A CURSE OF ROSES, will be out December 1st 2020 from Entangled: Teen.

Her art shenanigans can be found at and!



About Diana

Diana is your sleep-deprived, fandom loving, payload escorting, book obssessing tour guide. She has her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and her Master's degree in Creative Writing. She currently works for a community college in the IT department and is an adjunct professor teaching English.

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