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Publisher's Summary

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

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 for years. 

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. 

A Curse of Roses includes themes, imagery, and content that might be triggering for some listeners. Discussions of religious-based self-harm, religious-based eating disorders, and religious-based internalized homophobia appear throughout the novel.

©2020 by Diana Pinguicha (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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ACOR had the makings of an intriguing plot and great book, but ultimately it fell short. I wanted this book to be full of action. Instead, too much time was spent repeating the protagonist's ailments, piety, and worries, both in her head and to her companions. Literally half the book... I would like to read a sequel but with less monologs/repetition and more action.

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Excellent Read!

Wow! What a story teller. I was hesitant at first because it was a free bee. I am so glad I played it. My only disappointment was that there was not more from this author on Audible.

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Brilliant and Beautiful

I wanted this story to last forever. Guess I'll just have to start over from the beginning, lol.
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  • Readwr2018
  • 02-06-22

Couldn't bare continuing

I wanted a nice story and not a bla bla about the authors life and sexuality. And then you are being told that a lot of women are secretly lesbians and scared to come out. Yeah, I am sure that is the authors fantasy only...
what started with a good narrative turns into lesbian feminism who wants the world to believe all women are actually lesbian.
therefore she has to rewrite a hystorical event by makkng the queen a lesbian I assume.
Because yeah... if the queen never had any further children she must have been lesbian. So most of the queens were actually lesbians because a lot of them had only two or three children with their king husbands. Ah yes... sure... as if live was that simple.
OK, I haven't read the book, but of it is about gay live the author lost me with her introduction of her book.
Next time just wright the story and let people get interessted intl the characters and explore the emotions of the characters on their own.

But all of this is a problem of this new generation. everything has to be about them. they can't even right a book without using it as a platform of self presentation. maybe publish on Tik Tok next time and send some pictures pf what you have been eating while you were writing each chapter... My god so annoying and a no go for me.
I skip this as I am sure I know how this story is going to evolve thanks to the annoying pro-log...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-23-22

A review from someone who listened to all of it

I don't normally leave reviews but the only review I could see for this book (on the .co.uk audible) was a one star from someone who admitted in their review/rant that they didn't go beyond the forward of the book. So here's one from someone who listened to the whole thing and is reviewing out of justified pettiness.

This book is based on a Portuguese legend of a Queen who turned bread into roses in the 13th century. In the forward the author states the hold of religion and how the views of people, even to this day, affect others who do not fit into a certain box. In the 13th century women had almost no choices of their own, especially when it came to marriage in the nobility and royalty. Death from childbirth was a very real danger, there was often no love in political marriages and who's to say the people involved were even heterosexual in the first place? All this is posed before the book starts.

So this fantastical delve into the legend explores those ideas. The book itself has characters to like and loath, bearing in mind the main cast are teenagers there is a fair bit of angst, but considering the pressures of religion, royal decree and potential curses, it's understandable. Sometimes things are a bit over-explained that I'm sure the audience would get regardless but it was a smooth listen, there are some twists you don't expect and a constant tension underlying the main character - I mean, who wouldn't be tense when people might think you're a witch?

It was read well, the narrator making efforts to pronounce Portuguese words and names accurately and she defined each character with distinctive voices that fit their image.

Overall, this book is about a young woman learning who she is and accepting it fully, the magic adds a little extra spice. It is adventurous and holds people at its heart and makes you wonder what the histories didn't say.

Alright, done. Enjoy!



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  • AliceVD
  • 04-26-21

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Visually rich and narratively satifying, Pinguicha explores sapphic love, religious faith, and womanhood in this heart-filled and heart-wrenching historical fantasy.