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Of Dreams and Destiny


About The Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the third “enjoyable” (Kirkus Reviews) installment in a series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a thrilling and swoon-worthy twist on Sleeping Beauty.

It’s senior year, and Daphne Elizabeth “DE” McKinley, the heiress to the McKinley hotel dynasty, is still licking her wounds after a painful breakup. She’s determined to keep her head down and her heart shuttered—even from new student Xander, no matter how dreamy he is.

Then Rosetta Academy is swallowed up by a sudden and massive spring storm, and very strange things start happening. The students start to fall into a stupor, then a deep sleep…one by one. Soon, DE is racing against the clock to find the source of the strange spell and stop it before it claims the entire school. Could Xander’s help be the key to solving the mystery?


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Once upon a time, there was a princess who masqueraded as a whole person. But what people didn’t know was that the princess was a doll made of pieces of sparkling glass. Some were shiny and sharp-edged enough to draw blood, others velveteen and rounded from years of being mishandled. Mostly, the princess was good at reflecting what everyone wanted to see: a vivacious, happy, charming girl fit to take over her parents’ empire one day.

But for her eighteenth birthday, the princess, who’d never wanted for anything, got what she really needed—a fairy godmother. An otherworldly being, patient and kind, round-faced, with warm, twinkling eyes and a magic wand that spat stardust and magic wherever she pointed it. The fairy godmother took one look at the princess and knew just what she had to do: teach the princess to spin those broken pieces of glass into a strong, unbreakable heart that she could place back into her empty chest.

But could the princess do this without first pricking her finger and falling into a deep, everlasting sleep?

About The Author

Photograph (c) Dana Foster Photography

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met RishiOf Curses and Kisses, and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including TodayTeen Vogue, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 19, 2023)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534417601
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Another enjoyable romance for fans of this fractured fairy tale series.

– Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/23

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