Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #1)
This book was awesome! And, okay, I DO happen to have a thing for cheesy young-adult romance fairy-tales, but still, it was really clever and totally adorable! And CLEAN. I wouldn't hesitate to read this book to an 8-year-old (or younger, if they were interested). It was predictable (I guessed who Christian was in the first chapter, but whatever... the goal of the book wasn't to be cryptic), but it was just so sweet and innocent and SO funny!
Okay, so it's about this 6-year-old b...more
I must admit I liked the fir...more
The subtitle is "part comedy, part love story, part everything-but-the-kitchen sink," and that's pretty accurate. I got a bit of a Princess Bride type of vibe from it. I just kept giggling throughout - totally mixed up fairy tale, just slightly surreal and a bit mocking. So much fun!
(Okay, there were some parts where the author was clearly trying too...more
This is my second read. It's just one of those books that you can't seem to put down, but not the kind that you can't stop thinking about. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful book. But.....it's just a good story. It's not something you can't get off your mind.
There were some cheesy parts, but that's part of the charm of the book. It's silly, crazy, touching and cheesy. That's basically the novel in a n...more
That is to say, there's a certain audience for this kind of thing and everyone else should keep their cute-sickness bags handy. (I am saying this as a fan of Cute Overload with a very high tolerance for cuteness.)
It's the light and fluffy side of a fairy tale without the darkness.
But it isn't bad. Ed and Christian are relatively enlightened buddies. While Princ...more
As Christian grows up h...more
(view spoiler)[The beginning was great, and I really enjoyed it. The end, though, was where I started to get annoyed. The king was too powerless, even for a man who people percieved as slightly fuddled. When the king, his three daughters who are queens in their own right, and his unmarried daughter who is still a princess o...more
Pros: The characters are SO loveable. I found myself constantly going "Awww!" at Christian's innocence and the cute yet innocent love between Marigold and...more
This book was recommended to me by a 12 year-old (with good taste), and I do love fairy tales, so I decided to give it a shot. The first chapter was a little dull, I got a little worried that this was a bad choice, but it definately was NOT!
This book has all the workings of a fairy tale, with a little comedy mixed in. There are trolls, tooth fairies, castles, princesses, giants; the whole nine yards. There were even fairy tale comittess, such as the LEFT (Leprechauns, Elves, Fairies, and Trol...more
A troll who lives in a forest shared by two kingdoms lives out his days scavenging things left in the forest, and his only companions are his two dogs. One day he finds a small velvet clad boy who is crying and informs him that he will NOT be going home. Instead he goes and lives with the troll and is happy.
Years, and years pass until one day the boy notices a princess in her castle readin...more
Christian, while looking through his telescope, notices a princess reading a book. Curiosity gets the better of him, so he sends her a “p-mail” with one of his foster-father’s pigeons to ask her what book it is. He and Princess Marigold strike up a correspondence through the pigeons; they share book discussions, bad jokes, and a promise of friendship. As in many fairy tales, this princess has a curse –she can sense the thoughts of any...more
I loved that the defining characteristics of the characters weren't their beauty or lack thereof. Chris is intelligent, kind, and loyal. He's also an inventor. He's the first in the kingdom to use p-mail (pigeon mail). Princess Marigold is a rea...more
Marigold is a strong-willed princess who is being forced to marry a prince she doesn't love. Christian is a bright young man who doesn't realize he's actually a prince. You already know how this is going to end. Beyond being predictable, the story tries very hard to have an irreverent, almost Shrek-like tone. But it fails by being unfunny and weighed down by trite concepts like p-mail (it's like email but with pigeons, g...more
Once Upon a Marigold is a charming love story/comedy/fairy tale that centers on a boy named Christian and the princess he has watched grow up from just across the river. But soon he discovers that his beloved "best friend and bulwark" may be in danger of being bumped off by her own mother....more