Twice Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, #2)
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Twice Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #2)

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Since Queen Olympia's fateful fall into the river,newlyweds Christian and Marigold have been living happily ever after. And they had every intention of keeping it that way--until they find out that Olympia may not be as gone as they thought.

Turns out Olympia is alive and well in a faraway village, having lost her memory after her ill-timed tumble. But one day she awakes an...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Harcourt
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On the back book flap of this book, it says that Ferris wasn't even planning on a sequel until the huge amounts of mail she received requesting one. Bad decision. This entire sequel felt like just that, that the author had no desire to write it and it just felt forced.

The book starts off where the last one ended, which I loved by the way, with Queen Olympia being rescued from the river. A year later, her memory returns and she begins her quest to take over her previous throne. Good concept? Y

Tamera Westhoff
I wasn't expecting to like this, because I thought it would be for older kids, but it is a great book! I'm excited to add it to my future classroom library (depending on what grade I teach)! I need to get the first book, because it would be nice to learn more background. But, this was okay as a stand-alone book. I love that Marigold and Chris have fights and have to figure out how to work though them. Perfect marriages are only in books, so it's nice to have a little realism thrown in with all o...more
So, there were things that I really liked about this book, but unfortunately, one of them was not the plot. I love Jean Ferris and I love the way she writes. She has lots of little fun devices that keep you giggling the whole way, and she has a TON of great one-liners! She understands life and helps the reader to understand it better as well.

The problem is that this fun little sequel just didn't grab me. I didn't like the evil queen, didn't want her to come back, and the characters who were sup...more
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Twice Upon A Marigold was a wonderful fun filled adventure that keeps you awake and alive. It was told in the third person omniscient point of view. I am so envious of this authors talent to keep the story so entertaining and awakening. She added thrillers and twists to this story that i wouldn't have thought of if you gave me a hundred years.
The novel was set in a town called Beaurivage, it is a fictional town ruled under a monarchy. although the story begins in a boring little village called...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Maybe not quite as good as the first because the world-building was one of the best parts of it and now that's done. But what impressed me was that everybody is an intelligent person capable of insight and growth. Ferris didn't resort to iconographic stereotypes. And the clever word-play and side jokes just made it so much fun. And while how they dealt with Olympia is contrived, it's utterly charming. I'm so glad to have read it, even though I generally do not like sequels and series.
Sep 11, 2011 Laramort rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Girls
Almost painful from its cheasiness. The conversations are difficult to read. The good people are just a little too flawless and the only bad person is a little to evil. The ending I'm sorry, made no sense either. Vaporize the evil? What?

If I pretend I'm eight and reading this book its not so bad. Definitely would be perfect for a 8-12 year-old.
Jul 14, 2014 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I've decided that these books are really cute. I liked this one too. I especially liked that "happily ever after" included a few disagreements and bumps-in-the-road. Honestly, these would probably be pretty good books for any early teens to read. Lots of good "morals" crammed into one story without seeming too obvious, its funny, and has some nice light (and realistic) romance thrown in for good measure. Worth reading.

But, WHY didn't they just imprison Olympia for treason when she showed back up...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
I finished the book late last night, and I still haven't entirely gathered my thoughts about it. While I really liked Jean Ferris' writing style, and while I found a lot of the things she had to say cute and uplifting, this book just really didn't measure up to the first. Both books are supposed to be light and fluffy and over-the-top, but somehow this one seemed (at times) almost shallow. I liked the idea of having a sequel (the cutie-patootie ending of Once Upon a Marigold certainly allowed fo...more
Emily Eastman
This book was aimed more towards younger kids, but I having read and loved the first book really wanted to read this one. I read the first book about 4 years ago though so this book seemed kind of childish. The problem is the author waited so long to put out the next book in his series all of his fans of once upon a marigold have grown older. It really was a clever cute book though. The plot was cute and smart and in it's own little way page turning. I know if this book would've come out a year...more
This book, like the first, is a very cute story with a cute ending. I was really suprised when I found out that Ferris came out with a second one (mostly because I haven't visted the kid book section in FOREVER) and was super happy to start reading it, because the first book was great. I have mixed feelings about it, though.

Pros: Like I said, this book is very cute (like the first one). It's pretty much the same writing style as the first one, so it's very easy to get through. I can't really say...more
Jul 22, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
Twice Upon a Marigold was a great sequel and was really worthy of being so.I thought at first i would not remember the characters i fell in love with so long ago but i did. i remember them with hardly no difficulty at all (Jen Ferris just that good). I laughed and smiled a lot during this book. i turned the pages with the same good feeling and never found myself feeling bored at fact i had only put it down twice and on the second time i did, i finished it. i do have a favorite part that s...more
Jul 16, 2008 Jackie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who had read ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD
Recommended to Jackie by: Maddie
I bought ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD thinking that the author was the British Jean Ferris, whose work I like. But she's American...
I read the first book with my daughter and we both enjoyed it -- a light fantasy, lots of humor, minor fairy tale parodies, a cute romance. So when I saw that there was a sequel, I picked it up for my daughter. She didn't want to wait to read it together, and read it herself quickly. She recommends it, so I'm in the midst...

I found this sequel far less interesting than ONCE...more
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Jul 24, 2011 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Natalie
Marigold and Christian are living out their happily ever after, but they aren't perfectly happy. Little spats and hurt feelings have started creeping in. Could Olympia's evil be influencing their lives? And what about the rumors of a woman who washed up in a village downstream not too long after their wedding? It can't be Olympia. Can it?

This was still cute, it just wasn't quite as cute as the first book. My biggest problem was just letting go and enjoying the story. As an adult, I had a problem...more
Once Upon a Marigold, the awful Queen Olympia fell in the river and was rushed out of her family’s lives, much to their relief. Now though, she’s back. After spending a year with amnesia and a far more pleasant personality, she’s regained her memory and wants her kingdom back.

Christian, Marigold, and everyone else, on the other hand, are quite happy with the lives they’ve been living in their happily ever afters, and they’re ready to use any (non-lethal) means necessary to be rid of Olympia once...more
Jane G Meyer
I can't say how disappointed I was in this book. The one thing that caught my attention in a negative way in the first book, became the plot line for this entire sequel.

The evil mother queen, who was pitched into the river at the end of the first book, comes back to take over the kingdom of Beaurivage in the second book. Her evil aura disrupts the peaceful life there and sets everyone into plotting mode. The light-hearted themes of new love and discovery are long gone in this piece, and with al...more
Mimi Nguyen
I liked this book because it is mostly about love and people are always happy in this book and is never sad or mad .For example, they are living happily ever after."Marigold have been living happily ever after".This quote explains Marigold is happy and in love.This proves that this book is happy.I can infer that this is a fairy tail book because it is one of those book that ends with they live happily ever after ,as a rule happy book end in they lived happily ever after.
Is a fairtale twist kind of book. Was a good quick read with some good lesson to be learned. It is a continuing story and is best to read them in sequence because the characters are already created and established in the first and it continues from there. Lessons: bad attitudes can only hold on to us if we let them by not doing more good to counter act. We have to act to make a situation better otherwise all we are doing is whining for nothing. It is good to be seen for what we do and not for wh...more
The Styling Librarian
Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris - Fantasy, 4th grade and up – Enjoyed reading the sequel to Once Upon a Marigold this week, great read, easy on my brain during busy work days at the end of the year. I love fantasy mixed with humor and this book packs it in… My favorite part of the book? The back cover’s words: “Once Upon a Marigold ended with a royal wedding, a vanquished villainess, and a promise of happily-ever-after. End of story. Right? Wrong.”
It was cute, if someone was in need of a book for young girls with a lot of morals in it, this would be a winner. Part of me left like it was a little much to have this second book, but it wasn't really just gold digging. I had a hard time remembering what plot happened in book 1, and what plot didn't happen, but did happen in Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. My brain was throughly confused for quite a lot of the plot, because Goose Girl and Once upon a Marigold had melded in my mind to form one boo...more
I really liked this book, but compared to the first one, I felt like it was lacking. The first one was so funny and original and light-heartedly fun. This one wasn't quite as original, and there was a certain hollowness in the plot that kind of bugged me. I felt like it was pretty much a repeat of the first book with a lot more dungeon time. However, I love Jean Ferris' characters, and I wasn't disappointed with the ones in this book. I loved the whole Santa Clause twist, too, and I like that wa...more
I'm surprised at the negative reviews on this book, because I really liked it! Whereas the first book focuses on Marigold and Chris meeting and falling in love, Twice Upon A Marigold shows what happens after the Happily Ever After begins - a few fights, a couple of misunderstandings, and some sore feelings, which are to be expected when your presumed-dead evil queen has resurfaced and reclaimed the throne - it's a stressful time! But the love is still there, and so are our favorite characters (E...more
liking it i am 3 4ths into it. it is pretty good, not as good as the first. it seems that author ran out of things to say.:(

I am on page 269 out of 297 and things are starting to rev up!!!!! King Swithbert, Magnus, and Ed were about to be hung by ROLLO!!!!! Is he betraying them?? NO he isn't. Then Chris comes in on Wendell's elephant, Hannibal. The revolt began and they won(!!!!!!), but Hannibal dropped Olympia on her head and she became Angie again. (ooohhh) Wendell thinks...more
Dominique Cheney
The second book really made you think. Hard work, determination. The grass is green where you water it, be it a marriage, a job, a place of living. It moved a little slower than the previous book, which is why I gave it four stars. Still the same level of humor! I can't wait to read the third book!
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
May 07, 2011 Sabrina *The REAL Princess* rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
I cannot even start to say how utterly dispppointed I was with the sequel of 'Once Upon a Marigold'. The intitial book was amazing. It was funny, sweet and overall, a lovely read. That's why I enjoyed the ending. It just felt... right. I did not want a sequel. I liked to visualize how the story continued on. But when I heard of 'Twice Upon a Marigold' I thought, what the heck! Boy was I wrong. It felt forced, the humour was dry and the whole thing was boring and unreal.

I admit, I gave up on the...more
Sheila Lambert
The original is still better, but the author's voice stayed true from the first. The characters we're the spotlight of the book and it was fun to read about them again. It was a quick enough read to consider reading the third in the series.
Queen Olympia to Beaurivage has returned with her memory restored. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The return of one of the bossiest, pushiest and nastiest queens in fiction has everybody in the kingdom in a dither. Queen Olympia is determined to become sole ruler of Beaurivage and woe betide anyone who gets in her way.

While the reader can’t help but wish the king would clean out the dungeon and stick her in it or simply have her killed (King Swithbert is too kindly for such a thing), it is rather exc...more
Meaghan Steeves
The second book I've read for Booktube-a-thon 2014 and may I just say I CAN'T believe I've had this sequel on my shelves for literally years and haven't read it! It was SUCH a good part 2 I coudn't wait to read Part 3.
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This author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects: living with a deaf parent (Of Sound Mind), facing the consequences of a criminal act (Bad), or questioning one's sexuality (Eight Seconds). But Jean Ferris is also adept at writing comedy, historical fiction, and romance. What's most interesting is that she didn't publish her first novel until she was in her mid-40s. Yet she's never forgotten...more
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“And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after.” 92 likes
“I'm starting to believe that happily ever after includes people doing things that upset each other. We all get cranky, or impatient, or worried, or careless enough to do or say things that hurt someone else. Like it or not, that's normal. We can't blame it all on Olympia's bad energy. The important part is that we feel sorry about what we've done and make up for it. That's something Olympia never did.” 55 likes
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