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Twice Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  4,232 Ratings  ·  421 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published May 1st 2008)
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Nov 28, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh goodness I do enjoy these books. I have to admit that they don't have a lot of staying power: I don't know for sure if I read this one before or not. In any case, book 3 is now available to me so I'm glad to read this.

I like how wholesome these are. That may sound all James Dobson or something, but no. There's plenty of exciting adventure, plenty of libertarianism, no Christianity. But things like the servants getting at least equal billing with the royals, and the father being the one who r

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
Dec 10, 2012 Tamera Westhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Book Queen
Apr 29, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Not quite as good as the first one, but still fun.

Read my review of the first book here
Feb 13, 2014 0emmalyn987 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2010 Terri rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2009 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable, quick read book. The plot gives the reader a chance to think about those evil people that mess with our lives and that we have a choice to get revenge or to move ourselves above that. I loved how Jean Ferris threw in tidbits of fairy tales.

Favorite quotes:
"No matter how good somebody else's life looks from teh outside, you can be sure there's something about it you wouldn't want to have in your own life".

"It's important to do more than just complain when there's something you
Jul 01, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this aloud to my 8-year-old daughter, so I let her rate it. And any book with a princess in it will automatically rate high with her. But this was definitely an enjoyable read, being the sequel to Once Upon a Marigold. Some new characters are added - which adds to the fun - such as Lazy Susan, half-sister to Sleeping Beauty. Of course, the evil Olympia is back and no longer an amnesiac, and wants the throne all to herself. The story contains light-hearted humor but some good life lessons ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Laramort rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is like a G-rated Galavant: silly, over-the-top & fun.
Jul 22, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
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
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
Jan 15, 2013 Bli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Eastman
Nov 26, 2009 Emily Eastman rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Meg McGregor
Dec 23, 2016 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-i-love
What a fun book to read!

This is actually my second time reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it agian!

I absolutely love Ferris's style of writing - a little comedy, a little darkness, a little bit oddball - so fun to read! I especially enjoyed the ending where a little known fact about a certain jolly man in red came from - no spoilers here!

I am certainly going to read her other books!
Jan 18, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Feb 18, 2017 Isabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I especially like Ed's mistaken phases in this book. My favorite is "What goes around comes down like a ton of bricks."
Jane G Meyer
Aug 04, 2009 Jane G Meyer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
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
Jan 06, 2015 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twice upon a Marigold is a fantasy book with 279 pages. The author is Jean Ferris. In the book the newly wed couple , Chris and Marigold, have to face a problem. That problem is Marigold's mother Olympia. Olympia threw Marigold's father, Chris's father, and a man named Magnus in the dungeon because they supposedly were trying to commit treason. At the beginning of the book Olympia is found in a river near a small town. The town is called Granola. No one there knows who Olympia is but neither doe ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute! I'm definitely too old for this book, but I think it would be a great read for elementary school-age kids. I liked this much better than the first one, too, probably because I read this one and listened to the first one as an audiobook.
Mar 17, 2016 jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all humor and romantic blah blah blah stuff lover
Shelves: favorite-reads
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Sep 26, 2009 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2011 Kaila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 01, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2008 Lesli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2008 Laina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 20, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mid
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
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“And they lived happily (aside from a few normal disagreements, misunderstandings, pouts, silent treatments, and unexpected calamities) ever after.” 117 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.” 61 likes
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