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Once Upon a Curse (The Tales of the Frog Princess #3)

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The elements that make Baker's first two entries in this series so delightful are in full force here. Rich in details . . . irresistible and loaded with humor. [A] brilliantly created world of magic and mayhem.-"VOYA""The characters are likable, the dialogue is snappy, and the story is warmhearted and appealing . . . Emma's third adventure invites readers on a vacation to ...more
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Published December 1st 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published October 4th 2004)
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Becky
Aug 23, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting through these really quickly, they are really easy reads. This is book 3 in the series. Emma has been told for years about the family curse, any female over 16 in her family must stay away from flowers. Years ago Princess Hazel insulted a Fairy who cast the curse on her, now Emma's Grandmother is a bad tempered, mean spirited old witch, and has been for a few years, but now it's worse - her fun loving friendly aunt Grassina has been turned bad. Instead of the helpful jolly Aunt she i ...more
Debbie
Dec 17, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the fractured fairy tale
Tales of the Frog Princess, book 3.

Princess Emma is anxious to marry Prince Eadric, but first she must undo the family curse that threatens to turn her into an evil hag. Grassina has already fallen victim to the curse, as has every Green Witch before her. Emma goes back in time to when the spell was cast to try to discover how to break it.

Fans of the first two books in the series will like this one as well.
Kim ~*Nina*~
Nov 10, 2009 Kim ~*Nina*~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you already know emma and her Prince Edric so whats next ? Emma races to find a cure to her family curse befor she turns sixteen .She whants her aunt back to normal. But when she finds the cure to the curse .can a simple kiss be carried out?
Emily
Apr 04, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Allison
Nov 22, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was awsome and I suggest you read it if you like fantasy.
Emily
Nov 10, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute! Not a disappointment. Just as good as the past two.
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Chloe Resendez
Jan 09, 2016 Chloe Resendez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathryn
I've been curious about Baker's books and as my library had a copy of his one on audio, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, I couldn't resist even though this is third in a series. The author explains things well enough that I did not feel lost. Alas, though, I did not feel that interested or excited, either. Even Kellgren's narration, which I usually love, felt a little bland here. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe it's me, as I've tried several of this "type" of book and , even though I think I sho ...more
Eliza Brittni
Nov 22, 2008 Eliza Brittni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Eliza Brittni by: me
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Meg McGregor
Jun 06, 2016 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-i-love
Emma and Eadric's adventures continue, in this the third book, of The Frog Princess series!

I love time travel novels, I love tales about princesses and princes, and I love all the books by this author so of course I truly enjoyed reading this book.

This time, they are on a quest to find a way to either reverse the curse that has plagued the family for generations - or-cause it to never have been cast in the first place. The curse causes all girls and women over 16 years old to become just plain n
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Natalie
Nov 03, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, females, 9-13
Shelves: yal
Princess Emma is the Green Witch of Greater Greensward, the kingdom her parents (the King and Queen) rule. At fifteen years old and on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, most of the princesses of her time would be worried about courtship, an upcoming proposal, gown fittings, courtly etiquette, and meeting neighboring kingdoms (and their princes). However, Emma has much more on her plate than the average princess. Born from a line of gifted witches, Emma inherited the ability to do magic and due ...more
Elizabeth
I love time-travel, and although I had one major problem with it (see below), the time-travel in Once Upon A Curse was executed nicely, if not as Back to the Future-ish as it could have been. Baker continues to use her characters in such a way that absurd situations never seem absurd, just humorous. Every character is used for some sort of humor, and it makes the whole story very fun to read (the fight with the dragon is especially humorous).

I absolutely adored the ending. I thought that Emma wa
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Florence
Oct 19, 2014 Florence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like to read about fairy tales and witch casting spells? If you enjoy reading about fairy tales and witch crafts then Once upon a curse is the book for you. This book is about a princess named Emma who's ancestors had been cursed by an angry fairy. The curse was cast long ago back in the days of the first green witch, Emma's ancestor. On the sweet sixteenth birthday of the green witch, she gave out everlasting bouquets for everyone and unfortunately, she didn't brought enough for everybod ...more
Sella Malin
May 25, 2009 Sella Malin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book was AMAZING!! It's definitely the best in the series so far. This series is just getting better and better. I think this book really made me start loving it. At the beginning, with the first and second books, I thought it was cute, but didn't really love it so much...but now it's one of my favorites series!! I LOVED the whole going-back-in time thing, that was soo cool. The ending was sooo sweet. :D I can't wait to read the next book!!
Amanda
Sep 01, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a whim at the local public library because I liked the silly cover art and punny title. I felt like this book had some the same issues as another book I'd read by E.D. Baker. (Specifically, I don't feel like Baker melds modern speech patterns into her fantasy world as well as, say, Patricia C. Wrede. I often found the character dialogue a bit jarring and rarely witty or funny or clever as I think it's intended to be.) BUT, I will say that I felt the plot was much more solid a ...more
Alizabeth
Sep 22, 2016 Alizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J.D.Staton
There were two prominent characteristics about this third book in The Tales Of The Frog Princess book series that I found disturbing. Time and again, Eadric would tantrum when Emma came to his aid/rescued him from a dangerous situation, yet he expected her to take him with her absolutely everywhere she went so that he could "protect" and "take care of" her, in any dangerous or difficult circumstance. This double standard got very old, very fast. It is one of the most basic positions of those who ...more
Kimberly Ann
I liked this book, it is the 3rd in the series 'The frog Princess" and I found it delightful... Finally a book on time travel that didn't leave me in the warp!

Emma is a Green Witch & Princess...who is engaged to Eadric, but she will only marry him if the Curse of the Green Witch (which has befallen all of her Green Witch ancestors...turning them into Snarky Hags) can be undone. For this she needs to go back in time to the day of the curse and witness its casting.

The story is filled with a ca
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Meg McGregor
Emma and Eadric's adventures continue, in this the third book, of The Frog Princess series!

I love time travel novels, I love tales about princesses and princes, and I love all the books by this author so of course I truly enjoyed reading this book.

This time, they are on a quest to find a way to either reverse the curse that has plagued the family for generations - or-cause it to never have been cast in the first place. The curse causes all girls and women over 16 years old to become just plain n
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Rachael
Generations ago, a fairy cursed every woman in Emma's family. If any of them touch flowers after their sixteenth birthday, she'll turn into a horrible, ugly, mean-tempered witch. Emma's sixteenth birthday is approaching, and determined to avoid the fate that befell her grandmother and aunt, Emma goes back to the day of the curse in hopes of preventing it from ever happening in the first place. But once in the past, Emma begins to lose hope that the curse will ever be broken.

This was a fun, light
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Nicole
Apr 14, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My personal reaction was i loved how Emma time travels to save her future because she has a curse of ugly once she turns 16. It was a great different variant of books about princesses. The purpose of this book would be for independent readers for grade 6th students with a particular interest in fair tales and magic would love this book. The crazy spells and magic leave the readers hooked. This would be a great literary circle book to address if the book was believable and the effects of time tra ...more
Mark Dewey
May 07, 2010 Mark Dewey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought I might not like this as much as the first two, but then it started to surprise me some. I'm not quite sure how to describe what it was that I liked.

Anyway, the story is about Emma's endeavors to lift the family curse. A good chunk of it is a fantasy-style time travel story, although I think the portion I liked most was after that for some reason.

Interesting things happen fairly consistently. I didn't notice any lulls there. The author sets the stage with some new mystery (per
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Nora
Oct 12, 2011 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenben8426
Princess Emma is almost sixteen, which means the family curse will come upon her soon. Many years ago, an angry fairy cast a curse on Emma's ancestor that if once she turned 16 touched a flower, she would become a nasty and mean person. So far the curse has passed down and affected all the women in the family line. Emma's mother has banished all flowers from the castle, but Grassina and her grandmother met with flowers by accident and are now simply awful to be around. Emma knows she has to do s ...more
Wee!wawaLAA!!!
Apr 10, 2008 Wee!wawaLAA!!! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
haha, i started last night...discretely ;D
sadly i forgot the story...but luckily the beginning is like a heads-up or reminder of what the story was talking about before
okay, so emeralda (or emma) is reaching her 16th birthday in a week, but there was this curse put on their family by a fairy, starting with princess hazel, saying that by touching a flower from age 16 onwards, all of their kindness, beauty, and good disappears and changes them to irritable witches :P
only the girls of the family ar
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Amber
May 07, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once Upon A Curse is the third and final book in this series about Princess Emeralda and Prince Eadric (the others being Dragon's Breath and The Frog Princess).

Princess Emma and Prince Eadric must set out on quest. Another quest, you say? Yes, and another curse to undo. But the stakes are much higher this time. In fact, if Emma can't undo her family curse, then she and Eadric can never be happy together. Now, what exactly does this curse do? Can it be that bad, you ask? Well, let me tell you, ye
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Sara ♥
All right. So this is the third installment of the Tales of the Frog Princess, after The Frog Princess and Dragon's Breath. In the last book, Emma and Eadric were concerned with turning Grassina's fiancé, Haywood, back from otter to human... and they were successful, except there was a slight glitch in the end, involving flowers, the family curse, and a big personality change. Emma finds herself with the title of Green Witch and more responsibility than she really cares to have.

SO, in Once Upon
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Kimberly Fields
Emma and Eadric search for the cure to Emma's family curse, which turns any female over 16 into an ugly, mean-spirited old hag if she touches flowers at all. I enjoyed this continuation in the Frog Princess series, and was glad to get the kind Grassina back from her cursed state by the end of the book. Going back in time was a pretty unique twist on an otherwise typical fantasy book. Emma's mother drives me crazy, though!
Paige
Mar 22, 2011 Paige is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a curse is a wonderful story of a fairy tale gone wrong. There are many things that can happen in this book and it keeps you on your toes! I like the way that the tales are all tied together and that they make sense and they aren't just a bunch of jumble and stuff! It makes sense and fits together like a puzzle that I enjoy reading. When Emma was cursed she attempted to have the kiss with prince charming... Fail. That was the beginning of the unfortunate and chaos to continue on. This ...more
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E.D. Baker (Elizabeth Dawson Baker) made her international debut in 2002 with The Frog Princess, which was a Texas Lone Star Reading List Book, A Book Sense Children's Pick, a Florida's Sunshine State Readers List pick & a 2006 Sasquatch Book Award nominee. The Princess and the Frog, is loosely based on this novel.

Elizabeth was born in Buffalo, New York and spent most of the next eighteen yea
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The Tales of the Frog Princess (8 books)
  • The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess, #1)
  • Dragon's Breath (Tales of the Frog Princess, #2)
  • No Place for Magic (The Tales of the Frog Princess, #4)
  • The Salamander Spell (Tales of the Frog Princess, #5)
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“How do you plan to scare people tonight?" asked a hollow-voiced spector. "I'll wait until they sit down to supper, then scream whenever someone sticks his knife in his meat."

I'll haunt the bedchambers," said another. "A bloody ax at midnight always gets a good reaction."

A ghost with a purplish tinge to his aura spoke next. "I can top both of you. I'm going to dress like a guard and haunt the privy. I'll hide in the hole and when anyone sits down I'll wail, 'Who goes there? State your business!”
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“Your father is the first person to tell me that I am lovely who seemed to mean it. The only people who've told me that before were ones who think they're supposed to flatter a princess'
'I think you're lovely,' murmured Eadric.
'Only because you love me,' I said.
'Hmm,' he said, kissing me before I could say anything else.”
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