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Violet Eyes (Once Upon a Time #18)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,451 ratings  ·  339 reviews
"ONCE UPON A TIME" IS TIMELESS

When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage.

To be reunited with h
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Paperback, 195 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published February 2nd 2010)
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5th out of 21 books — 249 voters
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Marianna
OMG! The silliest book I have read this year. And not in a good way folks. I am never a fan of books that basically tell their readers that both cheating and self mutilation are okay.

Review also on my blog Books and Circuses.

Well, I have been disappointed with a lot of the books in this series. There are actually authors I avoid. And I love fairy tales! So of course I am frustrated when I don't like what they've done with the old versions. Sadly this book did nothing to bolster my opinion of the
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Cara
Out of all the fairy tales the story of the Princess and the Pea doesn't get too much limelight and I was curious to see what the retellings could make of it.

Violet is a farmgirl through and through. She is happy but lately she's been feeling unsettled. Especially this time since another storm is coming. The coming of a storm has always brought a dramatic change in her life and this last one will be no different.

Violet and Prince Richard will have their fateful meeting in one of these storms. R
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Anne Osterlund
Violet is a farm girl. With callused hands and a knack for pie baking. Not exactly your prime candidate for the Most Sensitive Princess Award. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it’s going to take to marry Prince Richard, with whom she happens to have fallen in love. And Violet can’t allow him to become entrapped by the beautifully evil princess of the neighboring kingdom.

Even if that means—sigh—Violet will have to pretend to be in absolute agony over losing a single hair torn from her hard head
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Lexie
Without a doubt this is one of my favorite 'Once Upon a Time' books in a long time. This isn't to say I haven't enjoyed the more recent books (The Diamond Secret or The Rose Bride), but they didn't grab me quite as much as some of the earlier books (The Storyteller's Daughter or The Midnight Dance). Often I think the problem rested on the fact that the novel didn't stay as true to the original tale as I perhaps wanted it to.

Violet Eyes more than makes up for those that strayed. Viguie managed to
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Valerie
Jun 26, 2014 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I never really thought much of the Princess and the Pea but I thought this was a great take on the tale. I finished it in one night which is partly because it's short but partly because I liked reading it so much.

The romance in the story starts almost right way, I would say it starts too fast but it is a short read so it fits in just fine. I thought some of the lines Violet and Prince Richard said were a bit cheesy like, "You have bewitched me," and "I would move heaven and earth for you," (can
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snowplum
This is a story from the Once Upon a Time collection of revisionist fairy tales which is significantly simpler and more juvenile than some of the others (I'm thinking in particular of the more sophisticated works by Cameron Dokey). It's very loosely based on The Princess and the Pea, and features a number of princesses competing in a series of "sensitivity tests" to win the hand of Prince Richard -- who is already in love with one particular girl, Violet, who has entered the contest, determined ...more
Bridgett
I loved this book, based on The Princess and the Pea, though I'm partial to fairy tale retellings. I liked how the tests weren't really about physical sensitivity, but more important good qualities to possess.
Elevetha
Oct 02, 2012 Elevetha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
It was enjoyable to read but nothing stellar. The characters were under developed. Side characters were far more interesting than the main ones. The romance felt rushed. Love at first sight

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and then on to the palace and the tests and then the end where love conquers all. I liked that she wasn't actually a princess but it did annoy me that they were willing to cheat on the tests. That never fit into the version of the story in my head. Overall, it was a okay retelling of a classic fairytale.
Anna Marie
This is a re-telling of 'The Princess and the Pea'... which I hadn't realized was a 'May the odds be ever in your favor' story, but apparently it's THE ORIGINAL odds-in-your-favor story. Princesses competing for the hand of the prince. This is what 'The Elite' was stolen from (that, and the dystopian part was from Hunger Games, natch.).

Violet grew up on a farm, had a simple life until a prince's horse slips in a storm and the prince hits his head and has a little layover at her house. There she
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Miss Clark
Jul 25, 2010 Miss Clark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairytale Fans
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Amy
Such a bummer, really. I was really looking forward to reading a re-telling of my favorite fairy tale, but it wasn't...good. The characters were inch deep, their drama predictable, and the story itself not fleshed out well at all. I mean, what kind of daughter leaves a dying mother because the woman tells her she MIGHT be a princess to go moon after a guy she's known for like a day? And what's with said guy being able and strong to do all that after a fever that nearly killed him? And the wild, ...more
Dixie A.
This is a re-imagining of the fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Only with twists. There is indeed a competition of princesses vying to see who gets to marry a prince, and a pea is involved, but that's about as much resemblance as this story has to the tale.

The heroine is a farm girl whose family takes the prince in after he has a horse riding accident on their farm. In a short span of time, they fall in love. (I found their supposed love to be the shallowest, most unbelievable part of the st
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Lola
Really enjoyed reading this short book. When I discovered this series called ''Once Upon a Time Fairytales'', I immediately felt like being in wonderland. I mean, a complete series of retellings? YES, please. So I bought this book along with Wild Orchid which I have yet to read but look very forward to.

I recommend Violet Eyes to everyone looking for a simple yet beautiful story with charming and endearing characters!

Happy reading!
Melanie
This was a really cute story! I loved all the tests the princesses had to go through and the characters. The romance happened a little quickly, but it is a fairytale and that happens a lot in the genre. A very fun read!
Morgan
May 27, 2014 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: feminist romance readers, fairytale lovers
I devoured this book in three sittings, all in one day. It's rare that a book can capture me that quickly or intensely, but the romance and strength of the characters was truly a wonderful read. Not only did it offer a twist on the traditional fairytale, but it was an incredibly feminist novel. And by that I mean that ALL of the female characters had a variety of traits, and while one obviously one the contest, it was made clear that all of the different histories and weaknesses of the other wom ...more
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
Not my favorite of Debbie Viguié's "Once Upon A Times" but nevertheless decent. I disliked the deficit of any affection between Violet and her parents - She's leaving her ailing mother...and rides off into the storm with nary a word? I felt there could unequivocally be at least a mention of emotion!
The best relationship I believe, was not the one between Richard and Violet, but Violet's friendship with Genevieve - Richard and Violet was hardly stirring.
Oh. Yes, I am reminded of this. Evidently R
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~♥Alyssa♥~
Eh. I love fairy tales and retellings, but I would've liked this more five years ago. The plot (as far as the "retelling" goes) is ok, the characters are alright, and the writing was nothing special. It's pretty cliche and a tad predictable, but it was still cute. If nothing else, it was entertaining to read. Every now and then everyone needs to read an easy book with a princess and a prince and a happily ever after. So I'd say go ahead and read it if you need a book and have some time to kill. ...more
Erica (daydreamer)
Violet Eyes was really cute. Silly and kind of dumb, but cute. It's not one of my favorite Once Upon a Time books, but I still really liked it. It's short and sweet. I read it in a couple of hours; it was a nice little escape into a beautiful romantic fairytale.

Ashley Cael
Review originally published at Worlds Abound

I didn't like this book. It could have been worse, but it was still pretty bad. Violet is kind of ok, I guess? I just didn't care about her or her struggle at all. I found her relationship with Richard unrealistic and seriously, she just HAPPENED to be a princess when it was convenient for her to be one?

I'm not even going to spend much time writing this, there was nothing memorable about it and I'm positive I will be donating it at the first opportuni
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Lisa
I really enjoyed this re-telling of "the Princess and The Pea"...quite a fun read. I really like this Debbie Viguie...must find more by her.
Cindy
Really sweet retailing of the princess and the Pea. I really enjoyed it!
Carina
I loved this book. It's one of those books where you just don't want to stop reading. The main character, Violet, is a great role model, for the most part. She does some good things, like she is always helpful and never disobeys her parents, but there are some things in this book I don't like though. For example the cheating. I don't want to say anything more because I will probably spoil the book for someone. The contest however I thought was interesting. It was a cool twist on the original sto ...more
Popadora the Bibliophile
UNNERVINGLY REMINDS ME OF THE HUNGER GAMES WITH PRINCESSES XD


This was an extremely sweet book to read... but took me forever to get ahold of :D. I loved the plot and description of Violet. She's a strong willed, beautiful yet realistic heroine who is still vulnerable to love. Richard is chivalrous, but is well rounded and very three dimensional, as are many characters. The plot was great, with a "princess competition" somewhat like the selection, but the girls are more are less nice to each othe
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Ela
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Let's say one of the better - maybe the best - books from Once Upon a Time series. And it's not even by Cameron Dokey.

The premise (princesses competing for the Prince in a series of tasks) is nothing shiny or new in "Princess and the Pea" retellings. But I still enjoyed the originality of some tasks and the one with the pea had truly an extraordinary twist to it. Budding friendship between the princesses was a delicious bonus.

For the romance...there's the whole "lo
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Carla
Well this was a nice, cute read :)

Violet Eyes is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, so, since it's based on a fairytale, a lot of things that happen are quite ridiculous. I'm not saying that the book is, or the writing, it's just that there are things like: "A rose petal fell and bruised her foot so terribly that the poor thing couldn't walk for three days." Or girls having their heads put in bandages for getting just one hair pulled out, or girls getting their feet cut by grass...



That wa
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Keksisbaby
Nach einem Sturm findet Violet einen Edelmann verletzt auf dem Grundstück ihres Vaters. Schon bald ist klar, dass es sich bei dem jungen Mann um Prinz Richard handelt. Dieser kehrt von einer langen Reise durch die Lande zurück, bei der er die schönsten Prinzessinnen des Landes auf das Schloss seiner Eltern einlädt. Dort werden die jungen Schönheiten Prüfungen unterzogen, um ihre Tauglichkeit als zukünftige Königin zu testen. Es kommt wie es kommen muss. Violet und Richard verlieben sich in einan ...more
Bonnie
I'm really falling out of love with the Once Upon a Time series. None of the books that have come out recently have been very good, and nothing nearly as great as Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty", which was what got me hooked on this series in the first place.

Pros: I don't think I've read another Princess and the Pea retelling, so points for taking such a minor fairy tale and turning it into a book. It was WAY better than the Cheesy Monster Movie It's So Bad It's Hilarious feel of
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Dreamergirl
I'm not a big fan of the Princess and The Pea (the original story), but Violet Eyes, put a whole different view on it! A simple farmgirl falls in love with a prince, the classical love story, but has to compete with luxury princesses all over the world to win her true love and become his bride to be. With a little help and a little cheating from Prince Richard, some determanation of a strong farmgirl, and the gentle princess laying deep inside her, she just might make her dream come true. Filled ...more
Julie
Mar 28, 2014 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: DANIELLE!!!
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I got this book from my friend Danielle for my birthday. I was surprised to see this book, because she is always yelling at me to stop reading so many fantasy books and start reading her books. I secretly think that she has really given up on me. I loved this book though. I tell Danielle all of the time that she knows me too well, and her buying me this book just proves my point even further. I found the plot to begin with very interesting, because I have seen plenty of retellings of Cinderella ...more
Bookworm1858
Violet Eyes by Debbie Vigiue
Simon Pulse, 2010
195 pages
Fairy Tale; YA
3.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: A retelling of "The Princess and the Pea."

Thoughts: I've really enjoyed reading the "Once Upon a Time" series and Princess and the Pea is a story I really like so I was excited to grab this when I saw it at my library.

First it's very fairy tale in that Violet and Richard meet after a storm and basically fall in love at first sight. Pretty much the only stories where I'm okay with that are fairy
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 09, 2015 10:00AM  
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  • Princess of Glass (Princess #2)
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  • The Thirteenth Princess
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  • The Phoenix Dance
  • The Swan Kingdom
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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than three dozen novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the audio drama, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t ...more
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