Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Recommendation -- Once Upon a Marigold

I decided to wander through the book store over the weekend.  There was a task in mind.  A desire to find something new.  A book I've never heard of by an author I've never read.  Something fresh and fun.

Boy did I find a winner.

Once Upon a Marigold
By Jean Ferris

Blurb from Goodreads: "A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father."

Guys, I don't even know if I can do this book justice here.  You know I have a love of fairy tales, and I am quite over the moon for this one.

First of all, the book is written in 3rd person omniescent.  I didn't realize this when I bought it (based only on the cover, admittedly), but it is easily discovered in the first few pages.  Omniescent is hard, but Ferris definitely did it the right way.  You're not overloaded with thoughts, but given just enough to make the story even funnier.

Yes, it is FUNNY.  And it's so rich with detail and charisma...okay, I could sit here and gush ALL day.

The message here: Read this book.  It's light-hearted and fun, and will make your heart melt.  The narrative flows so well and keeps you enchanted right to the very last sentence.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, Twice Upon a Marigold.

And don't forget to check out Paper Hangover today!  Emy and Michelle are introducing themselves, and there are MORE prizes!


Abby Stevens said...

It's fun to just go to the bookstore and browse until something catches your eye. I found Lauren Willig, one of my favorite authors, that way.

Alicia Gregoire said...

This sounds awesome and I'm adding it to Goodreads NOW.

Meredith said...

That sounds fun! I'm going to check it out.

Erinn said...

That was the our schools winner for the black eyed susan award a few years ago.

It's been sitting on my school bookshelf for YEARS now and I've never read it.


Holly Dodson said...

Erinn! You must correct this grave injustice!! Make haste and get thee to the bookshelf!!!

Pam Harris said...

Light-hearted isn't usually my thing, but you sell it so well. :) May check it out during a lazy summer day--now if only summer will hurry up and get here!

Susan said...

I've never heard of it, but it sounds wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!! :D

Laura Howard said...

I've had this on my TBR list for quite some time, as well. I wonder if it's something I could read with my daughters, ages 8 and 10. They really enjoyed Ella Enchanted, would this be a win for a family read?

Holly Dodson said...

This one is definitely a family read. :)

Yahong said...

wow, sounds amazing! Can't wait to get my hands on this!
PS: Is It MG? It sounds kinda like an MG plot.