Once Upon a Marigold by: Rachel Kemel
The book I read was Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. This book is about a boy, Christian, who is looking for adventure and runs away from home. He ends up living with a forest troll. Christian liked to invent things and to watch the royal family through his telescope. He falls in love with the princess and one day sends her a letter. The boy and the princess are soon writing letters to each other all the time. The forest troll tells the boy that he has to grow up, to start figuring things out by himself and to get a job. The boy gets a job at the palace, where he learns about a plot. The plot is for the queen to kill the princess and her father so she could take the throne. The boy is put into a dungeon but he escapes, crashes the princess's wedding, and gets married to her, all of this in one day.
I thought this book was exciting to read because you could never predict what was going to happen next. I like unpredictable stories because when you read there are surprises that make you read it more and more. I was able to feel like I was in the book because the author was very descriptive when she was writing. I was able to paint a picture in my head of what was happening in the book, I feel that it is a good quality in a book. The main conflict did interest me because it helped the story get more interesting as the main conflict got bigger and bigger. The characters seemed realistic because the author described them really well, so I could picture them like a painting in my mind. The book's ending was very satisfying because everything turned out okay, the boy married the princess, the queen was defeated, and the boy was able to invent a bridge for the kingdom.
The author's voice was mysterious because she described things and then all of a sudden something happens without you knowing it. Her voice helps the story get better. The author used vocabulary in an interesting way; some words were Beelzebub, Hecate, Edric, Swithbert, Olympia, and Beaufort. These are all names of animals and people in the story. I like it because it makes the story more interesting with more interesting names. The author's unique characteristics are, being able to paint a picture in person's head, teaching lessons, keeping the suspense going, and making me feel like I was somewhere else. The author's ability to make you feel like the characters are talking to you, that you are actually there, and mysterious voice that makes you wonder what's will happen next makes you want to read the story more. The author's ability to make the characters seem to be talking to you makes the book seem more appealing because when they seem sad you start to feel sad. It really makes it interesting. When you feel like you are there, you can see everything that is happening, you feel like you are a completely different person. The author's tone made the book very unpredictable. When I read it I did not suspect anything that had happened which just made it better and better. Once Upon a Marigold is one of those books where you feel like you are in them and watching from the sidelines. I love to read those kinds of books.
I give Once Upon a Marigold a five because it was very descriptive, and I felt like I was in it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes captivating books. I would recommend this book because it is a really good book and everything good happens, it makes you want to see what will happen next.
Once Upon a Marigold is a really good book that is about things that aren't in real life that make it more interesting then it would if there wasn't. I am really glad that I read this book.