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Violet Eyes (Once upon a Time)

Violet Eyes (Once upon a Time) [Kindle Edition]

Debbie Viguié
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Seventeen-year-old Violet is amazed when a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her impoverished family’s farm. The two fall in love at first sight, but although Richard has given his heart to Violet, his parents will only let him marry a princess of their choosing, a lady of the highest nobility and sensitivity. Now on a quest to be reunited with her true love, Violet must rely on her wits—and a little help from an unexpected source—to compete with princesses, pass the king and queen’s tests, and prove herself worthy of being Richard’s bride.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416986766
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (23 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairytales Rock 9 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is a retelling of the princess and the pea and when i finished it the first time i almost immediately read it again! The story telling is beautiful as is the inexplicable romance and magic which is traditional in ALL good fairytales. It may seem a little boring in places and seem like the story's a bit pointless but it is just a feel-good book which will make you squirm and laugh at all the right moments! For me, it is a must-read book for anyone who has always loved a happily ever after and wants to finish a book with a smile on their face. Hope this review was helpful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and meaningful :) 13 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before reading this I was considering the original version of this tale, in which a princess was able to feel a pea under lots of mattresses, i found the pea/mattress part in this book to be much better.

Although the elements are the same (there's princesses, a prince and tests involving various things including a pea!) I found the rest of this charming tale to be completely different. The princesses are tested but not on the aspects that, as the reader, i originally thought and it quickly becomes obvious that Prince Richard's parents are up to something.
When that something is finally revealed i was left pleasantly surprised!

The love story itself is no mystery as it's obvious from the beginning that Violet and Richard love one another despite the fact she has to endure all sorts of annoyance to win her true love. This, for me anyway, allowed for other aspects of the story to come to the front such as the mystery of the tests, the other princesses back stories and Violet's past, things that in most fairy tales wouldn't even be glanced at.

The characters are truly wonderful, quite a few of which are given amazing depth and backstory. Some of the princesses were simply awesome and i couldn't help but feel for Goldie in particular. It's a wonderful different take on the 'perfect' world of a princess. I mean how annoying would it be if someone didn't even want you brushing your own hair?
Richard sounded perfect, and you know it's love when a guy sends notes via his pet dog (so cute by the way!).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and i will definately be checking out more of Debbie Viguié's work in the future.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Princess and the Pea gets a Makeover 7 Mar 2010
By P. Romance - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea

I'm not a huge fan of the Princess and the Pea story. And when I saw that they were retelling it, I wonder what can they do with such a weak story. But after finishing, all I can say was "wow." Ms. Debbie Vigiue is an amazing writer.

Every time it storms, Violet knew that something good or bad was going to happen. During this particular storm, they found an injured man on her father's farm. The man was Prince Richard and the two felt instant chemistry but they knew it was doomed. So, they separated ways. But soon after, Violet found out a secret about herself and knew she had a chance to be with her prince. With courage and with only the clothes on her back, she plans to enter the competition with twenty other princesses for the prince's hand.

This is such a well written improvement on an old and less talk about fairy tale. Ms. Viguie took the original tale and fleshed out the plot, creating an interesting, believable story. There was no lag time in between chapters. The plot kept rolling and I couldn't make myself put this book down. Even as you near the end, the action never stops and you can't help but feel spellbound to see how the pair can overcome the odds to be together. I absolutely loved all the characters, especially Violet and Prince Richard. You can feel the frustration and love for each other as each day brings a new test that could either separate them or bring them closer to being together. The quirks of each of the princesses were funny and I couldn't hate them. To my surprise and pleasure, they weren't selfish. But actually quite charming ladies, just being forced into the situation by their families. And the antagonist was easily recognizable and luckily, the author didn't focus much on her, for the subterfuge would have been a little too much and pulled the focus away from the romance of the prince and Violet. Everyone played their parts well and everyone had their own individuality that makes them stand out.

Of course, the plot was predictable and a lil cliche. If you are tired of reading the same old, I wouldn't suggest this for you. But 'Violet Eyes' brings its own charm with great characters and entertainment. Definitely one of my new favorites from the Once Upon a Time series. If you are a fan of fairy tales and romance, this is definitely worth reading.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful retelling of "princess and the pea" 10 Mar 2010
By guitarchick24 - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Finally, a fairy tale retelling I couldn't put down!

"Violet Eyes" is a new version of the "Princess and the Pea" story. Violet is a simple farm girl who finds her life irrevocably changed when she encounters the injured Cambrian heir, Prince Richard, in her field and nurses him back to health. As Richard recovers, he and Violet fall in love, but Richard is returning home to enter into a political marriage. The catch? He doesn't know who the bride is - his parents are sponsoring a contest among all the neighboring princesses to determine who is worthy of their son's hand. When Violet learns about her secret past, she enters the contest in an attempt to win a future with Richard.

Violet is a spunky heroine that readers will definitely cheer on as she endures the contest trials. While her romance with Richard does seem a little false (there's very little development leading to "you're the one I want to marry"), since it's a fairy tale some carelessness with plot development can be overlooked. What's nice about both main characters is that they are very human - Richard feels that, as the man, he should be proving his worthiness for some lady, not the other way around, and Violet, while admirable, is far from perfect. I also applaud the author for poking fun at the whole princess test concept (the characters are well aware that some of the tests are absurd, instead of really being an indicator of true womanliness), which gives the book added depth to a fairy tale that seems rather frivolous.

And that added depth is why I'm giving "Violet Eyes" a 5-star rating. I've read every book in the Once Upon a Time series, and they can be hit or miss. The latest offerings (such as "Diamond Secret") have been lackluster, and some ("Snow" or "Spirited") were just downright weird and didn't make sense. If I'm going to read a fairy tale retelling, I want depth, simply because fairy tales in their original form usually lack it.

If you're new to the series, definitely a good book to start with. If you've been a little disillusioned lately with the quality of the Once Upon a Time series, "Violet Eyes" will go a long way to restoring your faith in it. Highly recommended.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars That's a Prince? 26 July 2010
By Kit Tyler - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The other reviews have good summaries, so I'll focus on the pros and cons of this book. The supporting characters are what earned it 2 1/2 stars. Left up to the protagonists and their rushed excuse for a relationship, it would be 2. The author did a wonderful job of fleshing out the other princesses in the competition and making them real people. By the end of the story I wished Arianna or Goldie had been the main character instead of Violet. It would definitely have made for a more interesting point of view. The plot was good and the reasoning behind the tests was well-explained and gave logic to the original tale.

Unfortunately, the main characters were a bit of a let down. As seems to be the pattern in Debbie Viguie's Once Upon A Time series books, there is very little development between the main characters meeting and kissing passionately. After literally two conversations, the prince grabs Violet and kisses her vigorously, making me a little worried he might claim his right as a nobleman to take advantage of peasant women. Of course, making-out with near strangers is a little problem easily cleared up by swift declarations of love. Zero conversations and a few flowery notes later, he is vowing to die for her and walk through fire, though he knows nothing more than her face, name, dubious claim to royalty, and kindness to his horse. Even in their brief dialogs he is a weirdo. From the beginning he makes random statements completely unconnected to their conversations, though the reader assumes they are meant to be insulting since the girl always ends up nearly hitting him. This is all explained by "she brings out the devil in me." Um sure, making an enigmatic joke about the girl who saved your life being an old maid (or a prostitute?) is definitely roguish and charming, especially in the middle of a conversation about your wedding. All this, combined with the "dark and inscrutable expressions" always shadowing his face, convinced me that this man was not a prince, and he was not someone I could ever love, no matter how many times the other characters mentioned his kindness and good character. Redeeming qualities were certainly not apparent in anything he said or did until Violet got to the castle, after which he turned into a prating lovesick sap. Violet herself was a very flat character, and it seemed she only existed to be perfect and long for the next time she could kiss the prince.

Overall this was an entertaining take on The Princess and the Pea, but the main characters' relationship ruined part of the book for me. For better protagonists and stronger writing, I would definitely recommend reading Cameron Dokey's Storyteller's Daughter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and entertaining retelling 19 Mar 2010
By The Compulsive Reader - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Violet's life has been peaceful and simple on her family's farm for most of her life, though she has always wondered about her future; who will she marry and what will he be like? Then one night a terrible storm brings and injured Prince Richard to Violet's farm. He's returning from traveling all around the land to find what his parents consider a true princess to marry, but when he and Violet see each other, they fall in love. Not willing to let Richard give up his crown for her, Violet travels to the royal palace to compete with scores of other princesses in a competition of sensitivity to win Richard's hand...and learns a thing or two about her own upbringing and destiny along the way.

This romantic retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" is sweet and clever. Debbie Viguie beefs up the story with a mystery concerning Violet's past, the unlikely competition between the princesses, and even a bit of political drama, which certainly makes this tale a bit more reasonable to the readers and also casts the king and queen in a more favorable light compared to the original taale. It also allows for the true strengths and qualities of the princesses to shine through, making them characters that readers can love, and allows the story a bit more depth. Although there really isn't any doubt in the reader's mind how the story will end, Viguie adds a bit of mystery to the plot by disguising the true meaning of the challenges the king and queen present, building up a little bit of suspense. Overall, Violet Eyes is a romantic and intelligent and entertaining read, perfect for readers of any age.

Cover Comments: This cover is cute, and it works with the story well. I like the different shades of purple! It is not the best cover in this series, but it is nice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting interpretation 15 Jun 2010
By Chocolette - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Violet Eyes gives a splendid interpretation of what the tale may have been all about. After all, it is nearly physically impossible to feel a pea underneath 20 mattresses...

However, there was nearly no development of the relationship between the Prince and the 'Princess'. It was too abrupt and it felt forced - that they would love each other because it was a fairy tale. However, the book makes up for this lack of connection by showing the interaction between the 'Princess' and her newly found friends. Their conversations are amusing and fun to read; they feel realistic, showing well developed characters and relationships.

Four stars for this fresh take, but disappointed in the lack of a strong relationship between what should be the two protagonists of the story.
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