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Once Upon a Curse Paperback – 4 Oct 2004
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Many years ago a slighted fairy placed a curse on a beautiful young princess which meant the princess would turn into a mean and ugly witch if she ever touched a flower after turning fifteen. Now, Princess Emeralda, not one to take things lying down, is determined to break the spell. Emma travels back in time to the day it all happened with the hope of preventing the curse from ever being cast. She's unsuccessful, but, she does learn how to break it. Armed with this knowledge Emma returns to her own time full of hope. Disaster after disaster ensues and Emma is about to give up completely when things start to go right for her, in the most unexpected way. With a bit of courage, a pinch of luck, and of course, a healthy dose of magic, Princess Emma charms her way through yet another hilarious adventure.
About the Author
E.D. Baker has had many jobs, from parrot caretaker to member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Her true love, however, is writing. She lives in America with her three children, two horses, one dog, three cats, one cockatiel, a rabbit, and two frogs named, of course, Emma and Eadric.
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Determined to find a way to break the curse Emma sets off on an adventure with Prince Eadric and Lil. She travels back in time, hoping to prevent the curse from ever happening. She meets her ancestors and sees time unfold before her. Although she doesn't stop the curse she does find how to break it - but this brings a whole new set of complications. Only weeks away from her 16th Birthday Emma knows time is running out.
Another quick read. I love Prince Eadric's devotion to Emma and his willingness to do anything for her and her Kingdom. A strong bold knight with a sense of justice and a deep love for the Kingdom. I loved the new characters - Emma's ancestors. Millie the princess is lovely and a perfect companion, Hazel is spoilt and ill tempered but the sort of person you love to hate. She's like a combination of all the mean girls you met in school, the ones that got away with everything because they were 'cool', but then got what they deserved in the end - oh sweet justice! hehe
Aunt Grassina turning bad did make for a good storyline but I must admit I missed her warm presence throughout the book, it was like a friend going away.
I liked this one better than book 2, the pace was better and more exciting, but book 1 is still my favourite.
The main characters: Emma, Eadric and Li'l. My favourite character is Millie, she is not one of the main characters but I liked her because she was kind and helpful when they travelled back in time.
The plot: Emma, a young witch is looking for a cure for the family curse. Many years before an angry fairy cursed the family. All female family members reaching the age of 16 would lose their beauty and kindness when they touched a flower. Emma has to find the cure before she turns 16, in a weeks time!
I loved this book because it was so exciting, especially the risky bits, like when Emma and Eadric fought a dragon and when Eadric took part in a jousting tournament.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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