Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris


About and Review: Christian is a boy who was raised by a troll in a forest. He grows up inventing things and ways to make life easier for him and his, “dad”. One of his inventions is p-mail, pigeon mail(this was awesome!). He teaches two pigeons to go back and forth carrying messages. He also grows up adoring Princess Marigold, who lives in the castle.

As time goes by, Christian gets a job at the castle and he finds out that Marigold has a “special” gift. The only people that she can touch are her father, King Swiftbird, and Christian himself, because they like each other and they have been p-mailing for a long time. This was sad and good at the same time because Marigold couldn’t “touch” too many people.

Further down the book, Marigold’s evil mom wants to take over the kingdom and is slowly poisoning King Swiftbird(but he figures it out and stops drinking the poison drink) and plots to get rid of Marigold by marrying her off to, Mangus. Marigold finds out about the Queen’s plans and asks Christian for help. Christian saves Marigold from the evil wedding and they get rid of Mangus and Olympia, the evil queen/mom. There were lots of action and adventures on this part and the characters gothrough lots of challenges with the Queen and with themselves.

Afterwards, Christian and Marigold have a wedding of their own, but not before the Olympia comes out of nowhere and interrupts the ceremony, but only to get chased by five dogs and fall off of the terrace into a river. But all they found of her was a shoe. Is this the end of Olympia…..? I don’t know…..(there’s a second book and I am excited about it).

In the end, Christian finds out that he is a long lost prince and an heir to his own kingdom, he marries Marigold, and they live in Christian’s castle. Yes! I love awesome endings.

The best part about this book are the awesome details about Christian and Marigold’s lives in the forest and in the castle. I also loved that the book has a few great twists at the end that I tried to keep from sharing, except for the one about Christian. I really like how Marigold and Christian fall in love even though Christian is poor and Marigold is rich, and Marigold has a “gift” or curse. Marigold also has to deal with people who judged her because of her gift and that she can’t really touch anyone because of it. The saddest part is when Marigold touches her mom and she finds out how she really feels about her, it was realy, really sad. Over all, this book has lots of fantasy and love story elements that I love to read about.

Favorite Character: Marigold, because everyone was afraid of her and her “gift”.

Favorite Theme: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and “Good wins over Evil” and “Trust”.

Favorite Part: When Marigold stands up to Olympia, the evil Queen, about a dress.

Least Favorite Part/Dislikes: NOTHING.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!! I loved this book! 🙂

Recommended Age: 9-12

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Bluefish by Pat Schmatz