Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguié (Review)

When a storm brings the dashing Prince Richard to her family's farm, Violet falls in love at first sight. Richard also gives Violet his heart, but he knows his marriage is destined to be an affair of state, not of passion. For the king and queen have devised a contest to determine who will win their son's hand in marriage.

To be reunited with her prince, Violet must compete against princesses from across the land. It will take all of her wits - and a little help from an unexpected source - if Violet is to demonstrate the depth of her character and become Richard's bride.


This story was just a little better than okay, so that's why I gave it a three star rating.

I know it's a fairy tale retelling and as such there are going to be some unbelievable things, but this book just had way to many.

All of the princesses competing, except one, are so kind, compassionate, easy going and don't mind that Violet cheated in some of the contests. Even though they weren't tested on what they thought they were, I personally didn't like that she cheated when she thought she had the solution and was rewarded for it. To me this isn't a good message to send to young children, that it's okay to cheat as long as your doing it for love or someone else.

I also couldn't believe that the King and Queen would so easily allow Violet to compete in the competition, just by taking her word that she was the long lost Princess of Cambria.

Overall, even though I wasn't thrilled with this book it was somewhat enjoyable. If you love fairy tale retellings, and don't mind a very predictable story, give this book a try. I would recommend that you borrow it, if at all possible, instead of buying it.

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