General Market Fairytale: Violet Eyes
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Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie
I have read many of the YA books in the Once Upon a Time series. Fairytales are a strong trend in general market YA. I picked this book up while browsing at the bookstore because Debbie Viguie graduated from U.C. Davis, my alma mater. I googled her after I finished the book and was intrigued to see she has written other general market YA and also some CBA mysteries with Abingdon Press. I haven’t read any of her other books.
Violet Eyes retells the story of the princess and the pea. It’s a short book, so the plot isn’t too complex, but I enjoyed the story. Debbie’s writing voice is catchy. The story isn’t modernized, and I don’t think the characters would work in a modern setting. The basic motivation for the plot is finding a wife for the prince, and the princesses all participate in a contest for his hand in marriage.
Not all the books in the Once Upon a Time series are as good as this one. Written by different authors, they share the common thread of fairytales. I can’t think of any other YA series done this way. Many publishers have adult series with different authors writing “installments,” but the Once Upon a Time series might be one of the first for YA.
Does anyone know of any other YA series like that? Have you read a Once Upon a Time book? If so, which one?