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?

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9 Comments

  • Ooo, sounds like an interesting book. I have not read this one yet, might have to go find it :)

  • Jill Kemerer says:

    Wow, this is another gorgeous cover! I want to read it for the cover alone, but the fairy tale theme makes me want it even more. Thanks for all these recommendations!

  • Salena Stormo says:

    I agree with Jill… this cover, just like yesterday’s book, is spectacular. I am sold on the book just by the cover! The cover to a book is the first thing a reader sees and therefore is the first line of marketing.

  • Salena Stormo says:

    Rachel, Completely off the subject but something I was curious about, is the market as flooded for YA and children’s books as it is for Adult fiction?

  • I have to admit I’ve never paid much attention to fairytale retellings, but your last two posts have piqued my interest. I even put “The Healer’s Apprentice” on my to-read list. Thanks, Rachel!

  • Katie Hart says:

    About seven years ago, there were two 3-book series that told one story from three different perspectives, Degrees of Guilt and Degrees of Betrayal. Each book in the set of three was written by a different author.

  • Rachel Kent Rachel Kent says:

    Thanks, Katie! Were those books good?

  • Rachel Kent Rachel Kent says:

    Salena, your question is a good one. My humble opinion is yes it is as flooded, but there’s always room on those bookshelves for a wonderful book. This is true in any genre or for any age group.

  • Katie Hart says:

    Yes, the books were excellent (to be expected, since they were written by authors such as Melody Carlson and Sigmund Brouwer). I enjoyed the first “trilogy” more (Degrees of Guilt), and I still ponder the story years after reading it.

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