The Compulsive Reader: Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie

Friday, March 19, 2010

Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie

Violet's life has been peaceful and simple on her family's farm for most of her life, though she has always wondered about her future; who will she marry and what will he be like? Then one night a terrible storm brings and injured Prince Richard to Violet's farm. He's returning from traveling all around the land to find what his parents consider a true princess to marry, but when he and Violet see each other, they fall in love. Not willing to let Richard give up his crown for her, Violet travels to the royal palace to compete with scores of other princesses in a competition of sensitivity to win Richard's hand...and learns a thing or two about her own upbringing and destiny along the way.

This romantic retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" is sweet and clever. Debbie Viguie beefs up the story with a mystery concerning Violet's past, the unlikely competition between the princesses, and even a bit of political drama, which certainly makes this tale a bit more reasonable to the readers and also casts the king and queen in a more favorable light compared to the original taale. It also allows for the true strengths and qualities of the princesses to shine through, making them characters that readers can love, and allows the story a bit more depth. Although there really isn't any doubt in the reader's mind how the story will end, Viguie adds a bit of mystery to the plot by disguising the true meaning of the challenges the king and queen present, building up a little bit of suspense. Overall, Violet Eyes is a romantic and intelligent and entertaining read, perfect for readers of any age.

Cover Comments: This cover is cute, and it works with the story well. I like the different shades of purple! It is not the best cover in this series, but it is nice.

Review copy purchased.

Also, be sure to look for the next book in the series, The World Above by Cameron Dokey, this June! I am really excited for that one!


Maria said...

This book looks good! :)

La Coccinelle said...

I like fairy-tale retellings. But it's true... you usually know how they're going to end!