Title: Once Upon a Curse
Author: E.D. Baker
Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #3
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales, Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: She’s very particular, our princess Hazel, and she deserves the best.
It is one week before Princess Emma’s birthday, and with it comes the threat of the family curse. Many years before Emma’s time, an angry fairy cursed her ancestor, Princess Hazel. She decreed that Hazel and all her female descendants, upon reaching their sixteenth birthdays, could not touch a flower, or else all their beauty and kindness would be erased. No one before Emma has been powerful enough to find the fairy responsible, or undo her terrible work, but Emma is determined – it’s up to her to reverse the curse. But can she do it in time?
I love this story – it is a great way to round out The Tales of the Frog Princess series. Or at least, I used to think that until I recently discovered that there are another six books. Regardless, this is a nice little end to the curse arc of the story within this series. And still ties in beautifully to the rest of the tale – the swamp fairy, amongst others make another appearance.
I love the time travel aspect to this tale. When you first open one of Baker’s stories, you are already whisked back into an idealised version of medieval times. Yet, this tale takes that one step further – it shows us an even earlier date in this world’s history. Something that I found quite cute and enjoyable. Although, I definitely prefer Emma’s world and her current family and reality.
The way in which the day is won is also incredibly sweet and unexpected. It made me laugh and smile when I read it, and I’m certainly glad that there is another few books to read. After all, Emma might have solved the problem of the curse, but she hasn’t managed to tie the knot or do many, many other things in her role as Green Witch.
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