Cover Love: Not really, but it is whimsical like the book!
Why I Wanted to Read This:
I adored Once Upon a Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold, the first two books in this series. I was so excited to hear there was a third one. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
Princess Poppy, the bouncing baby daughter of Queen Marigold and King Christian of Zandelphia-Beaurivage, is in terrible danger. The kingdom’s former torturer-in-chief and poisoner-in-chief have joined forces to kidnap the baby as an act of revenge for their exile! Can a ragtag parade of rescuers—including the king and queen, the evil kidnappers’ mortified children, five dogs, a white elephant, and a washed-up wizard—save Princess Poppy in time?Romance?: Yes! Not only do we get to revisit Christian and Marigold, but another romance is brewing between Phoebe and Sebastian, two new characters.
If you haven't read the first and second in this series please do! The kingdom that Christian and Marigold is fun. They are such cute books, so much fun to read. This one really completes the series and brings it all to a close.
Christian and Marigold are secondary characters in this book. They are both so enamored of their new baby, Princess Poppy, that it kind of takes the umph out of them. The enjoyable parts of Christian and Marigold aren't on display here, but with them moving aside we get to know two other characters--Phoebe and Sebastian.
I adored Phoebe and Sebastian. They are the offspring of Boris and Vlad, former enemies of the kingdom. They are very invested in solving the mystery of Poppy's kidnapping to help people view them as more than the children of the two worst criminals in the kingdoms history. Of course as they work together to help rescue Poppy they get closer and closer to each other.
The thing I really enjoy about these books is that even when there is danger it's not scary danger. It's still light and fun. This is a perfect middle grade book--excellent for kids not ready for anything more intense.
To Sum Up: I am buying this to add to my library collection. It's a good addition to this series and a fun, fractured fairy tale!