Sunday, 29 August 2010

Book Review: A Kiss In Time - Alex Flinn

Talia fell under a spell...
Jack broke the curse.
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic...

I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time - to a stranger's soft kiss.
I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels... The good news: My parents will freak!
Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all - even time? - From the back of the book.

A Kiss In Time is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. There is something a little odd about this fairy tale. Do you not think it's a bit weird when a boy who finds a sleeping girl, kisses her? Even if he doesn't know her, he just decides to kiss her. I think it's more than a little odd, and rather creepy... Anyway. I'm just saying.
Talia is a 316 year old princess, and Jack is a 16 year old boy from the 21st century. How will Talia adapt to the world around her, so different from the one she grew up in?

Upon finishing the book, I thought, it's not amazing. I've read better, but I've also read worse. Much worse. And I only wanted a quick summer read, and that's what I got, so I wasn't disappointed. There were some good points to the book, and some bad, but overall, very readable.

I've never been that much of a fan of fairy tales, mostly they're just stories that don't really matter that much, so, this being a retelling of one, I didn't really know what to expect from it. I have read Beastly, also by Alex Flinn, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and loved it. You can read my review of Beastly here. So, I was hoping that A Kiss in Time would be as good as Beastly, and it almost was. Almost. But not quite.

Anyway, onto the characters. At the beginning, Talia annoyed me. Just the way she has such a high opinion of herself, and the way she expects everyone to treat her like a princess. Although, saying this, she was sweet, honest and polite, unlike a lot of girls these days, so that made me like her a little more. I can say though, now, having finished the book, I like Talia a lot more than I did at the beginning.

I liked Jack. He was the typical slacker teenager with a heart of gold, hidden deep inside, and only Talia is able to reach it and pull it out. I liked how he helped Talia to understand the 21st century, and even when she didn't fully grasp how the world works, he still kept going, trying to help her, just as she tried to get him to understand her world.

Although, there were some strange things about their relationship. Talia wakes up to Jack's kiss, and suddenly she's proclaiming her love to him, for he must be her true love. She doesn't know him at all! Also, one minute, they seem to be friends, and then, the next, they're two people deep in love.

So, my verdict: I think you should read it. It's worth it, even if it's not the best book in the world. Although, in my opinion, it's not as good as Beastly, but don't let that put you off. It's short and sweet, a cute little holiday or weekend away read.

I give it 3 Feet!

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