Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

This clever and humorous retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" follows an aimless American boy who awakens a princess who has been slumbering for 300 years. Jack is on a European tour mandated by his parents ("What they don't tell you about Europe is how completely lame it is") when he breaks an ancient curse by kissing the slumbering Princess Talia. Instead of rejoicing, she and other awakened members of their magical kingdom are confused and perturbed to find themselves in the 21st century. In order to escape the wrath of her father, who blames her for causing the curse, Talia flees with Jack to his home in Florida. While acclimating to the modern world-cell phones, television, Jell-o shots-the princess manages to charm everyone she meets and help Jack sort out his life. Alternating between the teenagers' distinctive points of view, Flinn skillfully delineates how their upbringings set them apart while drawing parallels between their family conflicts. Fans of happily-ever-after endings will delight in the upbeat resolution, which confirms the notion that "love conquers all."

I really enjoyed this book. I love fairy tales to begin with so reading a modern day version of sleeping beauty was nice. In this book though you kinda get more of a connection to the "bad fairy" who cursed Talia. In all the regular fairy tales they don't really explain why the person or thing became bad. You just know that they are evil and thats that. I really liked how the author went into why the bad fairy became bad. Talia the princess actually feels bad for her in the end and helps her to become good again. Also I think the romance and friendship between Talia and Jack was really sweet. The change in Jack from the beginning and end was very easy to see. This whole adventure brought everyone closer together including all the families. This was a really good book and I can't wait to read another book by this same author.

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