Friday, November 20, 2009

A Kiss in Time

Title: A Kiss in Time

Author: Alex Flinn

Pages: 370

Rating: ***1/2

Summary (from Amazon): 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."

Review: I liked this book. Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney princess, so I was psyched to read this book. I also enjoyed Alex Flinn's other fairytale retelling, Beastly, so that played a part as well. Meryl was definitely my favorite character, but I liked Talia as well. This novel was pretty cheesy, but what else can you expect from a fairy tale? I really liked the new twist Alex adds to the story--just a hint, it's perfect for hopeless romantics like myself. So if you love a good romance novel and just want to live happily ever after, definitely check out this book.

Recommended for: romance lovers

A review for Alex Flinn's novel Beastly will come in the near future (hopefully). As of now, next on the list is actually a book a just read for school: Wide Sargasso Sea

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