In the same vein as Flinn's Beastly, 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." Ages 12-up.
Alex Flinn is not a new author, but I had never heard of her until recently. Her book Beastly has been made into a movie and will be released sometime next year.
A Kiss in Time is a modern day re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. Jack stumbles upon Princess Talia's kingdom and is drawn by her beauty. He ends up kissing her and they must run away because her father is furious with Jack and Talia. There journey to America is humorous at times because Talia is unfamiliar with the technology. Once they reach America Jack wants to rid himself of Talia, but than begins to use her to his advantage. All the while Talia wants Jack to fall in love with her.
The story has an interesting plot and believable characters, but it didn't hit the mark for me. It is 384 pages and after the first 150, I began to lose interest. I only finished the book to see how everything turned out. I do believe it would be a nice summer read if you read a couple chapters a day.
Pub. Date: April 28, 2009
Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars