Saturday, April 17, 2010
A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn
What did you do on your summer vacation?
Jack found a 300-year-old princess!
A Kiss in Time, a modern Sleeping Beauty (HarperCollins, April, 2009)
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?
After finishing A Kiss In Time only one word really comes to mind. What is that word? Well, average. Nothing too amazing nor too dreadful, basically just cute and average, a good and bad thing mixed together.
Going into this, I truly wasn't sure what to except. I had seen so many mixed reviews of this that it made my head spin. My own opinion tends to fall in between because while I won't be declaring my love for it anytime soon, I also won't be declaring my hate for it either.
Though, enough about that, let's talk about characters, Taila and Jack, mainly. I truly did like both of them. Taila was innocent yet so sweet and honest in a way that girls today aren't, while Jack was the typical slacker with a heart of gold hidden beneath the surface. I enjoyed seeing how there cultures mixed together and how they helped one another understand the other better. Though, I wasn't a huge fan of their romance. I felt that it was severely underdeveloped, one minute somewhat of a friend, the next proclaiming their love for one another, and unrealistic, but this is a fairytale retelling so I guess I should've have been ready to accept that.
The premise was interesting and one of the main reasons why I wanted to read A Kiss in Time, but the execution was half hearted. Good but not rock-my-socks amazing like I hoped. Though, I did enjoy the writing and I felt that Alex did a great job of developing the characters as well as switching between narrators, a task that some never do quite right.
So while I'm not the biggest fan of A Kiss In Time, I do suggest you possible pick it up in paperback or at the library, because while it is lacking somewhat, it still is cute and summery enough to be a perfect beach read.
A Kiss in Time is now out!