A Kiss in Time
By Alex Flinn
April 28, 2009
HarperTeen, 384 pages
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?
— Amazon.com description
I love modern takes on fairy tales, but this one just didn't cut it for me. It was an interesting take on Sleeping Beauty, for sure, but I just couldn't tell what the author's goal was.
Perhaps it's because there were too many morals and not enough focus. The book touched on teen-parent communication, the shadiness of dudes going around kissing princesses who are passed out, modern reliance on technology, gratitude, kindness to others, forgiveness, vanity, bullying and entitlement. All good stuff—but I felt a little bombarded.
Then again, who doesn't love a fairy tale? It might not have worked for me overall, but it was still an entertaining story that made me smile. After all, as the book says, everyone just wants some magic in life.
If you like this book, you might also like: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (See my review!)