Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

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!)

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  1. i've heard so many wonderful/positive things about this book that it feels good to finally read an honest review! thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.... i think i might give it a try, just not snytime soon :)


  2. Hmm, I've been kind of hesitant with Alex Flinn lately, because there seem to be so many repetitions to her novels. No real direction, tons of morals that it became so hard to focus on one, and annoying protagonists. (Well, I think the last one is true, anyway! =P) Like Diana, I wanna give this a try as well, but I'm not hoppin' up and down to get my hands on it. Great review, Anna. <3

  3. It seems to me the description from Amazon is told one line at a time from the point of view of each person in question. What point of view was the book told from?

  4. I haven't read this book, but I read Beastly by Alex Flinn(2 stars as well) and I'm not sure if I like how she writes. Of course there are people who do like it. Great, honest review!

  5. I enjoyed this book, but it was just fluff...pure and simple. I don't think it was anything special. I hear that Cloaked isn't so great though :/

  6. This is the 2nd review of an Alex Flinn book that I've read this week that didn't get very high on the rating scale. I read Beastly & felt the same way. It's definitely forgettable once you put the book down.

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  8. Yeah, that last comment I made was a hot mess. Let's try that again.

    I keep hearing mixed reviews of her books, and it makes me a bit nervous. I have Beastly from the library so we will see how it goes...

  9. That is so depressing this one wasn't good - I'm curious to read it, but after not liking Breathing Underwater I'm a bit nervous.


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