Only love can brea the curse.
A Kiss in Time By Alex Flinn
I first came across this author about a year ago, when I discovered her book, Beastly, a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast. I loved it so much that as soon as word of her new book came out, I had to have it. So I waited, then forgot, then remembered and finally bothered to get it from the library. And, I have to say, it wasn’t bad.
A Kiss in Time is the story of Sleeping Beauty, retold from alternating points of view, Talia (the Beauty) and Jack ( the “prince”). It begins with Talia, a lovely princess cursed by a witch to prick her finger on a spindle by her 16th birthday. Well, it’s the day before she turns 16 and she has had yet to do so. However, you cannot escape fate, and as expected, she pricks her finger and everyone in the kingdom falls asleep– for 300 years. It is then, in our day and age, when Jack stumbles across this tiny kingdom and Talia, asleep in a tower. For some reason he cannot explain, he wants to kiss, but not in a pervy way. More like a true love way. So he does. Talia wakes and the story begins.
Talia is your average princess in many respects; she is beautiful and clever and wants to have a happy life. But she is a bit of a brat, which made the parts told by her a little more interesting to read as she is learning to live in this new world, a scary place where she cannot always get her way. And one thing she wants is for Jack to fall in love with her.
Jack is sort of a jock. Well, he has (or had) a hot girlfriend, but then she broke up with him, and he wants her back. As the story progresses, Jack starts falling in love with Talia, and out of love with Amber (the hot girlfriend) and finally he realizes that Amber is just not worth it and it becomes Talia all the way.
The story seems like it would end here; I thought it would. But there was about 100 pages left. What were they to be filled with? Why, a horrible ending of course!
That’s right! The witch that cursed Talia and her kingdom did not die after 300 years. No she lived, and wants to destroy Talia and all that makes her happy. Not to give too much away, but the witch captures Talia and makes Jack go through a series of boring trails that weren’t really that interesting to get her back. For an ending, this was really bad. The things Jack was doing were understandable considering his character, but they were just not interesting to read about. Imagine Argus’ story to Hermes multipled by 1000 and then you’re just starting to get close. Besides that, Jack’s family seemed to easily to accept that Talia was that old, and too willing to help him get her back. Like, when a fairy tale comes to life, I expect a little more suprise. It was just plain bad writing.
Which is strange, because for the most part, this book had quirky, funny, writing that gave a great sense of who the characters really were. But for some reason, at the end, it became long and dragging. I skimmed most of it, and it still made sense, a sure sign that whatever was there was not necessary.
The epilogue bit at the very end was okay, better than the “climax.” It had all the expected cheesiness of a fairytale, and even though it seemed a little too convinient, the solutions given to many of the problems had been lightly foreshadowed before, making them somewhat more acceptable.
My final thoughts on this book? Interesting characters, good plot until the end, and overall, just a sweet story that can be read in one sitting despite the seemingly large size of the book. Recommended for those who just want a light story that will make you smile.
0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…
1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.
2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.
3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.
4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).
5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.
6 and above. What I want my book to be.