Sunday, September 6, 2009

Book Review: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

For Princess Talia of Euphrasia, her 16th birthday has extra importance. While she was blessed with beauty, grace and intelligence at birth, she was also cursed to die before her it came. In order to protect the princess, she has lived a sheltered 16 years in the castle. Just days before the celebrations surrounding her 16th birthday (and freedom), Talia finds a secret room in the castle, and pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a deep sleep.

Jack is on an European tour for a month, because his parents think it will look good on his college applications. He only agreed to go on the trip so that he could get over his ex-girlfriend, but Europe is boring. Every day a new museum, and he's not even sure what country he is in. One day Jack sneaks away from the tour group in search of a beach. Now lost in Belgium, no beach in sight, he stumbles upon a strangely preserved Medieval village. By the time he get to the castle, he knows this is not a normal town.

Spying a beautiful girl sleeping in a castle room, Jack kisses her. By kissing Talia, Jack has woken Euphrasia up from a 300 year sleep. Talia's father is angry at her, Jack is thrown into a dungeon and his only way out is to take Talia with him back to Miami. Jack and Talia have a lot to learn about each other and them selves, and it just goes to show that all fairy tales don't end with "Happily Ever After".

A Kiss in Time picks up where Sleeping Beauty ends, and will appeal to fans of fairy tales, romance and humor, such as Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Lavine and Avalon High by Meg Cabot. While this is a fantasy book, Talia and Jack each tell their story convincingly that you forget it's not real, until the witch shows up. A Kiss in Time is a fun, fast read that puts a spin on old Sleeping Beauty.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Looking forward to reading Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick. It's all about the books I read as a teen!)