A Kiss In Time — Alex Flinn
“A boy admiring a pretty girl. A rare thing to be certain. But love—true love—is something else.” This pretty much covers the entirety of the story—a stereotypical concept wherein a young lad fancies a certain damsel—or the other way around. However, a fragment of that affection, in due time, will flourish and blossom into something greater—the hackneyed word called “love.”
The story opens in a medieval setting—in a kingdom called Euphrasia. There was a princess named Talia. On her 16th birthday, she was pricked from a spindle and thus, caused the whole kingdom to fall into a long, deep slumber. Only a true love’s kiss will save them from its dormant state. Familiar, huh? Of course, it’s a contemporary re-imagining of the classic tale “Sleeping Beauty!”
300 years later—Jack O’neill—a slacker, immature, irresponsible teenage guy stumbles upon Talia while ditching his European tour group together with his friend, Travis. He saw her sleeping, and was mesmerized by her beauty, therefore, kissed her. Talia was awakened, and supposes Jack as her “true love.” Upon the kingdom’s awakening, the king becomes extremely mad from Talia’s negligence and imprisons Jack and Travis. Talia helps them escape and goes with them to Miami. Malvolia—the not-so-evil-witch—is still in the chase for the princess and eventually abducts her. Jack has to undergo difficult tasks to rescue Talia, and to prove once and for all, that he loves her. As fairytales do have happy endings—sigh—they did snag the happy ending we envisage.
Clever, humorous, creative—Flinn did an incredible job once more on her fairytale re-telling. Just like Beastly, she added modern touches to this story that created a more consuming tale than the original. A single kiss from the prince ends the classic tale, yet, sets the very foundation of the story in this modern one. Told from Talia’s and Jack’s perspectives—readers will definitely benefit more from different views of the protagonists, wherein the former—confused, agitated, stuck in an estranged time and place; and the latter—troubled and distracted. We witnessed the growth of both characters—how the snooty, spoiled princess and the messed up guy turned out to be compassionate persons in the end. Still, the morale of the story was about true love, that it has no limitations and disguises most of the time. “True love would look a second time. True love would not be thwarted. True love would not accept no for an answer. He would search the world and certainly look again and again in every cottage until he finds you.”
All in all, the story was impressive, not that perfect, but certainly one of the books I’ll re-read in the future. 🙂