Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

A Kiss In Time

I quite enjoyed Alex Flinn's Beastly, so I was excited to pick up her take on Sleeping Beauty, A Kiss in Time. (Which, by the way, great title, incorporating the time of the spell, the kiss to break the spell, and just a hint of an allusion to sewing, evoking the expression "a stitch in time," which of course ties into the whole spinning/thread/sewing aspect of the original story and Flinn's retelling.)

This tale was a little lighter than Beastly, which I think explores a little more of the dark nature of humanity as the Beast struggles to understand himself and his situation. A Kiss in Time is definitely more about the nature of romance and love, and while the characters do go through some personal discoveries, there's definitely more humor (as a girl whose been asleep for a hundred years discovers the modern world!)

Definitely recommended if you're looking for a light, fun read. The nice thing about this is that, with the original tale, and quite a few of the retellings I've read, there seems to be some idea that the world hasn't changed that much during the time Sleeping Beauty is asleep. But when you think about how many changes there have been in the last 100 years.... Alex Flinn's tale is well worth reading.

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