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?
The synopsis of the book suggests an interesting take on Sleeping Beauty and that’s precisely what you get. Talia is quite different from Disney’s Princess Aurora, though. Talia is quite obnoxious and has a tendency to sway towards the side of cunning. She’s really not likeable at the beginning, but grows on you as she, herself, grows throughout the story.
Jack does a bit of growing as well. He starts out as somewhat of a slacker prince-charming with a bad home life. Over the course of the story, Jack manages to face some buried fears and grow into a bit of a more respectable prince-of-every-girl’s-wishes. I wasn’t head-over-heels for Jack myself, but I was totally rooting for him and Talia.
It was, at times, quite predictable, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book in the least. Sometimes, a nice, predictable love story is just what the doctor – err... – librarian ordered.
Release Date: April 2009
Genre: Realistic Fantasy, Princesses, Fairy tale
Rating: 4 stars
P.S. You can find an excerpt on Alex Flinn's website.