Monday, July 26, 2010

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn


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 adventured 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?

Number of pages: 385


This was the first Alex Flinn book that I read. I found it really cute. It was like watching a romantic comedy movie. The story is a twist of a classic princess tale. My favorite part of the book had to be the dialogue between Jack and Talia. When you put a beautiful and spoiled princess with a partying teenage guy you get some problems, it was funny. I found myself chuckling at their conversations and thoughts about the other person. The author really jumped into the characters and gave them their own personalities. The whole book was in both Jack and Talia’s point of view. It’s a charming story with a nice happily ever. From 1-10? I give this book a 7.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce


As Charlotte struggles to manage the difficulties she inherits along with Stirwaters Woollen Mill, she discovers a shadow world at the fringes of the familiar: Dark magic, restless spirits, a mysterious Helper. A wicked uncle, an age-old curse.... How can Charlotte prevail with such forces allied against her? In this novel inspired by “Rumpelstiltskin,” the miller’s daughter of the fairy tale comes to life as a young woman determined to save her family and her mill--whatever the cost.

Number of pages: 395


I decided to get this book when I saw all the good publicity it got. I got the book, sat down on my bed to begin, and was let down. I was disappointed to find that nothing of interest came out of that book until at least the first 95 pages, and considering that the whole story is a mystery and needs your full attention, I was lost. I don’t know exactly what it was, but I couldn’t pick up the book to continue with the story. I am the type of reader that can spend all day reading and won’t put the book away until the entire story is completed, but with this book it took me twice as long to even get through even half. I did take it up again because the thought that there could be a good story somewhere in there and that I wasn’t giving it chance made me trudge forward until the end. Besides, the story of Rumplestilskin has always fascinated me so I gave it a second chance. I quickly realized that the main character and the voice of the story was driving me crazy! I think that that was why I didn’t enjoy the book, because the person leading me through the story was so annoying. I kept think to myself of how much I want to get rid of that character. I did like some other characters though like Randall or Charlotte’s sister, they were cool. Now I must admit that there were parts that interested me like how the author took the original Rumplestiltskin and created a completely different story line with similar characteristics. Overall I don’t think I would pick that book up again. Lots of people apparently like it though. I didn’t. From 1-10? I give this book a 4.