Tag «Fairy Tale Retelling»

Single Sundays: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
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?

Review:

If you were to ask me who my favourite Disney Princess would be, it would be a tie between Jasmine from Aladdin and Princess Aurora, aka, Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty isn’t as popular a princess as Cinderella or Snow White or Belle so when I read that this book was about Sleeping Beauty, I jumped at the chance to read it because in the past, the retelling of fairy tales that I have read have been about those princesses and it’s refreshing to read about something else.

Before I read this, I read Beastly by Alex Flinn which is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast so I was familiar with her writing style. Her books are definitely geared towards a younger teen crowd (14+) but I did read this when I was a little younger so I enjoyed it. Now, I don’t think I would so much just because I am slightly outside that target audience.

Jack and Talia (aka Sleeping Beauty–Sleeping Beauty’s first name changes depending on which version you read) are both self-centered in their own ways. But they aren’t annoying like “I have to put this book down I can’t stand them”–more like you know that they are going to learn a valuable lesson by whatever transpires in this novel. It’s nice to see them grow through their relationship and the events that happen together.

I loved the interaction between these two, more so than in Beastly. I think it is mostly because Talia doesn’t know everything about the modern world (like phones, etc.), so I find the comments she says are pretty funny and Jack has some great responses.

Conclusion:

It’s been a long time since I read it, but I really enjoyed this book. Probably my favourite of the books I have read by Alex Flinn. I recommend this more for younger teens but I think older audiences might enjoy it as well.

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Middle School, Romance, Fairy Tales, Time Travel, Magic
Recommended for: 13+
Similar Books: Beastly by Alex Flinn and Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Movie Mondays: Beastly

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Beastly by Alex Flinn | Movie: Beastly (2011)

Which did I read/see first? The Book

Book Cover                Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: The Kendra Chronicles (Beastly, Bewitching, Towering)

The books all involve Kendra, a witch, but are not really linked in any other way other than being fairy tale adaptions

Genre: Tween, Romance, Fairy Tale Retellings, Magic

Thoughts:

I read this book because the movie was coming out. The plot intrigued me so I decided to read it before I saw the movie (I don’t like books to be spoiled before I read them, I find it makes it harder to finish them).

This book literally takes the story of Beauty and the Beast and plops it down in modern day New York–only this time the perspective is from the view point of the “Beast”. An interesting twist I think and one that works for this book. Again, Kyle is a spoiled kid that you immediately don’t like but begin to like as you see his transformation. I will say that by the end, he had won me over completely.

I really liked this book. I like the relationship he develops with Lindy and how they support each other. Very romantic and fairy tale like!

Conclusion:

I think I was a little too old to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. I appreciate how Alex Flinn sets it up and for the most part it delivers on what it is expected to do.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn and Devoured by Amanda Marrone

The Movie:

I believe that I saw this quite a bit after reading the novel but I still remembered the major details. I enjoyed the movie but it’s nothing fantastic.

Like most book adaptions, some artistic licence has been used in terms of casting and costumes. In the book, Kyle is actually a hairy beast–just like the Disney movie. Here they have made him scarred which works because I would imagine it would be awkward to have your live-action lead as a hairy beast (especially when you are banking on his good looks to draw the ladies). It still gets the point (that Kyle uses and only cares about his appearance) across which works.

What didn’t work for me was Vanessa Hudgens as Lindy. She was not what I pictured as Lindy and I think it was the wrong choice (I don’t care much for her acting and I kept waiting for her to break out into a HSM song :P). What I liked and admired about the Lindy in the novel was lost in the movie so that was disappointing.

The best part of the movie was Neil Patrick Harris–I love that man and he honestly stole the show with his performance!

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the book . I think the main message of the book was lost in the movie adaption and I enjoyed the characters more in the novel.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Beastly (from Goodreads):
I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly

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Single Sundays: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Keys.

Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED.

Review:

I’ve enjoyed Alex Flinn’s work after reading Beastly so I have read a few of her other fairy-tale based books and enjoyed them. I like how she takes well known stories and makes them applicable to the modern world so this book seemed like a no-brainer.

What I like about Cloaked was that it wasn’t just one fairy tale book used in this story (so don’t think it is about Little Red Riding Hood because it isn’t!). In her author note, Alex talks about using lesser known fairy tales in this novel as her main purpose for writing this book and she succeeds in this mission. While I wasn’t familiar with all of the tales used, it added a bit of freshness to the story as I didn’t know where it was going and I was able to learn about other fairy tales that haven’t been made into Disney movies.

However, I just didn’t like this book as much as I hoped. I think I was a little too old to be reading it so it took me a while to get into it. It definitely picked up once you got into it but nothing really wowed me about this book. It was a long time ago when I read this and the fact that this review is so short she be a good indication of how much I enjoyed and remembered the story.

Conclusion:

Definitely better for a middle school crowd who enjoy action, minimal romance and like modern adaptions of fairy tales.
Rating: 3/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young adult, Adventure, Magic, Fairy Tales
Recommended for: 12+
Similar Books: Kill me Softly by Sarah Cross and A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn