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Alex Flinn A Kiss in Time For Joyce Sweeney. Thanks for everything! Contents Part I Talia ix Chapter 1 If I hea Every Time We Kiss · Kiss Across Time. Talia fell under a spell Jack broke the curse.I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnoticI was looking fo. Alex Flinn A Kiss in Time For Joyce Sweeney. Thanks for everything! Contents Part I Talia Chapter 1 If Ihear one more syllable about spindles, Ishall Chapter 2.
And Talia saw it. Everything about it was cute, even the romance. Original Title. Talia happened to be the Sleeping Beauty years ago, and at the start of the book we see a little of how she found the spindle. Now, convinced Jack is her true love, Talia travels back to America with him in the hopes to make him fall in love with her. Father says it is because Iam young yet, but Iknow that to be a lie.
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 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published April 28th by HarperTeen first published November 9th More Details Original Title. Jack Tenpenny. Miami Beach, Florida United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Sleeping Beauty. No, I'm not talking about the Disney movie. Though I have to say that movie is kick ass if for anything the artwork. Yeah, Aurora is a bit of a Mary Sue okay, a lot , but the villain and the faeries make up for it. Not to mention, Prince Phillip is the first Disney prince that is sort of not a man-cessory.
But we're not talking about the Disney movie. I To see full review click here. I have to say the set up of this novel is fairly interesting. I mean, imagine waking up hundreds of years later because you made a stupid decision. The ramifications could be very interesting. Especially considering the fact that the country was basically be run in feudalism adjusting to 21st century life should be harder than turning it into Williamsburg: European Edition.
And it's not a bad book. It's average. I was just hoping for something more Okay, the book. The plot pretty much is non-existant.
Oh, except for the last fifty pages and the reason for the Maleficient character Yeah, I get she was trying to give the villain more backstory. But I think it backfired on her. I could understand why the king would get upset with her. Was it logical, no? But I understood the circumstances perfectly. And for the villain to go mwhwhahahaha I'm not done with you yet. And then they forgive you after all that crap?
Stupid just stupid. Almost as dumb as the main characters. Let's start with our heroine, Talia. She's a spoiled brat. Oh, and then when she wakes up it's still about the dress. Oh, and how Jack must be her love because he kissed her.
And Jack, dear lord. It sucked. Big time. Mainly because of the tool protagonist which is exactly what Jack was. A tool. Seriously, this guy breaks into a castle and kisses an unconscious girl because she's hot. He doesn't even think of calling or whatever Belgium's version of is because he has to play tonsil hockey with Talia who's unconscious And then he randomly let's her get on a plane with him to Miami and deems it necessary to book her with a model agency not even asking her if she wants to be a model before he finds out she's too fat and Yeah, Tala is too fat.
Apparently so, despite being deemed "perfect looking". But don't you guys worry, the faerie that put that beauty charm of her adjusts to the time period's beauty standards so she's dropping those pounds like she's on Plexus.
Want to hit something. Okay, so insufferable characters, beauty spells that make you lose weight even though you don't need to, non-existant plots. What else can we add to this suckage fest Historical inaccuracy. Seriously, Flinn's idea of what the 17th century was like consisted of what a Disney movie would depict it as. Perhaps that's why Flinn kept mentioning Virginia hello, Pocahontas and minus the cannibalism.
Best Feature: Easy Peasy writing. Flinn is a decent writer. It doesn't take much effort to read fifty or so pages. That doesn't mean the book was great. Just I didn't have to roll my eyes for bad similes and excessive violet prose.
Worst Feature: Historically Inaccurate. Really, really, Ms. For one thing, Talia speaks surprisingly modern for a girl from this period.
And then the politics that were going on in that country weren't even discussed. Or the general lifestyle. Like Talia was perfectly clean, had tons and tons of dresses. Guess Flinn decided to gloss over the fact that there was no deodorant lots of social unrest in Europe during this period. And then once the country became visible again There's some heavy teen drinking, annoying body image issues with this book, and I think there may have been some cursing.
But pretty PG Some might even say the tone of this book was more middle grade than YA. But the teen drinking definitely puts it in the YA category.
This book was just boring and the characters were extremely unlikable. The only thing I liked about the book was that it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. It's a shame that the author did a poor job at it. I have been wanting to read 'Beastly' for such a long time and now finding out that it's from the same author of this awful book has completely changed my thoughts on even bothering with it.
View all 8 comments. May 14, Jem rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book because I liked Beastly so much. I finished that book in exactly one day. However, it took me quite some time to finish A Kiss in Time. Well, two days, maybe? Well, yeah. I really enjoyed this book mainly because it was based on Sleeping Beauty.
Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney Princess. So yeah.
I was sooo excited to read this. And it turns out it was the right type of excitement! Talia was supposed to be the most beautiful girl Jack saw. Maybe Taylor Swift as Talia, right? Taylor Swift is the most beautiful blond I know. Like really. This really is an epic novel and I would read it again. The part which made me annoyed was when Jack made out with Amber.
And Talia saw it. I felt extremely bad for Talia and so it was nice when I first found out she was with some other guy.
But then the guy was scary. I love stuff like those! I thought there was going to be a bloody fight scene since Philip fought the dragon in Sleeping Beauty. However, the test that Malvolia made for Jack was funny yet nice. And sweet. Taylor Swift is really pretty and she is my Talia: I wonder who could be Jack.
I need more. Much much more. More, please! Alex Flinn, please be kind enough and make another novel based on the characters from A Kiss in Time. Pretty pretty please: I just need more and more and more Jack and Talia moments. I almost died when Jack finally told Talia that he loves her.
But he kissed her before that. And he did. This is all for now. Hahahaha I started working on this yesterday. D http: View all 5 comments. Mar 24, Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it Shelves: His main goal in agreeing to the numbingly dull tour of European museums was to avoid an even more boring summer working in his father's company. Both his father and mother think he is a lazy slacker without any real interests. What they don't know is that Jack has an interest, but he knows that as the son of a successful business family, they will not approve of his future plans.
After weeks of museum tours, Jack and his friend, Travis, decide to skip out on the tour group and head for the beach. They take a wrong turn and end up sneaking through a thick hedge hoping to find the illusive beach, but instead they end up in a strange place that seems lost in time.
As they explore, they stumble across some of the residents of the area, only to find them fast asleep. When they arrive at the main gates to a huge castle, they begin to wonder exactly what is going on. Inside the castle they find the same situation - everyone is fast asleep. Life seems to have suddenly halted for these people, leaving them in the middle of whatever activity or task that had kept them busy before their sudden slumber.
Jack and Travis find their way to an isolated area of the castle and are surprised to discover a beautiful young girl sleeping peacefully. Travis is more interested in returning to the throne room and snatching the crown jewels, and Jack gladly sends him off. Jack is fascinated by the sleeping girl whose beauty is astonishing. He can't help himself.
He bends and gently kisses her soft lips. Suddenly, she's awake! By now readers will recognize the similarities to Sleeping Beauty, but what they don't know yet is that they are in for some great adventures. Imagine being awakened by a stranger's kiss and learning you've slept for three-hundred years. The world doesn't even know your country exists, and you don't have a clue that things like cars, buses, airplanes, cell phones, and televisions are now the norm. Princess Talia believes Jack must be her true love, but at seventeen, he's pretty sure she must be wrong.
She puts a unique twist on fairy tale retelling - by connecting the past and present as Jack and Talia struggle through problems created by their strange meeting and their own personal family struggles as young teens trying to find their own direction in life.
Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: Princess Talia of Euphrasia has been told her entire 15 years of life to never go near a spindle as the evil witch Malvolia has cursed her and her kingdom. If she were to touch a spindle before the day of her 16th birthday, she and her subjects will fall into a deep sleep until she is kissed by her one true love. In search of a beach, he ends up in Euphrasia where he sees the beautiful Talia sleeping and decides to kiss her, waking her up from her year slumber.
Now, convinced Jack is her true love, Talia travels back to America with him in the hopes to make him fall in love with her. Obviously, this is a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty story and I usually love fairytale retellings and find them so entertaining. I was very excited to read this book because I read Beastly by this author and it was one of my favourite books at the time.
This one, however, fell short for me. I did really enjoy the alternating perspectives between Talia and Jack, but both characters annoyed me as well. Talia was a spoiled brat, which is understandable as she was raised as a bratty princess used to getting what she wanted.
I did enjoy how her character developed throughout the book and she began to care more for others than herself. Her innocence and naivety were my favourite parts of the book. Jack bothered me right from the beginning It just gave me the creeps the way that scene unfolded. I did like the humour in this book and it was quite funny when Talia didn't know what anything was from the 21st century. The book does a great job showing the cultural differences of the times Talia and Jack grew up in.
Its also a very easy to read book and the pages fly by without you noticing. The biggest problem I had with this book was the love story.
It was choppy and annoying. One second they hated each other and a day later they were madly in love. Overall, I have to say it was somewhat entertaining and at times slightly far-fetched. The majority of this story takes place after the kiss. Interesting enough though, Flinn decides to have the princess sleep for over years, waking the entire kingdom into the modern world where love at first sight, jealousy and curses take on a whole new meaning.
So let me focus on those aspects I found interesting. Flinn takes a whole new approach on the curse. There was more to it. Also, the curse specifically stated that on her sixteenth birthday, before the sun sets, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. Merryweather was unable to undo Maleficent's curse but rather only able to weaken it.
It was interesting how Flinn spun that aspect in her story. All pretty interesting when you change the cast; add a few more gifts by the fairies; really pay attention to the curse; extend the sleep by years; and force the knight in shining armor to do more than cut some weeds and slay a dragon to prove his love.
Fun retelling, that is either a huge hit or miss for YA readers. I enjoyed it enough though. View all 32 comments. Jack is slacker—stuck on a European tour, sick of museums, and intent on finding the beach. Instead he finds Talia, kisses her, and winds up with Her Royal Highness in tow on a fast getaway from the dungeon and a quick flight to Miami. Not exactly a match made in a fairy tale. And the mystery behind that is the real story.
View all 11 comments. This book was absolutely hilarious. While at the start of the book I absolutely despised all the characters, they somehow managed to grow on me as the novel progressed. Another thing I was not too fond of in this book was the real world and the magical being thrust together. As in Cloaked that I read by Alex Flinn, the characters just seem to be too accepting of magic when they first learn about it. This book made me realise how creepy the story of Sleeping Beauty is.
Like the part where the pri This book was absolutely hilarious. Like the part where the prince kisses the girl The main reason I enjoyed this book was because of how funny it was. I loved the banter between Talia and Jack. And seeing her reactions to all of the modern advancements. The scene where she asks Talia if there are any hoes on her country had me dying with laughter.
Overall the humour was the only interesting part of this book. I faced the same problems that I found in the other books of hers that I read. The plot just seems jumbled and there seem to be to many plot holes. The book seems to jump around of plot point to plot point without any real structure I adore this book. It's hilarious, for one thing. Furthermore, it's the kind of book that hooks you in with the first page. The two person narrative between Talia and Jack was brilliantly done, and made the character development for both characters much stronger; Plus, it made the relationship between Talia and Jack much more realisitc, and I could actually see their opinions of eachother bloom throughout the book.
Alex Flinn also does a good job of portraying teenage characters—sometimes author I adore this book. Alex Flinn also does a good job of portraying teenage characters—sometimes authors don't have any idea what teens are really like, but Alex Flinn is not one of them.
I really enjoyed this book, and I can't say there's anything I would have done differently. View all 42 comments.
Jun 03, Lili Marcus rated it it was ok Shelves: Sep 16, Khandria rated it it was amazing Shelves: First of all Dari and I have never read this book but we are currently listening to it for the 11 th time since we got it in The audio book is superb and is read by a 16 yr old boy and girl who are utterly fantastic.
To us this is the best retelling of Sleeping Beauty because it takes a character from a 's kingdom that we can only imagine and puts her in a 's h First of all Dari and I have never read this book but we are currently listening to it for the 11 th time since we got it in To us this is the best retelling of Sleeping Beauty because it takes a character from a 's kingdom that we can only imagine and puts her in a 's high school that we can all relate to.
Jack is 17 and Talia is 15 going on Talia is your typical lovably spoiled 16th century princess but is also frustratedly suffering from a curse placed on her at birth by an evil witch to punish her parents for not inviting the witch to her christening. In the book Both Talia and jack narrate a section of the opening of the book that brilliantly develops their character defines these situations and makes us feel for them This audio book is so skillfully and wittily enacted that both my husband and I get crack up or get choked up and have tears in our eyes.
In Chapter one Tialia narrates about her life from child hood and how it sucks being a cursed princess in the country of Eurphasia and you definitely get an empathy for her. In chapter 2 jack narrates how it sucks that Amber ,his girl friend, dumped him and broke his heart just before his parents pressured him into joining a group tour of Europe threatening to make him work in a law office if he did not. The group tour ends up being a total bummer totally sucking in his words The premise is that 17 yr old Jack and his buddy Travis are unwillingly touring europe when they want to be back on the beaches of florida partying with their friends and are bored shitless with the tour.
Unable to take another day of it so they decide to ditch the tour guide get a six pack and sneak off to the beaches of France by they are given misdirections by a french clerk named Jaques who does not like americans and end up in a wilderness while trying top find the beach eventually they stumble upon a very tall thick thorny hedge and think that the beach must ebon the other side of it.
To their amazement a village where everything seems very old fashioned and everyone is asleep awaits them on the other side the kingdom of fantasia. This may sound corny but Alexandria flynn yes -she's female makes Jack's and Travis' "stoner" reaction to what so happening so contemporary that it lends a heavy air of reality to it as if two 17 year old boys a bit stoned really had stumbled onto such a village while on a tour of europe Belgium to be exact Alex , as I said write so realistically that this is just the way.
Jack Finds Talia sleeping and falls in love with her rand kisses her. Only true loves first kiss can awaken her so we know that his love for her is true and she also falls deeply in love with him so much so that when he goes to live the normal life of a teenager in his parents home she begs him to take her with him against his own parents wishes the question then is "how will 16 yr old Jack's parents react to jack bringing home a 15 yer old girl from europe?
How will 16th century Talia integrate into the modern high school world of cell phones etc? How will Jack's old girlfriend Ashley react to Talia? How will Jack sister react to Talia? How will it end? So this book is deeper than it seems and the message is that true love overcomes all obstacles. Like twilight some readers give this book only stars. Like I said dari and I have never read it but only listen to the audio book again and again but having said that I think that we just have very simple,pure loving hearts and are therefore able to feel great empathy with both Jack and Tialia and root for them with all our hearts every time.
We sincerely believe that some people just don't have the emotional aptitude to feel what we feel when we listen to this audio book. I'm afraid audible. Alex flynn also wrote "Bewitched " a retelling of Cinderella , little mermaid and hansel and gretel mostly Cinderella and "Beastly" a retelling of beauty and the beast we own all 3 audio books and listen to them all at lest one a year.
View 2 comments. I just finished reading this, and I have to say--it's so cute! The couple of Jack and Talia, well, what's not to love? Talia's a girl who doesn't consider herself to be spoiled, but in fact is, and is kind of a brat. She transforms to a kind, warm-hearted girl who adapts fairly well to this century, going from a girl who believes that men are the ones to do all of the work, to a believer of women's rights and hard work. Jack transforms from a Miami party-boy, although to be honest I never really I just finished reading this, and I have to say--it's so cute!
Jack transforms from a Miami party-boy, although to be honest I never really felt the "Miami party boy" side of him, even when they were actually at a party in Miami, and he becomes softer, a person who starts following his dreams instead of the demands his parents make of him. Malvolia, too, was a character I could not help but to love, but in the beginning I didn't like her very much, as she was the books antagonist.
I won't give away any trade secrets about her, but let me tell you, when I found out the truth about Malvolia, all I felt for her was pity and compassion. I wanted her to have a happy ending, because if the ending is not happy, how can the journey feel worthwhile? I think the only concern I had with the book was how to pronounce Talia's name. Is it Tuh-lia? It became annoying in a way to read her name over and over again with little idea as to its pronunciation.
I seriously recommend this book to anyone who can read it in one sitting. It's not the kind of epic you can't put down, but it's a book that you can't help but to love. I'm anxiously awaiting Cloaked, and any other books that have to do with fairy tales that Flinn can put a spin on. Of course, I am also awaiting her other books, too. But her modern-day fairy tales are so View 1 comment.
Read more reviews at Yearning to Read Pages: April 28th, Date Read: Own Rating: Summary - Spindles are an illegal device not to be had. At least, not in Euphrasia.
Euphrasia is a small country near Belgium, and its princess, Talia, has been put under a spell. A spell that says she will prick her finger on a spindle before her sixteenth birthday, and she will die.
The good fairies tried to cha Read more reviews at Yearning to Read Pages: The good fairies tried to change the spell, so now the entire kingdom will fall asleep upon Talia's spindle-pricking. Until a prince, Talia's true love, comes to the castle and kisses her awake. Talia's parents have done all they can to secure that Talia would not prick her finger on a spindle, but when the evil witch's curse comes to pass anyway, the entire kingdom passes into a deep sleep, a hedge grows around their small country, and the rest of the world forgets there ever was a Euphrasia Until the day when Jack, an attention-starved high-schooler from Miami, Florida, happens upon the hedge of briars during his boring and uneventful trip to Europe.
When he enters the castle and finds Talia, he feels the unexplainable urge to kiss her - not to mention he suddenly knows her name. When he does kiss her, she wakes in his arms and he is forced to help her - and save his own hide from her angry father, the King-No-More of Euphrasia. But with Talia convinced he is her true love, he won't be getting rid of her very easily. At least it'll make his parents mad My thoughts - I devoured this book easily. It wasn't that the writing was easy to read however, that is also true , but more so that the story flowed so well I couldn't put it down.
There was no break in the character development or story-line. I was entranced in the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty as though I hadn't heard it a hundred and one times before. I was absolutely surprised at how much I liked this book. Jack and Talia are both memorable characters; the events of the story are well-placed; it is very original for being yet another retelling of a fairytale. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the present tense, first person standpoint, which normally really bothers me.
But not this time. This time I was thoroughly engrossed and loved feeling as though I was there. And on top of that, this book is funny.
And I mean FUN. Laugh out loud, giggly, hilarious, whatever you want to call it. It pretty much made me laugh all the time. Especially Talia's reaction to telephones and TV's They were both so confused! Alex Flinn does a great job at comparing and contrasting the culture Talia comes from and the culture that she has now been thrust into. The innocence of the 16, 17, and 18oo's is greatly played upon.
Talia is disgusted by all the almost-all-the-way naked women at the beach, and is shocked by the half-naked women around town compared to floor length dresses and covered bosoms She hates how the young girls are flaunting themselves in Jack's presence; how Jack's friends treat each other and themselves which is terrible ; how Jack feels like he can't talk to his parents or sister.
What a culture we live in, to not know how to use the power of speech! Talia's point on this is quite driving and really struck me as serious and realistic.
There was only one literally, only one drawback in this story for me. The love story. I know, I know. Sucks, doesn't it? Well, the love story was good.
It was sweet and innocent It wasn't until I was half of the way finished when I realized this. Nothing much, except the first kiss at the beginning and Talia being beautiful, happened that would make the characters love each other. And that's not even very convincing, sorry! No deciding factors, no developing thoughts about it. Just, half-way through: And their moment of discovering that they truly love each other had no spark, no firecrackers. It was just She did it masterfully in Beastly.
I just wish there had been more of that in A Kiss in Time. My favorite character - Jack. He was great and real. Easy to get along with, but kind of a push over.
Passionate about things, but afraid to tell his parents what he wants to do with his life. Blind to his faults, but when they are presented to him, he wants to change These are all things that make a character real and human and just plain awesome.
My favorite aspect of the story - Tali'a's innocence. Now, she may know that she's drop-dead-gorgeous, but she knows this in a The way her "newness" affects the story and Jack's life and makes him a better person is just phenomenal.
I loved that and applauded her when the story was over. One word I would use to sum up this book and final thoughts - Cute. So, so cute. Everything about it was cute, even the romance. I think the lack of "passion" in the romance was what made it "cute". I will most definitely be reading this book again, and hopefully soon. For the parents - Teenage boys will be teenage boys About short references throughout the book to hot girls, their sizes, and what they're wearing.
But the biggest thing is the party: A bunch of underage high schoolers get together to drink and make out and possibly more, though it wasn't even referenced to. Talia is taken unawares when this guy from Jack's school gives her too much to drink and he tries to take her clothes off once he gets her further away from the party.
It's a very quick scene with minimal description - nothing much happens 'cause the dude doesn't get very far before Talia lashes out , during which Talia realizes her folly, Jack realizes his stupidity in bringing her as a way to get back at his ex, and both learn a huge lesson in maturity. To let you know something more about the plot we basically follow the story of Sleeping Beauty when she wakes up. Talia happened to be the Sleeping Beauty years ago, and at the start of the book we see a little of how she found the spindle.
Then, we are coming in our time and see how Jack found her and kissed her. That's only the first part of the book. The story continues with Talia following Jack cause she thinks he is her destiny and try to make him fall in love with her while Jack feels To let you know something more about the plot we basically follow the story of Sleeping Beauty when she wakes up. The story continues with Talia following Jack cause she thinks he is her destiny and try to make him fall in love with her while Jack feels kinda responsible for her and of course to bring a girl home will freak out his parents something which find really important.
As the story goes on with those two, the evil witch appears again and believes the curse broke my mistake and tries to get Talia back. I will admit i was a little afraid with a story who changes a classic fairytale but it was ok. Actually it was amazing! One of the best books i have read. Alex Flinn doesn't change the story of Sleeping Beauty, she just put the prince in our time.
The writing is fast and simple not in a bad way. I didn't get bored in not even one part of the book. It was interesting from the very first page and kept me entertained. As for our main characters. Talia at first is really annoying. Well, she was a princess who had everything in her life and to have her live in our world where we don't have servants it's a big change.
But as the story goes, you get to know her better. She is a really sweet,kind,clever,naive.. Her character is simple. Jack is a normal guy. And when i say normal i mean it. Not bad or good like other love stories. I could see my best friends in him so it was easy for me to like him.
He cares about what he did but at the same time he was thinking about himself as well. He didn't fall in love with her immediately or cause of magic.
He fall in love when he starts to know her better. There is a knock upon the door. Lady Brooke! The gowns!
They have been prepared especially for tomorrow. It will be the grandest party ever. The guests will arrive at the palace door in carriages or at the harbor in ships. There will be a grand dinner tonight, and tomorrow a ball with an orchestra for dancing and a second orchestra for when the first tires. There will be fireworks and a midnight supper and magnums of a special bubbling wine made by Benedictine monks in France, then a week of lesser parties to follow.
It will be a festival, a Festival of Talia. I will be at the center of it, of course, courted by every prince and raja, and before it is over, I will have fallen in love—and Iwill be sixteen, cured of the curse. The gowns—I need one for tonight and several for the ball tomorrow and a dozen or so more for the coming week —must be perfect.
And then, perhaps Father will speak with the tailor who designed the loveliest one and have him create fifty or so more for my wedding trip around the globe. Truth be told, it is the trip, rather than the wedding, which appeals to me. But it is my lot in life, and a cross I must bear to gain the wedding trip.
I am more than ready to leave Euphrasia, having been trapped here for almost sixteen years. And, of course, my husband shall be handsome, and a prince.
Ifling the door open. Where are they? I take it from her. One has to admire her organization. I see now that Lady Brooke has marked out the rooms which will be used to house our numerous royal guests.
Other rooms are marked with a star. Children have been pulled from their cottages and huts to spin and sew and slave, all for the pleasure of Princess Talia of Euphrasia. Was I not gifted with intelligence? I also know this not to be the case. How can I be spoiled when I never get to do a single thing I want? I did not ask that children be pulled from their cribs to slave for me, but since they were, is it not only courteous to gaze upon their efforts and, hopefully, find a dress or two that will be acceptable?
I can already picture the gown in which I shall make my grand entrance at the ball. It will be green. Each tailor was asked to bring his twenty best creations, all in your exact measurements. Your father believed that you might be overwhelmed, gazing upon so many gowns at once. Therefore, he decreed that they be placed in twenty-five separate rooms of the castle.
In this way, you may wander about, choosing as you will. Five hundred gowns! Igrow giddy. We begin to walk down the stone hallway. Why care I what Lady Brooke thinks? But I do, for much as I loathe her, she is my only companion, the closest thing I have to a friend.
So I rack my brain for an acceptable answer. Give them to her? Surely not. The gowns were made to my exact measurements, and Lady Brooke, who has not been blessed with the gift of beauty, is an ungainly half a head taller than I, and stout.
When she frowns, I think again. For food. That should satisfy the old bat! And perhaps it does. At least, she is quiet as we enter the first room. Quiet disapproval is the best I can expect from Lady Brooke. Dresses line the walls, covering even the windows.
Twenty of them, in different fabrics, different shapes, but every single one of them blue! Iwant him to. Of all the stupidity! He hears. I certainly hope that he has refrained from sweating over his work, which would make the fabric smell.
Ido not follow fashions—Imake them. His designs are the finest in the world.
Will you not look at the dresses now? The dresses are all ugly. Or maybe not ugly but boring, with boring ruffles. Boring, like everything else in my life. Still, I manage to smile so as not to call out another lecture from Lady Brooke.
Would not I have said if I liked? This is the first room Ihave visited. At least, he gets his sweatiness out of my way, and I am allowed to pass to the next room. This room and indeed the two after it are little better. How could she? When she was young, she could go to shops and choose her own clothing, even make it if she liked. I will never be normal, but barring that, I would like to be abnormal in a lovely green dress without too many frills. I glower at it.
The ruffles would reach my nose. In the next, I spy a lavender velvet with a heart-shaped neckline. Ireach to touch the soft fabric. I pull my hand back. I am thoroughly sick of Lady Brooke and dresses and my life. I am certain she despises me as well and, suddenly, the company of even Malvolia herself seems preferable to that of the detestable Lady Brooke. Would that it were not the case, for I am ashamed to be in your presence when you are behaving like a horrible brat.
The tailor, too, smiles stupidly. I stare at him. You have grown more and more insolent in recent weeks. I am ashamed of you. I feel something like tears springing to my eyes. Lady Brooke hates me, even though she is required to like me. Probably everyone else hates me, too, and merely pretends because of Father. But I hold the tears back. Princesses do not cry.
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