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A Kiss in Time [Kindle Edition]

Alex Flinn
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Fans of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries and Gail Carson Levine’s EllaEnchanted (1997) will embrace this charming, lightweight fantasy. (ALA Booklist)

“Flinn . . . injects a little magic and chivalry into the modern world . . . all on the road to a satisfying “happily ever after.” (The Horn Book)

“Those fans of Flinn’s widely popular Beastly will thoroughly enjoy this fractured fairy tale as well.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“clever and humorous . . . Fans of happily-ever-after endings will delight in the upbeat resolution, which confirms the notion that ‘love conquers all.” (Publishers Weekly)

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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?


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060874198
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 Reprint edition (28 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026SCNEK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 April 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When Jack escaped for the summer on a trip around Europe, he never dreamed he would be pulled into a real-life fairy tale.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sally
Format:Paperback
Imagine the old fairy story Sleeping Beauty in all it's old fashioned glory- a spoiled princess, a witch's curse, the spindle, an enchanted sleep. Now imagine that instead of waking after 100 years from the kiss of a prince (the good old happily-ever-after) this princess sleeps on- to modern day Europe, to be awakened by Jack- arrogant teenage party animal on a "boring" museum tour. This story is the hilarious result of a clashing of two worlds- the mediaeval princess thrust into the confusing modern world of mobile phones, televisions, pool parties and aeroplanes. (And of a cynical slacker teenager forced into accepting a world of faeries, evil witches and magical curses).

When Talia and Jack first meet each other they really don't like each other. They have absolutely nothing in common, and you cannot possibly imagine any scenario that could bring them together- they are just too different. Jack is the furthest possible extreme from the gentleman that she was expecting, and Talia is so much more delicate and moralistic than the girls that Jack is used to. Yet, throughout their adventures together there is something- a protectiveness of each other- that gradually blossoms into affection. The characters are so relatable that you can't help but root for them, and cheer them on right up until the fast-paced ending. Talia views the world she wakes up in with an excited curiosity, and questions everything with an innocent purity. This in turn makes Jack take a step back to appreciate everything that he had previously taken for granted.

The story is told between alternating points of view, switching between Jack and Talia, which I love as their voices and whole attitudes are so different at the beginning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Kiss In Time Review 24 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
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 300 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 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..she is indeed a fairytale princess. 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. Normal. 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great book and funny at times. Modern take on a classic tale. Would definitely read again and have past it onto a friend.
Published 14 months ago by Emma Grantham
3.0 out of 5 stars A retelling that goes a little bit further.
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
When Talia was a baby she was cursed by an evil witch - she would touch a spindle before her 16th birthday, and would die. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I bought this for my daughter because it was by one of her favourite authors. I haven't read it but she liked it.
Published 18 months ago by papasumo
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sweet, perfect for when you want a happy end.
I remember holding Beastly and A Kiss in Time in my hand and picking this over Beastly. Since then I have read both but I still prefer A Kiss in Time. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by Luna's Little Library
5.0 out of 5 stars A very modern twist on Sleeping Beauty
Wow, and Wow again! Ok, so i have a major soft spot for re-telling of fairytales and i'm really going through them pretty fast (next on my list: princess of the midnight ball). Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by Leanne Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book :-)
A great book, if a little predictable at times! Despite this, the book is one that you can not put down and is quite a thrilling read- it is also from two perspectives which makes... Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by Izzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
This book was brilliant.

Just as 'Beastly' brought us a new version of Beauty & The Beast, 'A Kiss In Time' brings us a modern telling of Sleeping Beauty. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Mr. C. A. Vincent
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice story
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty written for a teenage market. The story is told in 1st person POV by Talia, an 18th century princess in a small European country, and Jack a... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Cathy Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale Retold
This story was such an easy read that captivated me from the start. I had started off reading this story just before dinner, and thought I would just read a couple of chapters... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by S. Shamma
2.0 out of 5 stars nice quick easy read
Not intelluctual, nothing special, just a modern twist on a fairy tale - nice quick easy read.
Age 30
Published on 2 May 2011 by rater
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