A Kiss in Time Paperback – 1 May 2010
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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)
About the Author
Alex Flinn loves fairy tales and is also the author of a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast titled Beastly, which was named a VOYA Editor's Choice for 2007, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age for 2008, and a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Her other books include Breathing Underwater, an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults, Breaking Point, Nothing to Lose, Fade to Black, and Diva. She lives in Miami with her husband, two kids, a cat, and a dog.
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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!Read more ›
Firstly, the idea itself is amazing, and although it could have gone very badly, it didn't. Pairing up a 300 year old princess with old fashioned ideals with a modern guy who likes parties and just got dumped by his girlfriend was a stroke of genius, as the two can't be more different if they tried. Needless to say though things change as the novel progresses and their chemistry is amazing (ah, young love!)
Secondly, The characters were so relatable it made the story read like realism, despite it being a fantasy. Talia is a traditional princess who longs for freedom and has a lot more inside than she displays at first glance. Jack is seemingly the shallow wanting to have fun kind, but also has more to him. And in that the characters are similar, and i loved learning more about them and watching them grow to love one another.
Thirdly, it actually has a plot and it's brilliant. Yes i know that sounds odd, but a lot of fairytales don't and theres a lot of filler and blabber in some stories, but this had an amazing, twisting storyline full of adventure, unexpected events and laugh out loud moments that had me giggling like a child.
Fourth, Alex Flinn is a genius and i can't wait to read more of her books. Enough said really!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book and funny at times. Modern take on a classic tale. Would definitely read again and have past it onto a friend.Published on 25 Oct. 2013 by Emma Grantham
(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
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 on 1 Jun. 2013 by papasumo
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 morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by Luna's Little Library
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 morePublished on 13 July 2012 by Izzy
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
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 morePublished on 12 Oct. 2011 by Cathy Hill
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 morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by S. Shamma