A Kiss in Time

A Kiss in Time

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By (author) Alex Flinn

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  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 28mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 006087421X
  • ISBN 13: 9780060874216
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 42,516

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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?

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By Chelsea K. 05 Aug 2013 5

Alex Flinn does a wonderful job of writing this story and gaining the readers interest with alternating points of view between the 2 main characters and some humor thrown in to create a wonderful spin on the story of Sleeping Beauty in which the princess wakes up after 300 years and must gain the love of the boy who kissed her to prove she fulfilled the curse and gain her happily ever after.

By Sarah Elizabeth 12 Jul 2013 3

(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. Thankfully another witch changed the curse so that Talia and her kingdom would only sleep, until awakened by a kiss from Talia's true love.
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Talia is tricked into touching a spindle, and falls asleep.

300 years later Jack, a boy on a trip abroad gets lost and stumbles upon the kingdom of Euphrasia, and wakes princess Talia, only when he kissed her he didn't plan on ending up hitched to a 316 year old princess.

Talia is upset when her father is angry about the fact that the entire kingdom has been asleep for 300 years, and so she decides to run away with Jack, and hopefully get him to fall in love with her, as he is obviously her true love.
Can Talia bring Jack around? Can she adjust to living in the present time? And does the evil witch have even more in store for Talia?


This was a nice retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and I liked that the story moved on from the original, and then focused on Talia's life post-awakening.

Talia was a sweet girl, and didn't really deserve the blame that her father heaped on her for something that wasn't her fault. I liked how she adapted to modern society though, and how she never gave up on Jack, even when things weren't going the way she planned.
Jack was also pretty sweet, and it was nice that he agreed to help Talia, even when he had no real feelings for her. It was also funny how annoyed his ex-girlfriend was when she saw him with Talia.

I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the fact that the story concentrated on what happened to Talia after she was awoken, which was something new and different from the original story of sleeping beauty. I liked the eventual romance, and I also thought that the ending was both fitting and happy.
Overall; a retelling that goes further than the original story.
6.75 out of 10.

By TeensReadToo 19 Sep 2010 5

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!

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.

Alex Flinn, author of YA books like BREATHING UNDERWATER and BEASTLY, has a new treat for her fans. 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.

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"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