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A Kiss in Time

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  18,833 ratings  ·  1,817 reviews
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.

Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published November 9th 2008)
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Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think Disney Movies are Accurate Portrayals of History
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: Myself
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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.


Instead, we're talking about Alex Flinn's Sleeping Beauty retelling, A Kiss in Time.

elias veturius lovebot
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
1/5 Stars

If you want to waste your time and money I would definitely recommend this book.

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.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

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
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jay G
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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. 300 years after she touches a spindle, 17 year old Jack is sent on a Europ
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I’m pretty new to the whole fairy tale retelling, and actually Beastly by this same author is the first and only other one I’ve read, which I enjoyed quite a bit. So I was curious how Alex Flinn would re-create Sleeping Beauty’s story in A Kiss in Time.

Overall, I have to say it was somewhat entertaining and at times slightly far-fetched. So if you go into this story with the intention of being entertained, you’ll enjoy this book. However, if you’re looking for a re-telling, that’s where some mi
Anne Osterlund
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talia is a spoiled brat, AKA princess, who disobeyed her parents’ warning three hundred years ago, touched a spindle, and sent her country into a three century comatose state. 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.

But somehow Talia, with Jack, isn’t so spoiled.

Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars-2017
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Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
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 ...more
Morgan Walsh
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sierra Abrams
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Pages: 371
Release Date: April 28th, 2008
Date Read: 2011, May 14th-18th
Received: Own
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 15+

Reviewed Fairy Tale Fortnight.

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
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-romance
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 2013 . The audio book is superb and is read by a 16 yr old boy and girl who are utterly fantastic . it continues to be our favorite audio book of all time and never fails to entrap our attention and wrap up our emotions. To us this is the best retelling of Sleeping Beauty because it takes a character from a 1700's kingdom that we can only imagine and puts her in a 2000's h ...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Princess Talia of Euphrasia pricks her finger on a spindle, causing the entire kingdom to fall asleep for 300 years. They awaken when Talia is kissed by Jack, a teenager sent by his parents to tour Europe for the summer. A Kiss In Time is obviously a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

I try really hard to write balanced reviews. I try to point out the good with the bad. I'm having a hard time finding the good here. I should start by saying that I really enjoyed Flinn's Beastly, and I love fair
Last read: April 2012
Re-read: June 17, 2015

First of all, Wowza! this book was just everything I wanted it to be. It takes place first of in the 1700 century with Talia and tells of the tale similar to sleeping beauty on how she pricks her finger and sleeps.

The story then jumps three hundred so years and that's where Jack (awesome but slacker) comes into the story. He decided to skip his Europe tour and ends up coming across a magical place where everyone seems to be asleep and not h
Christine Godman
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
As I started reading this, I realised that this was a book for teenagers, and I was not too fond of it. Sigh, I have grown old and acquired a different taste in books.

The characters are goofy, awkward and weirdly described - wait, were they even described? I didn't really like any of them. I wouldn't say the characters are flat, but they aren't exactly nuanced and complex as such.

Obviously, it's a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty"; a modernised version where an 18th century girl (yes, it's 18th c
Katieeoh Lacanlale
If you are a big fan of Beastly, which is made also by Alex Flinn, then you would love this another great book of hers. I just read this overnight and I think its the first time I read that fast, or maybe its because the book isn’t that thick at all. I love this book, I’ll rate it 5 stars. I’m a big fan of fairytale stories since I was little, like I re watch all Disney princesses movies all the time and now that I’m older, I watch it again! Sometimes with my little cousins who loves and adores ...more
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This is a modern re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. On the eve of the 16th birthday Princess Talia (Aurora is a middle name), pricks her finger on a spindle and she and everyone in the kingdom fall into a deep sleep, never to awaken until her one true love awakens her with a kiss. Three hundred years later, Jack is on a European tour. Bored with museums and churches he convinces his friend Travis to ditch the tour and head for the beach. But they get lost and discover the abandoned ki ...more
I didn't realize when I first found A Kiss in Time that it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. How I missed that, I honestly don't know. I just thought it was a story of a girl who had been cursed to sleep until true loves kiss. Now that I think about it, that is Sleeping Beauty. How did I miss that...?

Anyway. I found the book to be truly humorous. It's a recipe for success in my book. See, you mix:
1 316-year-old Princess of a forgotten kingdom cursed to sleep until true love's kiss
2 Bored teena
Shannah Mauney
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun, easy read. I really enjoyed the characters and the fast pace of the book. This modern retelling of the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty was very well written and entertaining. I loved the book!
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2011
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 while I waited for dinner to be ready, but instead found myself reading and not wanting to stop! Suffice it to say, I finished reading this book in less than 24 hours.

I have to say though, I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second half.

It started out perfectly with Alex Flinn giving us a brief histor
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Having read "Beastly" by Alex Flinn, I had an idea that I would be in for a light weight retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I had to keep on reminding myself that I was not the intended YA audience, that I was reading it for a class and needed to have an open mind, but the audio edition didn't make it any easier for me in that the two voice actors had incredibly annoying voices.

Talia is the princess in question who is alive in the 1700's in a small European kingdom. Blah, blah, blah, she pricks her
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-blog-pr
Like Flinn's other young adult novel I read (Beastly) this is a fairy tale re-done and modernized. In this case its 'Sleeping Beauty' and I definitely feel less of a Disney vibe from this (for some reason Beastly put me in mind of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, not the fairy tale itself). I do admit however that Sleeping Beauty was never a popular fairy tale for me growing up--it didn't seem like the Princess did anything at all, but she got herself a Prince. It seemed terribly unfair to me.

Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Beastly or the movie Enchanted
Recommended to Carrie by: a devastatingly nice librarian
I probably would never have read this book, if not for a librarian who forced it upon me. (I'll explain.) Honestly, it was because of the title. And the cover wasn't helping much either. But one day, I was at the library, and this librarian (who's really nice, she didn't actually FORCE me to read it) found out that I really liked other books by Alex Flinn, Beastly and Bewitching. Anyway, she recommended this book, which I had seen before, and never particularly wanted to read. So I smiled and no ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise for this book is good, but unfortunately, it has a horrible execution. The writing is awful—awkward, unrealistic dialogue; pathetic attempts to seem “young, hip, and cool”; and references or comparisons that frankly just made me cringe (“her skin is the color of milk with just the tiniest bit of strawberry Nesquik mixed in”). There is a lack of meaningful and cohesive character development, and the most believable part of the plot is that the whole kingdom fell asleep for 300 years. ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Talia of Eurphrasia had a curse placed on her as a child. When she was 16 she would prick her finger on a spindle and die, but a good fairy was able to counter this curse and no, Princess Talia would not die she would merely sleep as would the entire country of Eurphrasia until such a time when Princess Talia would be awaken by true loves first kiss. Fast forward 300 years. Eurphrasia is forgotten. No one knows that this country once existed. Meet Jack. He's in Europe for the summer goi ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I’m not sure if it has been done before, but the idea of a modern day teenager waking up a princess who has been asleep for three hundred years was genius. Talia lives a very sheltered life due to the curse that was placed on her as a baby. In order to prevent the curse from being fulfilled her parent’s ban the use of spindles in their kingdom and Talia is never left alone. She starts out kind of bratty, which is kind of understandable ...more
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviewed
To start off, let me just say that this is possibly one of the cheesiest books I've read so far. Right on up there with Beastly.

Now that I've said that, let me also just say that this is also a totally awesome book. Right on up there with Beastly.

Other than the cheese factor, I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fun read. It switches off between characters, Jack and Talia. They were both pretty enjoyable characters. Talia was a little stuck up in the beggining, but this is how it's suppos
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
4.5 stars

A Kiss In Time was a wonderful story! I've read a few fairy tale retellings this year and enjoyed them all, so I definitely plan on reading more in this genre. I loved that while A Kiss In Time (obviously) had similarities to Sleeping Beauty, it was also very different!

There were many times I laughed out loud while listening to this book. Maybe it was the way the narrators (who were great, by the way) read the story, but I loved how hilarious A Kiss In Time was at times. For instance, s
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cute adaption to the Sleeping Beauty story. As a child, the only reason I didn't like Sleeping Beauty as much as I could have was because I always felt like the princess was less involved in the story than she should have been. She was almost a background character to the main story (which is sad because she shouldn't be a background character in her own princess story). However, Flinn corrected that by making Talia a very important character in the story.

Talia starts off by being,
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