Book Review: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

A Kiss in Time, by Alex Flinn, is the retelling of classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. It was released on 16th June 2010 by Harper Teen and the book is 400 pages long.

Jack’s life isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. It is ruled by the ideas of his father and he doesn’t really seem to have much say in what he is going to do forever. Luckily, Jack has managed to go to travelling to Europe for the whole summer, giving him time to get away from everything he hates and an ex girlfriend who broke his heart. Jack wasn’t exactly thrilled to be spending six weeks looking at museums and he certainly never expected the adventure he was about to be thrown into.

When Jack and his friend Travis decide to skip out on a tour and go exploring themselves, they come across a country so far back in history that they don’t quite believe it is real….until they see Talia. Her and the rest of the country’s residents are all asleep. Every single one of them. When Jack stumbles across Talia who is beyond beautiful, he cannot help but kiss her. Little does he know that a curse has been placed on the entire country and his kiss will wake them all up.

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What I thought
After reading Alex Flinn’s Beastly, I was definitely ready to try another of her books. Beastly was the first retelling of a fairytale that I had read so I was curious to see how Flinn could achieve the same kind of thing with a different story. I wondered how she would keep them all modern without being too similar to the last.
A Kiss in Time is told from alternating POV’s from Jack and Talia. While this can sometimes get annoying or boring in a book, I thought it was done very well here. As both characters’ lives are so different and have clashing personalities at times, I felt like this was the best way to get to know them both.

Jack is 16 and from America. Before going on his trip to Europe, he was in a relationship and loved to party, like a lot of teenage boys do. The best thing about Jack in my eyes was that he was so normal. He had hang ups, just like everyone else and he was far from perfect, giving him plenty of time to develop as a character. From the very beginning, I could understand how he was feeling, due to having his heart recently broken. Everyone will have gone through that at some point so because of this, Jack is easy to relate to. He just wants to get away from his life for a little while.

Talia really annoyed me to begin with but I think a big part of that was because she was from the past. At 316 years old, she is so different to Jack in every single way. She speaks, dresses and acts differently to Jack and Travis so really, she stuck out like a sore thumb for a while. As time went on though, and she spent more time with Jack and his family in America, she grew on me. By that, I really mean that she began to be a bit more normal. I quite liked how hard she found it fitting in with Jack’s friends and his sister because she had no idea what they were talking about most of the time. 300 years of sleeping is a long time to miss out on life and what is going on in the world.

Jack and Talia’s story moved along at a really realistic pace. Even though Jack’s kiss woke Talia from her deep sleep, neither character instantly believed that they should be in love or that they were definitely going to get their happy ending. I hate stories where love happens far too easily and quickly and mistake love for lust. Both characters take quite a while to come to terms with their feelings for each other and their journey together only makes this aspect of the book so much better. I really enjoyed following Jack and Talia throughout both the old and the new.

Not only do Jack and Talia realise their feelings for each other over time but they also realise that everything they thought they once wanted was maybe not right for them. It seemed like Jack had accepted, although not happily, that he was going to do whatever his father wanted him to do but when Talia began to bring out a different side of him, he realised that he could do whatever he wanted. The same goes for Talia. The fact that both characters realised that they are not actually defined by their parents was a wonderful thing and I was glad to see them both really come into their own towards the end of the book.

A Kiss in Time was a great read for me and it only made me love Alex Flinn even more. If you want a nice, easy read that takes you away to a land of adventure and love then this is the book for you. I can’t wait for another fairytale retelling!


  1. Thanks for this nice book review. I enjoyed it. I read book reviews on different sites, I find your review very genuine and orignal.

  2. I really loved Beastly and adore fairytales retold. I am really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review :D

  3. I am a huge fan of Flinn and am using both Beastly and A Kiss in Time in my classroom. Both my male and female students loved these books and when I combine them with the original fairy tales it makes for a great compare contrast paper. Great review, Lyndsey!

  4. Oh I really enjoyed Beastly and am a fan in general of fairytale retellings. This one has been on my wishlist since forever, I just can't seem to find a copy anywhere :( I'm glad you enjoyed this one though


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