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A Kiss in Time Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

In the same vein as Flinn's Beastly, this clever and humorous retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" follows an aimless American boy who awakens a princess who has been slumbering for 300 years. Jack is on a European tour mandated by his parents ("What they don't tell you about Europe is how completely lame it is") when he breaks an ancient curse by kissing the slumbering Princess Talia. Instead of rejoicing, she and other awakened members of their magical kingdom are confused and perturbed to find themselves in the 21st century. In order to escape the wrath of her father, who blames her for causing the curse, Talia flees with Jack to his home in Florida. While acclimating to the modern world-cell phones, television, Jell-o shots-the princess manages to charm everyone she meets and help Jack sort out his life. Alternating between the teenagers' distinctive points of view, Flinn skillfully delineates how their upbringings set them apart while drawing parallels between their family conflicts. Fans of happily-ever-after endings will delight in the upbeat resolution, which confirms the notion that "love conquers all." Ages 12-up.
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Grade 5–8—An agreeable, fluffy expansion of "Sleeping Beauty," this novel conflates the traditional story with that of an American teenage boy. Talia (the princess) has the world's most overprotective parents—not without reason, of course. Seventeen-year-old Jack's parents think about him only when they are criticizing him. When he awakens Talia with a kiss, she is thrust more than 300 years into a future in the 21st century. The learning curve is steep (and not entirely consistent) but readers will laugh at the pair's escapades as they depart Europe for Florida, try to pass Talia off as a modern Belgian girl, and come to new understandings with their respective parents. No more than fun, but plenty of that.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060874198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060874193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Alex Flinn has really hit her stride with fairy tale retellings! I loved Beastly and I love A Kiss in Time! This sleeping beauty is an amazing character, who goes believable from spoiled brat to true heroine as she wakes up in the 21st Century and copies with everything from air travel to Jello shots in a matter of weeks. What I like best is that this one features a really great love story, where the love is not about a magical kiss but a true friendship. Like Beastly, this one features a really cool witch who has real depth and lots of tricks up her sleeve.
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Now going into one of Ms. Flinn's modern adaptations of fairy tales, I don't have expectations of high brow thinking or wonderfully tight plots. This book had neither, but it didn't bother me in the least. Sometimes you really just want to read something fun and quick, something that will make you happy when you're done without challenging your brain. That is exactly what A Kiss in Time was. It was fun, entertaining, and fulfilling.

A Kiss in Time follows Princess Talia of Euphrasia and slacker Jack of Miami as they meet, argue, travel, and eventually fall in love. Talia is your "Sleeping Beauty", blessed with grace, beauty, and intelligence. But she is also cursed. At her christening, an angry witch declared Talia would prick her finger on a spindle and die. Another fairy at the event prevented Talia's death, but she must fall into a deep sleep along with the rest of her kingdom, with a hedge growing to prevent outsiders from finding the castle until her true love can come and wake her up with true love's kiss.

Talia grows up spoiled and angry because she can't leave her castle or do much of anything. In her impertinence, she ends up pricking her finger just as the witch said, and her kingdom is left sleeping for 300 years until Jack comes and wakes her up. He's then left to help her adjust to a new time and escape her fuming father.

It seems at first the two are meant to be at odds, but somehow Jack makes Talia less of a brat and Talia makes Jack care about things other than partying (and his awful ex).

As I said before, I enjoyed a simple, light read for the summer. I also enjoyed the back-and-forth from Jack and Talia, and the split narration. Sometimes it gets boring hearing from only one character for an entire book, but I liked hearing each of their opinions on the events. Overall, not life-changing, but certainly worth a read if you like retold fairy tales and fun!
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Format: Hardcover
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.

The book itself is broken up into 3 Parts--Part 1: Talia (before the curse), Part 2: Jack (before he broke the curse) and then Part 3 Talia and Jack (after the curse is broken), with Part 1 and 2 being told in first person from Talia or Jack's POV and the third part alternating back and forth between them.

At first Talia annoyed me--she really did seem like the obnoxious brat her companion, Lady Brooke, accused her of being. For instance for her 16th birthday she wanted the PERFECT gown to celebrate so her father orders in 25 different dressmakers to create 20 different dresses all in her particular size. She is very rude to most of them out loud and even worse mentally. I was kind of happy when she got cut down to size by the witch Malvoila.

Then I met Jack and any annoyances I had towards Talia went out the window. Jack is every worse teenage stereotype all rolled up into one (for much of the book at least). He's in Europe, on a vacation across the continent and all he does is complain about how its not all topless beaches and sleazy euro-trash celebrities in cafes. He's visiting all sorts of museums and while he's sort of interested, he's too busy trying to get to the topless beaches to really care.
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Format: Hardcover
Princess Talia of Euphrasia was given many fairy gifts at birth including beauty, intelligence, and charm, but she was also given a curse. Before her sixteenth birthday she would prick herself on a spindle and fall asleep until her true love kissed her. Naturally her parents don't want this to happen to their precious daughter and they annihilate all spindles from their tiny country. Alas though, regardless of their precautions Talia still manages to find a spindle on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and falls into a deep sleep.

Three hundred years later, Jack and his friend Travis are on a month long summer tour of Europe and are honestly sick and tired of visiting museum after museum. One morning they get up with the intention of findng a beach, but end up finding Euphrasia, frozen in time. While exploring Jack stumbles upon Talia, beautiful as ever and he can't help but just kiss her. And that's the mistake he made.

Talia wakes up, as does the kingdom, believing that Jack is her true love, after all he did wake her, and having a hard time imagining that three hundred years have passed. Nonetheless she is eager to start her new life with Jack, even though he has no interest in marrying her, as he is still only seventeen. Wanting to explore the world Talia sneaks off with Jack and they return to Jack's home in Miami, where Talia learns what it is like to be a "normal" teenager in the 21st century.

This book is too cute! While it is very fluffy, the story is heartwarming and cute, which makes the story very likeable. I loved how Alex Flinn took a normal fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, and transformed it into a modern day love story.
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