Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn

Summary/cover photo from Author's website:

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Jack found a 300-year-old princess!

A Kiss in Time, a modern Sleeping Beauty (HarperCollins, April, 2009)

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?


After finishing A Kiss In Time only one word really comes to mind. What is that word? Well, average. Nothing too amazing nor too dreadful, basically just cute and average, a good and bad thing mixed together.

Going into this, I truly wasn't sure what to except. I had seen so many mixed reviews of this that it made my head spin. My own opinion tends to fall in between because while I won't be declaring my love for it anytime soon, I also won't be declaring my hate for it either.

Though, enough about that, let's talk about characters, Taila and Jack, mainly. I truly did like both of them. Taila was innocent yet so sweet and honest in a way that girls today aren't, while Jack was the typical slacker with a heart of gold hidden beneath the surface. I enjoyed seeing how there cultures mixed together and how they helped one another understand the other better. Though, I wasn't a huge fan of their romance. I felt that it was severely underdeveloped, one minute somewhat of a friend, the next proclaiming their love for one another, and unrealistic, but this is a fairytale retelling so I guess I should've have been ready to accept that.

The premise was interesting and one of the main reasons why I wanted to read A Kiss in Time, but the execution was half hearted. Good but not rock-my-socks amazing like I hoped. Though, I did enjoy the writing and I felt that Alex did a great job of developing the characters as well as switching between narrators, a task that some never do quite right.

So while I'm not the biggest fan of A Kiss In Time, I do suggest you possible pick it up in paperback or at the library, because while it is lacking somewhat, it still is cute and summery enough to be a perfect beach read.

Grade: C+

A Kiss in Time is now out!

Source: Publisher


  1. I haven't read this, and I don't think I will but sorry to hear that it was average. Nice, Honest review!!

  2. Not as good as Beastly? Aw, and to think, I really wanted to read this book.

  3. Hmmm... I'm thinking this is not for me. On the premise it sounded cute but I guess you really need more than that to enjoy a book completely. Great balanced review.

  4. I did enjoy this, but I agree with a lot of the things you said. I'm hoping Beastly will be better!

  5. Wow that's a bit disappointing since beastly was so awesome. Thanks for being honest!

  6. Hmm, it sounds quite interesting. I haven't read Beastly so have nothing compare it to.. I might try it one day!

  7. That's too bad that it wasn't all that. The cover looks really lovely, which reminds me that "You can't judge a book by it's cover." :)

  8. I thought this book would be amazing! But after reading your thoughts on it, I rather wait for it to come at the library!

  9. Awwww I really wanted this book because I loved Beastly. But now I'm glad I didn't spontaneously buy the hardcover of this book. I'll wait for paperback...glad I read this review. Thanks!


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