Book Review: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

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? 

I really enjoyed Alix Flinn's Beastly so I decided to read more of her work.  A Kiss in Time is a retelling of Snow White Sleeping Beauty (thank you Small Review for correcting me!).  I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Beastly.  I think the reason why it took me a while to start liking the book is that the characters didn't click for me.  I didn't like that Jack falls in love with Talia just looking at her while she's sleeping and I thought Talia was a spoiled brat for most of the book.  Books with dual narration never really work for me either, because it feels choppy and awkward to me.  Therefore, A Kiss in Time had a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to win my affections. 

While I did enjoy the story, it never really took off for me. The whole thing felt far-fetched, and while I did keep reading with interest to see what would happen, I was not invested enough in the characters or story to stay up and read. I realize that this review sounds quite negative.  I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I enjoyed BeastlyA Kiss in Time is great for what it is: a retelling of a classic fairy tale.  I would recommend it to fans of Flinn's other novels and fans of classic fairy tales.

Just One Gripe: 
See the first paragraph above.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
It is a sweet story with a great HEA.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters:  3/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  16/25


  1. You know, I really enjoyed this one for the fluff that it was - because I find that's what a lot of Flinn's work is. That said, I was disappointed with the unsurprising end haha Great review :)

  2. Good to know it's not as good as Beastly. I need to pick this up. Thanks for your honest review :)

  3. I loved this one up until the epilogue. It was pretty far fetched, but I enjoyed the fluff. I also tend to like dual narration as long as the voices are distinct.

    It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, btw. :)

  4. I have yet to read Beastly, but I'm hoping to before the movie comes out. I've only read one classic fairy tale retelling and it wasn't a hit with me so I'm kind of hesitant to read another. I may check this one out, after I get to Beastly.


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