Monday, January 7, 2013

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Published: September 11th 2012 
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Our thoughts...

Cat, a soon to be 16 year-old girl, travels to Italy with her dad and stepmom but on her first day meets a gypsy named Reyna who sends her to the 16th Century in her journey to find herself
and learn a mystery lesson.

“Reyna: Be sure to keep your mind open to the lessons ahead.”

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century It’s a lovely story full of humor, a bit of mystery and sexy accents. Did we mention 16th century clothes? You have to admit, those are fun!

Cat is the daughter of a hollywood director and an actress but all she wants is the cameras to stay away, something hard to do when your stepmom wants to throw you the biggest sweet sixteen EVER.
Cat has lots of issues, she can’t trust anyone to get close to her for her and not her parents, she feels like she’s losing her dad to a new woman and is sick of feeling she’s always supposed to please everyone, but the 16th century is not as fun as it seems, and more than once Cat finds herself in problems with the vocabulary...

“Cat: Who’s that dude, Less?
Two verbal gaffes in one sentence—so much for my nailing the old-world gig.”

What I really liked about her was how easy to relate she was, how normal she felt. Cat has insecurities like everyone else, but at the same time there’s a little person trying to be free and find her place in the world, someone who wants to follow her dreams and step outside of her parents shadow and talent. Inside that shell she created to not get hurt or used there’s a girl who wants to know what it feels like to have a real friend, someone you can trust and someone who will be there for you no matter what. And maybe, she’s also looking for real love.

Lorenzo, in a way, is very similar to Cat.
He's an artist in a world and a family that doesn't get him. He's cocky, and sexy and he knows that as much as he knows the effect he has on girls. He’s a heartbreaker. And he wants Cat.
I love how romantic he is, maybe is the whole I'm-from-another-century vibe but he has a lot going on, the perfect good boy you want to take and keep hidden from the rest of the girls.

I also enjoyed the fact that there wasn't another love interest for her though the secondary characters are a great combination and add a lot for the Story. Her 16th century family is adorable, her aunt and cousin had me laughing through the book with her happy actitudes about everything.

I particularly liked The Ending, it has an original twist to this sort of stories that I wasn't expecting.

Rachel has done an AWESOME job in her debut novel bringing us characters that you'll remember. The writing is lovely and traps you right from the start. And it had me laughing out laud.

And the best news is there will be more!

The sequel is called "Rearview Mirror" and is set to come out in december of 2013 following Less’ (Cat’s causin) adventures.

About the author

As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created
embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively,
rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up
version of imaginary friends.
When she’s not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her
homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a
hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel. She did have her own fantabulous
Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.

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