My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
written by Rachel Harris
published by Entangled Publishing
release date September 11, 2012
Why did I pick this book: I was very lucky to be able to participate in the blog tour for this book hosted by Shane at Itching for Books. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I really, really did enjoy this book! I couldn’t put it down, I read it every free chance I had and when I was finished, I couldn’t stop smiling nor could I stop myself from having that excited feeling you get when you finish a great book. (In fact, that reaction lasted for most of my day!)
I enjoyed so many things about this book. The characters were great. Cat, who has always been in the spotlight because of her parents, is a character you feel bad for yet you want her to learn the lessons that she needs to learn. Alessandra is a sweet girl and I want to know more about her. Lorenzo was a great match for Cat. Nicollo was a character I did not like from his introduction. Reyna, the gypsy, was strange at first but I loved her at the end. I would give you more detail but I don’t want to give anything away.
I really liked that this book wasn’t all about the usual cliches that come with these century-swap-type of stories. Of course, there were the inevitable blunders but it wasn’t too much and it all worked fabulously. Two scenes really stood out to me. First, the scene in the field between Patience and Lorenzo, while they were watching the clouds, was so sweet, intimate, and left you with a content sigh. The second scene that stood out was the scene between Patience and Michelangelo discussing the David sculpture. I literally laughed out loud. That scene was written so well…I loved it!
The end…oh, the end…I loved how it all came together. The little things that popped up were great – the painting, the boy – so good. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. If I had it now, I would have started it immediately because of the cliffhanger that was the end of this book!
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this wonderful book to anyone!
Will I read it again: I just may.
About the book – from Goodreads: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother 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?
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.