A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

August 30, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 5

tale twoTitle: A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Release Date: August 6, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: So cute and fun, I loved every every minute of it!

About the Book: Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

If ever there were an award for most light-hearted, fun, and cute book with a touch of time travel magic – A Tale of Two Centuries would take the prize. Granted, I think I kind of like the first book just a bit more, I still loved this one to pieces. I love the way Rachel handles the time travel concept. There’s no fuss or muss about it, it’s just magical, and it works. Also, I loved all the characters. Rachel definitely stepped it up with the guys in this book and I just don’t know who I love more! Austin, Lorenzo, Lucas – I wouldn’t mind having any of them beside me, although I MIGHT be leaning towards Lucas.

I adored Alessandra. She’s so innocent and nice, it’s hard not to like her. I loved seeing how she behaves after landing in the 21st century. It’s hilarious watching her learn our mannerisms, technology, and fashion.Some of my favorite moments involve her learning how to open a car door, her love the shower, and her outrage at thongs. LMAO! Girl, believe me, I can’t stand them either! What also made me love her was the fact that she was willing to step outside of her comfort zone, which is a big deal considering what time period she’s from. She really wanted to chase after her dreams and live life and it was great seeing her come out of her shell.

Austin was a decent male lead. Once he let down his gaurd and really started to care for Less, I fell for him, hard. He shows Less how to have fun and brought out the best in her. I also loved Cat and Less’ friendship and how they balance each other out. You get more of Cat’s story in this book, too. It surprised me a little at the direction that Rachel took with this book, as opposed to the first book, but I really loved it. It added more depth to the story arc as a whole, and it makes me extra-intrigued for the next book. Also, Lucas is just so freaking cute. He is head-over-heels for Cat and I loved how their relationship played out.

If you’re looking for a “feel good” story with right the right amount of romance and humor, then you need to pick up this book, or rather, this series. I could easily see this book playing out in my head like a RomCom movie that I would love. Rachel had me hooked with My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and easily left me wanting more with A Tale of Two Centuries. You won’t regret reading this book, trust me!

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5 Responses to “A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris”

  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom

    I loved this book. Rachel Harris is so good at writing fun and flirty books!! I really liked getting to read Less out of her element. I think it was a lot harder for her than it was for Cat, because at least Cat knew of the things in history. Less doesn’t know anything about “the future” so things were a lot more shocking for her. I thought that Rachel captured that culture shock really well. Fabulous review babe!!
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  2. Andrea @ The Bookish Babe

    Aw, everyone seems to be loving AToTC even more than MSSSC! I really wish I’d had time to read it right now. I enjoy Rachel’s take on time travel, too. And I can’t wait to spend some time with Alessandra and Austin.
    Great review, sweetie!

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