Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (Review)

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Synopsis:
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly soon-to-be 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?


My thoughts:
Cat's tried to avoid the spotlight all her life, which isn't easy to do with a mother who's constantly gracing the covers of the tabloids with yet another love interest and a father who's successful in the film industry. And with Cat's sixteenth birthday coming up and her future mother-in-law wanting to throw a huge party with MTV and cameras everywhere, Cat just wants to run and hide. Except she doesn't expect to hide in the 16th century.

But thanks to a gypsy, that's exactly where she ends up. Even though she struggles a bit to fit in, she learns a lot about family, friends, and falling in love.

I loved this book. Cat is a character that you can't get enough of. And Lorenzo is the guy every girl wants to date. Between the Italian landscape, Cat's blooming romance, and the great cast of characters that become Cat's new family, this is one journey into the past that I'll take again and again. I can't wait to read the sequel.

Just for fun: If you could go back to any time period in history, which would it be?

52 comments:

  1. I would go back to the renaissance actually so this is right up my ally. Simpler times and full of art and love. That's my romantic view anyway!

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  2. Great review. Renaissance hands down! The clothing, architecture,music, ...everything. :) Ooh, definitely adding this book on my TBR

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  3. Oh, I love time travel stories. The cover is gorgeous. Your review makes me want to read the book. Must add it to my ever growing list.

    As for going back in time, I think I'd like the 50s when I was a teen. Life was much simpler then, and I'd like to meet my old friends again.

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  4. I'm not much into young romance, but the setting and the story line are intriguing. Nice write up, Kelly! Makes a great Christmas gift for my daughter.

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  5. Great review...I guess I'm not the only one who loves the Renaissance. This books sounds so fun!

    But, if I had to pick a time period I'd probably go to early 19th-century England and look around for Mr. Darcy! ha ha

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  6. The Renaissance would be good. It has such a sumptuous feel to it!

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  7. This one sounds really great! Hmm, as far as going back in time... maybe Czarist Russia or the Ottoman Empire.

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    1. Ooh, that would scare me. Yes, I'm a baby.

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  8. This one is in my TBR pile. Glad to here you liked it! As far as going back, well, I was a history major in college, so I can't pick just one time and place!

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    1. It is hard to choose just one time and place.

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  9. I've had my eye on this one for a while. I guess I need to make another Amazon trip. I would love to spend a few days in 1920s America.

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  10. Ooh, lovely cover. Sounds like a great story!

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  11. A cover that says 'gorgeous Romance..."

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  12. Roaring 20s, of course! You've seen those hats, right? ;) I've been looking forward to Rachel's book. I'll have to pick it up! Thanks for the review.

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  13. I've been to Florence! It. Is. Phenomenal.


    I would probably go back to the 1940s. I am just fascinated with that era for some reason. Between the war, the music, and the clothes...I'm in awe :)

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  14. i would go to victorian times or 17th century because of America

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  15. I love the sound of this. I've always wanted to be transported back to Victorian England. I wouldn't even bother trying to get back.

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  16. This book sounds great and Cat seems awesome. I think this is a book I would really like.

    If I could go back in history it would probably be to Medieval times. I have always been fascintated by that time period.

    ~Jess

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    1. Ooh, me too! Medieval times would be awesome!

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  17. I've seen this around before and it has such a cute look to it. I also like the description.

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  18. Great title and cover! It'd have to be the 19th century for me. Definitely the Dickens era.

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    1. Okay, every time someone suggests a time period, I change my mind. LOL

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  19. Trouble is with back periods of history, they didn't have proper loos, or fresh water and the food was awful. And no deodorants. And no proper medical facilities. So....I'd like to go back to the past, but with all the modern nice bits!!(Cop out...cop out..)

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  20. I don't usually read YA, sorry Kelly, but I will probably read yours when it comes out being blog buddies and all, but I have to say this title intrigued me. Looks like something I would enjoy.

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    1. Aw, that's really sweet of you, Karen. :)

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  21. Hmmm.... if I went back in time, I'd probably go to the turn of last century, the early 1900s. I can imagine chaining myself to buildings with the other suffragettes and shouting 'Votes for Women'!

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  22. I read this the other day and loved it, too. Even though I predicted what would eventually happen with Lorenzo, I really wished she brought him back. I cant' wait for the sequel. Less was one of my favorite characters!

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    1. Less is great. I'm looking forward to the sequel, too.

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  23. Sounds good!

    For me... to go back in time, it would be one of two things. The American Civil War, or the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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  24. I love the cover and the story. Interesting - go back in the past with a contraband backpack. Love it.

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  25. This book sounds really good! I wish it will be translated in Finnish some day!

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    1. Hi, Booklover. I'm going to attempt to comment on one of your blogs, but I can't get them to translate for me.

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