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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris, Book Review

In gearing up for today's blog tour stop for Rachel Harris's My Not So Super Sweet Life, I made it a point to finally read the first two books in her series. I know, it's sad I've had these books since they came out and yet they've sat in my never ending stack of books waiting for me to read them.

When it comes for reading, I've found myself getting pickier and pickier with what I read, and that's only because my time has become more limited. When I sit down to read a book, I want to enjoy what I'm reading. Rachel Harris's books are ones I definitely enjoyed. She gives me a little bit of everything I enjoy. I loved the sweet romance, the snark, and great characters Rachel introduced me to. I really enjoyed the way she continued the story with each book, and the way each story ties into the next. What a fabulous read this series is. 

By: Rachel Harris
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released on: August 6, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Stars- I Really Enjoyed It!
Source: purchased
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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?

Just as enchanting of the first book, Rachel Harris delivers a fantastic sequel with even more romance, magic, and snark. I think I might have fallen in love even more with the characters. Though this story is a continuation of Cat's, it's also told from her cousin, Alessandra, who's journey from the past to the future proves to be every bit as complex as Cat's journey to the 16th century. I adored Alessandra in the first book, and I loved getting to know her more in this one. 

Alessandra is as sweet and innocent as you might except a girl from 1507 to be. Luckily she's got her cousin to help her get accustomed to modern times. Though Alessandra, or Less, has a lot to learn, this girl is a smart girl and a quick learner. I loved how authentic Rachel made her reactions to all that goes on now a days compared to her time. Alessandra and Cat together made for some highly entertaining times. I admired how over protective Cat is with Less (Alessandra). Given Cat's back ground, and the society she's grown up in, it's almost excepted. I love the bond these two share. They're cousins and close friends, and it was so great to see these two grow together, as they both try and figure out what the magic that brought them into each other's lives has in store for them next. 

The person who really brought Less out of her shell is Austin. Hello snarky, handsome, cocky, and not at all as you portray yourself to be. Oh Austin! This boy definitely brings a lot to Less and Cat's story. Let's just say Austin is a layered character who made it impossible for me not to fall in love with him. He and Less are such a great match for each other. These two are opposites on many things, and at first they couldn't stand each other. It was comical watching these two interact, and how they got under each other's skin. Kudos to Rachel for not rushing their romantic relationship. It was such a realistic approach to how a relationship like their's would develop, and I loved every moment of it. In the process of going from not standing each other to friends, to something more, Austin and Less uncover each other's layers bit by bit.

Austin wants to break Less out of her shell, and does so with some challenges that in the process make her seem him in a different light, and get to know him on a level he doesn't allow others to seem him as. Their relationship is so beautifully crafted. There are moments that are heartbreaking, tender and sweet, and then there are some down right sizzling scenes between these two! I loved it!! Just like Cat's story, Less's is one that is highly addictive, entertaining, and one I loved spending time reading. Rachel has done such a great job at continuing Cat's story, as well as creating a new one with Alessandra. Both girls are there for each other, and I love the advice they both give each other. They help each other in ways no one else can. They're more than just cousins, they're best friends, and I loved the bond they share. 

I love Austin and Alessandra's relationship, but I also adored Lucas and Cat! Lucas is introduced at the every end of Cat's story, and let's just say these two made an impression on each other. Like Austin and Less's relationship, this one isn't an instalove either. I loved how Lucas and Cat's relationship developed. Alessandra stepped in at the right moments to give her cousin the push she needed. After all, these two share each other's secrets about the past, but it's funny how history and magic have a way of messing with their desires. When it comes down to it, both girls learn to love, let go, and fight for what they want. They think through their decisions, and once they know what they want, and want they want to do, they do it. I admire strong female characters like that. I loved the guys for being there for them, and supporting them in their decisions. What an awesome sequel! With that killer of a cliff hanger, this is one of the few times I'm glad I read this series in it's entirety verses having to wait to read book three. 

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