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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century 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: September 18, 2012
Rating: 4 Stars- I Enjoyed It!
Source: purchased
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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?

Historical fiction, romance, snark, and a few surprises, YES please! Thank you Rachel Harris for giving me a book I happily lost sleep over, because I had to stay up reading it. Rachel's writing in this book is fabulous. This is one of those books I sat down to read thinking this will be the perfect book spending a few minutes with. Wrong.... this was a book I spent more than a few minutes reading. Once I started reading it there was no stopping until I was done. 

Rachel has this rich writing that hooks me. Her imaginative world easily comes to life, and gives way to thinking, "what if". What if fate had a silly way of taking you on this incredible journey back in time to the 16th century where you mingled among relatives in the beautiful country of Italy. What if while there you learned a little bit more about yourself, fell in love, and gained a better appreciation of who you are. 

Cat is one of those characters I couldn't help but fall in with love. This girl definitely gets herself into some tough situations, but she also finds a way out of them. She's a smart girl who figures things out, though sometimes it may take her a bit. I loved going on her journey between now, and back to the 15th century. Along the way I watched Cat grow into this incredibly strong person who learned to take risks, stand up for herself, and learned to love. In true Rachel Harris fashion, she infuses her story with moments that were laugh out loud funny, moments that made my heart melt, other moments that broke my heart, and oh there were moments that were sigh worthy.

Lorenzo..... I do believe Lorenzo could give Romeo a run for his money. This heart throb literally steals the show when he comes into Cat's life, or should I say when she finds herself in his time. No matter how hard she tried to resist, she finds herself falling for him, as much as he's falling for her. I'll admit a small part of me wanted her to run off with him *coughs* What!? I did. How romantic would that have been? After all much of this book has a very romantic setting. But luckily Cat is smart girl, and doesn't do anything too foolish, though she does find herself in a bind, and not being in modern times, she is in a predicament that she can't easily get out of. 

Everything about Cat's journey felt incredibly real. I loved finding myself feel emotionally attached to a story I didn't think I would be. The "what if" accept of this story was fabulous. I love it when an author can tell a story that makes me wonder & wish that something like that could happen, and what would I do if something like that happened. Rachel Harris has definitely created an enchanting story that has romance, magic, beautiful world building, action, and a few surprises. I'd definitely recommend picking up this book!

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