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review 2015-08-20 17:20
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Rachel Harris

I love Fantasy with Time-travel elements. But when it comes to YA books, I did not have much luck, except for a couple of excellent books. Mostly because the heroine is too annoying or because the author is not able to write a story that does not feel contemporary.

Not in this book, luckily. Cat a.k.a Patience, is a likeable character, mature and sensible, but acting like a teenager. Although it was not original that she has family issues, that she is a loner and a nerd, it was well written, meaning that her family issues felt real, and her nerdyness was about paintings and art instead of books. It is true she slipped some words like "easy-peasy" (if they were all talking in Italian, how come Cipriano said this expression? I guess he said his Italian counterpart), but at least she did not make stupid things like asking for ketchup (like it happened in another YA book I've read, which was ridiculous. Well, that heroine was stupid, TBH). In fact, and thank Goodness, she adapts pretty quickly and tries to live the most of this exciting adventure.

Although I am not an expert in Medieval period, I think the story was consistent, what with all the clothes, way of living and talking, food (except I always think that medieval food taste awful, instead of yummy). I liked her new family, especially Alessandra, which is good because there is a sequel from her POV.

I could imagine Cat's horror when she discovered Niccolo's plan. To be honest, it was pretty obvious what was going on and it annoyed me a little bit that Car could not see it. Considering her age and that Niccolo was in business with her uncle, and the way he flirted.... Yikes, disgusting.

It was impossible not to like Lorenzo, who was charming but had that "bad boy" image. I could not blame Cat for trying to be disinterested.

I did not like the end. I know these kind of stories can end one way only, but it does not matter. I prefer if Cat ended alone (she is just 16, she has plenty to live). In fact, I think it was rather creepy **SPOILERS** having to settle down with the descendant of Lorenzo. She fell for Lorenzo, had a fling, cannot have him but hey, she is meeting his doppelganger and let's live all HEA. Yeah. Not convinced.

In summary:

- characters: 4/5
- first part of the book: 4/5
- middle part of the book: 3/5
- last part of the book: 2/5

Taking half star off because of mentions of the Kartrashians and TS, "the Regina George in sheep's clothing" :P

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review 2015-07-23 00:00
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Rachel Harris I love Fantasy with Time-travel elements. But when it comes to YA books, I did not have much luck, except for a couple of excellent books. Mostly because the heroine is too annoying or because the author is not able to write a story that does not feel contemporary.

Not in this book, luckily. Cat a.k.a Patience, is a likeable character, mature and sensible, but acting like a teenager. Although it was not original that she has family issues, that she is a loner and a nerd, it was well written, meaning that her family issues felt real, and her nerdyness was about paintings and art instead of books. It is true she slipped some words like "easy-peasy" (if they were all talking in Italian, how come Cipriano said this expression? I guess he said his Italian counterpart), but at least she did not make stupid things like asking for ketchup (like it happened in another YA book I've read, which was ridiculous. Well, that heroine was stupid, TBH). In fact, and thank Goodness, she adapts pretty quickly and tries to live the most of this exciting adventure.

Although I am not an expert in Medieval period, I think the story was consistent, what with all the clothes, way of living and talking, food (except I always think that medieval food taste awful, instead of yummy). I liked her new family, especially Alessandra, which is good because there is a sequel from her POV.

I could imagine Cat's horror when she discovered Niccolo's plan. To be honest, it was pretty obvious what was going on and it annoyed me a little bit that Car could not see it. Considering her age and that Niccolo was in business with her uncle, and the way he flirted.... Yikes, disgusting.

It was impossible not to like Lorenzo, who was charming but had that "bad boy" image. I could not blame Cat for trying to be disinterested.

I did not like the end. I know these kind of stories can end one way only, but it does not matter. I prefer if Cat ended alone (she is just 16, she has plenty to live). In fact, I think it was rather creepy having to settle down with the descendant of Lorenzo. She fell for Lorenzo, had a fling, cannot have him but hey, she is meeting his doppelganger and let's live all HEA. Yeah. Not convinced.

In summary:

- characters: 4/5
- first part of the book: 4/5
- middle part of the book: 3/5
- last part of the book: 2/5

Taking half star off because of mentions of the Kartrashians and TS, "the Regina George in sheep's clothing" :P
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text 2015-03-04 13:58
March Madness: Match 3: Charlie vs. Lorenzo

Match 3 Charlie VS. Lorenzo





 
Hey ya'll I am so excited to be a part of Entangled Teens March Madness this year.
 
 
 
I need your help to get Lorenzo from Rachel Harris's book My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century to the next round. He's going up against Charlie from Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander.
 
Lorenzo is the hot, 18 year old, blond, aspiring artist that dreams are made of ya'll. 
 
Who wouldn't fall in love with his brown chocolate eyes, and broad shoulders?
 
Oh mama, I know I sure did hehe

"You are an angel, a vision sent from Signore," he says, repeating the line he gave me at the marketplace. He grins and looks at the ground "When we first met, I thought you could never be more beautiful- but I was wrong." He lifts his head and warmth pools in my belly. "Tonight you shine brighter than any diamond."

But there is more than just a pretty face. He has incredible dreams and aspirations, and I find that highly attractive in a man. Plus he is smart, caring, sweet, a huge flirt, and a great dancer. He knows how to treat a lady right, and even thinks a woman's little quirks are interesting and funny. I don't know about ya'll but that little trait right there is enough to make me swoon ;)
 
Everything about him screams adorable right down to his Italian accent. I mean how can you not find that hot as heck? You give me a guy and then add in a great accent and *sigh 
That just ups his appeal by about 146%


“Lorenzo gently places his hands on either side of my face, lowering his head to stare directly into my eyes. His voice is barely above a whisper as he says, "Patience D'Angeli-Cat-you are my dream now.”


 
 
Plus here's a fun tidbit, did you know that Rachel had Alex Pettyfer in mind when she wrote the Italian hunk? Um hum, she even admits to having his picture plastered all over her computer for months while she wrote him. 
Just something to keep in mind hehe




She even mentions it here in a quick message she has for everyone :)


From Rachel:
 
Thank you to everyone who voted to get Lorenzo in this event! I have to admit, he holds a special place in my heart. Italian hottie artists tend to make me giddy ;)  Lorenzo stole my heart right along with Cat's in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and I'm so tickled with the attention he continues to get from readers! A fun tidbit is that I used Alex Pettyfer for my inspiration. Trust me, it was no hardship having a bunch of his pictures posted over my laptop for months (*grin*). I think my favorite scene is when Cat teaches him how to slow dance the "London way" -- that is her code word for her crazy, modern-day-isms.
 
 

You can check out the standings and results on Entangled's page here:
Source: pagesbetween.blogspot.com/p/entangled-teen-march-madness.html
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review 2013-12-03 10:12
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (Sixteenth Century #1)
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Rachel Harris

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?

 

 

"Letting people get close to you doesn't always lead to pain. Some people are actually worth the risk."


Wow... when thinking about this book words completely fail me. I honestly do not know what to say. When I first heard about this book I instantly wanted to read it. I mean come on... read that blurb who wouldn't want to read that? It sounds incredible... but I was still a little hesitant. I am generally not a historical fan. The historical books I have read I have really not liked but I couldn't help but want to read this book. I am a huge fan of the Renaissance period so was really looking forward to it despite my dislike for historical books. Technically this is a historical book. It's setting is in history BUT I freaking loved it. I am now dubbing this book the historical book for people who don't like historical.


Cat Crawford does not want a major sweet sixteenth. When Cat's family take a vacation to Florence, Italy all she wants is to escape on her own. She loves art and just wants to be alone to see the wonders found in Florence. When she comes across a Gypsy tent... something Cat has never believed in she finds herself going in... and walks out in the 1500 Renaissance period. How can she get back to her time... and does she want to when she meets the fun-loving and devilishly handsome Lorenzo?


This book was just brilliant. I totally loved it. I loved the setting of Florence with the beautiful cobbled streets and I just fell in love with the Renaissance period. I was kind of surprised by how much I loved it. I am not a historical fan as I find historical book kind of boring, but I love steampunk books so to hear about this I just had to give it a try. As soon as I received this for review I immediately dived in... and was totally blown away! It's just fantastic. Just imagine a normal 21st Century girl traveling back to 1500s. It made me wanna go find a gypsy tent myself.


Cat is such a great character and made me laugh so damn much. Just seeing her in the Renaissance period but talking with her 21st century vocabulary made me laugh so much throughout this book. I loved how she never acted like anyone but herself. Cat goes on such a fantastic journey in this book. She definitely grows up a lot and develops into a better stronger character through her adventure in the past.


Lorenzo... *insert incredibly dream sigh here*. I totally fell in love with him from the first time he winked at her *swoon* You will definitely find another book boyfriend to swoon over in this book. He is perfect and sweet while being cocky and kinda a bad boy at the same time. All I can say about him is he's so perfect. I fell head-over-heels in love with him.


This book was just brilliant. I totally fell in love with the characters and the world. I thought I would like this book. I did not imagine I would love it quite as much as it did. If you like historical books then you'll love this book! If you are not a fan of historical books... you will still love this book. I did! 


My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is such a highly unique novel and unlike anything I have ever read. It mixes two very awesome yet very different time periods and blends them together in an unforgettable and incredibly addictive way. Rachel blends the familiarity of 21st Century culture with the classical time of Renaissance history. You will be addicted to this book and unable to stop reading until the last page. Rachel Harris is definitely an author to watch out for in the future and I for one will be reading every single one of her books that she publishes. I am in love with yet another author. She is brilliant. Rachel made the impossible possible. She made me fall in love with a book involving a historical era. I can't wait for the second book in this series and see what happens next.


Definitely a must-read. I absolutely devoured this book and loved every single minute of it.


"Cat - you are my dream now."

 

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review 2013-07-01 00:00
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Rachel Harris *Genre* Young Adult*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*What can I say about My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century that hasn't already been said? I really loved Cat and her growth over the story and the fact that she learns some valuable lessons while in the past. I could definitely connect with her since I've been a loaner and angry at the way things have played out in my life just like her. Unfortunately, my parents aren't Hollywood royalty, and no Gypsy has come forward and sent me back to the past where I could connect to my Italian family just like Cat did and gain some valuable insight into things that could be much, much worse like forced betrothal.I absolutely adored Cat's cousin Alessandra and am glad to see she's featured in the sequel to this book. I liked cousin Cipriano and of course, Lorenzo as well but Less is the most interesting secondary character that Rachel develops. I loved the way she didn't run away screaming when Cat introduced the future to her and gave her support in her efforts to become an actress. The only reason I'm not running around screaming about Lorenzo is because it was an Insta-lust which I don't like!My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century reminds me of the River of Time trilogy by Lisa Tawn Bergren in that the feature protagonist both end up in Firenze, Italy. Cat in 1505, Gabi and Lia in 1322. This story, however, is much more of a romance novel with a bit of a lesson thrown in for Cat to learn so that she can finally go back to her own time.I am hoping that A Tale of Two Centuries, which releases August 6, 2013 by Entangled Teen, appears in my local library so that I can find out what happens next to Cat, Jenna, Her Father, Lucas, Angela, Hayley, and of course, Alessandra. Thank you to the Interlibrary Loan System for having this title available for me to borrow!Released: September 11th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
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