Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blog Tour: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (Review and Giveaway)



Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris, and published by Entangled Publishing.  The Tour is hosted by Shane's Itching for Books.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  There is also a great giveaway associated with this tour, which you can enter below.  

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century 


My Super Sweet Sixteen Century
by Rachel Harris

Release date: September 11, 2012
Publisher; Entangled Publishing
Source:  e-ARC 

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Blurb
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?

My Thoughts:  Caterina Crawford is in Florence Italy with her father and soon to be stepmother, the latter of which she isn't too crazy about.  With her dad being a famous director and her mom, who she can't stand by the way, being a famous actress, Cat wants nothing more than to stay out of the limelight and remain unnoticed.  After talking her dad into letting her tour on her own one morning, she finds herself in front of a gypsy tent.  Though not something she would typically do, she goes inside, where she meets Reyna.  After their encounter she is preparing to leave when Reyna notices her tattoo.  One thing leads to another and Cat finds herself walking out of the gypsy tent and into the 16th century, with nothing but her backpack. Cat, now finds herself known as Patience D'Angeli.  She meets up with her cousins, who are a whole lot more than once removed, Alessandra and Cipriano.  She deems them Less and Cip, and she moves in with their family.  Needless to say the challenges that the difference in culture presents take some getting used to, and try and she may, her 21st century self tends to shine through, sometimes brightly.  

Cip and Less introduce Cat to Lorenzo.  Ah, Lorenzo Cappelli, the 16th century Italian hottie, swoon, swoon, swoon.  Cat pegs him as a player, but try and she may, she can't help but fall for him.  When she finds out he is an artist, which is also her passion, she is pretty much done for.  She loves spending time with her cousins and Lorenzo, but when Niccolo, who is a lot older and also a business acquaintance of her Uncle's, starts showing her attention, she gets kind of creeped out.  Then when her aunt and uncle drop a 16th century bombshell on her, she wants nothing more than to find her way back home, but she just doesn't know how. 

I typically do not read a great deal of historical fiction, but My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was very entertaining and I really enjoyed it.  I loved Cat.  She is so funny.  The characters were all so well written and Rachel Harris did an excellent job of mixing the "new" with the "old" in terms of their interactions and dialogue.  I loved the relationship that developed between Cat and Alessandra, and even Cipriano turned out to be quite entertaining himself.  The romance and chemistry between Cat and Lorenzo was hot, and despite the constraints of chaperons and the lack of ability to be alone very much, they had some pretty intense moments.  The story line was imaginative and creative, and Rachel did an excellent job of making this a historical fiction book, yet something that would also appeal to those who typically do not read this genre.  The setting was beautiful, and I loved the way Rachel Harris incorporated and captured the art and scenery from the Renaissance period in the story.  This is a fun and fast paced read, and I really liked it.  Whether you enjoy historical fiction or not, this is something that all YA romance lovers will like, and I highly recommend checking it out.  




Author Bio (Spotlight)
Rachel  Harris
As a teen, Rachel threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, she read and wrote obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dreamt up characters who become her imaginary friends. 

When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find Rachel homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. 

MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her first novel. She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.  







16 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to read this book. Your review has me even more so! I love YA and I really like historical fiction, so I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Great review!

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  2. Excellent review!

    Thanks for participating.

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  3. As far as I can remember, you were the only one who gave a brief summary of the first events in the book... I always have wondered how Cat went back to the 16th century, and you just gave me the answer!!! Thank you for that!!! Thank you for the review!!!

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  4. awesome review... its torturing to wait for my copy after so many nice review i want it now... :)

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  5. Great review! I'm so excited about this book I know I'd just love it! :D

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    1. Thank you. It is a really fun book.

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  6. Cant wait to read this book! awesome review =]

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  7. LOVE it! :) Great review and amazing book!

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  8. Love the review! I've read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and its amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I am so glad you liked it to. It's great.

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