Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

A Tale of Two Centuries
by Rachel Harris
Published:  8/6/13
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source:  eARC provided by publisher for review
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?


My Thoughts:   The year is 1507.  Alessandra (Less) D’Angeli was forever changed two years prior when her cousin from the 21st century, Cat, came and spent a week with Less and her family in Italy.  In her mind, life as Alessandra knew it no longer existed, especially since she was introduced to Cat and the small part of her world she brought with her. She longed for more than life had to offer her where she was at.  Cat taught her so many things about life, love, passion, and fun, and gave her a fleeting and exciting glimpse at what she dreamed of doing, becoming and actress, something that is never going to happen in her time.  She longs to see Cat again and visit the 21st century, and it just so happens that Alessandra gets her wish.  Suddenly, she finds herself in Beverly Hills knocking on Cat's door.  Needless to say, Cat can't believe it.  They formulate a cover story and Less soon finds her self thrust into the center of what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century, drama and all that goes along with it, and it is a little harder to accept than she thought.  On the first day of school, she has a run-in with the school's bad boy, Austin Michaels.  She is completely infuriated with him, yet strangely finds herself extremely attracted to him at the same time.  Meanwhile, Cat is helping her to realize her acting dreams, as well as teaching her how a 21st century teenager would act.  Then when Austin makes her a deal she can't refuse, things really getting interesting.  There is one big problem, however... can Less and those she has come to care about handle things when it is time for her to go back home?  

A Tale of Two Centuries is absolutely a delightful story.  I loved getting to know the characters in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and it was also great meeting the new characters in A Tale of Two Centuries.  I loved Alessandra's character and it was so much fun watching her adapt to life in the 21st century.  I also really enjoyed seeing what what going on with Cat, and how things were progressing with the Italian hottie, Lucas.  Then there is the new hottie, Austin Michaels, who is just my kind of guy.  He's cocky, has the whole bad boy persona going on, tends to be smug, and just oozes with hotness, but he also has his his own secrets and hurts from the past that have colored his choices and made him the way he is.  It was great watching the relationship between Alessandra and Austin develop.  He's a pretty take charge guy to, and very protective of Less, while at the same time challenging her to be and do all that he knows she is capable of.  Rachel Harris did a great job of writing the different scenarios that this group of friends found themselves in, which were funny, entertaining and romantic.  A Tale of Two Centuries is a wonderful sequel to this enchanting series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I loved the way the book ended to, which I thought was was very well done.  I am looking forward to seeing the direction that Rachel Harris takes these characters and their story in with the next book in the series, My Not So Super Sweet Life.  

About:  As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. A Tale of Two Centuries is her second novel. 

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6 comments:

  1. I am so ready to meet Austin! I need to squeeze this one in this month!

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  2. I love the gorgeous teaser graphics you've included, Ellen. I really want to get to this one at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later. Everyone seems to be loving it, even more than MSSSC.
    Fabulous review!

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    1. I loved it, I think even more so than the first book to.

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  3. This series sounds so fun! I really can't wait until the day I can read it!

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