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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

So I am officially in love with this book (I'm going to call it

So I am officially in love with this book (I'm going to call it MSS16C for short). It's my new favorite book. So. Good.

Okay, so I admit it, the gorgeous cover was what drew me in. I mean, who doesn't want that girl's dress? But when I read the summary and found o...
So I am officially in love with this book (I'm going to call it MSS16C for short). It's my new favorite book. So. Good.

Okay, so I admit it, the gorgeous cover was what drew me in. I mean, who doesn't want that girl's dress? But when I read the summary and found out it was about time travel (I'm a huge Doctor Who fan), I freaked out and knew that I had to read it as soon as it released. THEN, when I saw that Lisa T. Bergren, one of my favorite authors ever and the writer of the fabulous time travel River of Time series, had blurbed it, I became even more excited.

Basically, I had super high expectations for this book. And MSS16C definitely lived up to them!

The characters: perfection. Every single one of them. See, it's really rare for me to read a book and love all of the characters. It always seems like I never fully connect or like everyone. But in MSS16C, I adored them all! The main character Cat is absolutely hysterical. She's the type of girl I'd want to be best friends with in real life. She has a great sense of humor, she's smart, and she's completely likeable.

Then there is Lorenzo. *cue dreamy sigh* Ladies, he is totally swoon-worthy. What's great is that he's not just a cute guy. His character also has depth and we find out more of his dreams and wishes as the story continues. Another two of my favorite characters were Alessandra and Cipriano. I loved the friendship and bond that formed between Alessandra and Cat, and Cipriano was so protective and sweet!

The setting was amazing as well. I've always loved Italy, and Rachel Harris chose a great time period to write about. I loved the descriptions; it made me feel like I was there.

Lastly, the plot. MSS16C is definitely a fluffy, fun-filled book, but there are still some serious moments. Cat struggles over finding a way back to modern times and has to make some tough decisions about family and what's important. I appreciated that aspect of the plot and really admire the decisions Cat made, even though the end was heartbreakingly sad. And yes, it also ends with a cliffhanger. *groan* I need the sequel! Why can't it come out sooner?

MSS16C is a must-read. Anyone can enjoy it, and fans of books like The River of Time series and Ruby Red will love it! Most definitely recommended!

posted by LucyEverdeen28 on September 18, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Cat Crawford is a teen girl on the verge of her 16th birthday. S

Cat Crawford is a teen girl on the verge of her 16th birthday. She is shy and a bit of loner, part of which comes from being hurt and not wanting people to get close to her. She is a big art enthusiast, and has been dreaming of going to Italy and exploring her Italian h...
Cat Crawford is a teen girl on the verge of her 16th birthday. She is shy and a bit of loner, part of which comes from being hurt and not wanting people to get close to her. She is a big art enthusiast, and has been dreaming of going to Italy and exploring her Italian heritage for quite some time. While on a tour through the city she stumbles upon a gypsy and thus begins the start of her time traveling adventure.

When she discovers that she must have gone back in time, she wasn’t as freaked out as I thought she would be. Especially for a 15 year old, she took the situation rather well…almost too well. Though she does panic a bit at first, she warms to the idea and decides to use this trip as a way to discover more about her family. Her family consisting of her uncle Marco, aunt Francesca, and cousins Alessandra and Cipriano.

While staying her with her 16th century family she meets Lorenzo, the best friend of Cipriano. Lorenzo is quite taken with Cat, but she dismisses him as being a total player and wants nothing to do with him. Eventually her feelings change and she starts to like him. The more she stays there and interacts with everyone the more she starts to look at things differently.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (MSSSC for short) is a fun and light-hearted read, that I am happy to have discovered. It has some fluffiness, but not too much so that it’s over the top, which is good. Normally I don’t like the whole time traveling concept in books, but for this story I didn’t mind it. Even though this book is on the younger side of the YA book spectrum than what I would normally go for, I was still able to get into it and enjoy the story. One thing that I liked was Rachel Harris’s way of describing Italy and the various surroundings. It was so nicely detailed that I almost felt like I was there too. My only big complaint is that there is a cliffhanger at the end. That I was not expecting at all. Now I will be on pins and needles wondering when the second book will be released and what will happen next. I liked this book enough that even though I got it as an ARC, I ended up buying a copy anyway.
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would give this book 4 out of 5.

**Thank you to NetGalley and the Author, who I received this ARC from in exchange for my honest review.**

posted by TheLifeofaBookAddict on September 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Didn't Like it

    I didn't like this book for many reasons. One big reason was that she was in the sixteenth century for three days and she thinks she in love with Lorenzo and also that she loves her "family" or ancestors really. She has only known them THREE DAYS PEOPLE! Along with some other reasons it bugged me, one of which was how readily she accepted the fact that she got magically transported to another time when just a few pages before she was talking about how she doesn't believe in magic! I just couldn't finish the book. Although I have to say that the authors descriptions were very well done. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who can take insta-love in their novels.

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