A Tale of Two Centuries

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century:

 

"Light and charming, this debut novel will appeal to those who want to leave the real world behind for a while." — SLJ

 

"Harris' debut is a knockout. Her characters are charming and wonderfully entertaining, and they're set in a unique amd well-defined world that will capture your imagination from the very first page." — RT Book Reviews

 

"A fun, romantic romp ... a totally fun and totally satisfying read." — Lisa T. Bergren, author of the River of Time series

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Alessandra, 16, is devastated when she discovers that her betrothed has deceived her and married someone else. She is positive that her 21st-century time-traveling cousin, Cat, if she were in Less's shoes, would have stormed across the piazza and given the deceitful cad a piece of her mind-she certainly wouldn't have been reduced to tears as Less was. Missing her cousin, and wishing for an adventure of her own, Less finds herself in the presence of Reyna, the mysterious gypsy who, in Harris's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (Entangled Teen, 2012), was responsible for transporting Cat back 500 years to Less's 16th-century Italian world. Reyna grants Less her wish and soon she finds herself in 21st-century Hollywood, miraculously able to speak English and on her way to Cat's home. Armed with only a few cryptic sentences bestowed upon her by Reyna that are meant to guide her during her stay, Less quickly becomes immersed in the modern world-navigating high school, trying out for the role of Shakespeare's Juliet, and falling in love with too-cool-for-school heartthrob Austin Michaels. She gains a lot more than just a boyfriend; she learns how to speak up for herself and fight for what she wants. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have read Harris's earlier book as this title stands on its own. This is a surprisingly delicious time-traveling romance that will cause many teen girls' hearts to flutter.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622660124
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Entangled Teen Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 467,339
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Harris is also the author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and the upcoming Rearview Mirror. 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.

www.rachelharriswrites.com

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Beautifully Told Wow, Rachel Harris' long awaited A Tale of Two

    Beautifully Told

    Wow, Rachel Harris' long awaited A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2) does not disappoint!  I must admit that I did not read the first in the series, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, but that being said, I don't believe that the two are dependent on each other.  ATOTC is strong enough and complete enough to stand on it's own...I am sure however, that if you are reading the series this just adds that additional layer of information!  So what am I saying?  Well basically, whether or not you have read the first in the series do NOT hesitate to pick up A Tale of Two Centuries!  

    Let me start off by saying that I was instantly drawn to the cover art.  I am a sucker for a pretty book and this one is absolutely gorgeous! I seriously love it when a cover can sweep you off your feet.  They say you eat with your eyes, and like a good meal I think a well thought out book cover can set the tone before cracking that first page...

    Yes, this is a story of time-travel.  No this is not Sci-Fi by any stretch of the imagination.  We find ourselves in the 16th Century with Alessandra (Less) longing to marry for love and yearning to become an actress but in a situation where neither seems possible and to top it off she finds her heart broken by betrayal, but alas that is what sets events in motion...

    I cannot even start to explain to you all how much this story absolutely made me blush and fall in love all over again!  The characters are wonderfully developed throughout the novel and they continue to grow and mature right in front of your eyes.  It's so wonderful to see the exterior of the "Hot Bad Boy" fall away into the wonderful leading man we love to see as well as to see our main heroine, Alessandra's (Less) adventure being as she becomes more comfortable in her own skin and really be allowed to show who she really is inside (a wild and free spirited) as she's introduced to the modern world. 

    I highly recommend this book to all of you who are looking for adventure, love and a twist that, I tell you now, you will NOT expect!!!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Okay so I loved the first book in the series, so I was super exc

    Okay so I loved the first book in the series, so I was super excited to read book two. There is always that concern the second book won’t be as good as one or three since it’s the middle child.. Definitely no concern here, I think I might love this book even more, which is difficult to do.

    I felt like it would be hard to take Alessandra and plop her into modern times, even more so than it was to take Cat and put her in the past. With Cat Rachel was able to keep her voice modern; with Alessandra she had to think like a sixteenth century girl. She absolutely pulls it off.

    I love the characters that Rachel creates in her books. They have so much depth and you can see them change and grow. Less starts of a little more timid and tries to fit into the society that she was born into. It’s not easy being a girl in the sixteenth century. She has this flame that burns inside her though of passion and yearning for something more. She wants change but she is also hesitant to grasp it. I loved seeing how she molded into the Less she is supposed to be.

    I love Austin, oh my goodness do I love that boy. He is such delectable character. I loved how he kind of had a little hate for Alessandra in the beginning. I really enjoyed the banter between the two of them.  It’s easy to spew things at someone you can’t stand but not so easy when you get butterflies in your stomach every time you speak to them. Austin has this way of challenging Less that makes him even more swoon worthy. Who doesn’t love the cute brooding guy that actually has a soft heart underneath it? I could probably go on and on about my love for the dashing Austin.

    We see a good amount of Cat in the book as well. I’m always leery of including a character from a previous book when I’m no longer in their head. I’m curious about what has happened to them ya but I just get weird about it. I found myself reabsorbed into Cat’s life again. This book is very much based around Less but I’m happy to say that I loved continuing to read about Cat too. It was the perfect mix.

    Rachel has a true strength in creating rich characters and I’m not just talking about the swoonable guys. Although I do love you boys...Austin, Luke and Lorenzo. There is also a great plot with this series. I love the idea of time traveling with the help of gypsy magic. Reyna may be the same in both books, but the experiences of the girls is unique to them. The series is a great read that makes you smile and swoon. I’m not sure how much more I can gush about it but I could probably go on all day. So pick it up!!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    **I was given an ARC of this book by Entangled Teen in exchange

    **I was given an ARC of this book by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.**

    Another fabulous Rachel Harris book! I am in love with this series. If you haven't read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century yet, do it! Then grab a copy of A Tale of Two Centuries and settle in for another exciting, time-traveling ride.

    I love Less and Austin, both individually and together! And of course it's fantastic to still be able to see what's going on with Cat and Lucas. :-)

    As we know from My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, Alessandra (Less) is Cat's cousin from the 1500's. After Cat leaves to head back to the 21st century, Less has resigned herself to the life of a girl her age in her own century, although she at least hopes her marriage might be a love match, rather than one of convenience. Soon, however, she discovers she may never be happy living in a time where women cannot be actors, cannot do what they are passionate about. After a very hard, very sad occurrence, Less prays harder than ever that Reyna, that crazy gypsy, might come and send her to her cousin's time...and that crazy gypsy delivers!

    After being transported to the 21st century, arriving in scandalous clothing, and being driven in a horseless carriage to Cat's front doorstep, Less is, needless-to-say, feeling a little overwhelmed. However, she decides since she has no idea how long she has to stay in the 21st century, she is going to make the most of her time. When she first enters this new world, she has a really hard time dropping her 16th century prim and proper ways. But then, she meets Austin Michaels. And let's just say, he rocks her world, shakes it up, and flips it upside down! Austin is a devastatingly handsome, bad-boy surfer, and he dares Less to climb out of her shell and enjoy what life has to offer! And while he is busy helping Less to change and grow, Less is helping Austin to learn some things about himself as well. Can Less deal with being something more than friends while she's here, if she returns to her own time without Austin? Less knows that Cat did it with Lorenzo, but going back to her own time also means shutting herself back up in her prim and proper box. How can Less go back to being less than happy, when she's experienced so much joy and passion since arriving in the 21st century?

    Even though having to choose between two different centuries is not something we would ever have to do, Less' situation is extremely relatable. We all have to make big decisions in our lives...where to go to college, (or whether or not to go to college) what we want to do for a living, who we want to be friends with, who we want to be more than friends with...the list is endless. And these are all similar choices to those that Less has to make throughout A Tale of Two Centuries.

    To find out what Less does when Reyna comes to take her back to the 16th century, pick up this fantastic book and read it! It is such a fun read, and you will love these characters!

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    *I received an e-arc of this book free in exchange for my honest

    *I received an e-arc of this book free in exchange for my honest review.

    When I reviewed the first book in the series last year, I gave it a 5/5, sadly for this book.. there isn't a higher rating than that to give! This book was just as good as the first, and as I'd already built a relationship with a few of the characters, it may have even been better!




    There are many obvious similarities between MSSSC and ATOTC such as the characters, the time travel, and the sexy men, but where the first book focused on Cat, this book's main characetr was Alessandra who just so happened to be my favourite character from MSSSC! Alessandra was such an amazing person and character and it was so much fun watching her grow and change in this book.




    In this book, we watched Alessandra try to understand and fit into the 21st century, five centuries later than when she was actually born. It was amusing watching her try to grasp concepts that just come naturally to us, such as contractions ('I'm', 'isn't', 'couldn't', etc.) and you could feel her joy when she managed to achieve something new. The scenes between her and Austin were thick with emotions, and I think I found myself blushing just as much as Alessandra did!




    I think a factor in why I enjoyed this book so much was that I've gotten to know how sweet and kind Rachel Harris is, through various social media interactions so I can really feel all the effort and time she's put into her books. Her darling personality coupled with the fantastic story & writing, makes for a wonderful, wonderful book! The only real problem I had with it was that it was too short! I mean it's 320 pages, so fairly decently sized, and the story was perfectly paced and was wonderful and everything, but I was so entranced by this book that anything less than 10,000 pages is too, too short! (Seriously, if I could live in this book I would, and not just for the hot guys ;) )




    I could go on and on about this book, it's just so good! But I don't think I could really do it justice. If you like the first book then you will definitely love this, in fact, I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this book! It is just a joy to read, filled with so much emotion and a strong message about finding yourself and following your heart. This is just a terrific book with the perfect amount of romance, fun and magic. Simply put, I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Fantastic Sequel. *Please Note I was given an ARC by Entangled T

    Fantastic Sequel.
    *Please Note I was given an ARC by Entangled Teen in return for an honest review*

    Right from the moment I finished the first installment in this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. For one who really doesn't like historical novels I adore this series. Rachel Harris really does the impossible in this series and makes a unlikely genre for YA fiction into a must-read series.

    Alessandra hasn't been the same since her cousin Cat barged into her life from the future. Now stuck in the 16th Century Renaissance Italy with dreams that could only come true in a time other than her own Alessandra is stuck. But when Rayna, the mysterious girl in the gypsy tent who brought Cat to the past appears she knows she is about to get an adventure of her own. Whisked away to the twenty first century Alessandra can live her dream of being an actress. But how long will she be there? And when she meets the infuriating but gorgeous surfer boy Austin, does she want to go? Time is running out for Alessandra and she may have to leave the only place she has ever fit in.

    I love love loved this book. I admit that in the beginning I didn't find it as endearing as I did with My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. There was just something more relatable and endearing about a twenty first century character in a sixteenth century time. You could relate with Cat and understand why she was the way she was as it is what we would have been acting like if we were suddenly whisked off to the past. However once I got a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. I loved reading Alessandra's story and her actions, especially at the beginning of the book, really made me laugh. I absolutely adore her and her story was full of awkward humor and who doesn't love that?

    I adore Austin. As much as I loved Lorenzo in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century but Austin is my man. I adore him so much. He is arrogant and infuriating and damn right drop dead gorgeous. He is the epitome of the bad boy and I loved him right from the very first moment he came into the book. He is the guy that every girl will want to give him a slap upside the head while wanting to throw themselves at him at the same time.

    One thing that I adore about Rachel Harris' books is that her writing style is just so refreshing and great and it makes them such an easy read. You can just get lost in the story without having to think too much about it. I love her writing style and have adored every book of hers I have read, including her Adult Romance novel. I have to say that this is my favourite of Rachel's work so far. It was so easy to just forget the world and everything around you and just get lost in the incredible tale of two times colliding.

    A Tale of Two Centuries is a must-read for everyone. It has everything you could possibly want. Time travel, a clash of two centuries that makes it hilarious, a super hot surfer dude, heart-stopping romance and a race against the clock to see what happens. When you are nearing the end you seriously cannot turn the pages... or click the ereader button fast enough. I loved every single moment for it and I cannot wait for the third installment in this series. I want it now!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    A Tale of Two Centuries is such a delightful read! I love Rache

    A Tale of Two Centuries is such a delightful read! I love Rachel Harris's books. They're light and fluffy, and yet they also have such well-developed characters and storylines. Plus, there's time travel! It doesn't get much better than that. :)

    Less is an amazing heroine. She's very sweet and kindhearted, and I felt so bad for her as she struggles to adjust to living in the modern world. And I love the friendship between her and Cat - I love how they both come from such different lives and yet they're so close to each other. And Austin! Eep! He and Less were so cute, and I loved watching their relationship grow.

    But A Tale of Two Centuries isn't just about romance. I also enjoyed the way it deals with important decisions in Less's life as she tries to figure out where she belongs - the modern world, or the world that she's lived in all her life. And the ending is so very perfect and satisfying. I was hooked until the very last page!

    I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for an addictive summer read. I'm so excited there's going to be a third book in this series!

    Favorite quote: "I have learned that our world is filled with two kinds of people: old souls, and people who were born before their time."

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    A fantastic 2nd book, even better than the first in the series!

    A fantastic 2nd book, even better than the first in the series!





    Ever since I read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century I've been dying for this book. I love the Renaissance era (so much so that I had a Ren. wedding) and so enjoyed MSSSC, that when it ended on it's, ahem, slight cliffhanger I kind of wanted to hunt Rachel down and steal this manuscript.




    ATOTC picks up (at least for Less) two years after Cat's visit to the past. Alessandra is mostly content in her life as she waits for her upcoming marriage, but missing her cousin. Events occur that leave Less feeling rattled, and frustrated and longing for something more when our favorite gypsy appears to grant her wish.




    Less and Cat are reunited and a story concocted to explain Alessandra's sudden appearance at the Crawford house. Disguised as a foreign exchange student, Less must attempt to fit into a world very different from her own. She is reserved and has unusual speaking patterns. She dresses conservatively and finds it difficult to stand up for herself, but when the cute (but annoying guy) who sits next to her in American Government is disrespectful to the teach Less reaches her limit.




    Now, she and Austin--the epitome of surfer boy, laissez faire attitude--have to complete a project together, and he's having none of it. He works a deal with Less. If she'll come on "adventures" of his choosing then he'll help with the project. This is when the fun really begins and when Less finds out what she's made of.




    Cat plays a big part in this book as Alessandra's "guide" to all things 21st Century. We also get more of Lucas who we met at the end of MSSSC (WOOHOO).




    This was such a fun read, and I read it one sitting. Harris does a great job of maintaining Less's formal internal dialog and transitioning it to less formal as she becomes more comfortable in her new century. Less was sweet and funny and I really enjoyed watching her, eventually, fully embrace the freedoms she had available.




    Austin is a great foil for Less--her formaility and rigidness vs. his complete laid back attitude--and it's great to see him reconsider his choices the more Less rubs off on him and vice versa as well.




    A Tale of Two Centuries, had me smiling at the end and on a bit of a book high. If you're looking for a quick, light, easy, fun read I highly recommend you check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    A Tale of Two Centuries is like experiencing the twenty first ce

    A Tale of Two Centuries is like experiencing the twenty first century from a whole new perspective. This amazing tale was written by Rachel Harris, who is an amazing YA and adult romance author. When I heard about this new book I knew it was going to be fantastic and a great addition to the series. Before I got my ARC, being apart of the Flirt Squad, I got to see snippets and teasers of the book before the release, every time I read one it left me wanting more.




    In the first book they introduced you to Cat who is still a big apart in this book and Alessandra a.k.a Less whom is the main point of view in this book. Cat who is Less' great, great, great...cousin from the twenty first century met a gypsy who sent her back to the 15th century renaissance period. There she spent a week getting to know Less', finding who she is, and falling in love. She told Less magical stories about the future that Less wished she could see and experience.




    In this book we time travel with Less to the future after the man she thought she was going to marry married someone else leaving Alessandra heart broken and lost. Until she the gypsy girl found her again telling her she was going to go on a trip of wonder with many adventures. Of course Less was excited but once she cot to the twenty first century she was lost she didn't know where to find Cat or how to get there. Threw the story you see how Less learns the simple things we do or say everyday, struggling with who she is and what her time wants her to be.




    Now for love interests Rachel Harris does it again with her swoontastic and flirtatious book boyfriends. First up is Austin he is first introduced as the bad boy in school who really pushes Less' buttons. He "challenges" her in this new world, and they bring out the best in each other. As the story goes on the two fall in love, Less helps Austin break down his walls and find his true self again. Now for Lucas he is a sweet and sensitive guy who is crazy in love for Cat. He sticks by her and keeps trying even though she keeps pushing him away, so she doesn't get hurt again like she did with Lorenzo. With Lucas' persistence and determination Cat may finally open her heart and let him in.




    I love how this book is about following your dreams and finding who you are and what you are supposed to be. Less is a big example for that theme as she dreams of being an actress, this book opens up opportunities she can only imagine for her natural talents in acting. Who knows I think she would make a great Juliet.




    Will Alessandra and Austin be together forever? Will Less get to follow her dream as an actress? What will happen with Lucas and Cat? - This is a book you don't want to miss.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I knew what Rachel Harris would come up with for ¿A Tale of Two

    I knew what Rachel Harris would come up with for “A Tale of Two Centuries” would be awesome, I just didn’t know how awesome. I was excited to get back to the world that Harris created for her readers in “My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century.” Where we met Cat, and her Renaissance cousin Alessandra, also known as Less. “A Tale of Two Centuries” focuses on Less’ journey, rather than Cat being the main focus. Cat is still a big part of the story, though, so for those readers, like me, that fell in love with her, we still get to see her. Less is given a chance to go on her own time traveling adventure with Reyna. This time Less is going to Cat’s modern world. 




    As you can imagine the big city was a few shock for Less. She didn’t know what “bucks” were or how to get to Cat’s. Less goes on a journey to find out who she really is and what she wants in life. She has to learn plenty of lessons that I learn every day. How to be comfortable in your own skin and break out of your shell? Now that Less is in modern times, she is able to act without it being improper for woman.




    Alessandra, “Less” for short, is such a great character. She is so easy to fall in love with just like Cat. It has been two years since Less met Cat. Less is 16 years old and waiting to find out when she will be getting married. When Less finds out that the man she has fallen in love with decided to get married to someone else, she is devastated. Than magically Reyna shows up and offers Less an adventure of a lifetime, so of course she isn’t going to pass up this opportunity. As Less has to learn about life in Hollywood and how she can follow her dreams.




    With a new novel, there is always a new male lead. Here we have the swoon worthy Austin. Austin is very much a bad boy, he skips class, does what he wants, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Less and Austin don’t hit it off at first but with a male’s persistence. They strike a deal and then fall in love. I think Austin was the perfect male lead to Less. He fits perfectly with her. What is a bad boy without a rocky complicated past? Austin seriously has it all. 




    Lucas is my book boyfriend. No, I don’t plan on sharing, so back off right now. I love how persistent Lucas is in trying to win Cat over. He is definitely interested in her and he felt a connection with her at the end of “My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century.” Lucas just wants Cat to give him a chance; he wants to show her what he has to offer in a relationship. He is such a sweetheart. I am really hoping that we get way more of Lucas in the third installment of this series. 




    Then we have Cat. Same old spunky Cat. Cat seems to be very excited to have her cousin around but very worried for her too. Less begins to disappear without a trace, not informing anyone of where she is going. I think ultimately Cat missed her cousin very much. It has been two years since Less has seen Cat but it has only been two months since Cat has seen Less. Both girls have done plenty of maturing since they last saw each other. 
    I absolutely loved “A Tale of Two Centuries.” I enjoyed being pulled back into these characters stories that are very dear to my heart. Rachel Harris’ books are definitely ones that I look forward too. I think Harris out did herself on this sequel. This book was amazing and I hope that others truly enjoy it. 

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Rachel Harris has written a touching and heartwarming love story

    Rachel Harris has written a touching and heartwarming love story with this sequel to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. It is beautifully
    written, both vivid and descriptive. Alessandra's voice feels authentic, making the reader feel as if they truly have time-traveled to the sixteenth century.

    Alessandra is everything you can possibly want in a main character. She is a proper young lady who yearns for more, but feels trapped in
    her own time. She wants "passion, equality and freedom," all the things women in her time period cannot have. All she has to look
    forward to is a loveless marriage and a life of propriety and society rules. Until fate intervenes and sends her to the twenty-first century,
    where her distant cousin, Cat, lives.

    There's definitely an adjustment period for Alessandra. Her exploits in the twenty-first century were hilarious. My favorite moment was
    when she identified a Hooters as an owl shop. It's amusing seeing how Alessandra's sixteenth century mind views the twenty-first century
    technology, dress and ideals. She's adorably clueless, and so fascinated by simple things - it makes her seem humble and lovable. 

    So... Austin. Ahhh, Austin. Normally, male characters as cocky as Austin would turn me off. He's just so full of himself in the beginning,
    thinking he's some kind of bad-boy rebel. But, he's so adorable while teasing Alessandra and her absolute cluelessness makes it that
    much funnier. So, despite my reservations, Austin won my heart almost immediately. Alessandra's outrage over Austin (she call's him
    the "embodiment of evil" and likens time with him to the symptoms of an illness) only make you root for Austin even more. He takes the
    prim and proper lady and turns her into a typical outraged teenager. 

    The whole time I was reading, I pretty much alternated between laughing hysterically and crying (Sometimes just a few tears, and
    sometimes lip-trembling sniffles). Honestly, I wish I could go into greater detail here, but I don't want to accidentally go into spoiler
    territory. Just trust me and make sure you have tissues by your side at all times! 

    The other couple to take note of in this book is Cat and Lucas. I know you Cat and Lorenzo fans are probably ready to egg my blog for
    this, but trust me, you'll love how it all turns out for Cat! 

    The ending was absolutely perfect. My heart was in my throat for most of it, and I was pretty much close to tears the whole time, as well.
    But it was awesome, amazing, and perfect. Overall (if you couldn't tell from my gushing review), I loved this book so much and I would
    highly recommend it. 

    Honestly, before I began reading Rachel Harris' books, I wasn't a huge romance fan. It kinda bugged me... It was too mushy and
    rainbows and kittens for me - I prefer science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, etc. I liked romance that had vampires in it... Does that count at
    all? Anyway, I won an advanced eBook of Taste the Heat, Harris' adult romance (published July 8, 2013) from Foreward Lit. Not only is
    she an amazing and talented writer, but she really pulls you into a world with characters you care about, who feel real and relatable. The
    romances are always genuine, and the plots are well thought-out. For those reasons, among others, I would recommend Rachel Harris to
     anyone and everyone - especially to those who want to read romance, but aren't sure where to start.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Thank you to Ms. Harris and Entangled Publishing for my ecopy of

    Thank you to Ms. Harris and Entangled Publishing for my ecopy of this book…

    Cover: It’s really beautiful!!!

    Alessa:

    It must have been really hard for her to live in the 16th century… She has a wild and free spirit but because the society that time doesn’t condone such things, she was forced to suppress it… That’s why it was such a relief for her when she was offered a chance to go to the 21st century, where she can be who she really is…

    Austin:

    I am very grateful to him… Without him, Less might not have enjoyed her time in the modern world… She might not have the courage to do those crazy things… Austin is such a great ‘teacher’… And he’s very possessive, but I understand his situation… I also feel bad for him because his father is such an a*****e…

    Story:

    At the beginning, I really wanted to punch the guy who betrayed Less… She’s such a sweet girl! How could he do that? Anyways, what I’m telling you is that, from the start the book captured my attention… Did you know that when I started reading ATOTC I was drowsy and ready to sleep? But then I suddenly woke up because I wanted to read more, and that’s what I did until 2:30 in the morning… That’s how good the book is… It’s actually comparable to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, though I really can’t tell if which one is better… Yes the sequel is very beautiful but the first book in the series always holds a special place in my heart… You know what I mean?

    Anyways, I felt that the book was kinda fast especially when you will look at the signs… They appeared quickly, it was like a blink of an eye… Though, if you will look at the whole story it’s not really that fast… I’m not making any sense, am I? Maybe it’s because I wanted more of it…

    And then lastly, when they were looking for loopholes, I wanted to cry… I was nervous because I thought that they may not make it in time or they might not see anything… It was such a relief when the story ended happily… Who doesn’t like happy endings anyway?

    Overall, I really love this and this is one of my favorite books this year…

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I didn't think it was possible, but I seriously love this book e

    I didn't think it was possible, but I seriously love this book even more than I did the first one! Less was adorable and fun in the sixteenth century, and I didn't want to let go of her when Cat came back to modern times. (I was so terribly excited when I saw that Less was going to come visit for the second adventure!!) Who knew that she would be freaking amazing in the "future?" This girl was totally born in the wrong century, guys! I wanted her to come hang out with me for a few days.

    As for the romance, I thought Lorenzo was a swoon-worthy love interest in MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY, but Austin, the boy who steals Less' heart and teaches her how to be her best self in A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES, totally blew him out of the water!! This boy has layer upon layer of awesomeness, all wrapped up in a beautiful package and sealed with a smirk. I'm not usually a fan of the "bad boy," but Austin had so much depth to his character that I could immediately see the diamond shining beneath his rough exterior. And the way he pushes Less to follow her dreams and to be more than what she dreamed she was capable of becoming? Yep, he totally captured my heart. Hook, line and sinker.

    The best part about this book? Even though it's totally Less' story, Cat is very much there, and we get to see the continuation of her story as well, in the aftermath of her trip to the sixteenth century. I have to admit, in reading book one, I wasn't sure how I felt about Lucas. On the one hand, I knew Cat couldn't stay in the sixteenth century with Lorenzo for the rest of her life, and I didn't want her to be forever heartbroken and alone, but on the other hand, the whole "finding a true soul mate in the descendant of the love left behind" is a total time-travel cliche, and I wasn't sure if I liked it. But he totally won me over in book two, and I can't wait to see more of Cat and Lucas in the next book!!

    (I was lucky enough to get an advance review copy of this book. I loved it so much that I had to go buy a real copy for myself as well!!)

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    Where do I even start? I first saw this book quite some time ago

    Where do I even start? I first saw this book quite some time ago (I think it was when the cover was first revealed) and I instantly fell in love. I loved the cover, but even more- I LOVED the blurb! All of my favorite elements are in this book: Time travel, magic, Italy, romance, and a hot surfer boy just to name a few. This book is absolutely a bunch of preciousness. Seriously I absolutely adored it. I am so proud to be on Rachel's FlirtSquad because I love helping promote her awesomeness. I also loved reading Taste The Heat, Rachel's adult novel. SO good.

    So: let me simplify this for you. Rachel writes it? I read it. End of story. Hands down. It could be about alligators in Taiwan falling in love with monks. If she wrote it- I'd read it. Why? Rachel is a fantastic storyteller for one. She does such a great job with setting- she knows how to give us readers the perfect amount of description, she doesn't overload us with it, and she doesn't skimp on us either. I always feel so attuned to the scenes and I love when I as a reader feel like I am an imaginary character standing right with the others. Secondly, Rachel does a great job with character development. By the end of the book I felt a connection with each of her characters and I was heartbroken it was over because I wasn't ready to stop experiencing their journey with them!

    So, A Tale of Two Centuries! I will admit, I hadn't read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century before this so I was a tad bit confused at the very beginning. So note to those of you who are still with me after me talking about alligators and monks: READ THAT ONE FIRST! It just helps clarify some things. I was still able to jump right in and understand the magical elements, but I was confused when the book was referring to Cat as Patience, etc. Our main character this time around is Alessandra, or Less. We first meet her in sixteenth century Italy and she is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Matteo, the man she is in love with. Their rendezvous does not go according to plan, leaving Less absolutely heartbroken. However, Less is very non-confrontational. Instead of marching up to Matteo and giving him what for, she simply flees, succumbing to her emotions. I really loved Less- she is sweet, caring, and dreams of acting. She is SO much fun to watch once she time travels to modern times. She not only has culture shock, but she has complete century shock! She is not used to how girls dress, how people speak, and how boys and girls don't have chaperones to be together. In turn, Alessandra is very proper and polite, which leads others to believe she's rather uptight.

    "Ah. That would be the ill-mannered coachman of my yellow horseless carriage. He requires payment for escorting me from the chaotic theater of etched handprints and strange creatures, but I am afraid my new trousers did not come lined with money." He beeps again. "Any chance you have a deer or a goat lying about?"

    A squiggle appears on Cat's forehead. "Deer or goat?"

    "Hmm, is that not right?" I ask, pulling on my ear. I was almost certain that was what he said. "He informed me the ride was twenty something- I thought he said bucks. Could it have been ducks?" I scrunch my nose. "Are waterfowl a popular currency in the twenty first century?"


    Enter Austin. Oh, boy. Alessandra meets Austin at school and he is a bit of an ass to start. He is condescending and rather rude. School is also not at the top of his priority list. Alessandra is forced to work on a project with him. I think what I love most about Alessandra and Austin's interactions is that they challenge each other. He can see that she longs to let loose and have the courage to express herself. He calls her out on it and for the first time, we see just how passionate of a reaction he gets out of her. She in turn, calls him on his crap- telling him that she doesn't believe for a minute he's as nonchalant and uncaring as he makes himself out to be. Austin then decides to issue her a challenge- he'll do the project, if she agrees to let him show her how to loosen up- to be more like him. However, the more time spent together, the more Austin's carefully crafted façade starts to fall apart. Less gets him to open up and there are times she can see the glimpses of vulnerability in his eyes. Austin is resentful of his father due to a rather large event involving his mother. There was a point where Austin used to take care about school, doing well, and pleasing his family. Those times are long gone, and I think Austin sees a bit of the old him in Alessandra.

    I love the change we see in Alessandra. She is no longer the timid, shy, non-confrontational girl we met at the start. However, Alessandra has trouble finding the right balance between becoming a bit more assertive and going wild. Austin realizes this is partly his fault and tells her that he has fallen for who she is already, not the girl she's trying so hard to be. Alessandra however, has never felt more alive than when she has spent time with Austin and she loves that he respects her.

    Whew do these two have some serious chemistry! The buildup between them was absolutely delicious and when it finally happened I think I squealed. However, Alessandra's time is not permanent- she was told by the gypsy that allowed her to travel that she would see three signs: at the end of the third she would be back to take her home. Her cousin Cat, gave her a warning about spending time with Austin. Cat has been through this once and knows that her time is limited.

    Cat, who you may have already met from My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, is such a fun character. She is still hurting over what happened at the end of the first novel and is afraid to let someone new in. She clearly has a connection with the new guy, Lucas, but is afraid to act upon it. She is afraid things won't be permanent and that he won't stick around. I can't blame her for one minute for guarding her heart.

    However, this is Less's tale of self-discovery and how she realizes that strength doesn't come from others, but lies within.

    Overall, this book made me smile so many times- Rachel has created such strong, impressionable characters, a fun and exciting plot, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I LOVED This YA Time Traveling Romance!!!!!!                    

    I LOVED This YA Time Traveling Romance!!!!!!                                                                                Alessandra (Less), a young free-spirited ingénue in the 16th century, longs to be an actress and to marry for love and not duty.
    She never knew those dreams were possible until she'd met her cousin, Cat, in the 1st book in this series, Super Sweet 16th Century.
    After she was crushed by a suitor who dropped her for an heiress, Less visits Reyna, the time traveling gypsy, at the Fair.
    Less asks Reyna's help in fulfilling her dream to be more than she can be in the 16th Century... and before Less knows it, she's whisked through time gypsy-style. (LOL! I want to do this too!)




    Less meets up with Cat... and then has a run-in with gorgeous hunk Austin at school... he's the persona of the bad boy. 
    Somehow the two are wonderful together... and they each become better people by being together.




    This is the 2nd installment in Rachel's time traveling YA series... teeming with romance and guys to swoon over and steal our hearts.
    I love how the author interweaves characters from the 1st book like Lorenzo, Cat and Reyna into the 2nd book.
    I found myself identifying with Less yearning for things that seem out-of reach.
    I also caught myself more than once laughing out loud as Less adapted to the 20th century. In hindsight, present day behaviors we don't give a 2nd thought to, would certainly appear to be zany and irrational to someone from an earlier century.




    I'd like to extend a special thank you to Heather from Entangled for including me in the list of people to receive an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review and thank you to Rachel for writing such an enjoyable read.




    Bottomline: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the ending... a totally unexpected twist!
    A Tale of Two Centuries is a wonderful YA tale that also holds appeal for older readers as it transports us to places we can still remember.




    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys time traveling romances.... 
    5 Stars!!!!!!
     

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    I totally enjoyed the first book but I loved this even more. The

    I totally enjoyed the first book but I loved this even more. The time travel destiny moved on to Alessandra, Cat's cousin. Alessandra
    or Less was a sweet, naive, prim and proper sort of girl in the first book. The one thing that got her really excited was acting. But alas,
    that was forbidden in her time. Acting was known to be for men and ladies who acted forward were deemed promiscuous or are
    courtesans. As much as she was fascinated, she couldn't explore and was tied to the laws of the Renaissance era. With the help of
    Reyna, the gypsy, she poofed and came to Cat's world, the 21st century.

    This story is not only funny as we read how Less tries to adapt herself into the 21st century, but also touching when she starts falling in
    love with Austin. The relationship with Austin felt genuine in every aspect and she saw Austin beyond the facade he portrays. It was
    inspiring as we see how Less matured and when you're racing against time, every moment count. The bond she had with Cat also
    deepened.

    Besides focusing on Alessandra, Cat was not forgotten and we read her growth to maturity too in this story. The lessons she learnt from
    her own time travel followed her and you see a softer look of her in this story and of coz there's also Lucas. 2 gorgeous males in a story
    is definitely swoon worthy even though it is a YA genre.

    Once again, Rachel has written beautifully with lots of details that weren't overpowering but made the plot felt entertaining, complete
    and satisfying. I'm definitely checking out the next book in this series and the rest of her books.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

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    This was a perfect sequel!! A Tale of Two Centuries is the sec

    This was a perfect sequel!!


    A Tale of Two Centuries is the second book of the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series but this can be read as a standalone.  But I suggest you read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (MSSSC) first because you are going to fall in love with these characters!  

    I often worry with sequels because there is always the chance they don’t live up to the previous book.  But this did not happen with A Tale of Two Centuries (ATOTC).  This series is about teens that travel in time so I was worried there might be repetition.  But each story is so well-written and unique that I loved every minute of it!

    Of the two books I loved ATOTC the most.  This is because of Alessandra (aka Less)!  Ever since Less met her cousin, Cat, she realized she wanted more for her life.  But because of the 16th century society treatment of women, Less doesn’t have the freedom to follow her dreams. Everything changes when the mysterious and magical gypsy Reyna (from MSSSC) grants her wish for an adventure. Less is magically swept to present day Hollywood. With Cat’s help Less slowly adjusts to our modern day, which added so many humorous scenes.  When she meets the high school bad boy, Austin, Less is at first attracted to his hotness but quickly disgusted with his arrogance. Less goes so far as calling Austin the “embodiment of evil” which I loved, because it showed that Less is a smart girl that wants more than a hot guy.  She wants to be respected, which again is something she probably would not find in the men back home.  I really loved the chemistry between these two characters, it was a hate-love relationship that builds up to some really hot moments. And not only is Less smart but she is also so sweet and caring.  Even though she’s on the adventure of a lifetime she still wants to make sure Cat is happy.  I JUST LOVED HER!!!

    Rachel Harris has become one of my favorite authors. Everything I have read from her has been amazing!  I love the humor and heart-warming emotion that comes across in her books.  I am a Mom with a teenage daughter, so some people have been surprised that I love young adult books. Some adult readers may be turned off on the young adult genre because they think the characters and stories might be too immature for them to enjoy.  This may be true for some books, but NOT for books by Rachel Harris.  With the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series the author has created young characters that are dealing with the growing pains of being a teenager.  But this isn’t a series about two teenagers trying to get a boyfriend or be part of the popular crowd.  This is about two young ladies that have been struggling with their identity and having to live up to other people’s expectations. Less and Cat have to find the courage to make choices for themselves, and that is a hard lesson everyone can relate to, no matter how old you are. Add some drama and hilarious scenes of Less adapting to modern day, and you have a fun and charming story! I recommend this series to everyone!!

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    My Review:  As much as I enjoyed the first book in this series,

    My Review:  As much as I enjoyed the first book in this series, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, I think I loved this one even more!  This installment focused in Alessandra, Cat's "cousin"  from 16th century Florence, Italy.  Less dreams of a life of less restriction and more freedom, something that is hard to come by in her own era.  Through a touch of gypsy magic, she skips forward to visit her cousin Cat and to find her own answers in the future.  A future that contains a swoon-worthy boyfriend in the form of bad-boy Austin.

    In reality, we have not one, but  two, swoon-worthy Book Boyfriends in this book.  Lucas, whom we met in the first novel, hopes to become Cat's modern-day Lorenzo and he is all that one could want in a romantic hero.  And then there is Austin, the epitome of the bad boy, but one with a lot more depth than most would give him credit for.  He has been hurt and it has damaged him.  In a lot of ways, this novel isn't just the story of Alessandra, but Austin's and Cat's as well.

    Less is thoroughly endearing and a lot more complex than we knew from the first book.  She has spent her entire life behaving as she was expected to, with little thought to her own dreams.  In her heart, she was a bit of a rebel in the 16th century and frustrated with that.  Her journey was about letting go and being strong, recognizing her own dreams and wishes and accepting that it is okay to pursue them.  That is a pretty universal journey, and one I related to as a reader.  I think that is the underlying thing about this series that draws me in... the universal themes and struggles that we all experience in some form or another in our own lives.  These characters are rather deep, something that I really love.  Less' inner dialogue as she grows from the shy and prim Renaissance girl to the confident girl she becomes is often very wise.

    I am not generally a "sweet romance" or "time travel" kind of girl, but these books are so engaging that is impossible for me not to love them.  The romance is there, sure, but the story itself is so engaging and the humor is hilarious.  One of my favorite book lines of all time came from the first book, and this one was no less hilarious.  As for the time travelling, it is done so well.  Placing a 16th century girl in contemporary Hollywood is a culture shock, to say the least, and the results are often hysterical!  She sees the world through 16th century eyes and that new perspective is fabulous for the reader.

    Some Quotastic Goodness

    On encountering a taxi for the first time...

       --Determined not to give way to feelings of desertion, I stare at the door and wait for the coachman to come around and help me in. When he merely settles deeper into his seat and a footman fails to appear, I realize he expects me to get in by myself (Loc. 401).

    On trying to pay for a taxi...

       --I am certain that I do not have any bucks on my person as even one such animal would hardly fit in the carriage with us, but perhaps fate has left me with something (Loc. 435).

    On discovering indoor plumbing...

       --Truly, out of all the modern inventions I have encountered thus far and wish I could bring back with me, the glass box shower is my favorite— even better than the marvelous toilet (Loc. 669).

    On public displays of affection...

       --Several couples openly engage in scandalous embraces, and exposed skin is everywhere (Loc. 694).

    On discovering the "bikini"...

       --I cautiously take down a pink bikini and hold it against me. Fear and an intense loathing for the man who created this form of clothing churn in my stomach (Loc. 1782).

    A little bit of swoon...

    My first kiss is not the slow, sweet build-up I witnessed between Cat and Lorenzo. This is aggressive. This is passionate (Loc. 2444).

    Some wisdom...

       --I am not without fear, but courage is taking action despite the fear. Knowing what you want, what you are meant to do, and proceeding despite any knots in your stomach or rocks stuck in your throat. It is walking boldly into the unknown with your chin held high… even if it quivers (Loc. 3725.

       --True happiness is something we create ourselves with our own choices: whom we want to be with, whom we let into our worlds, and how we choose to spend what little time we are given in this world (Loc. 3916).

    My Recommendation:  This is a fabulous read!  The deep moments will pull you in and the humor will keep you there!

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

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    A wonderful read. Did I enjoy this book: I really did. It was s

    A wonderful read.

    Did I enjoy this book: I really did. It was such a good read. I couldn’t put it down.




    I loved so much about this story. To start, I felt bad for Less and what she discovered before she left. I liked her traveling to the future. What I really liked was that time wasn’t parallel. Less had aged two years, while it had been a mere two months for Cat. That was different for me and I really loved that the “little” cousin was now an equal.




    Austin. A great match for Less. I loved that he showed her what life could be like–with adventure and passion. I know they are only 16 or 17, but still. These two. My favorite line: “This is Austin.” Tells you everything from what we learn about Austin throughout.




    I liked the pace of A Tale of Two Centuries. It moved. It had me hooked. It made me happy, giddy, anxious. I’m sorry if this review is a bit jumpy, cryptic, not thorough, whatever. I don’t want to spoil anything as many of my favorite parts would spoil the most wonderful parts of the book.




    Bottom line: A Tale of Two Centuries is a wonderful read that I will definitely revisit again in the future. I can’t wait to read My Not So Super Sweet Life.




    Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Be sure to read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century first.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    A Tale of Two Centuries was an enjoyable read. I was pulled more

    A Tale of Two Centuries was an enjoyable read. I was pulled more quickly into its pages than I was with the first novel. And as I hoped, the gypsy magic was more enticing, though I still don’t understand the big picture in why Renya is changing both Cat’s and Less’s destiny by taking them through time. Only Isis knows.

    I loved Less in the first novel, and I still love her character! She’s bold and adventurous. But it was Austin whole stole the show in A Tale of Two Centuries. I loved him! Even more than Lorenzo from My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. Every time Less was without him, I just wanted to skip ahead to the next scene where she and Austin were together again.

    Also, though it focused around Less’s awesome adventures, I greatly appreciated that Cat and Lucas were still very much a part of the storyline. I hate when the first characters of a companion series are completely dropped from the storyline. That wasn’t the case here. Cat was still very much a part of the novel as was Lucas and their blooming relationship.

    I only wish there was a stronger antagonist, like Niccolo in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. Niccolo, at times, gave me shivers at how cruel he could be to Cat. Kendal, on the other hand, was more just an annoyance, really. Her part as the school mean girl wasn’t that strong.

    In all, I adore this novel. Less was an awesome character to follow, and Austin was an awesome character to swoon over. I would definitely recommend this series.

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