by Rachel Harris
Published by Entangled Teen on August 6, 2013
Genres: Young Adult
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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 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?
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!!