AUTHOR: Rachel Harris
GENRE: YA Fiction | Romance | Historic Fiction | 16th Century
SETTING(S) : Florence, Italy 1505 and Hollywood, CA 2013
SUBJECT: Time Travel | Sixteenth Century Society | Romance
MAIN CHARACTERS: Caterina Angeli Crawford (Cat), Alessandra D’Angeli/ Forlani (Less), Reyna (Gypsy), Jenna, Mr. Crawford, Francesca D’Angeli, Marco D’Angeli, Cipriano D’Angeli, Lorenzo Cappelli, Antonia Stefani, Niccolo de Rialto, Austin Michaels, Lucas Cappelli, Kendal Williams and Hayley.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY SUMMARY: 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. Continue…
A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES SUMMARY: 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. Continue…
MY REVIEW: Both books kept me engage to the point that I finished reading them each within two weeks. Both books answer the question on how a 21st century teen would survive in a 16th century world as well as how a 16th century teen would survive ours.
I loved that the first book introduced teens to a new era outside of their own with cell phones and indoor pluming. Particular for us girls. Several things have changed for the past 50 years. It was not so long ago that men and boys received an education while it was acceptable that women maintain the house and had children. The question how did we survive so long and what would it be like to marry for connections and not for love. Many of us can not even grasp that concept when we live in a world of feeling and marring for love. What it would be like to live in a world of rules and marriages that were determined by connections, money and power. In some ways there are some societies that still live that way.
Vs. the next book discuss how a 16th century teen who got a taste of our 21st century ways, ideas and technology. How they may survive our century and how it could change them. I liked the first novel of the series vs. I was not to crazy with the second one. It was more about Alessandra becoming a wild teen and having her adventure vs. her trying to survive our time. I thought the author did not embrace the ideas and behavior that Alessandra would of have being a 16th century teen. I think should would have reacted differently to different situation which might of caused a different out look. This does not mean that second book did not have a great plot it just was not as much of a historical fiction novel as much as the first one was.