I received this book for free from blog tours, NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Published by Entangled Teen on September 11th, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: blog tours, NetGalley
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be 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.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
In my reading experience I haven’t given much thought to reading historical fiction so once this tour was open I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I signed up because I absolutely enjoyed this book. I’ve always enjoyed stories where the main character has to travel in time to learn a lesson. This was no exception. I love the writing, and the dialogue. She sounded exactly how a teenager talks and even thinks. Rachel Harris has her nieces to thank because she acknowledges them in her thank you page. So thank you for Rachel for doing that. It brought me back to the days of my teen years minus the colloquialisms they used I still managed to understand them.
I love how Cat was dropped into the simple world of Florence when the renaissance age came alive. Italy sounds gorgeous even in the 1500’s. Here women were to be wed at age sixteen and I found it hilarious with Cat’s modern thinking. Especially with her witty comebacks and modern vocabulary. Her two cousins were just so sweet and I seriously loved Cat’s love interest. He seemed like the bad boy heart breaker at first but underneath that hottie exterior is a heart of gold.
I just have to say thank you Rachel for not making this your typical love triangle. It was refreshing and polished. The ending wasn’t typical and I admire you in not giving the characters exactly what they want. Although the ending was definitely a cliffhanger, now it just makes me more impatient for the next one. I’m so glad it’s not a stand-alone book and there’s going to be more of Cat!