Review: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

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?

I received this book from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to review it!

A Tale of Two Centuries picks up two years after Cat of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century returned to her life in the twenty-first century, leaving behind her “cousin” Alessandra. Alessandra is hoping for a betrothal to Matteo, a good match for her and for her family, but her hopes are dashed when Matteo suddenly marries a wealthy widow. He doesn’t even bother to tell her himself!

Distraught, Alessandra wanders the streets until she meets Reyna, the gypsy woman who sent Cat to the 16th century and back, and almost before she knows it, Less is on her own time travel adventure. It’s not long before she discovers that while it’s been two years to her, it’s only been two months to Cat. Though she was two years younger than Cat in Renaissance Italy, in twenty-first century California, she and Cat are now the same age.

One of the best parts of time travel books is reading about the character adapting to her new century, whether it’s someone leaving behind modern day comforts as Cat did in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century or someone discovering strange new ways of travel, speech, and entertainment like Less does here.

When we arrive at the front row, she tugs down the bouncy bottom of a dark blue chair. She takes her seat and waits for me to do the same. With a grin, I pull my own chair bottom down, and then on a whim release my hold, watching it snap back up. I bite my lip to contain my laughter. Life here is filled with hidden amusements.

I can’t help comparing A Tale of Two Centuries to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. While I was lukewarm on Cat and Lorenzo, I loved Less and Austin here. Austin is a much more interesting character than Lorenzo, and I also like Less better than Cat. She’s just so full of enthusiasm and life, and seemingly has no fear. All of that in her had been suppressed in the sixteenth century, so Less is learning about herself too. A little hesitant at first because of the strict rules of her upbringing, Less soon throws herself into experiencing everything that she can: acting (her true passion, discovered in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century), riding roller coasters, dyeing her hair, watching Scooby-Doo, learning to surf, kissing.

Less is definitely the main character in this one, but there’s also a side story for Cat. It was nice to see her storyline progress and to see her interacting with people from her own time. She still has some unresolved issues with her parents that I expect to see explored in the future. Future books, I mean, not another time travel journey for her!

If you haven’t read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, read that one first to get an introduction to these characters, then read A Tale of Two Centuries. And get excited because I just checked out the blog at rachelharriswrites.com and she’s posted that she’s working on the THIRD book in this series titled My Not So Super Sweet Life. Sounds like a girly title to me, but I’m still hoping for a Cipriano book. Rachel Harris is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I’m going to have to check out her adult book while I wait for My Not So Super Sweet Life.


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