My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1)

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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1)
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Release Date
September 18, 2012
ISBN
9781620611357
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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.

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?

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Fun Time Travel Romp in 1500s Italy
(Updated: September 20, 2012)
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4.0
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4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Cat Crawford might be the daughter of a big name Hollywood director but she doesn’t really care for the spotlight. But her soon to be stepmother wants to throw Cat this huge sixteenth birthday party for MTV. Cat wants nothing to do with the party or her future stepmother. While visiting Florence, Italy, Cat stumbles into a gypsy who has her go back in time to early 1500s. Seems maybe an ancestor also had some things she was avoiding.

There's so much to love about this novel. I'm a huge fan of time travel novel and if done right, they rock big time. This story does and has the added bonus of traveling back in time to one country dear to my heart. I'm a fourth generation Italian American and love any stories that show me the culture in rich detail!

The author shows us just enough backstory to get a glimpse into Cat's world before she's thrown back in time. There's more to her than just the spoiled rich girl. Cat isn’t what some might think of a director’s daughter. She goes out of her way to avoid the spotlight. She wants nothing to be like her movie star estranged mother, who left her when she was young.

Right off the bat the reader senses there is a reason why Cat goes back to this time period. While in the past, Cat finds out she’s Patience D’Angeli, an orphan who goes to live with her aristocratic uncle, aunt, and cousins. I liked how Cat finds that even though she might be from the future, her ancestors share the similar concerns and worries.

Loved all the details the author shows readers with 1500s Florence, Italy. Some little details include the law of sumptuary that kept commoners from imitating the aristocracy. Cat finds this out the hard way when she tries to ‘share’ one of her gorgeous gowns with her servant. Also how much the church at the time influenced everything including women not acting on stage. Or the thought of the time that public bathing contributed to the spread of the plague.

It's also fun to see Cat meet some famous people. One such person is the artist, Michelangelo, right after he finished scrupling the now famous statue David.

There’s also a hint of Romeo and Juliet intrigue when she falls under the spell of hawt Lorenzo. The romance here is sweet and the forbidden aspect adds to this tale.


Other characters also add to this story: Alessandra, the sweet, shy cousin who has an actress heart, Ciprano, the quiet cousin who helps with the escapees of Cat and Lorenzo. Niccolo, the middle aged man who schemes to wed her and break up her and Lorenzo up. And of course the mean girl, Antonia, who goes out of her way to make Cat look bad.

Sweet romance that sweeps you back to Renaissance Italy. A lighter YA that will appeal to romance fans with its hint of Romeo/Juliet intrigue wrapped up in time travel suspense. There’s a hint of a sequel at the end. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Good Points
1. Hint of a Romeo and Juliet intrigue wrapped up in time travel suspense
2. Sweet romance that sweeps you to Renaissance Italy
3. Fun details of 1500s Florence, Italy
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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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One of my favorites! Read it now!!
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I absolutely loved this book! I am usually not a fan of time travel books simply because I don't like sci-fi type of books. However, this is one time travel book that I could not put down. This is because it is written as more of a cute story for teens today. I really liked that this book took place during the Renaissance in Italy. I think that was an awesome time period, and it was cool to see how Rachel really incorporated it into the book. It made me want to go back in time!! Especially to get to see Lorenzo. Oh Lorenzo. You made me jealous of Cat. I loved their interactions with each other and how they may have been normal for the 21st century, but not the 16th century. Watching Cat figure out the proper way to do things was hilarious to me. I did not think about how many things would be so completely different. Things that we take for granted like toothpaste. So funny! My favorite part of the book was probably after Cat came back to the 21st century. I absolutely loved the way Rachel tied in the two stories! And the ending!! I cannot wait for the second book now!!
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Super sweet!!!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
This is the debut novel by author Rachel Harris, and I must say its an awesome start! I liked this book right off the bat. I think that the cover is so fitting and funny at the same time once you have read that book. When I read the book blurb I fell in love the storyline. It would be so awesome to travel back in time. Especially to the renaissance period (big dresses). Plus I thought that it was hilarious about how there was the My Super Sweet 16 Spoof of the MTV show.
I really enjoyed the characters. I loved Cat, other then I find that she accepted the time travel too readily, where I would have been pooping my pants. Also she was worried about getting home for a small period then forgot all about home For most of the book. I wished that we had learned more about Cat's mom. I found Reyna to be super mysterious, and hopefully we learn more about her in the future.then there was Lorenzo (swoon). How hot is he. I loved his player reputation. But he was also sweet and romantic. I'm just sad that things between him and Cat had to end. :(
Then Rachel leaves me hanging on a cliff lol with the ending!!! Can't wait for the next book!!!!
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A Super Sweet Read!
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4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Within the first few lines I loved Cat. I thought she was funny, smart and had just the right amount of snarkiness (don't think that's a proper word but I'm sticking with it) thrown in. I loved her attitude at the beginning but watching the subtle changes and her growth throughout the book made me love her even more.

A lot of the quotes throughout the book made me giggle but one in particular really amused me. 'I stare at the door waiting for Miley Cyrus to come barreling in, singing tunelessly about our pasts being the key to our futures.' I have nothing against Miley Cyrus, but that just cracked me up.

I really liked Cat's first meeting with Lorenzo, mainly because Lorenzo is a total babe and any scene with him is good! I love that upon meeting Lorenzo, Cat immediately decides he's a 16th century player and resolves not to let his charms affect her. Well that lasts all of 30 seconds, and I cannot blame Cat, my resolve would've weakened about 30 seconds earlier than that!

I really liked all the characters in this book, even the not-so-nice ones. They were all well thought out and even those characters I only met briefly were brilliantly written, I got a good feel of who they were, even from a few short lines. I loved all the characters and was totally swooning over Lorenzo, but I had a real soft spot for Alessandra. She was soft and demure but I thought she had spunk! Plus her name is absolutely gorgeous and she's a real sweetheart. I cannot wait for Rachel's next book if not for the brilliant writing then just to meet Alessandra again.

I thought this book was amazing. The cover was gorgeous and Rachel weaved a mystical tale full of mystery and wonder; it also taught me some really cool things about Italy and it's art. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century took me on a magical journey through renaissance Italy, told a brilliant tale of love and left me begging for more.
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The characters were amazing! I especially loved Alessandra but they were all written beautifully!
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My Sweet Super Swoon!
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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
I love time travel.
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I received My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris from DAC ARC Tours for an honest review.

I first heard about this book because I was on the cover reveal for the book and I loved the cover! But even before I saw the cover I read the synopsis and loved it because it's about time travel! and ever since I read Elle Strauss' books about time travel I've loved that genre!

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is about a girl named Cat who is going on a trip to Florence, Italy with her dad and her step mother. She is really annoyed about having to spend time with her step mother because she really doesn't like her and also because her stepmother is trying to throw her a sweet sixteen party that she doesn't want at all. So one afternoon while Cat is exploring by herself she walks into a gypsy tent and when she comes out, she's in the sixteenth century!

Cat was an awesome character to get to know, I thought when she walked into a totally different time frame she'd freak out and shut down but she didn't she was having the time of her life. This was everything she'd ever wanted to be able to explore Florence back in the day she just didn't know that this trip is to help her learn some very needed lessons.

My favorite character had to be Alessandra because she was so enthusiastic. Usually I don't like those kinds of people but in this case I thought she was pretty cool. I liked her even more after Cat told her, her whole life story and Less didn't go running away. Less is short for Alessandra by the way.

Lastly for characters there is Lorenzo! I loved that he was supposedly a "player" but when he set eyes on Cat she was the only thing he wanted. I wish we could have seen a little bit more from him but what happens in the end makes up for it!

One thing I didn't like was that some of the parts weren't too necessary like when Cat was learning about all the paintings in the tour, that part seemed to run on forever and I found myself yawning constantly. I feel like there could have been a little less information about all the paintings.

But overall I did give the book a 4 out of 5 stars because I love time travel and this plot was just really interesting!
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Light and Enjoyable
(Updated: September 18, 2012)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Lively and funny, “My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century” is a pick-me-up read for anyone who is feeling a little blue or like they’ve been reading too many murder mysteries or dystopians. It’s the story of soon-to-be-sixteen-year-old Hollywood teen, Caterina Crawford. She is plagued by the reputations of her famous parents, her over-friendly stepmother who wants to throw her an undesired mega MTV Super Sweet Sixteen party, and her own need to control everything around her. As a treat for Cat, she, her dad and her stepmom-to-be go to Italy, where Cat’s mother’s family is originally from. Cat goes off to soak up the sights of Italy on her own, enters in a gypsy’s tent on a whim and then finds herself in 16th century Italy in full Renaissance garb. At first Cat is excited about the spell but soon she learns that it’s not as temporary as she thought. Which is totally not cool when you have no idea how to get home. Cat learns valuable life lessons in friendship, family and love as she navigates the 16th century.

This is a very cute, light story but it also has deeper messages that some teens will really be able to relate to. Cat is dealing with an absent mother and a father whose is now dividing his attention between her and his fiancé; Cat also wants nothing to do with her stepmom-to-be and wants to go back to being just her and her dad. Universal themes such as family and freedom can be found in this book, but Harris resists being pedantic or dull with great success. Cat is a very good main character, easy to enjoy and be sympathetic toward, and I think she reacts to her problems and the situation in a realistic manner. The rest of the cast of characters are somewhat predictable, but I like all of them, besides creepy Niccolo. But that’s what Niccolo is there for: the ick factor. I wish we could have gotten to see more of Cipriano, since I think he is interesting with his double nature: standoffish to strangers but warm and open with friends. The settings were wonderfully described, and Harris uses all of the five senses to bring the Renaissance alive for the reader.

This is an awesome light read where you can let your mind go and enjoy the antics of modern-day Cat in Renaissance Italy. It offers tidbits of historical culture, clothing and cuisine, so I think it’s great for teenage girls who have a fascination with the Renaissance Period as well as anyone who wants to pick up an enjoyable, quick book.

Thank you to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for letting me read the ARC of this book!
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A rare mixture of time-travel and chick-lit!
(Updated: August 26, 2012)
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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Thank you Heather Riccio for the ARC. :)

The author has an excellent way with words.I read the entire story in one sitting(I seem to be doing that a lot nowadays) and no matter how hard I tried,I couldn't take my eyes of the kindle until I finally finished the last page.(I know,it sounds as if I'm in love with my kindle but you know what I mean) and because of this,I had to listen to a lot of gibberish from my mom about how I'm ruining my eyesight by reading on the kindle all day.The ending was a total cliffhanger,and nowhere near how I expected it to be.Plus,I never thought that I could ever put time-travel and chick-lit in the same room without causing conflict,since the things that pop into my mind when I think about time-travel are sci-fi stuff.You know,time-travel machines,spaceships,flying cars,alien invasions,and other crazy stuff of that sort.But Rachel Harris showed me otherwise. ;)

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is a wonderful read for any teenage girl,or any adult woman who's young at heart.(like the author herself :))It has its share of humour and romance,along with a hot Italian guy from the sixteenth century which makes up the whole package.(Yum!^^)While reading this book you'll laugh and swoon at the same time,so much that you won't be able to tell which is which.And let's not forget about Cat's pathetic attempt to fit in to the elite society of renaissance Italy which is bound to make you laugh so hard that your cheeks will start hurting.Even if you're not into chick-lit much,My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is absolutely worth a shot.
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