A Tale of Two Centuries (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Tale of Two Centuries This second installment in Rachel Harris' YA series is enjoyable for ages 15 and up. Harris is a proud member of Yalitchat.org, The Houston YA/MG writer's group, The YA Sisterhood, and Delta Kappa Writer.
- Published: 06 August 2013
- Format: Paperback 326 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781622660124 ISBN 10: 1622660129
- Sales rank: 157,984
Reviews for A Tale of Two Centuries
A Gorgeous Tale!
When I reviewed the first book in the series last year, I gave it a 5/5, sadly for this book.. there isn't a higher rating than that to give! This book was just as good as the first, and as I'd already built a relationship with a few of the characters, it may have even been better!
There are many obvious similarities between MSSSC and ATOTC such as the characters, the time travel, and the sexy men, but where the first book focused on Cat, this book's main characetr was Alessandra who just so happened to be my favourite character from MSSSC! Alessandra was such an amazing person and character and it was so much fun watching her grow and change in this book.
In this book, we watched Alessandra try to understand and fit into the 21st century, five centuries later than when she was actually born. It was amusing watching her try to grasp concepts that just come naturally to us, such as contractions ('I'm', 'isn't', 'couldn't', etc.) and you could feel her joy when she managed to achieve something new. The scenes between her and Austin were thick with emotions, and I think I found myself blushing just as much as Alessandra did!
I think a factor in why I enjoyed this book so much was that I've gotten to know how sweet and kind Rachel Harris is, through various social media interactions so I can really feel all the effort and time she's put into her books. Her darling personality coupled with the fantastic story & writing, makes for a wonderful, wonderful book! The only real problem I had with it was that it was too short! I mean it's 320 pages, so fairly decently sized, and the story was perfectly paced and was wonderful and everything, but I was so entranced by this book that anything less than 10,000 pages is too, too short! (Seriously, if I could live in this book I would, and not just for the hot guys ;) )
I could go on and on about this book, it's just so good! But I don't think I could really do it justice. If you like the first book then you will definitely love this, in fact, I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this book! It is just a joy to read, filled with so much emotion and a strong message about finding yourself and following your heart. This is just a terrific book with the perfect amount of romance, fun and magic. Simply put, I loved it.
*I received an e-arc of this book free in exchange for my honest review. by Myra White
A Sweet, Funny and Lovely Story
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About The Book:
Alessandra D'Angeli is suffering from a broken heart. She misses her cousin from the twenty first century and she has occupied her time by searching for a man to marry while Lorenzo, Cat's lover, since she's no longer with them, has occupied his time with his passion: art. But when Alessandra's soon-to-proposed boyfriend, proposes a widow woman, she feels betrayed. Not just for the man he thought shared something precious with, but with fate. Why her? Why cannot she be like her brave cousin and live adventures and be free like her?
And like wishing upon a star, the gypsy magic that brought Cat to the sixteenth century, now brings Alessandra to the twenty first century where she finds metal carriages without horses, strange people with very rude manners and something called "bucks". Not to talk about the fact that she's wearing man trousers!
Being in the twenty first century may be confusing, new and strange for Cat, however what she finds more amusing in this new time is one infuriating and annoying boy called Austin Michaels. Handsome, troublesome and rebel, Austin Michaels might bring the worst of Cat, but when they make a pact, Cat starts to life by her own rules for the first time. Not caring what others may think, not caring what is appropriate for a respectable lady and not caring that she may be showing her ankles too much.
Why would she want to return to a time when she's not understood and she cannot pursue her dream: become an actress?
When Less' starts to run out of time, she will need to decide if she wants to stay and why, because If you does not stay she would not only lose her dream, be an actress, but the love of her life.
When we thought that Rachel Harris could not do a better job, she writes this wonderful story about Alessandra D'Angeli, a character from My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series that we already loved.
As you can guess we really liked this character and having a adventurous and romantic story about her was all it took to stop all our reading and start with this second book in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series.
We have a confession to make, and it's that we even liked this book more than the first one. Probably for the different ending and that Less' impressions are much more funnier.
This time we have again a gypsy time travel event who sends Less to Cat's time. If you thought that Cat's story, trying to fit into Less' time was funny and romantic. Wait to read this book. Because reading Less' point of view of our new modern world is just hilarious.
I couldn't stop laughing the firsts chapters. Seeing her reaction when she appears in LA was worth reading it and when she finds herself with "man trousers"? Not to spoil all the fun, but she is hilarious when she takes a taxi for the first time. When she doesn't know how to open the door of the steel carriage or how she thinks that twenty bucks means to give the taxi driver some sort of animal.
I have to say it again: I think that Less' story is way too much funnier than Cat's. Because I think that Cat's story was more about finding love and trying to accept the perks in her life. However Less' story is more of living and adventure and freeing herself from her sixteenth century's bindings that controlled her.
Her discoveries and adaptation to our world is one of the steps the main characters has to struggle with, although it bring us, readers, an funny entertainment.
Her collision with a character like Austin, what we could call a free spirit, was imminent and helps the character free herself. It's nice to see their collision. Howe Less is annoyed by Austin actions, so she does something about it. That brings Austin' attention to the new girl who tries to be perfect and act according what others think it's the best behavior.
He's not far from wrong, so he challenges her, making Less' journey a far more adventurous one that she has previously thought.
Like their relationship, Less' adaptation to our world is a gradual progression. You see how she struggles with everything and how she tries to spent her time in the twenty first century doing what she always wanted to do: act. Thanks to Cat's dad she does an audition to a Shakespeare's play, think that would help her hide her old language, and she gets to live her dream.
But Austin makes her dream more. Big dreams, step by step, that challenges all her beliefs and education and that bring the two teens together creating a wonderful bond: true love.
A scene that I liked the most was when Less dyes her hair to an rainbow color of hair. I laugh a lot and she looked like a little kid, happy and excited by the things and opportunities that are in this time. And that Austin is the person that makes her happy.
It's also nice to read about characters from the first book like Cat and Luke and see a little sneak peek of Lorenzo, too. In this book we see how Cat is afraid to love Luke the way she loved Lorenzo, feeling like she is betraying him and then feeling like this is the real thing, that there's no time to screw this up, because the gypsy magic won't take her to another time.
The main character helps her by trying to open her eyes. Now Less brings a little bit of knowledge to the cousin that brought the dreams and possibilities to the sixteenth century.
It was a relieve to read a different end from the first book. I was so heart broken after reading the first book that I was afraid to read this one. But Rachel Harris lets Less have her happy ending, an ending that makes worth reading this book. It was such a sweeping, wonderful and beautiful ending that I could hide my smile.
And about Austin? What can we say, Book Addicts. We love him. He's the perfect guy: charming, lovable, cocky, free from society rules and handsome. He would do anything to be with Less and he's not scared by the not-so-beliving tale about time travel and gypsy magic thing. He's the perfect guy for Less and we are truly happy to read about their story.
Rachel Harris creates a wonderful story, about time travel, new opportunities, passion, courage and finding true love. I am so madly in love with this book that I cannot give another rating than five gorjuss dolls. I would give more, but I'm afraid that I can't.
We strongly recommend this book to fans of Rachel Harris' books and to those readers who love time travel stories, romance stories and mostly all other readers. Because A Tale Of Two Centuries is a novel that you cannot miss. Not only because it will captive you, make you want to read until the last page or make you love this sweet story about true love across time. But because you would want more!
"I've always believed, Austin," I tell him. "At first, I believed solely in the power of destiny and fate. Then, magic. But I've learned during these past few days that there is something even more powerful than those things." Austin raises an eyebrow, and I grin. "Choice. True happiness is something we create ourselves with our own choices: whom we want to be with, whom we let into our world, and how we choose to spend what little time we are given in this world. And I, Alessandra D'Angeli Forlani, (...) choose you." by TUABFC
Such a fun book
The year is 1507. Alessandra (Less) D'Angeli was forever changed two years prior when her cousin from the 21st century, Cat, came and spent a week with Less and her family in Italy. In her mind, life as Alessandra knew it no longer existed, especially since she was introduced to Cat and the small part of her world she brought with her. She longed for more than life had to offer her where she was at. Cat taught her so many things about life, love, passion, and fun, and gave her a fleeting and exciting glimpse at what she dreamed of doing, becoming and actress, something that is never going to happen in her time. She longs to see Cat again and visit the 21st century, and it just so happens that Alessandra gets her wish. Suddenly, she finds herself in Beverly Hills knocking on Cat's door. Needless to say, Cat can't believe it. They formulate a cover story and Less soon finds her self thrust into the center of what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century, drama and all that goes along with it, and it is a little harder to accept than she thought. On the first day of school, she has a run-in with the school's bad boy, Austin Michaels. She is completely infuriated with him, yet strangely finds herself extremely attracted to him at the same time. Meanwhile, Cat is helping her to realize her acting dreams, as well as teaching her how a 21st century teenager would act. Then when Austin makes her a deal she can't refuse, things really getting interesting. There is one big problem, however... can Less and those she has come to care about handle things when it is time for her to go back home?
A Tale of Two Centuries is absolutely a delightful story. I loved getting to know the characters in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, and it was also great meeting the new characters in A Tale of Two Centuries. I loved Alessandra's character and it was so much fun watching her adapt to life in the 21st century. I also really enjoyed seeing what what going on with Cat, and how things were progressing with the Italian hottie, Lucas. Then there is the new hottie, Austin Michaels, who is just my kind of guy. He's cocky, has the whole bad boy persona going on, tends to be smug, and just oozes with hotness, but he also has his his own secrets and hurts from the past that have colored his choices and made him the way he is. It was great watching the relationship between Alessandra and Austin develop. He's a pretty take charge guy to, and very protective of Less, while at the same time challenging her to be and do all that he knows she is capable of. Rachel Harris did a great job of writing the different scenarios that this group of friends found themselves in, which were funny, entertaining and romantic. A Tale of Two Centuries is a wonderful sequel to this enchanting series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the way the book ended to, which I thought was was very well done. I am looking forward to seeing the direction that Rachel Harris takes these characters and their story in with the next book in the series, My Not So Super Sweet Life. by Ellen Gault
So cute and fun
This book was really cute and it was a lot of fun to read. It's a real fish out of water story in many ways, with Alessandra coming from the 16th century and having to adapt to all things modern. It also contains an adorable romance which starts out as an antagonistic relationship, but quickly becomes mutual respect/admiration. This leads to a lot of very cute scenes as Austin introduces Less to things like amusement parks and surfing.
I loved seeing the Cat/Less dynamic back in place in this book, and also seeing what's been going on in Cat's life since she returned home. I loved how much Cat supported her cousin and encouraged her in her acting. This book is really about finding your passion, and the things that makes you you.
If you're looking for a fun read, I would definitely recommend this one. I always look forward to reading Rachel Harris's works, and I already can't wait to check out the next book written by her. by Ashley @ Book Labyrinth