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- Publisher: Entangled Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 326 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 204mm x 26mm | 340g
- Publication date: 6 August 2013
- Publication City/Country: Fort Collins, CO
- ISBN 10: 1622660129
- ISBN 13: 9781622660124
- Sales rank: 286,322
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?
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Rachel Harris is also the author of "My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century" and the upcoming "Rearview Mirror." When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath ... next to a pile of chocolate.
By Denice Mae 21 Apr 2014
Thank you to Ms. Harris and Entangled Publishing for my copy of this book…
Cover: It’s really beautiful!!!
It must have been really hard for her to live in the 16th century… She has a wild and free spirit but because the society that time doesn’t condone such things, she was forced to suppress it… That’s why it was such a relief for her when she was offered a chance to go to the 21st century, where she can be who she really is…
I am very grateful to him… Without him, Less might not have enjoyed her time in the modern world… She might not have the courage to do those crazy things… Austin is such a great ‘teacher’… And he’s very possessive, but I understand his situation… I also feel bad for him because his father is such an a*****e…
At the beginning, I really wanted to punch the guy who betrayed Less… She’s such a sweet girl! How could he do that? Anyways, what I’m telling you is that, from the start the book captured my attention… Did you know that when I started reading ATOTC I was drowsy and ready to sleep? But then I suddenly woke up because I wanted to read more, and that’s what I did until 2:30 in the morning… That’s how good the book is… It’s actually comparable to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, though I really can’t tell if which one is better… Yes the sequel is very beautiful but the first book in the series always holds a special place in my heart… You know what I mean?
Anyways, I felt that the book was kinda fast especially when you will look at the signs… They appeared quickly, it was like a blink of an eye… Though, if you will look at the whole story it’s not really that fast… I’m not making any sense, am I? Maybe it’s because I wanted more of it…
And then lastly, when they were looking for loopholes, I wanted to cry… I was nervous because I thought that they may not make it in time or they might not see anything… It was such a relief when the story ended happily… Who doesn’t like happy endings anyway?
Overall, I really love this and this is one of my favorite books this year…
By Chrissy 15 Apr 2014
Did I enjoy this book: I really did. It was such a good read. I couldnÃ¢??t put it down.
I loved so much about this story. To start, I felt bad for Less and what she discovered before she left. I liked her traveling to the future. What I really liked was that time wasnÃ¢??t parallel. Less had aged two years, while it had been a mere two months for Cat. That was different for me and I really loved that the Ã¢??littleÃ¢?? cousin was now an equal.
Austin. A great match for Less. I loved that he showed her what life could be likeÃ¢??with adventure and passion. I know they are only 16 or 17, but still. These two. My favorite line: Ã¢??This is Austin.Ã¢?? Tells you everything from what we learn about Austin throughout.
I liked the pace of A Tale of Two Centuries. It moved. It had me hooked. It made me happy, giddy, anxious. IÃ¢??m sorry if this review is a bit jumpy, cryptic, not thorough, whatever. I donÃ¢??t want to spoil anything as many of my favorite parts would spoil the most wonderful parts of the book.
Bottom line: A Tale of Two Centuries is a wonderful read that I will definitely revisit again in the future. I canÃ¢??t wait to read My Not So Super Sweet Life.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely! Be sure to read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century first.
By Myra White 10 Dec 2013
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.
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"Beauty is sometimes hidden under a veil of tragedy."
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 Ellen Gault 21 Aug 2013
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.
Praise for "My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century" "Light and charming, this debut novel will appeal to those who want to leave the real world behind for a while." -- "SLJ" "Harris' debut is a knockout. Her characters are charming and wonderfully entertaining, and they're set in a unique amd well-defined world that will capture your imagination from the very first page." -- "RT Book Reviews" "A fun, romantic romp ... a totally fun and totally satisfying read." -- Lisa T. Bergren, author of the River of Time series