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“Fun exploration of a different time period. Some serious moments, some light-hearted. Curious to see where story will go.”Read Junkee wrote this review Sunday, November 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was cute but again too young!”janealexandra wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thumbs up on this. Very entertaining, fun, and different! I really enjoyed how the author put this together.”Lauren wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a fun read and clean. I have missed that in my ebooks. The author writes a believable time passage book and helps you see what life could be in another time. I liked going online to see the paintings and sculptures that she mentions. Who doesn't fall in love with Michelangelo's David?”reading4fun wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was pretty cool, i like how the character got to visit with her ancestors. It was such a cute book but in all honesty, it was too young for me. ”~♥~Alex Renner(Daughter of Jeremy Renner)~Wes Stromberg is my boyfriend~Exams are done! I made it!~♥~ wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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"Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you."
About The Book:
Cat Crawford is the daughter of an actress with problems with fidelity and tends to be in all the gossip tabloids. Everyone expects her to be like her mother, expecting something crazy going on with her, but instead their find a boring version of her mother. So that's why she needs to be perfect all the time, trying to avoid being her mother.
However, her mother is not her only problem. Her soon-to-be-stepmother is. Her insistence in organizing her a big sweet sixteen party that will be on MTV is and the fact that she changed her father is even more frustrating.
But being in Florence as a gift from her father after her diabolical sweet sixteen party is calming Cat's nerves, so she has promised to embrace every bit of the Italian magic that the city offers. What wasn't expecting is that a part of that magic would make her wake up in the sixteenth century in her mother's ancestors house.
As Patiente D'Angeli, she meets sweet Alessandra, Less as she nicknames her, Less' protective brother, Cipriano and Cip's best friend and gorgeous italian artist, Lorenzo. Cat brings a spark that only a girl from the twenty first century could bring to this unusual group of friends and they end up learning a lot about her.
However Cat also learns a lot from her adventure. Like when Niccolo appears in the D'Angeli house asking to marry Patience, she cannot run away. She cannot choose to stay with the boy she loves or choose not to marry and that party that she was willing to scape in the twenty first century seems to have followed her to the sixteenth and with much worse consequences than being on the MTV.
""I do not know what a dude is, but the gentleman in question is Lorenzo, Cipriano's best friend." She glances back at the boys, now visible again. "He is an impressive artist, and he comes from one of the wealthiest families in all of Florence."
Right now, I need to recover from the sadness Rachel Harris put me in. I'm not saying I didn't like the book, I loved it, but my heart aches for Cat.
What Rachel Harris did was a wonderful job. She wrote a time travel story, describing perfectly the details of the life in the sixteenth century without leaving a twenty first century spark in it. It's the first time travel story that my heart is aching for.
At first, we see a glimpse of Cat's life in the twenty first century. Both her parents famous, her mother a little bit more for her scandalous life, she's trapped with playing the role of perfect daughter. She doesn't want to be like her mother and be in the tabloid with a new scandal every day, so she measures her movements to the millimeter, always searching for the paparazzi. And adding to her dramatic life, her father has a new girlfriend, soon-to-be-stepmother that has changed her father making Cat wonder If he's still her father.
Then, in her sixteenth century life, she lives and adventure as promised by the gypsy girl. She rocks the world of the sixteenth characters as well as they leave an unmistakable mark in her. It's nice to see how she tries to convince Less to pursue her dreams in her mind, without thinking she's the evil or she's sinning. She also makes her now serious cousin to smile and makes womanizer Lorenzo to fall for her like she is the air he needs to breathe to survive. But also she learns how to make friends and the value of having them and she learns that her life could be worse, that she could be actually in Patience's skin forever: live in the shadow of her husband and forced to marry a man that she doesn't love at the young age of sixteen.
As for the other characters that Cat meets in her journey, there's her cousin Alessandra, Less. She's sweet, noble and a good person. She's the kind of person I would like to have as family or as a friend. She has big dreams, not appropriate for the century she lives in, and Cat brings her the courage that she needs to achieve it, only if it means for one evening and surrounded by her friends. Although we do not have the pleasure to read from her point of view, at least not in this book, we get the feeling that she admires Cat, her bravery and her indomitable and strange attitude.
Cipriano is another type of character. It shows what the duty of the man of the house was in that century and that not always they got the jobs of their dreams. He's sad and serious for having to leave Florence to work elsewhere, and the presence of Cat brings the spark that he missed. We really like him. Specially when he laughs at Cat when Nicolo asks her if she sings. I was laughing a lot in that scene.
And we cannot forget lovely and womanizer Lorenzo. The attraction he and Cat felt for each other was instantaneous, but was not the desperate one. Although he's known to make all the girls fall in love with him and then dump them, changes the instant Cat tries not to fall for him. However, I personally think that he really starts to consider not being able to live without her the moment Cat tells him he's also an artist. That was like watching an insta-connection between the two of them.
With lots of fun in the story, like reading a conversation where the sixteenth century people try to talk words from the twenty first century or when Cat sings in front of an audience, and the mix of romance and adventure were the scenes that made this book so catchy.
It was a fascinating experience to be in Rachel Harris' sixteenth century story. With a dose of Renaissance culture, an artist stroke, true love and a little bit of gypsy magic, Rachel Harris wrote a wonderful, captivating and "not able to stop reading" story that would make you have no regrets by reading it.
This is why we are giving this magical story a five gorjuss dolls.”
“This is a great story about a young girl with a bit of a messed up life and not very happy. She enters a tent with a gypsy and ends up in the 16th century and has quite an adventure. She learns to open up and make friends, she finds love and most of all she learns that you can't always control everything in your life, but that, that is what makes life exciting. I thought I was reading a stand alone, but then ending leads into another story and I am looking forward to what this story will bring. I love the writing the the descriptions of the 16 century with the clothes and customs and art. The characters are lovable and believable and I felt like I was really there experiencing everything.”Veray C wrote this review Saturday, June 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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A time travel novel written for young adults. I did not think the writing style was strong enough to cross over for adult readers. I think there are other books in this genre that have a more polished writing style (Bergren's River of Time series and Kerstin Geir's Ruby Red series both come to mind), but overall it was a good book with a positive look at how self-protection keeps us from love and true friendship. ”
“ “Caterina, a great adventure is in store for you.”
In a day and age where stories about Vampires, Werewolves and Falling Angels are wildly accepted, I know that my following suggestion will seem a bit daft but here it goes...
Suspension of Disbelief: A willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.
Get to know this definition and love this definition. You really won't be able to read and enjoy this book without going into it just the acceptance of everything that is happening. Caterina, Cat to everybody, finds herself transported back to the Sixteenth Century by a gypsy she meets in Florence. She doesn't speak Italian before she goes to the past but once there she understands and speaks it perfectly. She finds it hard to not speak in her 21st Century slang but passes this off as being from London where things are different. It is all very Big (the Tom Hank's movie from the 80's) but if you go in with an open mind you will find it enjoyable and a really good read.
“Powers that be, powers of three, let Caterina's destiny be all that I see.”
The time spent in Sixteenth Century Florence was fun. Cat is a huge lover of Renaissance art so this timeframe is perfect for her and she even gets to meet one of her favorite artists. The person whose body she has taken over is Patience D'Angeli and she soon discovers that the family she is staying with are actually her ancestors. Cat does a lot of growing up as the story progresses and is able to make some decisions that will affect her own life, the one back in the 21st Century.
Her Sixteenth Century surrogate family are lovely. Her aunt and uncle were sweet but my absolute favorites were her cousins, Cipriano and Alessandra. Cipriano becomes quite protective of Cat and Alessandra easily becomes a close friend and they even call each other sister. Cat does not allow herself to get close to others in her 'real life' so the feelings she starts to have for them takes her by surprise.
Of course no young adult book would be complete without a love story and this does not disappoint. Cat quickly begins to have feelings for a local artist and friend of the family, his name is Lorenzo Cappelli. He was so very sweet. I am sure the setting had a lot to do with how much of a gentleman he was and how sweet their interactions were with each other. He falls for Patience/Cat hard and is willing to change his entire life in order to be with her... so swoonworthy.
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is the first in the series and the second book, A Tale of Two Centuries, is due to be published in August 2013. I have to be honest when I had got to around 80% I really could not see how it was going to end or even carry on with another book but then the end came and I was pleasantly surprised with a bit of a twist. Cliffhanger? Yes! But it was a fun one and left me very much wanting to carry on with Cat's story.
“Lorenzo gently places his hands on either side of my face, lowering his head to stare directly into my eyes. His voice is barely above a whisper as he says, "Patience D'Angeli-Cat-you are my dream now.”
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