I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Rachel Harris' upcoming book, A Tale of Two Centuries. A Tale of Two Centuries is the second installment in Rachel's incredible My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series.
A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2)
Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Date Read: July 15, 2013
Genre: YA - Historical / Contemporary
Source: Review Copy from Entangled Teen
From Goodreads:"I do see the real you, Alessandra. And I think I'm falling for the girl I see."
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?
Right from the moment I finished the first installment in this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. For one who really doesn't like historical novels I adore this series. Rachel Harris really does the impossible in this series and makes a unlikely genre for YA fiction into a must-read series.
Alessandra hasn't been the same since her cousin Cat barged into her life from the future. Now stuck in the 16th Century Renaissance Italy with dreams that could only come true in a time other than her own Alessandra is stuck. But when Rayna, the mysterious girl in the gypsy tent who brought Cat to the past appears she knows she is about to get an adventure of her own. Whisked away to the twenty first century Alessandra can live her dream of being an actress. But how long will she be there? And when she meets the infuriating but gorgeous surfer boy Austin, does she want to go? Time is running out for Alessandra and she may have to leave the only place she has ever fit in.
I love love loved this book. I admit that in the beginning I didn't find it as endearing as I did with My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. There was just something more relatable and endearing about a twenty first century character in a sixteenth century time. You could relate with Cat and understand why she was the way she was as it is what we would have been acting like if we were suddenly whisked off to the past. However once I got a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. I loved reading Alessandra's story and her actions, especially at the beginning of the book, really made me laugh. I absolutely adore her and her story was full of awkward humor and who doesn't love that?
I adore Austin. As much as I loved Lorenzo in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century but Austin is my man. I adore him so much. He is arrogant and infuriating and damn right drop dead gorgeous. He is the epitome of the bad boy and I loved him right from the very first moment he came into the book. He is the guy that every girl will want to give him a slap upside the head while wanting to throw themselves at him at the same time.
One thing that I adore about Rachel Harris' books is that her writing style is just so refreshing and great and it makes them such an easy read. You can just get lost in the story without having to think too much about it. I love her writing style and have adored every book of hers I have read, including her Adult Romance novel. I have to say that this is my favourite of Rachel's work so far. It was so easy to just forget the world and everything around you and just get lost in the incredible tale of two times colliding.
A Tale of Two Centuries is a must-read for everyone. It has everything you could possibly want. Time travel, a clash of two centuries that makes it hilarious, a super hot surfer dude, heart-stopping romance and a race against the clock to see what happens. When you are nearing the end you seriously cannot turn the pages... or click the ereader button fast enough. I loved every single moment for it and I cannot wait for the third installment in this series. I want it now!
"I am not without fear, but courage is taking action despite the fear. Knowing what you want, what you are meant to do, and proceeding despite any knots in your stomach or rocks stuck in your throat. It is walking boldly into the unknown with your chin held high... even if it quivers."
Favourite Austin Quotes
Thanks to the ever awesome Flirt Squad for their favourite quotes.
- "What, no comment? No Shakespearean reply?”
- “Careful, girl. You’re playing with fire.”
- "That's some sexy accent you have there," Austin says in a hushed voice - but not that hushed. A few people around us snicker at my evident discomfort, which of course only serves to spur him on more. "Italian, right? Mmm. Sat something else - how do you say blush in Italian?"
- "You want more. Don't you, Princess?"
- "One way or another, Alessandra, I'm yours until you get rid of me."
- "Baby, you’re not the one who needs to change, and definitely not for a chickenshit like me. You’re perfect the way you are, and I’m an asshole for not realizing it sooner.”
- “And I know this isn’t you…though I ain’t gonna lie, this possessive streak of yours is a turn-on.”
- "Baby, I just found you…you really think I’m gonna let her take you away from me?"
- “You know, Princess, I don’t think we need my challenges anymore. I can already tell life with you is going to be adventure enough."
- “Reyna’s holding a ticking clock, and it’s getting louder. It’s so freaking loud it’s like a time bomb, counting the seconds until you’re gonna be forced to choose."
"Keep Calm and Call of Rayna" T-Shirt
Signed Poster of the Cover
Swag Pack, including magnets, bookmarks and "Austin makes me blush" pin
Pastel "Crazy" color hair chalk so they can be like Less
Drama Queen sign
And because Rachel is epically awesome there is a giveaway for an Austin trading card specifically for this blog stop. Want one? Well leave me a comment telling me why.