Author: Rachel Harris
Book One in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Series
Publication Date: September 11th 2012
Edition Read: eGalley
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 its 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?
I received a copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.
MY OVERVIEW: An interesting time travel book. There was a lot about this book that I liked, and some things that I didn’t. I really wish the main character had been more likeable. You didn’t sympathize with her as much as you should have.
PROS: I really liked Alessandra. Her character was fantastic. I also loved the setting. The author really made some of the differences between what we think of when we hear sixteenth century Florence vs what it was probably like. We don’t think of arranged marriages and women needing chaperones everywhere they went. The setting was perfect!
CONS: Unfortunately, my biggest con was Cat. I just didn’t connect with her. Part of me was thinking “oh get over yourself – you are rich, so what do you care” but then the other part of me was seeing another side of “rich and famous”. It was just frustrating when you have a character who can afford all this stuff and saying “no, I don’t want that.” When there are plenty of people out there who can’t afford it and would love to live even one day in her shoes.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, very interesting story. Not the best I have read, but not the worst either. The author ended the book where I will be reading the next one to see what happens.