Saturday, 25 August 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour



Welcome to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Shane at Itching for books that stops here today!!!


Synopsis

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 it 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?

Review

The concept and storyline that the synopsis brought to mind was very inviting and had me itching to read this book. But when I started reading I was laughing and gripped wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Combining American present day habits and Italian renaissance culture was an amzing breath of fresh air and such a great idea! These two are very diffirent cultures even in our present time, which added additional humour to an already hilarious situation. Watching Caterina/Patience guffaw and faux pas her way through Italian history with characters from an another time was absolutely pricelessly funny.



Caterina/Patience truly was an all American girl transported through time. Unlike some characters that magically adapt instantly and who freak out for chapters on end, she saw this experience as an opportunity for an adventure and to get away from her routine life and troubles. Her take on this extraordinary time travel was new to me and trufully I had not yet met someone who took it this way! So instead of focusing immediately on how to get back home, she decided to explore Florence 1505. Rachel Harris took her and me by the hand and together we toured Florence admiring the architecture, the art, the statues and so much more!

Unfortunately some things don't change no matter how far back in time you go, or forwards for that matter. I am of course talking about boys! Caterina/Patience comes from a present where she has no interest in the opposite gender or love in any way, and she plans on keeping that way no matter how chivalry is present in 1505. Her will is only strengthened when she meets local drop dead gorgeous Lorenzo, who could have walked out of one Michelangelo's paintings.
Watching a relationship between two characters grow is always one of the best parts of  a romance, but in this case it was heightened by the the awfully big gap that the time space continuum presented. Having an American 21st century girl flirt with a 16th century boy simply cannot be described, but it was brilliant; and despite several funny misunderstandings

But Caterina/Patience's travel through time is not to be mistaken for just a pleasant holiday. Soon she begins to understand truths and realities that have been forgotten and that are no longer appreciated. As the 16th century commences to prove itself not just fun but also deadly serious Caterina/Patience seeks for a way home. To do this she must first learn something, but what? It soon became apparent that hidden in the past lie her lessons for the future.


Like Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz but with an additional twist of time and with a very particular lesson to be learnt, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was a hilariously sweet novel. With an easy going and steady pace Rachel Harris told a wonderful story, of which I look forward to reading more in the sequel!



Author Spotlight




As a teen, Rachel Harris threw rging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
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.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel.  She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.

6 comments:

  1. I'm rather excited for this book, i seriously cannot wait!

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  2. Super excited... and yay i get my copy pre-ordered by 28th... :)

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  3. Great review!

    Thanks for participating.

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  4. Amazing review. I can't wait to read this book. :D

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  5. I love the review! I also really enjoyed the book :)

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  6. Awesome review. I love time travel books!

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