Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

Publication: Entangled Teen
Publisher: August 6, 2013

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?

I loved My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. And when I sat down to read A Tale of Two Centuries, I was super excited to find out what was on the agenda for Less and Cat.

Sometimes I find when reading a series; the second book is not always as good as the first book. At least for me it’s that way. But it’s not the case with this one.  I really don’t know what to say except that I loved it. And the story is just as good if not better than the first. Though I think I am more partial to the first book still.
ATOTC takes place two years after Cat’s 16th century trip. Cat has more a story in this book as she is the main voice. Alessandra (Less) is beginning to feel like she wants more from life and she misses her cousin Cat a lot.  After having her heart broken by a boy, Less encounters the Gypsy and makes her an offer. Perfect timing. Just like magic, Less is transported to Cat’s home.
Cat tries to help Less acclimate to her new 21st century surroundings as best as she can. But it isn’t until Less meets Austin, the typical high school bad boy, that things really become fun. Of course things aren’t always smooth sailing. Austin is intrigued by Less and he also pushes her buttons on numerous occasions. But in the end, I think they are perfect for each other.

“I have never-never-held myself with anything other than complete decorum, public or otherwise, yet spending less than five minutes in Austin Michaels’s presence has led to complete and utter depravity.”

-Rachel Harris (Arc copy of ATOTC)

Rachel Harris did an awesome job of writing the story and further developing the characters. I got to see different sides of Cat and Less this time around. It was nice to see Less be more open to taking adventures and exploring the possibility of love. I was also happy to see Cat get more opportunities to pursue her dreams and have her spend more time with Lucas.

A Tale of Two Centuries was a fun, light and entertaining story to read. It was just what I needed to put me in a great mood. And even though time traveling really isn’t my thing, I don’t mind it one bit in this story. Even though this book might lean more on the younger side of the young adult spectrum, anyone who enjoys young adult fiction reads with time travel, romance, and a little fantasy will like this.

Rating 4½ out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the Author/Publisher in exchange for nothing but my own opinion.**




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  1. This sounds good! I just read a review of the first book in this series, and wasn't sure what to think. But everyone seems to really enjoy it! I'm going to need to get a copy of these! (:

  2. It's a really fun book. I hope you like it if you read it Tina.

  3. I liked this one better than My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century too.

  4. I loved this book too! It was nice to see Cat & Lucas story as well as Less & Austin. I'm kind of hoping that the 3rd book follows more of Cat & Lucas's relationship - or maybe even a dual POV - I love dual POV :)

    Amy @ The Reading Realm