Buon giorno! Welcome to my stop on the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour, hosted by Shane at Itching for Books. In addition to a fabulous giveaway, I've got an excerpt from the book, plus my review of this super fun story. But first, let's meet the author:
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Source: galley from publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was such a fun, light-hearted novel...a long over-due break from all the doom and gloom I've been reading lately. It has a little something for everyone, as it's equal parts contemporary, science fiction, and historical fiction: a girl from our time travels back in time to 16th century Italy.
Sure, that sounds like it might be hard to pull off, but Rachel Harris does it seamlessly. Whether we're following Cat around in present-day or watching "Patience" flirt with Lorenzo, the story flows flawlessly and is always entertaining. And there are lessons to be learned along the way, which is always a plus. I enjoy a good story that offers up some well-meaning and well-placed morals -- especially when said story is aimed at the young adult audience. And in 16th century Italy, you would be hard-pressed not to find individuals with a high standard of character, what with their virtues intact (somewhat bregudgingly for the younger set) and chaperoned outings and the like.
What I enjoyed most about My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was that unlike so many novels where the protagonist slips easily into their new life, Cat is having such a difficult time adjusting. She forgets herself often, using terminology from her own time period. Cat also seems to make a fool of herself at every opportunity, but what she lacks in proper etiquette, she makes up for with the ability to laugh at herself. Cat knows she'll never have an opportunity like this again, and she's going to enjoy it for all its worth.
The romance is just as cute and sweet as the rest of the story. But just about everything about this novel was cute. Well, except for that awful Niccolo. But that surprise ending?!? I need the next book NOW, Ms. Harris, if you please. I just love a book that leaves you with a sense of satisfaction at the end but also has you asking, "Well, what happens next?!?"
And now my lovelies, it's time for the fantastic giveaway. Here's what's up for grabs:
- signed bookmark
- finished copy of the book
- trading cards
- a necklace with a charm backpack on it
- and tattoos like the character has
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck & happy reading!