TITLE: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
AUTHOR: Rachel Harris
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance/Fantasy
PUBLISHED: 11th september 2012
SOURCE: Paperback bought from Amazon UK
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On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be 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?
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was so much fun to read! I actually read it a while back but have only just got around to reviewing and remembering all my favourite parts while writing this review made the delay in writing it worthwhile!
Cat’s life hasn’t been normal – she’s the daughter of a famous actress and has a director father – and it’s about to get a whole lot stranger when she stumbles upon a gypsy tent while sightseeing on her own in Florence, Italy. Suddenly she’s transported back to Renaissance Florence, and she isn’t quite who she was in modern times. Now she needs to keep up the pretence to stay safe and find her way back home.
Cat is a sweetheart. She’s been so messed about in her short life that she has all sorts of issues. She’s scared to love for fear of rejection, afraid of making mistakes and being judged – thanks to the paparazzi being in constant pursuit of her – and afraid of letting anyone get close. At first it made me kinda sad that Cat would have these issues but as the story progresses she does learn valuable lessons during her time in the past and she definitely uses those lessons to make things better for herself.
MSSSC has a great cast of supporting characters. There’s the beautiful, dreamy Lorenzo, friendly Cipriano and Alessandra, caring Marco and Francesca, and the CREEPY Niccolo. Eeek, Niccolo is one scary dude!
I LOVE anything to do with history, I am SUCH a history geek! That being said MSSSC was actually the first historical book I have read and it definitely left me wanting to read more! I loved reading all the little bits about how day to day life would’ve been, what the traditions were, what the RULES were – Cat managed to raise a few eyebrows when she fell foul of those a few times!
The ending was one that has left me desperate for it to be August 2013 already! Well, actually maybe I shouldn’t be quite so desperate because August will make me another year older and that’s not such a good thing! Ah, who am I kidding, I CANNOT WAIT for August 2013 so I can carry on from that brilliant cliffhanger with A Tale of Two Centuries.