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A Tale of Two Centuries by [Harris, Rachel]
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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18
Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Gr 8 Up—Alessandra, 16, is devastated when she discovers that her betrothed has deceived her and married someone else. She is positive that her 21st-century time-traveling cousin, Cat, if she were in Less's shoes, would have stormed across the piazza and given the deceitful cad a piece of her mind-she certainly wouldn't have been reduced to tears as Less was. Missing her cousin, and wishing for an adventure of her own, Less finds herself in the presence of Reyna, the mysterious gypsy who, in Harris's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (Entangled Teen, 2012), was responsible for transporting Cat back 500 years to Less's 16th-century Italian world. Reyna grants Less her wish and soon she finds herself in 21st-century Hollywood, miraculously able to speak English and on her way to Cat's home. Armed with only a few cryptic sentences bestowed upon her by Reyna that are meant to guide her during her stay, Less quickly becomes immersed in the modern world-navigating high school, trying out for the role of Shakespeare's Juliet, and falling in love with too-cool-for-school heartthrob Austin Michaels. She gains a lot more than just a boyfriend; she learns how to speak up for herself and fight for what she wants. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have read Harris's earlier book as this title stands on its own. This is a surprisingly delicious time-traveling romance that will cause many teen girls' hearts to flutter.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY


  • "Rachel Harris perfectly captures the experiences of a Renaissance maiden transported to modern-day Hollywood. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much or swooned so hard. I want to hug this book to pieces!" ~ Fiona Paul, author Starling.
  • "In this mystical story of friendship, first kisses, and finding your voice, the real magic is Rachel Harris' writing. A truly perfect YA romance." ~ Stephanie Kate Strohm, author Confederates Don't Wear Couture
  • "Rachel writes it? I read it. End of story. Hands down. It could be about alligators in Taiwan falling in love with monks. If she wrote it- I'd read itWhy? Rachel is a fantastic storyteller" ~ Jessica Leigh, Lovin' Los Libros
  • "First and foremost, A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES is a romance; a wonderful, sweeping, swoontastic romance of the highest caliber to be found in YA fiction." ~ Jenna Detrapani, Jenna Does Books
Praise for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
  • "Light and charming, this debut novel will appeal to those who want to leave the real world behind for a while." -- SLJ
  • "Harris' debut is a knockout. Her characters are charming and wonderfully entertaining, and they're set in a unique and well-defined world that will capture your imagination." -- RT Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (August 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQMQG04
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Where do I even start? I first saw this book quite some time ago (I think it was when the cover was first revealed) and I instantly fell in love. I loved the cover, but even more- I LOVED the blurb! All of my favorite elements are in this book: Time travel, magic, Italy, romance, and a hot surfer boy just to name a few. This book is absolutely a bunch of preciousness. Seriously I absolutely adored it. I am so proud to be on Rachel's FlirtSquad because I love helping promote her awesomeness. I also loved reading Taste The Heat, Rachel's adult novel. SO good.

So: let me simplify this for you. Rachel writes it? I read it. End of story. Hands down. It could be about alligators in Taiwan falling in love with monks. If she wrote it- I'd read it. Why? Rachel is a fantastic storyteller for one. She does such a great job with setting- she knows how to give us readers the perfect amount of description, she doesn't overload us with it, and she doesn't skimp on us either. I always feel so attuned to the scenes and I love when I as a reader feel like I am an imaginary character standing right with the others. Secondly, Rachel does a great job with character development. By the end of the book I felt a connection with each of her characters and I was heartbroken it was over because I wasn't ready to stop experiencing their journey with them!

So, A Tale of Two Centuries! I will admit, I hadn't read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century before this so I was a tad bit confused at the very beginning. So note to those of you who are still with me after me talking about alligators and monks: READ THAT ONE FIRST! It just helps clarify some things. I was still able to jump right in and understand the magical elements, but I was confused when the book was referring to Cat as Patience, etc.
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I read and enjoyed the first book in this duet- My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century while back. I knew at that point Rachel Harris was talented, and that I'd better continue to pick up her books as I suspected she'd only get better with time.

Boy, was I right. I was lucky enough to win this copy in a twitter giveaway. A Tale of Two Centuries takes place a bit after the first book-- and what's wonderful about this book (and I'm enjoying this new trend in YA quite a bit) is that it's a companion novel and a stand alone in its own right. So you can easily pick this one up and read it by itself, but if you've read the first one, it only enhances the second.

In this book, instead of getting the perspective of Cat, the fiery protagonist from the first book, we get to see through the eyes of Less. I think I identified a lot more with Less, and absolutely loved her from the first book, so this even made me enjoy the book more. Less has dreamed of the freedom to choose what to do with her life as well as pick who she should love. Fortunately, Reyna, the gypsy, has heard her plea, and Less gets to journey to the modern world to visit her relative, Cat. Although this world is shocking to her in many ways, at the same time, she is able to do so many things she wasn't in her world. She is able to pursue acting and meets a gorgeous guy named Austin, who makes her (and me) blush. Will she be able to leave all of this behind when the time comes?

I can't say how much I loved this book. I felt like Rachel took all of the parts I loved in the first book and totally enhanced it in the second. Less is a wonderful protagonist, and it was a wonder and delight to see her grow and develop into the person she always wanted to be. And deserved to be.
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(I was lucky enough to get an advance review copy of this book. I loved it so much that I had to go buy a real copy for myself as well!!)

I didn't think it was possible, but I seriously love this book even more than I did the first one! Less was adorable and fun in the sixteenth century, and I didn't want to let go of her when Cat came back to modern times. (I was so terribly excited when I saw that Less was going to come visit for the second adventure!!) Who knew that she would be freaking amazing in the "future?" This girl was totally born in the wrong century, guys! I wanted her to come hang out with me for a few days.

As for the romance, I thought Lorenzo was a swoon-worthy love interest in MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY, but Austin, the boy who steals Less' heart and teaches her how to be her best self in A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES, totally blew him out of the water!! This boy has layer upon layer of awesomeness, all wrapped up in a beautiful package and sealed with a smirk. I'm not usually a fan of the "bad boy," but Austin had so much depth to his character that I could immediately see the diamond shining beneath his rough exterior. And the way he pushes Less to follow her dreams and to be more than what she dreamed she was capable of becoming? Yep, he totally captured my heart. Hook, line and sinker.

The best part about this book? Even though it's totally Less' story, Cat is very much there, and we get to see the continuation of her story as well, in the aftermath of her trip to the sixteenth century. I have to admit, in reading book one, I wasn't sure how I felt about Lucas.
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