Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2
Published by: Entangled Teen on August 6, 2013
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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?
The first thing I loved about A Tale of Two Centuries was how different it felt from My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. Alessandra’s voice felt SO different from Cat’s (which is a great thing, because they’re from two different centuries! 😛 ). That really made her character feel real and genuine. I love how proper she spoke, it made her sound so cute, LOL!
But beyond that, I love how A Tale of Two Centuries had a bigger focus on the romance. That was something I yearned for more of in the first book, and my hopes were fulfilled in this book! I love how Austin and Alessandra started out as complete opposites, but at the end they kind of met at a middle ground. It was so interesting! I think my one criticism is that Austin often acted older than 16. Some of his lines and seductiveness made him feel more like 18 or 19. I LIKED that seductive, cocky behaviour, but it didn’t feel quite in line with a 16 year old.
I think the one thing I was disappointed with was how there were big periods of time where Alessandra didn’t confide in Cat. I always saw them as such close best friends, so to see Alessandra hiding things from Cat (mainly her crush on Austin) made me sad!
But best of all, A Tale of Two Centuries ended brilliantly. There was a while when I was genuinely completely unsure how it would end.. and I loved being unsure! View Spoiler » [I certainly hoped that Alessandra would be able to stay in the 21st century, but I wasn’t sure if that would really happen, especially since she’d never see her family again! But I’m so glad it turned out that way because I would have been kind of mad if yet another romance was destroyed by the time traveling. I’m still mad that nothing really happened with Cat and Lorenzo since they got stuck in different centuries. 😛 « Hide Spoiler]
Overall, A Tale of Two Centuries was fun, different, but still had the same charm as the first book. You’re guaranteed to love it if you enjoyed the first one!