Wednesday, January 16, 2013



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?

I loved this book. I read it fully on the iPad I got for Christmas (not that anyone cares, but it’s the first book I’ve read on the iPad.).

I love Cat Crawford—even though she could easily be a spoiled brat because of her famous parents—she’s insecure, and sort of clueless. But in a really good way. I loved that we were in her head so fully—you really understand why she is the way she is, and why she doesn’t let anyone into her heart at the onset of the book.

Rachel Harris does a great job with the “Yankee in King Author’s Court” concept—Cat tries really hard to fit in, but sort of botches things up with every turn. I loved the way the sixteenth century family takes her in—and then immediately starts grooming her for her sixteenth century future. 

Awesome stuff.

And the boy? LOVED Lorenzo.

Without giving anything away, if you love YA contemporary romance, or YA historical romance, you will love MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY. It’s light in some ways, but it totally made me cry when Cat has her epiphany and it’s time for her to come home. Can’t wait for Rachel’s sequel!


  1. I just finished this--definitely on the lighter side of my usual reading, but fun!

  2. Aw! This got on my radar at New Year's Revisions Conference at Operation Awesome because it was one of our prizes, and I so want to read it now. Well, now more than before, even. Thank you for the recommendation, Kristine! I want to read more regency romance and historical fiction, and this looks like a good in-betweener.

  3. I won this book a few months back and I'm hoping to get to it soon. It sounds like a lot of fun. I love the whole premise...I hope I never have to back in time lol