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?
"I do see the real you, Alessandra. And I think I'm falling for the girl I see."
Right from the moment I finished the first installment in this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. For one who really doesn't like historical novels I adore this series. Rachel Harris really does the impossible in this series and makes a unlikely genre for YA fiction into a must-read series.
Alessandra hasn't been the same since her cousin Cat barged into her life from the future. Now stuck in the 16th Century Renaissance Italy with dreams that could only come true in a time other than her own Alessandra is stuck. But when Rayna, the mysterious girl in the gypsy tent who brought Cat to the past appears she knows she is about to get an adventure of her own. Whisked away to the twenty first century Alessandra can live her dream of being an actress. But how long will she be there? And when she meets the infuriating but gorgeous surfer boy Austin, does she want to go? Time is running out for Alessandra and she may have to leave the only place she has ever fit in.
I love love loved this book. I admit that in the beginning I didn't find it as endearing as I did with My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. There was just something more relatable and endearing about a twenty first century character in a sixteenth century time. You could relate with Cat and understand why she was the way she was as it is what we would have been acting like if we were suddenly whisked off to the past. However once I got a few chapters in I couldn't put it down. I loved reading Alessandra's story and her actions, especially at the beginning of the book, really made me laugh. I absolutely adore her and her story was full of awkward humor and who doesn't love that?
I adore Austin. As much as I loved Lorenzo in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century but Austin is my man. I adore him so much. He is arrogant and infuriating and damn right drop dead gorgeous. He is the epitome of the bad boy and I loved him right from the very first moment he came into the book. He is the guy that every girl will want to give him a slap upside the head while wanting to throw themselves at him at the same time.
One thing that I adore about Rachel Harris' books is that her writing style is just so refreshing and great and it makes them such an easy read. You can just get lost in the story without having to think too much about it. I love her writing style and have adored every book of hers I have read, including her Adult Romance novel. I have to say that this is my favourite of Rachel's work so far. It was so easy to just forget the world and everything around you and just get lost in the incredible tale of two times colliding.
A Tale of Two Centuries is a must-read for everyone. It has everything you could possibly want. Time travel, a clash of two centuries that makes it hilarious, a super hot surfer dude, heart-stopping romance and a race against the clock to see what happens. When you are nearing the end you seriously cannot turn the pages... or click the ereader button fast enough. I loved every single moment for it and I cannot wait for the third installment in this series. I want it now!
"I am not without fear, but courage is taking action despite the fear. Knowing what you want, what you are meant to do, and proceeding despite any knots in your stomach or rocks stuck in your throat. It is walking boldly into the unknown with your chin held high... even if it quivers."