A Tale of Two Centuries
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, those time-traveling “cousins”! Alessandra D’Angeli is a dutiful sixteenth-century daughter. She does what everyone else wants her to do without question. The only real excitement she’s had in her young life is the recent visit she had from her time-traveling twenty-first century cousin (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1 by Rachel Harris). To make matters worse, Alessandra has not been lucky in love. Her suitor marries another. Feeling hopeless and lost, she cries out for help. It arrives in the form of the same gypsy fortune teller who helped her cousin, Caterina. Alessandra’s wish is for an adventure of her own. Propelled forward five hundred years into the future (her cousin’s future), Alessandra’s adventure begins. The twenty-first century is a scary place for a girl from the past.

I wasn’t certain if I was going to like this book at first. Alessandra enrolls in her cousin’s high school and the book seemed to take a turn into high school life and all its usual characters and annoying bullies. In her very first class Alessandra meets Austin, a “bad boy”. Alessandra has also always dreamed of being an actress – something unheard of in her time. She tries out for the school play, and she meets Kendal, a “mean girl”.

When the relationship between Alessandra and Austin began to develop, the book got much better. Austin sees her as a prim and proper “Princess”. He challenges her to break out of her shell. It was during a series of challenges as she got to know Austin better that the story got interesting. Austin was my favorite character in the book. As time ticks down and Alessandra realizes that her time-traveling experience will soon end, the book was hard to put down. I eagerly raced through the pages anxious to see what would happen. If you enjoy time travel and young adult romance, try this series. The books are very well done.

Note: My only complaint with this e-book that I received from NetGalley was that for some reason the text was missing most of the “fl” and “fi” letters in words; for example, the word “outfit” appeared as “out t” or “fling” was “ing”. It took me awhile to get the hang of reading the book that way, but I was able to figure out the missing word from context. It just took me longer to read.

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