Blurb from Goodreads: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother 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?
After reading the synopsis for the second book in this series, which sounded really good I decided to give My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century a try. I was a bit hesistant to start it at first, because usually time travel books aren’t really my thing, because I haven’t come across a book yet that managed to explain time travel in a way that makes sense to me. This book perfectly avoid this issue by not giving much of an explanation about it all.
While I liked the story I just didn’t love it. It is a sweet and enjoyable story and I really enjoyed reading it, but it just felt like something was missing. The story was nice and I liked the detail of the sixteenth century and seeing the differences with modern life. Although I wished to learn more. My knowledge of society during that age isn’t that elaborate, so I kept guessing at certain things. All in all, enough is explained and I liked the writing style. While I didn’t love this book I certainly enjoyed it and I do plan on picking up the second book in this series.
I really liked Cat as a character, I liked how she would make mistakes and how she is so modern and has to find her way and fit in in the sixteenth century. I did think she accepted the change in time a bit too easily. All in all she is a likeable character. The side characters came less to live for me. Alessandra was one of my favourite characters, she quickly becomes a good friend of Cat and she is really adorable. I am really glad the next book in about her, because I am looking forward how she will adept to the modern times. I didn’t really feel the romance or cared about the love interest. I just didn’t feel it, although the romance was sweet and there were some nice scenes, I just didn’t really care about the romance aspect.
As this book is about time travel I expected some explanation of sorts about time travelling, but this book hardly gives an explantion for the time travel. There is some talk about it towards the end of the book and there are some mentionings about changing events, but there is no elaborate explanation and while I would’ve liked to know more I also liked that there wasn’t that much explanation, because that did mean there was less to make sense or get me annoyed about because it didn’t make sense. Makes sense?
To conclude: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is a nice and enjoyable read. I liked the main character and Alessandra, but I didn’t really feel the romance. There is not much explanation about the time travel and I think this it both good and bad. I am planning on buying the next book in this series.
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