Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3) by Rachel Harris - Ashley's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Entangled Publishing/Entangled Teen on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3)
Author: Rachel Harris
Publication Date: April 30, 2014

My A Tale of Two Centuries Review

Synopsis: Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy. 

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities. 

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


Review: When I read A Tale of Two Centuries, I somehow missed that it was a sequel. I still have yet to read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, so I only know Cat and Lucas from A Tale of Two Centuries. That, however, did not lessen my enjoyment of this novella! It was really fun getting to see a new side of Cat and Lucas and learning more about them and their relationship.

This is, of course, a contemporary YA romance with a little bit of magic thrown in. I really enjoyed watching Cat fall for Lucas, especially with her abandonment issues. She grows so much in this book regardless of the heartache she faces. Even though not all her relationships work out, she allows herself to love and be loved (in more ways than one). Sure, this book is a romance, but it's also about family and friends and how important all relationships are. I also really enjoyed that this book is from two perspectives - Cat's and Lucas'. It was super fun being in Lucas' head and Cat is one lucky girl to have him. He's definitely swoony! 

Caterina is a whole different story though, and I think she's probably my least favorite character. She doesn't care about anyone but herself and she doesn't care who she hurts as long as she comes out on top. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to punch her in the throat to get her to stop talking. She's just the worst, and I hated that Cat wanted a relationship with her (although I did understand why). 

After reading this novella, I will definitely be reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, if only to find out more of Cat's background. I know her mom leaving really messed her up, but I've only seen her as the healing Cat and not the Cat who was willing to learn how to love. If you've read the other two books in this series, I would definitely recommend this novella! I would also recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun, magical YA romance. There are a few PG-13 parts, but it's still also a pretty clean series. A 4/5! 


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