I loved it!! I think I may die if the next book isn't released soon. I think this one has the most cliffhangers yet!!! How long will I have to wait?!?...moreI loved it!! I think I may die if the next book isn't released soon. I think this one has the most cliffhangers yet!!! How long will I have to wait?!?!(less)
Wow! What a great adventure this book was. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more adventurous than traveling through time, to a time period and world you have only read about, be it on purpose or by accident. In the case of Gabi and Lia Betarrini, it was completely accidental.
Their accidental adventure begins early on in the book. Problem is, Gabi and Lia get separated in their attempt to stop what’s happening. Gabi’s reaction after stumbling out the tomb into a full on battle between Italian Knights was very believable. She firsts believes it to be some kind of reenactment or play, but I liked that she quickly came to terms with the reality of her situation. Those guys were not acting, they were really killing each other. She realizes that thinking things through and staying calm is probably the best way to make sense of things, not crying or crumbling down because you don’t know what to do. I loved her strength and her intelligence. She is unselfish and kind and certainly no damsel in distress. If there’s a character out there for girls to look up to, it’s her.
Gabi is taken in by Marcello Forelli and his Knights to his family’s castle. She explains to them she’s become separated from her sister, who she’d been with on a journey to find their mother. Marcello offers to help her search for her sister without hesitation. He is one of the most honorable and brave characters I’ve read. He was also, of course, very handsome and sweet. Oh, and betrothed to another. Aren’t the good ones always taken? The only problem being that Marcello and Gabi were undeniably drawn to each other from the start. These type of love stories always get me...right in the heart! I felt their yearning and my heart broke for them often.
Besides the heart-fluttering romance, we also get some great humor in this book. I laughed out loud several times throughout this book, courtesy of our awesome Gabi. She had these sarcastic inner dialogues with herself that were quite funny. Another character that brought the smiles was Luca Forelli, Marcello’s cousin, handsome charmer. He had all the same great qualities as Marcello, except he was free to flirt with anyone at anytime. No betrothed to hold him back. There is lots of action in this book. The fight scenes were very exciting and were never gory (a good thing).
Lisa T. Bergren has created such an epic adventure in Waterfall. The quests, the battles, the history, the romance...it truly makes for my kind of perfect book. If you need a break from the paranormal creatures of the night or the reality of life, this is the book you want. Trust me.
(This book was provided by the author and/or publisher for an honest review.)(less)
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just h...moreRead this review on my blog and enter for a chance to win ARC of this book! --> Tempest by Julie Cross
When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.
As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend...normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special--again, special abilities aside--is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess...I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.
We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.
Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.
The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It's really good, though, don't get me wrong! Just sad...
Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that.(less)
Once the Betarrinis make it back to medieval Italy, this time with their mother in tow, you hold your breath in anticipation of Gabi and Marcello’s reunion. And, oh, what a sweet reunion it was. [Deep sigh] He’s just so dreamy!! It turns out they been gone a month in Marcello’s time, and while everything seems to have a sense of peace and order, danger still lurks close by. Especially for Gabi and Lia, who are pretty much superstars in Siena. Their enemies would love to get their hands on them. The biggest change, though, came for two characters, Fortino and Romana. I’ll let you find that one out on your own. ;)
Unfortunately, Gabi does end up in the hands of the enemies, and I admired her even more during that time. She stood up to them for as long as she could and only became vulnerable when everything seemed lost for good. However, her loyalty to the people she cares about was never unwavering. Love her! Lord Greco, the guy in charge of capturing her, is a puzzling mystery. A hot one though, hehe. He’ll keep you guessing until the end of the book.
Luca and Lia. Nothing will make me happier than seeing these two end up together. I love how openly and grandly he shows his affections for her and she tries her hardest to rebuff him. It’s really fun to read. Oh, but she’s crumbling! Soon she’ll admit she loves him. I wouldn’t have been able to resist him as long as she has, that’s for sure.
The action in this book was nonstop. Battle after battle. Definitely a nail-biter! I have to say, there really isn’t any other series out there like this one. Cascade, book two of The River of Time Series, was just as amazing as Waterfall. The ending is bittersweet and left me so anxious!! I’m dying to read Torrent and see how it all ends!(less)
This review is about to get spoilery. You have been warned. :)
Let’s start with the part of the story that pained me most. My dearest Fortino. Still captured and repeatedly tortured at the hands of the enemy...for 15 months! It just broke my heart. I wish things had turned out differently for him, but I understand why they didn’t. It’s still very sad and unfair that it would happen to him of all people. My heart broke for Marcello at the end, during the funeral. I cried a little myself, but was comforted by Father Tomas’s words.
Lord Greco. *sigh* Even though in Cascade he was revealed as an ally and old, loyal friend of Marcello, I could not get past the way he treated Gabi. Yes, she might have survived only because of him but it wasn’t enough for me to soften towards him. So naturally when he appeared in this book, as I knew he would, I started out hating him. My feelings of hate for him slowly simmered as he revealed more of himself, his feelings toward Gabi, and his dreams of peace. By the end I was just sad for him. I really hope he gets his happy ending someday.
You know who I’m sure will have a happy ending together? Luca and Lia. It’s just a matter of time before Lia finally falls completely in love with Luca. I’ll say it again, I honestly don’t know how she’s been able to not fall in love with him yet! I’d be a goner by now. Gabi and Lia’s parents, too, who have been reunited after they saved him from death by traveling back in time. I was so happy they were able to get Ben, the dad, back to ancient Italy. It was so fun seeing Marcello squirm, lol. It was also refreshing to see parents able to recognize when their daughter has grown up and is ready to take on things they may not be ready for.
Marcello really grew up in the time Gabi was gone. He become even more assertive and confident, but his love for Gabi was constant, unwavering. I love that about him. I’ve suspected since Waterfall where one of Gabi and Marcello’s paths would lead...and that is to the altar. However, I never imagined everything they would go through to get to that point. I thought the actual ceremony was lovely, and I really appreciated how Lisa T. Bergren approached the wedding night.
It would not have been a true ending to this series had these dear characters not gone through a couple major battles. Literally and figuratively speaking. Be it physically or emotionally, everyone battled someone or something and came through on the other side a better person.
This series will always be on my favorites list. You get so immersed in it, you forget you’re not actually living it, just reading it. Thank you, Lisa, for creating this for us.(less)
Many of you might not know this, but I was the first to post a review on a blog or Goodreads of Tempest back in 2011. I had been lucky enough to get an ARC of Tempest at ALA and one day Julie Cross tweeted that she couldn’t wait until the first review went up on Goodreads. I stepped up and said “I’ll do it!!” It’s definitely one of my most fun blogging memories. I loved Tempest, and it a lot of the same ways, I loved Vortex too.
Though Vortex was a 4 Star rating for me (ahem, thanks Julie for noticing it went down one star from Tempest! LOL), I didn’t lose any love for the story or characters. I think it was just middle book syndrome; a lot of training and such. I still loved the main characters and even came to love some new ones. There’s no denying that Julie Cross has a great, current voice and that her characters ring so true. I still loved all the intricacies of this world Cross has created. I know some have had a hard time following along with the particulars of the time travel in this series, but it’s actually never been a problem for me. I can, for the most part and to the best of my ability, picture the timelines.
We get a heck of a lot more information in Vortex, and if you had a hard time keeping up in Tempest, you might find yourself drowning in this one. Maybe not so much in the beginning, but oh man, once the timelines thing comes up, you better be paying attention. For me it’s a really fun thing trying to keep it all straight. Vortex will also keep you guessing as to who is one what side and even what side is the right good or bad one. It’s crazy!
There’s no denying that there isn’t a series out there like Tempest, and for that alone you should totally give this a shot. It’s full of suspense and action and a totally hot Jackson. Gosh, I still love that guy! I do want to plead for one particular character though: Adam. Ms. Julie Cross!! WHY?! I very much look forward to the next installment in this crazy ride.(less)