It’s very hard to review this book without spoiling it for you, but I am going to try.
The problems that Gabi and Lia have faced since arriving in medieval Italy have worsened. Castello Forelli has been taken, the war between Siena and the Fiorentini has increased, and Gabi’s nemesis Cosmo Paratore seems to have regained an influential position. But there’s an upside to things. Gabi and Lia’s dad is back and that makes all the difference, despite the perils that they’re going through. Again.
Gabi explores her feelings for Marcello still further and her questions rang very true for me– she is, after all, only 17 and being faced with some decisions that will affect both her life and the lives of those she loves. As always there is a plot to capture the Ladies Betarrini and as always there are many tales of valor, derring-do and twists that are unique to this book’s plot. And as always Marcello had me sighing over him and his love for Gabi. I know.
This review was vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you! I haven’t made any sort of secret out of the fact that I loved the River of Time series from the first book Waterfall to the second book Cascade, and now the stunning Torrent. Lisa is an absolutely masterful writer. ...more
What I liked: One of the things that I (and my wallet) loved about the first book in the series, Waterfall was that it was bPosted to Almost Grown-up:
What I liked: One of the things that I (and my wallet) loved about the first book in the series, Waterfall was that it was both free and wonderful. After finishing Waterfall, I couldn’t wait; I had to buy Cascade for my Kindle right that moment.
And I am happy to say that I don’t regret a single penny of that purchase.
I was afraid of the “Second Book Slump.” It’s happened before. I’ll love the first book in a series, but be disappointed by the next one. Cascade was not affected by this phenomenon.
Gabi and Marcello do strange things to my heart. From the moment that they’re back together, spying each other shortly after Gabi, her mother, and her sister travel back to the1300s, my insides are twisting painfully: in the best kind of way. At the end of Waterfall, they realized that they both felt the same way about each other, but in Cascade, things don’t get boring because the lovers are still overcoming obstacles, like um… the impending war between Siena and Firenze?
The little historical details lend authenticity to this book and Bergren doesn’t shy away from the nitty-gritty details of battles and the war games of the 14th century. Gabi undergoes horrific tortures and makes decisions that turn her stomach, but she does it because she has to.
I love Gabi’s voice, the dialogue with the other characters, just… I love this book. I really love this book. What I didn’t like: …Sorry guys. I got nothing.
So, do I rec it? What, did my gushing over Waterfall and the words above this not convince you? YES. Go get this book! This was another one that I Couldn’t Put Down. This series continues to please!...more
What I liked: You guys? This e-book was free. As in “F-R-E-E, that spells free, available on your Kindle, baby.” So, reallyPosted to Almost Grown-up:
What I liked: You guys? This e-book was free. As in “F-R-E-E, that spells free, available on your Kindle, baby.” So, really I wasn’t expecting much because what I’ve come to expect from free e-books is that they either a) are classics or b) suck. Imagine my pleasant surprise, when this book not only didn’t suck, but was fantastic!
Gabi Betarrini is a kick-ass teenager who has somehow found herself in the 14th century. She’s pretty, sassy, and smart, but still screws up from time to time. She has to use her wits to stay alive and under the care of Castello Forelli… and the probable future Lord Forelli, Marcello.
Ahhhh, Marcello. Betrothed to another, but he and Gabi can’t seem to stop the spark between them. And I’m not going to lie, I couldn’t seem to stop the amount of times I swooned over them. And the villains! I shuddered at their methods and characteristics every time they showed up.
The historical research was flawless: yes, things are twisted for the sake of the story, but I really felt like I had been dropped in the midst of fourteenth-century Italy, much like Gabi. I laughed at an instance where Gabi, like myself, is reminded that forks were not exactly commonplace and the only utensil for her meal was a knife. It was very authentic!
Bergren also subtly wove a theme of Christianity throughout the work as well, which was another pleasant surprise. Many Christian pieces of fiction that I’ve tried to read have been heavy-handed and (to me) taken away from the story, rather than added to it. Not so in “Waterfall” as Gabi questions her small amount of faith in a time when most people did not question a belief in God.
This was really just an extremely well-crafted book. I swear, I’ll stop gushing now.
What I didn’t like: I know this review should be balanced. I know that. But I loved this book, so I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about it. Except the cover. I’ve got a thing about covers.
So, do I rec it? Um, chyeah. I do. This is young adult fiction that is masterfully woven. I couldn’t put it down. Seriously. I read it in a day, abandoning any other responsibilities for it....more
This is definitely Christian Fiction (capital C, capital F), so if that’s not what you’re in the mood for, then to be honest you’ll probably want to steer clear.
But if you are looking for Christian Fiction (again with those capitals), then The Wishing Pearl isn’t a bad choice.
Olivia Mansfield is in a downward spiral. Her father passed away years ago and her mother is married to a truly odious man. Olivia has fallen in with a crowd of girls that don’t seem to be on the right path either. She takes up drinking, smoking, and marijuana. She gets brought home by the police. And she and her friends drive drunk on a routine basis.
After more catastrophic events, Olivia goes to Diamond Estates to heal internally and find her way back to God.
The journey is wrought with lapses, confrontation, and hope, but ultimately the book is uplifting as Olivia rediscovers God and Jesus.
Rating (from 1-5): 3. It was a pleasant read, but definitely only recommended to those who like the Christian Fiction genre, as there is passage after passage of finding God, defeating Satan, and accepting Christ. It was a bit overwhelming, but I did enjoy the book. ...more