On a cold January night two mothers went into labor. Two babies, a boy and a girl, were born at exactly the same time, but one mother didn’t survive....moreOn a cold January night two mothers went into labor. Two babies, a boy and a girl, were born at exactly the same time, but one mother didn’t survive. One was left to raise both children.
Gabe and Drucilla have been together since the cold night of their birth and even though Gabe’s mother has loved Drucilla like her own, she still has a longing for a family of her own. For fifteen years Gabe and Dru were connected – bound in friendship and heart, but life doesn’t always work out the way it is meant to.
When Gabe’s mother dies, the two teens are forced to find somewhere else to live as servants and for the first time in their lives they won’t be together. The farms they are to work at are side by side, but the families are at odds. Dru goes to live with Thomas Putnam, Jr. while Gabe is to live with Mary Putnam, Thomas’ stepmother. Both farms are in Salem Village.
In an attempt to make a home for herself with the Putnams, Dru finds herself in a situation that puts many members of the village in danger. Accusations of witchcraft fly as Dru and other girls begin to point their fingers at members of the community – many times at the encouragement of Thomas Putnam’s wife – the woman Dru tried to treat like the mother she never had.
Anna Myers has written a watered down version of The Crucible. While the story was entertaining, it would have been much better had it been from the point of view of someone being accused rather than one of the girls making the accusations. I found Dru to be weak and became angry and irritated with her several times throughout the book. Readers will feel more for Gabe even though he isn’t the main character.(less)
Gabi and Lia Betarrini are spending the summer in Italy with their mother on an archeological dig. They have spent every summer on various digs with t...moreGabi and Lia Betarrini are spending the summer in Italy with their mother on an archeological dig. They have spent every summer on various digs with their parents for as long as they can remember and instead of enjoying the beautiful sights, they are bored out of their minds.
While sneaking into an ancient tomb, Gabi and Lia find prints on the wall eerily simliar to their hands. When they place their hands on the imprints everything spins out of control. When Gabi finally pulls her hand away from the wall, everything is dark and she is alone.
Gabi landed in fourteenth-century Italy in the middle of a battle between two opposing armies. She hopes the side that rescues her, led by Marcello, is the right one. She knows from all her years listening to her parents talk about life in ancient Italy of the intricacies of medieval politics. She’ll have to be on top of her game if she wants to blend in with the people around her. She gets by on the story that she has been separated from her mother and sister and is welcomed to the castle and offered safety.
Gabi spends as much time as she can looking for any sign of Lia. While working on that she works her way into the daily lives of Marcello, his army, and his family. Even though Marcello is betrothed to someone else, she can’t help the feelings she has for him and sometimes, it seems he feels the same. As much as she wants her family back, Gabi continues to get involved in fourteenth-century life.
Gabi’s life, in many ways, is much fuller in medieval Italy even though she doesn’t have access to modern conveniences. WATERFALL is only the beginning of her adventures, which continues with increasingly higher stakes in CASCADE and TORRENT.
I read all three of these books back to back. I fell in love with Marcello, Greco and Luca. They have to be the sexiest fictional men in print!
If you want to read something simliar to this and don’t mind SUPER LONG books (and adult) then try The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve listened to the first five books in the series and find it just as compelling as The River of Time series. It also involves time travel, romance, and battles. The difference is in the location (Scottish Highlands) and time period (eighteenth century).
After you read WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT you’ll want to go find BOURNE (releasing late February 2012). It is an e-novella that follows the books and will hopefully hold us over until TRIBUTARY comes out. (less)
NOTE: You should read The River of Time Trilogy before reading this book. (WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT)
BOURNE starts right where TORRENT ends. Cas...moreNOTE: You should read The River of Time Trilogy before reading this book. (WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT)
BOURNE starts right where TORRENT ends. Castello Forelli is dealing with the wounded from the battle. Gabi, instead of enjoying her first days as a bride, finds herself organizing the people of the castle in order to best help the wounded. She finds it difficult to keep her mind on her duties as Lady of the Castle since her own husband, Marcello, is severely wounded. Gabi and her family must reaffirm their commitment to remaining in the 14th Century after seeing so many die.
As much as Gabi wishes for some peace, she knows it is unlikely. The Firenze are after revenge since being pushed back across the border. This time they are playing dirty by targeting certain members of the secret brotherhood that came to Marcello's aid. Not only are they killing the men involved, but their families and servants, too. Gabi and Lia are thrust into the battle again. The She-Wolves are more than willing to fight side-by-side with the men in order to ensure the safety of the people.
BOURNE is just as exciting as the other three books in the series even though it is a novella (1/3 of the size of a regular novel). It didn't take any time at all for me to be transported back to the 14th Century again. In this book we get to hear from Lia's point of view as she deals with her feelings for Luca. I loved that and it makes sense since Gabi and Marcello are already married. Lia and Luca are the ones that will struggle to get together now. And then there is poor Greco. My heart just aches for him. He feels guilty for being a traitor to his people and for his feelings for Gabi. Lisa Bergren really needs to find him a girl. (I actually wonder if we don't meet her at the end of BOURNE.)
If you haven't heard of this series start reading it now. It really has it all - adventure, romance, humor. Lisa Bergren has a knack for creating some wonderful men. Marcello, Luca, and Greco really come to life. I wish I was living in Castello Forelli so I could look at them all the time. Better yet, I'd like to be Gabi or Lia!
You can buy BOURNE right now for the Kindle for $.99. Believe me, it is totally worth it.
Victor Frankenstein wasn’t always the mad scientist we know him as today. Once he was simply a rebellious and rambunctious young man living a privileg...moreVictor Frankenstein wasn’t always the mad scientist we know him as today. Once he was simply a rebellious and rambunctious young man living a privileged life. It’s not until his identical twin, Konrad, becomes ill that his mind begins straying to thoughts of alchemy. Well, that and the fact that he, along with his brother and distant cousin Elizabeth, stumble upon a hidden library deep within their chateau. Not an ordinary library though, but one filled with books of recipes for magic potions and elixirs.
When their father finds them in the Dark Library, he asks them to promise never to return because of the dangers of the information they might find. Alchemy is a foolish and dark endeavor and one that is illegal to perform. To Victor, the library is an interesting place filled with mysterious books and Konrad’s possible death provides Victor with the excuse to return. Enlisting the help of their best friend Henry and beautiful Elizabeth, Victor finds a recipe for something called the Elixir of Life and is willing to stop at nothing to find a way to concoct the potion.
The journey is a dangerous one and filled with much adventure. Not only does Victor have to conquer his fears, but he must also fight his growing feelings for Elizabeth and increasing jealousy of Konrad. Will Victor be able to find a way to save Konrad or is it foolish for him to even try as his father says?
My heart goes out to Victor. Konrad is more charming, smarter, and the favorite of the staff. When he finds out that Elizabeth loves Konrad, too it is almost more than he can take. Will his feelings for Elizabeth get in the way of his desire to save Konrad?
THE DARK ENDEAVOR is an interesting take on the Frankenstein classic. Kenneth Oppel has answered our question, “What led Frankenstein to his fascination with creating life where there is none?” The sequel, SUCH WICKED INTENT comes out August 2012.(less)
The synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspir...moreThe synopsis says it all. FALLOUT is so scary! You know if people knew you had a shelter they would force their way in. Todd Strasser has taken inspiration from his own childhood to write this book. The scenes he creates in FALLOUT are eye-opening. The situation is dire. The possibility of this happening is frightening.
FALLOUT is a quick read. It is so impressive that Strasser can write a novel with such a small setting and make it so compelling. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until you get to the end. (less)
The only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw that Mary GrandPre is the illustrator. For those that don't know, Mary GrandPre was the i...moreThe only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw that Mary GrandPre is the illustrator. For those that don't know, Mary GrandPre was the illustrator of the first US Harry Potter novels.
THE NOISY PAINT BOX: THE COLORS AND SOUNDS OF KANDINSKY'S ABSTRACT ART is called a historical fiction according to the Notes in the back of the book. The content was inspired by real events, but all of the dialogue is the work of the author's imagination.
The book does a nice job of giving the highlights of the abstract artist, Vasily Kandinsky. This could be a nice introduction to the world of abstract art.