Oh. My. Gosh. I am so, so, so, so, SO glad I picked this book up!! It's now one of my favorites! It's definitely going in the "read over and over" she...moreOh. My. Gosh. I am so, so, so, so, SO glad I picked this book up!! It's now one of my favorites! It's definitely going in the "read over and over" shelf!
This book got me from page 1. This never ever happens to me. A lot of people say it about a lot of books and I never agree with them. This one is the exception. If you're looking for a thriller/mystery, you need to pick this up ASAP!
I really liked Lila. She was a strong protagonist, but not in a physical or "I'm independent" way, which I really liked. She was tough and extremely stubborn, but leaned a lot on her brother and Alex, especially when things were going hard with her mother's death and her father's longer and longer business trips.
Another thing I really liked was at the beginning how Ms. Alderson told about some stories from Alex, Jack, and Lila's past. It showed (not TOLD!) how close they were and built up the characters as well as their close relationship with each other. It was very, very well done.
Like I said, this book is a thriller. It starts in action and there is not a single dull moment. All action - as in, blowing up action. But the mystery alone makes it a thriller. I didn't know what was going to happen and I really wasn't expecting it AT ALL, which really thrilled me!
Alex and Jack are great. I love how close knit they are and that even though they're guys they're not afraid to show *some* emotion and be very manly at the same time. They work for a special branch of the military. Think marines, but extremely secretive. Awesome weapons and technology.
Of course, the romance in this book was so...well, I can't say sweet. It was very tense and so rewarding at the end. No love triangles here, which was refreshing. Also, Lila was dead sold on Alex. No flip flopping. She's been in love with him since her childhood, so she was obviously very dedicated to him. Alex, in turn, was so sweet! Even though he's a big macho guy, he's really gentle - more so than Jack - and extremely protective of Lila, which is adorable to watch.
Then, of course, there's the whole genetic mutation part of the book. Think X-Men. Lila can move things with her mind, mind readers, etc. This aspect of the book was so well done, I could not have been happier! It didn't take over the plot of the book with too much obsession with it (because Lila's known about her power for a long while) and there (thankfully!) isn't too much description. Just enough to inform, not enough to bore. Every part of it was well done. The fights. The bad guys. All the action scenes. Very well written.
Everybody needs to go get this book now! It was amazing. A page turner, no doubt. I was so attached to the characters, loved the action and romance, the tension and mystery. Just everything. I would not change a single thing about this book! The only bad thing is I've gotta wait all the way until AUGUST for the sequel! And let me tell you, there is no series syndrome here!
I was very impressed with how clean this book was! Sexual Content: Kissing. Once, they share a bed, but it's not for very long and there's just one mild kiss. Language/Profanity: The b word once as well as d*** a couple times. Very mild. Violence: Mild-Moderate. Death and some description of Lila's memory's from her mother's murder. Fighting and use of guns. Other: X-Men like powers.(less)
Oh. My. Gosh. Can I please scream?? Seriously. *squealing, jumping around room* Okay, yeah, I just don't even know where to start. That's how good thi...moreOh. My. Gosh. Can I please scream?? Seriously. *squealing, jumping around room* Okay, yeah, I just don't even know where to start. That's how good this book is. I *devoured* this book. I couldn't get enough and I had to force myself so slow down b/c, well, I've been waiting 2 years (2 YEARS!!) for this book and I wanted to make it last. But I suppose I should move on....
Okay, so you probably know this is by far the darkest of the Gallagher Girl series. I adore all the books and each one keeps getting better and better. Thus far, they've all been light heart-ed, and even the last one (Only the Good Spy Young) with its more series plot stayed true. But this one. Oh, this one will be an emotional roller coaster. Cammie kind of loses it and Ally Carter does a great depiction of this. Cammie doesn't have as many lists (like the pros and cons and lists by Cammie Morgan), which was one indication of the darker mood, but also, she doesn't joke as much either. Yes, I kind of missed this, but at the same time, I think this was the perfect addition to the series. Especially for those of us who grew up the series and are now getting older. The series has definitely grown with Cammie (and me) from starting as a Sophomore worried about being normal and guys to a Senior who's trying to survive....okay, and still worried about boys.
In my opinion, each book has also gotten more mysterious. The last book left many unanswered questions, but there wasn't a lot of "Oh, let me try to solve this mystery with Cammie and crew". But Out of Sight, Out of Time was definitely a mystery. I was trying to fit all the pieces together with them and let me tell you....there were some major twists in there that I *totally* wasn't expecting. There were soooo many times I sat up and was like "Oh. My. Gosh. That did NOT just happen". And there were times I was crying....so, be prepared.
I was excited to travel so much. Cammie is trying to find where she was at all summer and they end up traveling to so many different countries. Ally Carter does a great job creating a picture with sights and smells....but all from a teenage girl/spy perspective (which is awesome in case you didn't know).
And then there's Zach. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see so much of him. He's always been so mysterious, in the dark. Yes, he's still got his secrets, but at least he's not always disappearing and appearing at the most awkward moments. We get to know him a little better on a personal standpoint.
Liz, Bex, and Macy are at their best as well. Again, there wasn't as much joking around this time, but I still loved them like my own sisters/best friends. They were true to their personalities and so protective of Cammie.
In case you didn't know, Ally Carter is awesome. I mean, really. She has the most unique style of writing in the Gallagher Girl series, I cannot even explain. Basically, you need to go and buy the series (yes, the entire series) to truly discover (and love) Ally Carter's brilliance.
Again, this is the best installment thus far...not that I love any of the other books any less, because they're STAYING on my favorites list. There were so many plot twists I wasn't expecting. SO MANY. I definitely wasn't expecting to be thrown off my feet that many times. It was a real page turner, had me guessing at every page, and emotionally involved (not to mention taxed). I'm eagerly awaiting Ally Carter's last installment for the Gallagher Girl series.
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/profanity: none. Violence: fighting, killing, etc. Some pretty intense stuff, but nothing detailed. Overall, a clean read like the rest of the series.(less)
Wow. Just wow. I cannot say how much I loved this book. I loved absolutely everything about this book....not one single thing did I dislike. What adds...moreWow. Just wow. I cannot say how much I loved this book. I loved absolutely everything about this book....not one single thing did I dislike. What adds to my adoration is that it's COMPLETELY clean. Yes, you heard right folks, not even a bad word is spoken (they say oh my goodness and what the heck.....how COOL is that????) But let me start from the beginning....
There's Scarlet. First, I love her name and it fit the story perfectly. She was a very real character. She freaked out when she was supposed to...instead of being all "oh, this is all normal and cool", but at the same time she didn't run around screaming (like I was doing). She was cute in the fact she had no fashion sense and smart. She had such a big heart, too. She never took for granted her love for Gabriel, Tristan, Laura, and Heather even though she had struggles of her own...such as amnesia....and other things. But that's not to say she didn't have moments of weakness where she just wanted to cry for herself.
Then there's the boys. Yes, the boys. Oh, the boys. I do believe these are my favorite boys in fiction EVER. And I do not say this lightly as I have read a lot of fictional swoon worthy guys. But the reason I liked them wasn't just because they were swoon worthy (because they totally are), but because they were so real. They acted like real guys. They were perfectly flawed and they weren't unrealistically moody like many other fictional guys I've read are. Their brotherly banter was fantastic and their fights were very believable....and they were so...real. Did I mention that??? I canNOT stress enough how realistic their characters were, not to mention how sweet they were at the same time.
As individuals, they were pretty different, actually. Gabe was just too sweet and understanding and his obvious love for Scarlet was beautiful. He truly cared for her the entire book. Tristan, on the other hand, is a tortured soul. He wanted to protect Scarlet at all costs and even though he is completely and utterly in love with her, he also wanted what was best for her. From reading other reviews, I have seen that Tristan is the favorite. At first I was like, "Why? Gabe is too sweet and I've hardly seen anything of Tristan." And it's true. We don't see a whole, whole lot of Tristan, but those few moments that Scarlet and him are together are beautiful. By the end of the book, Tristan has another fan rooting for him.
Now for the sidekicks. A lot of reviewers have complained about Scarlet's best friend Heather. They said she was annoying and shallow and I can see where this is coming from (and have to agree she is somewhat shallow), but I really liked Heather. She wanted Scarlet to live a full life even though Scarlet wasn't sure who she was because of her amnesia. Heather and Scarlet love each other so much and Heather is a great friend. I can't even describe their friendship. And, thankfully, it's the perfect balance. We don't spend tons of times with Heather: enough to give Scarlet a girl friend but not so much it has us waiting for Scarlet to meet back up with the guys. Nate is the other "sidekick". I didn't get much from him....yet. He definitely going to be a major character later, but he didn't appear until later in the book. But I will say what I did see of him was awesome. He was funny and a total geeky video gamer.
Another thing reviewers have complained about is the writing style. Yes, the paragraphs are short, but they are not choppy. I liked that there wasn't a whole lot of description. There was enough, but not even a full paragraph devoted to describing. I thought the paragraphs flowed very nicely and the short paragraphs actually added to the urgency of the story. It moved at an excellent rate and I absolutely loved Ms. Fine's writing style, even if I did catch a few typos. I do believe I have another favorite author.
And the last thing: the cliffhanger. Reviews had warned me about this, but I didn't fully understand until I got there. I don't think I've ever read a worse cliffhanger...and I've read a whole lot. Seriously. I literally gasped out loud.
I haven't mentioned a lot about the plot because if I mentioned any more than what's in the description, I would be giving out a spoiler...that's how intense the book is.
Can I also just say how much I love this cover and how absolutely perfect it is? From the arrow on "Anew" to her glowing blue eyes to the gorgeous dress (that was EXACTLY how I pictured it in the book!!!).
Now I know this was a long review (I had loads of good things to say about this book) so if you didn't read all of it (which you probably didn't) then take this away: buy this book and read it (heck, it's only 3.99 on Amazon). It's got mystery, suspense, romance, fantasy, and wonderful best friends. I cannot stress enough how much I loved this book. It's my new favorite and it will leave you begging for the next book.
As for content, I mentioned earlier this is a completely clean book. Rarely have I read such a good romance that didn't leave me wanting that was also completely clean. Language: extremely mild. No bad words or the Lord's name abused (they say OMG, but actually it's for "goodness"). Violence is pretty mild as well. There's lot of mention of weapons and some fighting with blood. Sexual content: kissing. Some of the kisses were passionate: enough that a romance reader will be very satisfied, but absolutely nothing inappropriate. Scarlet and one of the boys sleep in the same bed once, but it's totally out of necessity and they don't even kiss. They only other thing I might mention is the dealing with immortality (some spoilers though I try not to give too many away here). (view spoiler)[Personally, I'm okay with dealing with immortality (because of the Fountain of Youth), but going into the book I had an inkling the story was going to be dealing with reincarnation and was a bit concerned about this. However, it's not really the spiritual reincarnation, but more that Scarlet has a very small amount of immortal blood in her that keeps her from dying. I was okay with this, but I thought I'd mention it for those who were concerned. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really hesitated to read this book as I had never read steampunk (actually, I didn't really even know what it was), but since it had really good rev...moreI really hesitated to read this book as I had never read steampunk (actually, I didn't really even know what it was), but since it had really good reviews and it was available as an ebook at my library, I decided to give it a try. Wow, am I glad! This book had me from the first chapter. The writing style was perfect and especially with all the first person POV books out there, I was pleased to read one in third person. Finley was a great female protagonist. She was strong (extremely strong, actually) and smart. I liked her personal battle of her good and evil side. And actually, I loved her dressing style. Very unique. Perhaps not very Victorian, but I loved the breeches and black corsets over blouses and of course boots. Griffin was, just, amazing. He was sweet and caring and loved his friends so much. It was really nice to see the hero of the story be so...chivalrous. That's not to say he didn't have his faults...though I don't always consider jealousy a fault. Especially when it involves certain girls. Then there's Jack Dandy. He reminded me a lot of a pirate. Dark hair, expensive furnishings in a low part of town. He was actually a notorious thief lord. He definitely appealed to Finley's darker side (as well as mine). I do believe he confused me as much as he did Finley. I look forward to seeing how much involvement he has in future books. I really liked the sidekicks. I kind of got bored with Emily, but I couldn't definitely see where Finley would need another girl companion. I really liked Sam and felt sorry for him throughout the book although sometimes I wanted to kick. However, my favorite was Jasper. He had a great rebellious personality and I hear he's the reason for the next book in the series.... As for the steampunk side of things, I hardly noticed all the gadgets and "magic". No, maybe that's not the right way to put it. The gadgets and magic were the theme of the book, but they didn't overpower the characters or the Victorian feeling. Ms. Cross did a brilliant job balancing the two. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like historical fiction (as the steampunk should not deter you) or lover of paranormal. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series.
As for content, this book was very clean. There was mild language, moderate violence, and no sexual content.(less)
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and bought it for my Kindle the day it came out. It definitely did not disappoint.
The story is j...moreI had been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and bought it for my Kindle the day it came out. It definitely did not disappoint.
The story is just so cute, romantic, and unique. The idea that the story only happens in 24 hours is amazing and that so much could happen and so much charter develop in that time period amazes me. After I finished the book I was like "wow, the beginning was only a day ago!".
Hadley was a typical, normal teenager dealing with separated parents, school, guys (or lack there of), and embarrassing moments (because she totally has them). Anybody - and I mean anybody - can relate to her. Not everything goes the best for her as far as looking smooth or looking good. Things happen and she has to take them in stride.
Even though Hadley is going to her dad's wedding and she has typical feelings about an evil stepmother, I was happy to see that she wasn't evil. She was nice and Hadley, grudgingly so, ended up really liking her. Also, the bridesmaids at the wedding? Absolutely hilarious. The entire book had these cute and funny comments splattered all over the place!
Oliver was sweet and open. He was a perfect gentleman. The type that help you carry your bag and hold the door open for you. Also, he was smart. He's apparently working on a school project, but I'm not quite sure what - you'll understand if you read it!!
I was expecting more from the plan ride and was slightly disappointed when it ended so soon, but I was okay with it after everything was said in done. I liked Hadley's time in London traveling everywhere (even over the course of just one day).
The title of the book was the first thing that caught my eye (though the cover is really eye catching as well...and perfect). I love it! And it completely fits the book. At first, you think the title just "fits", but it plays a part at the end. So wait for it!
Their were only two things I'd have to say I dislike about the book. First, its length. I know it only happened in 24 hours, but still, it was short. I probably could have accepted this if the price of the book hadn't been as expensive as books at least twice its size. Second, the names. I had a hard time getting through to Oliver because I was picturing something different than his name. And Hadley. I've never heard the name and when I came to her name I always wanted to say Haley or something.
Other than that (and neither were a huge deal), I loved it! It was a pretty light and fun read to pick up for upcoming Spring Break!
This being on the second in the series, I was already in love with Cammie, Macy, Liz, and Bex, but this book finalized it. Really. It was just so stin...moreThis being on the second in the series, I was already in love with Cammie, Macy, Liz, and Bex, but this book finalized it. Really. It was just so stinkin' awesome. I absolutely loved all the new characters introduced and the mystery behind it all....oh, and the Gallagher Girls' snooping? Way cool.
So first, we all know Cammie is going to be suffering from post-Josh involvement. I mean, who wouldn't after your mother wiped your first (and sweetest) boyfriend's mind. Sure, I liked Josh in the first book, but the love interest in this book blows poor Josh away. I have no regrets for Josh. Sorry, Josh.
The mystery in the East wing is rather confusing and of course I always love it when the girls bend the rules (only slightly!) because they've just GOT to find out what's over there. And they do. And lemme tell you, it was the most awesome secret EVER!
I really like all their missions. Such as interpreting guys....which is done by Operative McHenry (Macy). However, Liz tries to reason guys out, which is hilarious. I love how they're really *girls*. For instance, when they're repelling through a dusty tunnel, Bex wants to start screaming because she's afraid of spiders. The spy in her wins out, but it is definitely of importance. Of course, any girl loves to dress up. So these super high tech girls are looking for curling irons and asking if their dress makes them look fat, etc. It was just great to see spy girls be girls.
I don't think I disliked ANY of it. Seriously. I can't think of a single thing. I loved the lists made by Cammie, the casual style of writing that made me feel like Cammie was my best friend telling me about what was going on. I also liked their missions in the nearby town and the awkward moment when Cammie and Josh meet.
Anyway, this is a great addition to the series and really builds character and matures the characters for the upcoming books in the series (which are all awesome).
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Some training/fighting. Hardly anything.(less)
Another completely and utterly awesome addition to the Gallagher Girl series! Love this one!
We get to know Macy so well in this book and, honestly, I...moreAnother completely and utterly awesome addition to the Gallagher Girl series! Love this one!
We get to know Macy so well in this book and, honestly, I loved it because it really didn't take away from Cammie at all. Oh, and then we realize that...........oh, I can't say that. It would give *everything* away. Just know that Cammie is awesome.
I really liked the incorporation of the Gallagher Academy classes - we hear the girls' worries about upcoming tests and are a part of their classes sometimes - and events happening outside the Academy with Macy.
Cammie, Liz, and Bex are sneaky again with their crazy antics! We're introduced to new characters you're going to absolutely love! Oh, and Mr. Solomon is at his best with his classes in town. I love his classes. They're so entertaining and interesting.
Zach is so frustrating in this book! Appearing at the most inopportune moments! And then with NO explanation whatsoever! No wonder Cammmie is so frustrated with him! All he does is points to himself and say "spy". As if *that* explains anything!
And the ending?! Holy. Cow. Probably the book with the worst cliff hanger in the entire series! I just DIED. Seriously. I was thrown off my feet! Between Zach, Macy, someone new, Cammie, Mr. Solomon, the Circle. Wow. I was FREAKING OUT! Okay? Just be prepared! I cannot express how awesome the ending is (not that the rest isn't awesome, too!)!
With frustrating (and totally spy hot) guys, amazing friends, and page turning twists and turns, don't hesitate for this book! Go read it!
Sexual Content: Mild kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Some fighting.(less)
When I said the Gallagher Girl series keeps getting better and better, it's probably the truest thing I've ever said. I've read this book so many time...moreWhen I said the Gallagher Girl series keeps getting better and better, it's probably the truest thing I've ever said. I've read this book so many times since it came out to keep me tied over until Out of Sight, Out of Time. And I loved it every time.
Cammie is at her best. She funny and girly. She's like your best friend who tells you everything. She worries about what guys think of her and what's for dessert. Although at the same time she's worried about an international terrorist group chasing her, but she's still a girl.
I loved all the action and mystery in this book. Lots and lots of plot twists and full of excitement throughout. We learn a lot more about Mr. Solomon, Cammie's dad (like, a whole lot), and the Circle. I was super excited to see so much of Liz, Macy, and Bex. I love how Ally Carter involves them, but doesn't let them steal the show. Yes, I love them all to death, but Cammie's our main girl without a doubt.
Also, we learn a lot more about Zach. Wow, do we learn some of his major secrets. And him and Cammie.....wow. Let's just say I was in the "Oh. My. Gosh." mood for several scenes between them.
Even though it seems like there was a lot of background and information in this book (and there certainly was), I don't feel at all like it was a "background" addition to the series or that it was slow at ANY point. It moved very quickly (way too quickly, in fact), but we still learned a lot of important fact. Each fact we discovered with the girls and hit me in the face. Hard.
And the ending? I was ready to scream. Not only because of a certain boy, but because of Cammie's decisions. I'm not used to Ally Carter leaving major cliff hangers and this isn't *exactly* one, but nevertheless, it left me with MAJOR suspense problems!
Like I said, this is definitely one of my favorite additions to the series and I can't wait for more from Ally Carter. You'll be wanting to start this serious ASAP!
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/Profanity: None. Violence: Fighting, wounds after battle. Nothing very descriptive, though.(less)
This is one of those book treasures I was lucky enough to find. I have absolutely no idea how I happened about this book, but I'm so glad I did!
So, fi...moreThis is one of those book treasures I was lucky enough to find. I have absolutely no idea how I happened about this book, but I'm so glad I did!
So, first, let's get the cons out of the way. First, the writing. There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with it and I didn't particular dislike it or anything - as I almost always greatly respect authors for their hard work! - but it wasn't anything too spectacular either. The ONLY other con I would have is that there wasn't quite enough action. This is like a historical fiction with mystery, but not particularly a page turner or suspense novel.
However, that being said, I really liked the character building in Aurelia. Aurelia and Robert in particular were brilliantly built. Also, the description of different parts of the city was well done, but didn't drag out too much. I particularly enjoyed Ms. Osterlund's description of all things horses.
But let's get to specifics. First, there's Aurelia. Anybody who likes a strong female protagonist is going to love her. She's got attitude and doesn't back down. She's strong enough and smart enough for the throne - like really strong. Very, very strong willed and stubborn. However, she's secretly very sensitive, which I really like. Only people she really cares about gets to see that part of her. I really, really loved that she travels through her city to know about her people....disguised as a boy. Oh, and she has to do that in secret. As in, she escapes from the palace.
Robert is sooooo sweet. He's not the "bad guy" hot, but sweet he-totally-understands-and-complete-gentlemen type. Very protective to the point that it's a fault - but no less attractive, trust me. Also, the fact that he's from the frontier is really cool. Also, his dad was the previously the King's Spy, which is unique in and of itself. Oh, and did I mention his duels with Aurelia are sooooo much fun to read. He's always fighting her, but in a good way if that makes sense.
I really liked the horse aspect in the book. I wasn't really expecting it, but there's actually a lot to do, but this really brings out the culture of the land. That was the other thing I enjoyed reading. The country was so real because of the culture that was *shown* not *told*, which I really appreciated from the author.
The plot was fairly good. I can't say it was *completely* surprising, but obviously it wasn't so predictable that it was in my face and took away from the book.
Overall, I would highly suggest this book to lovers of mystery, romance, and/or historical fiction (even though it's not real). Also, it's very clean, so appropriate for younger readers, but still a great book for lovers of YA (thank you so much, Ms. Osterlund!!)
Sexual Content: Mild Kissing. Language/Profanity: Mild. Violence: Some, but no details. (less)
If you've read the first book in the River of Times Series (Waterfall), you'll be excited to hear that this is definitely the best in the series (okay...moreIf you've read the first book in the River of Times Series (Waterfall), you'll be excited to hear that this is definitely the best in the series (okay, so Torrent is a really, really close runner up). There's so much more action and romance...though I didn't think that was possible.
All our favorite characters are back and we get to see a whole lot more of some of the minor characters like Lia and Luca, which I was really excited about. Luca is at his best with his hilarious comments and his shameless (and endless) flirting with Lia.
And Marcello? Ooohhhhhh, Marcello. We see sooooo much more of him and he's....oh, wait, I can't spoil the story, can I? Let's just say things get much more....intense.
And some of the challenges Gabi goes through? She's so tough, but such a girl at the same time. And being rescued by a knight? Yeah, it doesn't get much better. And the whole rescue was great....all the schemes and close calls....all nail biters!
And we get introduced to Lord Greco: Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome himself. I was so torn over him! Where does he fit? Isn't Marcello Gabi's true love? At times he was romantic and then he was....well, again, I can't spoil anything.
We're also introduced to Gabi and Lia's mom, who travels through time with them. At first, she seemed kind of weak and I was a little disappointed: as in, where in the world did Gabi and Lia come from if their mom is like that? But she totally toughens up. Seriously. She rocks, but she's a mother at the same time. Oh, and an archaeological. Can you imagine an archaeological who studies ancient Italy *IN* ancient Italy?
Again, this is the best installment in the River of Time Series. The romance heats up. Risks get steeper and chancier. A real page-turner. You'll be wanting to add this to your library!
Sexual Content: Kissing. Language/profanity: None. Violence: ancient Italy violence with sword fighting. Some torture and though it's very clear what happens, it's not described. (less)
I really picked up this series on a whim. I actually downloaded it to my Kindle when it was free one day. It sat there for a very long time, I'm so ve...moreI really picked up this series on a whim. I actually downloaded it to my Kindle when it was free one day. It sat there for a very long time, I'm so very ashamed to say. And I'm even more embarrassed to say part of the reason I was turned away was because of the cheesy cover. Yes, I know, I'm so sorry!! But this has honestly become one of my favorite series. Each book just keeps getting better and better!
The River of Time series is told from Gabi's POV. I really like Gabi. She just such a girl and at the same time so tough! I mean, what kind of girl can wield a broadsword in Italy during the 1300s?
However, I love that even though Gabi can hold her own, she needs rescuing. She needs someone to take care of her when she gets hurt. And can I say how romantic it is when a hot knight rescues you? *Cares* for you? Yeah, talk about swoon-worthy guys. You ain't seen nothin' till you've met Marcello and Luca.
Marcello is one of those guys that totally rocks the knight look, but is soooo tender. And Luca? He's our comic relief. But even though he's the "funny guy" he's tough and has his serious moments. He's captain of the guard and Lord Forelli's cousin. He's a powerful guy even if he doesn't act it. But Marcello....can a guy get any more chivalrous and romantic? What has happened to the romantic guys? If you're looking for a hot "bad" guy, this is the wrong place.
The time travel aspect of the story is really interesting. The time travel has real repercussions and Gabi worries about accidentally changing history. Besides the fact that she can't get used to no bathrooms, riding side saddle, and using the table cloth as a napkin.
Lia, Gabi's sister, isn't seen a lot in this book. Poor thing being dragged through time and just wanting to get home and then Gabi goes and falls in love.....I can see how that would be stressful.
The conflict and action is really great. Definitely fits the whole 1300 Italy setting.....which, I must add was SO well done. Cheers to Ms. Bergren for giving enough information to let us get the picture, but not bog us down with too many facts.
And Paratore? Can't say he's a totally scary give-me-nightmares type in this book, but he is later. Trust me.
My favorite scene is definitely when Gabi gets hurt. Marcello is just so admirable. Sounds weird, but I always like it when characters get hurt because it always brings out the romantic parts!
Regardless of the poor book covers (as I STILL can't get over them), you should definitely pick this book up! The time travel is great. Italy is romantic. Dreamy knights willing to rescue the damsel in distress.
Sexual Content: Attempted rape, but they only get her to the ground, pinning her with a sword. Mild kissing. Language/Profanity: None (isn't that great?!) Violence: Sword fighting. Somewhat graphic, but nothing real bad.(less)
I love, love, love this book! Cascade is probably still my favorite, but this was in no way disappointed me. At all. In fact, I actually read this on...moreI love, love, love this book! Cascade is probably still my favorite, but this was in no way disappointed me. At all. In fact, I actually read this on the beach in Florida. So, obviously, it had to be awesome for me to be reading it! And I finished in two days....and it's a pretty long book, honestly.
I never would have thought Ms. Bergren could write new adventures for Gabi, Marcello, Luca, and Lia. I mean, we've done a lot with them - stormed castles, gone to dances, been captured and wounded, run for their lives, several major battles. But let me tell you when you won't be disappointed with their new adventures! Not boring in the least!
First, we see a LOT more of Lord Greco. Now, I am totally and completely for Gabi going for Marcello. Really, there was NO doubt in my mind...until this book. I can't say there's exactly a love triangle, but you'll definitely be cheering for Greco to find his true love as well. For being a "bad guy", I sure fell in love with him!
And the romance? Wow. It's definitely at its best in this book. Marcello and Luca both turn it up toward our She-Wolves. And I absolutely loved it! However, their love is also tested. It's not easy committing to each other fully and Ms. Bergren really shows the true trials of being in love. It's not as easy as a lot of YA books make it out to be. Gabi definitely has a lot of decisions to make, along with her family.
That's the other thing. I really liked Gabi and Lia with their parents. I loved their dad. He really handled things well considering he was seeing Gabi and Lia a couple years older than they were supposed to and then they tell him he was dead, etc. And then, if course, the whole traveling through time. Oh, and then there's Gabi's falling in love with a Italian knight. That's got a be a biggie.
And the ending battle? Very awesome and suspenseful! And Marcello and Gabi!!! *squeal* Oh, and Gabi's totally stressful dilemma and "escape"? So cool and heart wrenching!
Even though it was a good ending to the series, I am so sorry to see it end! I've heard there are going to be more books with our favorite characters, but from Lia's POV. Not that I don't like Lia or anything (because I really love her to death), but I just *adore* Gabi, so I'll be really sad to see her leave. Either way, this was a great way to end the series and I really, really hope you pick this series up!
Sexual content: Kissing. (view spoiler)[When Gabi marries (no, I'm not going to say who!!), they have their first night together. I think I would've missed it if someone hadn't told me before hand. Very discreet. Just mention him unbuttoning her dress and them becoming one. (hide spoiler)] Language/Profanity: none. Violence: Fighting scenes. Some description, but nothing too gory. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)