What if you not only fell back through time...but fell in love, too?
Gabi knows she's left her heart in the fourteenth century, and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, months have passed, and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence--while their enemies will go to great lengths to see them dead.
Even in the midst of the battles, Gabi is increasingly drawn to Marcello, just as Lia's is to Luca. In medieval Italy, the sisters must discover things inside themselves that they couldn't seem to find in the present--connection with their mom, courage within, and the understanding that a life well lived often means encountering sacrifice. But in a world long past, many things still keep Gabi from giving Marcello her heart forever...and one thing in particular calls all three of the Betarrinis home.
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books, with more than 4.5 million copies sold. She recently released The Sugar Baron's Daughters Series (KETURAH, VERITY and SELAH), and recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUENCES, GLITTERING PROMISES), time-slip romance duology called River of Time: California (THREE WISHES and FOUR WINDS), and some contemporary romances (ONCE UPON A MONTANA SUMMER and ONCE UPON AN IRISH SUMMER are the newest releases).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, consulting and helping Tim with his business. Her husband Tim is a sculptor of ducks-out-of-fenceposts (RMRustic.com), graphic designer and musician. They have three big kids–Olivia (who just got married), Emma (who is about to get married) and Jack (who is a junior in high school).
The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This is going to be short and sweet simply because It's so hard to write a review and do it justice on a book that completely sweeps you off your feet in every way possible!!! This is such an AMAZING series and I really, really don't want it to ever end!!
Cascade was another addicting addition to River of Time series. I can ramble on and on but if you have read Waterfall, you are in for another AWESOME reading experience that will linger in your thoughts for quite some time. I read this a while ago now, and I still feel giddy when I think about it! It is a MUST read! Absolutely hands down one of my ALL-Time FAVS!!!
I love that there is never a dull moment, the action keeps anyone with a hint of A.D.D flipping those pages and totally submerged within them!
You get action, romance, deception, a heroin with more will-power and determination that makes your heart pump at an excessive rate (those who have cardiac conditions..may want to read in intervals) (just joking). You have a major swoon-worthy male counterpart that will have you squeezing your book/e-reader in the palms of your hands and hopeing to the high heavens that he reveals those luscious abs that we all come to love! Not only that, but let me tell you, Marcello is not only all of the above but he has a heart of gold and a deep devotion of love for Gabby that anyone with a fairy-tale dream generated guy in their mind will fit him in that place.
You want secondary characters that blow your mind and add just as much flavor to the story...this one has that and more.
Cascade picks up right where Waterfall left off. The She-Wolves of Siena are back with more tough decisions, bubonic plague etc.
This isn't my typical review and I have a tendancy to ramble on about books I am totally in love with, but I just can't say enough how much I love it!
. Waterfall is the first book in the River of Time series. It is classified as a Christian contemporary romance (advocating abstaining from sex until after marriage), and time travel adventure. Prepare for action-packed adventure with daring sword battles, heinous trickery, political drama, a daring escape, heartwarming romance, and hilarious teen hijinks all within the terrains of ancient Italy. These 21st-century gals quickly acclimate to their new environment by adapting skills they had acquired in their own time. Gabi and Lia were full of courage, intestinal fortitude, and blessed with beauty as well. All the characters were realistic and the secondary characters were full of their own warmth, personality, and depth. The sequel was packed with just as much danger and intrigue as the previous book, and actually captivated me even more! This adventure opens with Gabi and Lisa anxious to jump through the time portal back to the angst they had just left behind with the knights they suddenly can't live without and feel the need to help protect. Their mother will only approve if they take her with them, so they can make a detour to rescue their father, who had been killed in an accident several months before the story began.
When they arrive, Castle Forelli is under attack and there is a reward for the girl's deaths. The enemy has nicknamed them 'The She-Wolves' and are determined to see them dead. Marcello and Luca are equally determined to to keep their women safe. Prepare for nonstop action adventure as they help the ancient Sienese. There will be no shortage of daring sword battles, heinous trickery, political drama, heartwarming romance, and hilarious teen hijinks all within the terrains of ancient Italy.
The author researched the time and area very well, allowing her to build a rich and intricately designed, historical world. This historical fiction was very Interesting to me and compelling enough to read each story in only one day! I failed to ascertain where the titles came from. The conclusion also left me with other unanswered questions that may perhaps be revealed in the next book of the series.
Cascade is a clean piece of entertainment aspiring to capture the attention of young adult readers, but also exacting enough to reach readers of all ages. This family experienced history first hand and grew up much more quickly thanks to an adventure full of history, humor, and hormones.
Even though there are some grammatical, they don't detract from the story. I highly recommend it!
I liked how this one picks up right where the first one leaves off. It’s probably a good idea to have all the books on hand when you start, you won’t want to stop reading! This is one series where all the books are great, maybe even getting better as they go.
Gabi continues to be a great heroine. I thought she was easy to relate to and easy to like. She is tough, but believable. She is courageous and fiercely loyal. When everything seems overwhelming and futile, she is still brave and speaks her mind. She uses her wits and I just loved being along for the ride. I liked that Lia plays a bigger role in this one. Same with Luca and Marcella, the book is at its best when they are all together. Gabi and Marcello’s relationship continues to grow, but they face a lot of challenges in this one. I love how committed Marcello is to Gabi, he would literally do anything for her and puts her first. Even with all his other responsibilities he will drop whatever it is to come to her aid. He’s pretty dreamy too! Luca continues to add a fun comedic element, but he can be all business when he needs to be. I like the relationship that is building between him and Lia.
We’re also introduced to a new character, Lord Greco. While he doesn’t get a lot of page time, he definitely will capture your imagination. There is more to him than we get to see and it leaves you wanting to know more of his story. Luckily, we do get more of him in the next book and boy does he add some good conflict to the story. It doesn’t hurt that he is a hottie too!
The plot is exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Lots of adventure and character growth for Gabi and Lia. A great addition to the series!
4.5 stars This book took me a little while to get into at first...it started out kind of slow for me. However, this may have been because, at the time, I was reading several other books at once, and I just couldn't seem to get into it. But I am so glad that I decided to pick it up again :) It started to get better for me around the half-way mark.
I love Gabi and Lia's sister/friend relationship. The "She-Wolves of Siena" were very funny and likeable characters for me, but I definitely think that I like Lia's character the most. I sometimes found Gabi to be a little bit irritating, but that could just be me lol Another thing I loved in this book was Lia and Luca's budding romance :) They were so sweet and Luca had me laughing so much at some of the things he said. Lord Greco's character had me very intrigued and he kept me wanting to read on until I knew more about him and whether or not he could be trusted.
All in all, I am very glad that I decided to get back into this series and hope that I can start the third book, Torrent, very soon! :)
Oh lord where to begin. I had some serious hopes because she at least began with a historical note on this book.
Hmm.. how about.. Book One set in 1332. Book Two 1342. However the author insists it's only 3 months since the girls departed at the end of book One. Then there's the plague thing. I could go on for paragraphs about the errors on that*, not to mention her character not wanting to "infect" people then barging into people homes and surrounding themselves with others willy-nilly. She throws nearly everything BUT the kitchen sink at the girls about 2/3rd of the way through the book and manages to pull them out (nice Mary-sueing!). I think your getting the point.
The worst gaffe is their mother - who gets conveniently left behind for most of the book - having to get a doctorate of anthropology along with her doctorate of archeology REALLY? I mean REALLY? Does this Author not realize that Archeology IS a branch of Anthropology? That is so basic I about called the publishing house and read them the riot act over their lack of editing (which I might add is incredibly bad).
Now I realize this is a romance and the rules/accuracy for this genre are decidedly lax. However this is also a young-adult novel and therefore I expect some standards to be met. Why? Because young adults do imbibe knowledge through their leisure reading. Being fed obvious misleading information like this really rubs me the wrong way. If an author cannot take the time to even get a few basic facts correct they shouldn't bother putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I'm not asking for a historical treatise, just make sure that when you are writing about something you get it correct. Seriously it takes moments to fact check something this simple, do it for your readers!
I picked this series up originally because I enjoy history, have a penchant for time-travel novels, and well.. I didn't realize it was a twenty-first century formulaic romance novel in disguise. *ugh* (I sincerely wish these things came with a warning.. I won't bore you with my usual rant on that)
Negative 12 stars.
*I don't expect her to hit her readers with details about the plague ad nauseam. but plague was around and about all through that period. Her years and descriptions are off. As are the peripheral characters reactions to quite some degree. There had been several years where it had already ravaged the populace -- 1292 and 1306 come to mind. While I realize 1348 is a year most laymen are familiar with the plague came in several strains and forms and in waves across many many years. Not something to be addressed in detail in such a book, but it should have been acknowledged and addressed if it was going to be brought up at all as a plot point.
Favourite Quote:We stood there for a moment, people swirling around us, laughing, greeting one another, kissing on both cheeks in Italian fashion. And our deep stare into each other's eyes was as intense as a kiss of our own. It was like he was speaking to me, singing to me, all through that long, silent, sexy-as-all-get-out look.
Cascade is awesome. It is another brilliant and addictive addition to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite series. It has the perfect mix of adventure and romance making for a fully satisfying read.
I am still surprised at how captivated I am by this series especially since it is definitely kind of historical which is just not my thing at all. But that just goes to show how much of a incredible writer Lisa Tawn Bergren is. Her writing just keeps you completely captivated in this stunning tale.
The plot is fast paced that has a level of tension that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even more than the first instalment. It was like I could not read this fast enough.
I love spending time with these character as they bring humour and heart to this tale. Gabi is still the same strong heroine who's strenght and loyalty is inspiring. Marcello would have to be one of the kindest characters out there. And just when you think you couldn't possible swoon any harder for him you do. Then you have Lia and Luca and their banter provides lots of entertainment.
"Lia aimed shifted and waited watching one man peek out time and time again. She let her arrow fly anticipating his next peek at us and it pierced his eye.
“Okay that’s just going to make ’em mad ” I said.
“Three hundred and ninety-two ” she said to Luca tossing her braid over her shoulder and taking aim again.
“Saints in heaven ” he said to me rolling his eyes “how much deeper in love can I yet fall?"
The romance was beautiful. It made the romantic fool in me very very happy. Gabi and Marcello's relationship is sweet and tender. They definitely have that out of ordinary dreamy type of love.
Overall, Cascade was a perfect reading escape. It is passionate, meaningful and magical. The only problems is I need Torrent like right NOW!
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THIS SERIES!!! :-)
Oh. My. Gosh! This book took me through so many twists and emotions. I think l literally had to keep reminding myself to breathe during some parts! My mani was totally shot from all of the nail biting moments, lol!
If you have not read book one, please buy or borrow a copy asap, and read it!. Lol, demand your book store or library to have this book on their shelves!!! :-)
I loved Gabriella's character arc from book one to this one. She goes in ad regular teen to a warrior girl. I love how she progressively takes an authoritative position in the story. You see her more comfortable in the medieval era in this second installment. She's definitely stronger in this one, especially considering all the things she has been through in a short amount of time. I really appreciate that the author didn't try to make her like Xena all the way(haha! For those who remember that tv show). Gabi still has her vulnerable moments, but she was definitely courageous!
I thought it was awesome how we got to see more of Lia and Gabriella and the sisterly bond they share . These ladies definitely attract trouble like a magnet. Lol, it seems like everyone wants to take these girls down! Some of the situations they get into are just down right scary! But the sisters always have each others back. Those girls can work a sword and a bow! Lol, girl power!
I think I will forever adore the growing love between Marcello and Gabriella. You can totally see that they are in love. And not just bubble gum YA love, but real, love. I can totally see why the girl has a struggle between staying in the 1300s versus the present. Mr. Marcello Forelli will definitely make a lady want change her mind. Plus, I'm looking forward to see where things go between Luca and Lia! ♥
Cascade was such an exciting series! Bravo to Lisa Bergren for creating such a fun blast to the past adventure! I'm so ready for book 3!
I wanna marry this book. This whole series. It's like Lisa took everything I want out of a book and put it all together to make the best series EVER! Even if you don't like historical fiction or time travel, this series is so much more than that. The River of Time defies simple categorization and gives readers something they so rarely get.
But this is a second book in a series, so you probably have some questions. Second books always sort of scare me, especially when I loved the first book like I did with this series. Will the sequel measure up? Will it spoil the happy feelings the first book left me with? Reading shouldn't be so dangerous, but when you're as emotionally invested in a series as I am with The River of Time, then the idea of opening up the sequel can be scary!
I'm going to try to answer the questions I had when I started reading. I'm going to try to avoid any spoilers for both Cascade and Waterfall, but some things can't be avoided (like if I mention a character appearing in Cascade, then you kinda know they didn't die in Waterfall...) So if you haven't read Waterfall yet (WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!), then you might not want to read this review.
Do the characters I love show up?
Oh yeah! Of course Gabi, Marcello, and Luca have plenty of page time, but Lia is also elevated to MC status (and she is totally awesome!). Romana and Fortino make a small appearance, but they're not really present much. I know, I was bummed about the lack of Fortino, too. You know who does show up and totally surprised me? Paratore. I thought we had seen the last of him, but that jerk is back for more...and I love it!
We're also introduced to two more characters who were totally awesome additions: Momma She-Wolf and Lord Greco. Momma She-Wolf is Gabi and Lia's mother who travels back in time with them. She is kick butt! I love that Lisa included their mother. Parents are so often ignored in YA, but when you're torn between living in the 14th century or going back home without the love of your life, well, that's kind of a decision you'd want to talk over with your mom, right?
Lord Greco is such a great character. I love hating him and I can't help admiring him (and finding him attractive. Yeah, there's another hot guy). Is he bad? I'm not sure. I can't tell if he's good or if I'm just trying really hard to make him good because I like him so much. I'm not even sure if I want him to be good or bad. He's such a great villain, but he is totally swoon-worthy so, you know, having him be a villain might complicate things.
Will I be happy with the romance?
Ugh, middle books usually suck when it comes to romance. You have all the happy "Yay the couple got together!!" coming off the end of the first book, but usually authors try to complicate things in the sequel. Love triangles, misunderstandings, anything to make the honeymoon end.
BUT NOT LISA! I just want to give her a huge hug for not putting me through that agony. Gabi and Marcello are just as awesome together in Cascade as they were in Waterfall. Not only that, but Lisa also totally avoids the annoying "Gazing into each others eyes for pages" thing that also usually happens when couples have been together for too long in books. You know how it can get boring seeing a couple just be together? Not here. Their relationship is growing and it's tender and sweet, but also realistic and still totally clean. Marcello is a 14th century guy, and while that provides a lot of perks, he also has a very different approach to relationships than we have today (like marriage age, divorce, etc).
I loved the scenes where Gabi and Marcello hashed out these differences. The fact that Gabi is actually considering these differences and how profoundly her life will change is so refreshing. YA girls are so quick to throw away everything in their life for their paranormal insta-love guy. This gets old and I can't help but lose a little respect for those girls. Gabi acknowledges how much she loves Marcello, but she also carefully considers all of the ramifications to both herself and her family if she chooses to stay with him in the 14th century.
And Lia and Luca? *Squeeee* SO adorable!
How's the action? Is it as good as it was in Waterfall?
It's better! Waterfall was a battle. Cascade begins a WAR. The stakes are super high and, honestly, I never knew what was going to happen next. There's secret passageways, espionage, heart-pounding escapes, double crossing, and plague! The political intrigue is so intense I had my eyes glued to the pages and was left gasping in surprise. I couldn't believe some of the things the characters did! Let me tell you, the 14th century is filled with JERKS. Conniving, horrible, ruthless jerks.
My poor, wonderful characters go through so much in this book. I was so worried about all of them, and with good reason! We're lulled into a false sense of security with some cute but benign scenes in the beginning, but before long bad things start happening and we don't have a moment's rest. The action kicks into high gear and stays that way throughout the rest of the book. Once you hit that spot you won't be able to put the book down. I'm talking taking a sick day at work because you don't want to stop reading kind of feeling.
How are the Christian fiction aspects?
If you like Christian fiction, then I think you'll be happy with the progression of Gabi's dawning faith. If Christian fiction isn't your thing, then I don't think you'll be bothered at all. The presence of Christian elements is very subtle in both Waterfall and Cascade. While Gabi slowly comes around to embracing the idea of God and God's plan, the story stands just fine on its own without these elements.
What I mean is, you know how sometimes in Christian fiction the entire premise is based on religion. It's a major plot point and the book doesn't work if it were removed. That's not the case here. Gabi is a strong character and able to do what she does because she's a strong, capable girl.
Will I be able to survive until September?
This is where I'm at right now:
But with longer arms. And like times infinity. The idea of waiting--waiting at the edge of WAR where everything hangs in the balance and I don't know if **** and how **** and whether or not **** and how **** will pan out...well, this is also where I'm at:
So, if in your travels you happen upon a mad woman raving about a castello and Italian hotties and the She-Wolves of Siena, please don't worry. That's just me trying to carry on the best I can until September.
And if you want to get a piece of this beautiful agony, make sure you enter the giveaway for a copy of Cascade!
From the very moment i picked up this book, i was like:
Seriously, it is that good. That is also why i've put off writing this review. I'm afraid of my inability to fully justify how good this book was.
I devoured this book. Literally. The first book didnt impress me much, more of, "oh okay, im done. Move on". Y'know? But this..This is a stunning novel that far surpassed its predecessor. A phenomenal book just short of a miracle.
*I must warn you i am wont to being a little over-spoilery. So if you dont want to be spoiler-ed, skip my summary:)*
This book picks up right where WATERFALL left off, where Gabi and Lia tries to convince their mom to time travel back with them to medieval Italia. Their mom was skeptical at first(uh, duh), but was willing to take the leap anyway. Because both girls dont know how to control how many years to rewind, they ended up months after they left.
It was kind of funny how Gabi fret over how much time has passed. The scene goes like this:
"Let's hope it's the same year," Lia said, sliding her bow over her shoulder. My heart paused and then pounded at her words. What if I was off by a year or more? What if Marcello was no longer a guy about my age, but rather a middle-aged man? I shivered. That would be…awkward.Loll
Anyway, shortly after their sweet(and i mean sweeet) reunion, the entire Siena population got wind of it and are in celebrations. So the trio(Gabi, Lia, and mom) are carted off to Siena where they will be hosting lavish feasts and whatever they wanted.
(ok this isnt a major part of the book but i MUST mention it. Or rather..him) GRECOOOOOOOO. There, at the ball-cum-feast, she met Lord Rodolfo Greco. Good guy, smart guy, hot guy. Perfecto.
Anyway, yes, there she met a few people, some old, some new friends, and one old enemy - Paratore. Something happened between them and off they go home. On the way back, they met with someone who has been infected by the bubous plague, which would ultimately lead to the Black Plague 5 years later in 1338(or sth). To not spread this contagious disease, they fled to an isolated middle-of-nowhere place and settled down. But not long after their arrival, the Firenze army closes in on them, unprotected and unawares...
Actually, that's not the end of it but it'll be too long if i really summarise the entire novel. That's testimony to how truly eventful it was. Mindblowing-ly awesome, i swear.
Gabi is such a courageous, loving, and beautiful lady. You can really see her grow and mature into a true lady at court, ready to lead and well..give speeches. Her speeches are really cool. One quality that i really lack. I'm digressing.
Oh man, and the love between her and Marcello is sweet and romantic. They're protective of each other and their banters! Oh their banters! They totally rock my socks.
There's a new character in this one, and lots of potential. It is a one Lord Rodolfo Greco. Greco Greco Greco, your name sounds like a frog, but your demeanor is far, FAR from it. Your looks too(hubba hubba). Anyway, he is Fiorentini, but he takes care of Gabi tenderly when she was captured(oh did i just spoiler you?oops. oh well), and he's dialogues are filled with depth and..oh swoon. You'll love him:). Really hope to see more of him in TORRENT!
There was lots more humor in this one. Definitely more humor. I heard the dull sound of a metal latch unhooking, and a door opening behind a moth-eaten tapestry in front of me. Dude. This is SO Nancy Drew. And Harry Potter. Nancy Potter.
One teeeeeensy weeeeeeensy thing that i thought wasnt right was that after Person A was starved and dehydrated for 2 days straight, how can Person A walk and swim? Moreover fight? That's....not right. No one's superman, yo, except superman.
Bergren's writing techniques weave an enchanting story, much more elegant, grand and beautiful than the last. And when it comes to the romantic part..Ahh..How love soars through the air with abundance of pretty pink frills and lacesXD. Pardon my gay-ness, i am but just celebrating my joy of having read another fantasticle book. Oh and that frills and laces sentence wasnt a quote. That was just my lame attempt at expressing my gay-ness.
Anyway, add to that, the plot and storyline was jam-packed with action and suspense, there was never a dull moment throughout.
After reading for so long, i was still like:
And at the end, i was like:
Bottomline: I have no higher praise for this book.
Note: Because this won't be out until June and also since it's the sequel, I tried not to give away any major plot points or spoilers!
Wow. What can I say? The River of Time series has become a favourite of mine. I absolutely loved Waterfall and I can say that the sequel does NOT disappoint. In fact, I may even be willing to say it's.... even better than the first book! Which, if you've read the glowing reviews for Waterfall thus far, you know that's saying a lot.
The She-Wolves of Siena have returned. Gabriella and Lia Beterrani make the journey back to the 14th century with another Beterrani in tow this time - their mother. They've only been back in the present time for about half an hour, but due to some weirdness in the space-time continum, to Marcello and everyone else back in the past, it's been almost three months since Gabi and Lia last left. Despite what they achieved at the end of Waterfall, things are more dangerous than ever. They are on the brink of a war and while the Beterrani sisters are revered as heroines amongst the Sienese, their enemies want them with just as much passion.
The stakes are raised even higher in Cascade and Lisa Bergren does not step down from the challange. Not only is there a rising threat of a direct attack from the Florentines, but a new danger is beginning to rear it's head among them all, one that can't be thwarted by swords and arrows - the Black Plague. Throughout the whole novel I was on the edge of my seat! The danger increases - the girls get themselves stuck in such sticky situations and you honestly have no idea what's going to happen next. Whether they'll be captured, tortured or even make it out alive and while I know deep down the girls can't die (it's their saga, afterall!), that doesn't stop my heart from racing with apprehension. Lisa knows how to build the suspense and uncertainty!
And that's not all she excels at. Yeah, I'm talking romance now, folks. Oh my... Marcello and Luca - I ADORE!!! I loved them both in Waterfall, but they somehow managed to burrow their way even deeper into my heart this time. I don't know who I love more.... can I just have both gift-wrapped for Christmas, please? Marcello and Gabi's relationship is further intensified throughout Cascade and due to the fact that near-death battles seem like an almost daily experience in his era, they recognise how easy they could lose one another. And how strong their love is. They have such a great relationship, it's genuine attraction and a deep, respectful bond.
I just have to throw a little quote out there that is SO true: "Marcello. Luca. They're men, Lia. Not boys. It takes guys at home another ten years to have the maturity that these guys have."
There's always a growing attraction between Luca and Lia. Well, Luca has plainly declared his swooning for Lia, but she's a little more stubborn to give into the way we're all sure she's feeling! Because how could a girl NOT fall for Luca? This guy still manages to lay on the charm with a grin on his face even while he's incapacitated or in the middle of deadly battle. Lia is the most reluctant to give up life in her own time. Gabi wants to stay - she's found love, true love in this era with Marcello and she doesn't want to leave. But she won't sacrifice losing her family to stay. She's so torn between the people she loves - can she convince her mother and sister that staying in an era where she's both worshipped as a hero and hated with cold fury, is a good thing for them all?
Cascade has everything a great book should have. Romance, intrigue, danger, treachery and action. Action the way it SHOULD be written, full of peril and suspense and uncertainty. This series will take your breath away, with characters who'll fast become your friends and an adventure through time that will have your heart pounding alongside our heroines. I cannot recommend these books enough, if you haven't already read Waterfall - what are you waiting for!? Go, go, go!
Despite my excitement to dive back into this world with these wonderful characters, I was a little worried that Cascade wouldn't live up to my expectations or be as great as the first book. I was wrong on both counts! This series only continues to get better.
In this book, Gabi and Lia briefly return to present day to fix that sticky situation they were left with at the end of Waterfall. They don't linger too long, though, and quickly head back to the 14th century with their mother in tow, throwing us right into the action immediately. I really loved seeing more of Lia and Gabi's dynamic as they both went to many lengths to protect each other.
It is almost insane just how high the stakes were raised in this book. The girls really go through some hard stuff and yet they push through, as fierce as ever. Gabi? Wow, hats off to her for putting up with that cage situation. Gabi's mental and physical strengths aren't the only thing to admire: her selflessness really shines through in all of her actions. Much like in the first book, Gabi doesn't lose sight of the importance of her sister and mother and they remain at the forefront of her decision making. It would be so easy to simply agree to stay in the past --- hello, Marcello alone is more than tempting enough! -- but instead she's willing to wait until she can reach a mutual decision with her family. It's heartwarming to see such a wonderful bond with the Betarrini ladies, especially since these relationships continue to be so rare in YA.
I have to admit that I did miss Fortino's presence in this one, but Luca and Marcello more than met my swooning requirement. Marcello will be Marcello (perfect if you're unaware), but Luca definitely had moments where he stole the show. Heck, I even made a goodreads update that simply read "Oh, Luca <3." YEP, HE'S THAT GOOD.
The final chapter in Cascade was absolutely touching and ahhh! The emotion! I won't say much more, but I definitely teared up while reading and I'm looking forward to seeing this expanded in the next book.
This series has it all: action, adventure, romance, humor, amazing friendships and family bonds...it's a perfect blend of everything that I could want in my reads -- and then some! Truly, my love for The River of Time series continues to take me by surprise and you should definitely look into picking up copies of the books if you haven't already! I can't wait to get my hands on Torrent. September, get here soon!
Woah!! What a read!!! From the very beginning, it was filled with epic battles with our favourite She-Wolves! Every time I thought, 'how are they gonna get out of this one?', something new and unexpected happened. I fell even more in love with Gabi, Marcello, Lia and Lucas. The men are all so swoon-worthy, and my favourite part was the feisty heroines saving the day. There was plenty of action, intrigue, drama and romance to keep me hooked the whole way through. I love the world of Medieval Italy that the author has intricately crafted. Evidence of careful research can be seen, making the story all the more immersing. Overall, a super exciting read!!
I absolutely love this series, it is so,so good! It is one of those books you just cant put down and don't ever want it to end! Cascade starts off were Waterfall left off. Gabi and Lia are back in present day Italy. Gabi is completely heartbroken to have left Marcello( as was I). There were a few things they had to do in modern Italy, and then they head back to 1300's Italy. This was one adventure after another, some were good and some had me heartbroken. Mrs. Bergren writes a wonderful romance, I loved watching Marcello and Gabi's love grow and blossom into something special and real. Marcello, Marcello he is so amazing, he is always there for Gabi physically saving the day as well as opening his heart to her completely! There are some wonderful surprises to their relationship, that I will not spoil and let you find out for yourselves. Lia and Luca's relationship is great too. I like how it is moving slowly and I love Luca he is so hilarious with all his little one liners. He is also handsome, full of chivalry and totally into Lia, he is also very patient with her as she is trying to figure out what she wants. They all work together to fight for their family and lands. There are so many other wonderful characters from the first book that we get to be with again, as well as some of the villians we don't like. I couldn't flip pages fast enough, I love this series, so well written and intriguing, with a wonderful romance. I don't want to wait until September for book 3, and I really don't want this series to end!! Can't it just go on forever?
Whelp, that's it folks. I'm sunk. Buying book three...uhh...now!! This is book 2 of the River of Time series by Lisa Bergren. (Still haven't figured out the title...but who cares?!)
The sequel was packed with just as much danger and intrigue as the previous book, and actually drew me in even more! Truly, I think I enjoyed this ride more than the first, but perhaps just because everything is already set in motion and I have a solid footing in the plot, the characters, and the world. I'm already dying for book 3. Of course, it doesn't help that I thought I had more chapters to read and then, nope fooled ya...extras. I swear, I don't think I've ever been more disappointed to see the extra content, which I normally love.
Just as before, the characters positively charming (and some really sweet minor characters that have me hoping against hope that I'll see again!), the world fan-freaking-tastic (makes me want to go there! I loved the little bit of Italy I've seen and I definitely want more!), and the plot as engrossing as ever before. I'm hanging on a thread here! Two-day shipping better hurry up!
Minor violence, tactfully handled. Super-sweet romance, nothing worse than a few stolen kisses (medieval peeps were pretty chill XD). And no swearing. There was a scene where some...lustful implications were made, but it was brief and not detailed in any way whatsoever, again, very tactfully handled.
Yup, it's official.... I LOVE this series!! I honestly don't know how to start this review! This book is so good that I don't think I can capture it in words! Personally I think that this book is better than the first one. I love both books, but this one had more action and adventure then the first one. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
All the plot twists and things that happened throughout this book kept me reading and not wanting to put down. It literally pained me to put this book down, not knowing what is going to happen to Gabi, Lia, Luca, and Marchello. It was really fun re-reading this because I had forgotten so much that happened in this book. The ending was the only thing that I honestly remembered from this book. Everything else was really fun to re-read.
I loved seeing the development of all the characters and my heart ached for them throughout their many trials that they faced. Mrs. Bergren knows how to write books that keep you hooked. I had to force myself not to stay up too late last night so I could get sleep before school. Ughhh, I just love this series so much. I wish there were more time travel books in Christian Fiction. Can we please petition for more?!?
03/28/16 - Can I say how much I loved Luca this time around, Marcello is amazing, but Luca is equally studmuffin material.
8/28/14 - Super-d-duper good. Loved every second of it!!!
9/8/13 - Just as brilliant the second time around. (Does anyone feel sorry for Rodolfo?)
8/24/12 - Soooo good. I was so glad that I had book three in hand since the second I finished this one I grabbed book 3...
Full review to come. Too busy reading Torrent.
Ok, major cliffhanger at the end of book 2. I am super glad I had book three to keep going. It was so good. Kept me engaged from the first till the last page. I loved the adventure, the romance was superb, the writing brilliant. I loved how Gabi talked modern day slang with her medieval language.
Gabi is an awesome heroine, she is true to herself, and strong and brave, and crazy in love with the right guy.
Marcello...sigh...wish all men were perfect like him. What girl doesn't want a strong, super handsome, protector? Love him.
Just like Bella was born to be a vampire the Bettarini family was born to live in the 1300's.
Moral Note: No language, clean romance, war violence.
This second installment of the River of Time series is definitely a victim of the middle-book syndrome.
Gone is the ass-kicking heroine I fell for in Waterfall; this one is all about being in love, leaving everything behind and waiting for help. So very Bella Swan!!! Fortunately, unlike Ms. Swan, the girl here is still an able and knowledgeable individual, and that definitely counts some bits in her favor.
And why does everything have to do with God??? I mean I know The Big Guy is powerful and all, but for freak's sake I demand an acceptable explanation as to why the ruin allows time-travels to take place!!! It's book #2 in a trilogy (?) already and all I've got is "God must be the answer"??? Seriously??? Aren't these characters all scientists???
Besides, I can't connect with the hero at all, and I'm still mad at myself for it. What not to love, really? He's a medieval young lord. He's nice. He's brave. He's handsome. He's caring. He's definitely husband material. (Well... if you want to spend your life looking over your shoulders and worrying about plagues and enemies all the time.) But why can't I care for him???
Oh right... He's also exceedingly boring and has no character development. He lacks the charm that his younger brother, who, by the way, doesn't show up all that much, emits so effortlessly. Dear lord. How I want to fall for the older brother! Such a nice guy.
Still, this book was worth the read. Hopefully the last book gets better.
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.
What I Liked:
The action. Loved it. Wish it focused more on that than the romance. Luca. He's my favorite character, I want a book from his perspective. Please?
What I Didn't:
It was confusing! Half the time I had no idea what was going on. Maybe I was just reading it too fast...idk. Like, I thought they couldn't come in contact with other people for 10 days at the beginning, but suddenly were all better and could? What? And Lord Greco. What? I didn't understand at all. And I still wish it focused less on the romance. And the descriptive violence. My stomach doesn't like it.
I enjoyed it, though it was very confusing. I believe I'll be picking up the next one. Maybe then I'll understand more.
And sorry this review is kind of short, I'm really supposed to be up right now, but I wanted to finish the book. ;D
Sorry but I'm didn't find this book amazing, at all. It is such a let-down. I'm disappointed. :(
I'll explain later. :) Longer review coming up!
Like I said earlier in my temporary review, I was expecting a LOT from this sequel. It turns out that the book didn't not meet them. So here I am sitting outside our house having my pity party. Why's that? Here are a few things why:
1st: The events are repetitive. I've gone tired reading over and over again how they fought with the enemies and having Gabi injured and, again, saved by Marcello. When I predict something that might come to that event, I said "Here we go again!".
2nd: So many touchy-feely scenes! Goodness gracious! Can't they wait 'till they win the war then have their own moments?! Please! I really thought that this book was not one of those with cheesy love scenes!
3rd: The events were not what I had in mind! It left me hanging! And the decisions the characters made were swift and careless.
So yeah! Good thing I'm generous enough not to give this book 1 or 2 stars. Instead, I gave it 3 stars! :)) I'm not setting a high standard for the next book, so it better be good! :D
I liked this one better even than the first! Funny thing, after finishing this book, I read in an interview with the author what soundtracks she listened to while writing this series and had to laugh, because those were mostly the same soundtracks I listened to when reading this book! No wonder they fit so well!
This series really would make awesome movies or even a TV show. It's got action and romance and a lot of humor as well! Even in the midst of battles I would find myself laughing out loud!
Tbh, I don't relate much to any of the characters and the insta love from the first book and continued in the second seems a bit far-fetched (hard to believe they are so deep in love after the 2 weeks they knew each other in the first book), but even so, I really loved this story and am picking up book 3 right away!
Another good thing is that the story wasn't very predictable. I was surprised by quite a few things that I didn't see coming and that is always appreciated! Another plus, the writing is done in a way to be closer to the language of the time period.
Really great series so far. Well, gotta end my review here, time to read the next one!
I'm rating this book for my students.* They love this series! These books are some of the most popular of my classroom library. Older students often point them out to the younger & encourage them to read them. Lisa Bergren is one of our favorite authors!
*I teach English in a Christian junior high/high school.
3.5 stars rounded up. Overall this was a great follow-up to Waterfall, the first book in the River of Time series. It's full of action, adventure, danger, love . . . it starts out well and keeps a good pace. It's good entertainment.
But not great entertainment. There were situations that were largely unbelievable - like how our main character is able to function at all after severe injury, starvation, dehydration, and hypothermia. I mean come on! She's also never afraid to jump right back into the fray when things are made very clear that her life will be in danger. Just like her life was just in danger. Where she got those severe injuries and starvation and dehydration and hypothermia. She wields a broadsword always thinking she's going to defeat the big bad knight. And every single time he beats her. Does this girl learn nothing?
On top of that, she's living in a time period where people do mature, adult things at much younger ages. She struggles with the romance. In the meantime, her love interest is just shaking his head and wishing she'd make up her mind (or come to her senses). This is a guy who's in the 14th century; I think if the story were being true to history, he'd be a lot more commanding and a lot less understanding. The villains in the story are pretty ruthless - it would have been nice if the hero had been equally so in his pursuit of the main character.
Ok so those were my frustrations. In the meantime, we have a great story with tons of likable characters (namely Luca and Lia) and a decent plot involving feuding families. The thing makes sense. The ending, though, was a surprise and not because it was unexpected. The whole time-travel-makes-sense thing went right out the window in lieu of a more emotional situation. So time travel, on which the series is based, becomes just a plot device. I hope Bergren redeems it with the final book in the series.