Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Torrent (River of Time, #3)
 Torrent (River of Time #3) by Lisa Tawn Bergren
When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series.
Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.
But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.
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Publishes in US: September 1st 2011 by David C. Cook
Genre: YA Historical fiction
Source: library
Series? River of Time #3
out in 2014
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Waterfall by Lisa Bergren
Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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    I have been so surprised at how much I loved this series, that it was no question that I would read book 3. I don't normally read historical fiction, but I had heard such positive things about this series and saw it on the shelf at my library, it was like fate, meant to be, because I am so glad to take the trip through time with Gabi and Lia and was excited to find a time in my reading schedule for it. 
    It is so good to be back in Gabi's head and in the times, and it touched me even more that now they have the whole family. You get a good sense of what has already happened since they are there with their dad, and everything is new to him. 
    Gabi is amazing and strong as usual, but we get to see even more vulnerability in her in this one. I think that is major character growth because she realizes its okay to ask for help and accept it. 
    I loved the relationship too between her and her parents in this one. There is this balance of respect, deference, and above all love and wanting the best for each other. 
   I will say that for a bit I wasn't too pleased about the seeming appearance of a strange love triangle, but eventually I had to accept that it really did strengthen the plot and ultimately show Gabi what her heart truly desired and a means for her safety. 
    What I longed for even more was the reunion of Marcello and Gabi, as well as Lia and Luka since they have something budding there and I hope it turns into more, but I have to know either way. And boy did I eventually get it. I adore that these two are gentlemen. Yes, I love bad boys as much as the next person, but I also love a man who will put himself out there for their woman, and who will woo her and treat her like a lady. 
    Tomas was a new favorite in this one, and so glad that I got to meet him. He's an excommunicated priest but given work by Rodolfo, and Tomas and Gabi get to know one another. I admire his faith but also how he took Gabi under his wing and helped her see the truth of some things. 
     I know there will be a fourth, but am super pleased with the way that this one ended. It somehow gave me all it could in resolution and what I wanted for the characters. I just really hope that in the next one (and yes, super glad that she decided to write it) that the issue of the plague will be further dealt with. It feels like it has been on the back burner simmering for two books and thought that I would see more resolution or that to be the big conflict in this one, but it wasn't. 

Bottom Line: Good installment in a fun and fast trip through time.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you face the black plague to be with the one you love?
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17 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to read this series being a Historical Fiction fan. I've heard good things. Thanks for the reminder, and the excellent review.

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  2. I haven't read this one yet but I'm a fan of the first two books.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  3. I've heard such good things about this series. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds really good. So glad this one lived up to your expectations! Will have to read the first book sometime soon.

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  5. I have seen this series around but not a lot of reviews without going to look at them. Since I enjoy historical fiction I think I will give this one a shot one day!

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  6. I read the first book before the blog but I haven't continued. I need to get back to it to see how it all turns out.

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  7. the cover reminds me of some others, but I think it's the first ones. It's not really my genre but I'm glad you liked it.

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  8. Glad you are enjoying this series Brandi! :)

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  9. Glad you enjoyed this series :D I haven't heard of it before, but I'm definitely curious!

    Great review!

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  10. I love historical fiction and am glad to hear you're enjoying this series. I'll have to check it out!

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  11. I haven't read this series yet but it sound great. Happy it's going well so far.

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  12. I'm definitely going to have to check out this series, Brandi. I love Hist Fic and this sounds amazing. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. Awesome review Brandi! I really enjoyed this series too. I totally agree about Marcello and Luka, they are Gentlemaen, and I adored them both...sigh..

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  14. I love historical fiction and I haven't read these. They sound great!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  15. It sounds like this is a good series with well developed characters. Definitely a series I'd like it, I'll be certain to keep a look out for the books.

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  16. I guess so, if I really love the person! Love makes us do crazy/surprising things!

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