Monday, September 5, 2011

Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time #2)

This review does not contain spoilers, for Waterfall or Cascade.  But if you would like, you can read my review for the first book in the River of Time Series!

Gabi and Lia are back in their own time - and boy, do they have stories to tell!  But in order to get their mom to believe them, they must return to 1300's Italy to prove it.  When they arrive, their  archaeologist mother just can't get enough of the artifacts; Fortino is healed, based on Gabi's remedies; Lady Romana Rossi is squirming her way into things - just in a different way than before; and Gabi and Marcello's love is blossoming into something greater than they'd imagined.  But when Gabi, the she-wolf, is forced to make some tough (ok, really really really hard) decisions, and some very wicked plots are discovered, will the Castello Forelli be able to hold?  Will Gabi and Lia have the strength and courage to live the lives of the She-Wolves of Siena?  Or will Firenze crush them all?

My thoughts -
OMGEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I kind of liked this book a, a ton...I loved it!!!  To be completely honest...I mean, seriously!  This book held so much more than the first book.  I came in with lower expectations than I had with the first - and suddenly I was shocked!  Cascade became a favorite about half-way through.  The battle scenes, the escapes, the characters - they were much more real and memorable.  I look back at my favorite scenes and I realize that they amount to pretty much the entire book.  And now I'm thinking the release of Torrent can't come fast enough!

Character notes -
Oh, Gabi.  She inspires me.  Lia, too, and Mom.  But Gabi is by far one of my favorite heroines.  Humor, strength, and courage.  Beauty - inside and out.  And love.  So much genuine love for everyone.  Her growing relationship wiht God totally inspired me - her small prayers that meant so much.

And Marcello - phew!  Someone get me a fan and a fainting couch!  That man became so much clearer to me in Cascade.  His face, his personality.  He gave me chills most the time...Gabi is one heck of a blessed girl!  He's the ultimate stronghold, the kind of man any girl would want to spend forever with.  The way he loves Gabi is gut-wrenching.  It's not a summer fling - on either side.  It's a forever kind of love.

But those are the good guys.  What about the bad?  The wicked men in this book are...wicked.  Super wicked.  They gave me chills...different kind of chills than Marcello, of course.  Chills, like I want to cower in fear and hide from them.  New enemies are formed, raising the old, already high stakes a level or two or three higher.  No kidding.

And Lord Greco...who ARE you?

Story notes -
YES YES YES YES!  With action, fast and furious, danger, escape, and a love story that will melt your heart - there is no reason why you should not pick up this book this very second.  Begin our journey into a world of old, where battles are fought with a sword and bow, feuds are extremely common, almost getting killed is a common pastime, and true love really comes in the form of a knight in shining armor.  The escapes will have you dying to turn the page; the battles will have your blood pumping; the sweet, stolen moments between Gabi and her man (and Lia and hers...?) will sweep you off your feet.  Oh, yes.  This is epic story-telling at its finest.  And the way it was written...  I mean, must I still go on? ;)

Summing it up -
Memorable, from first word to last.  I want to relive it over and over again, like a good song.  Let it play, again and again...

For the parents -
A few kisses.  Nothing inappropriate.  Good for young teens. :)

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  1. Yes! I'm so glad you loved it! I love Gabi's growth throughout this series. She really comes into her own in Torrent. :)

  2. Ok I am convinced I really need to get this series. Love the passionate review.

  3. This book was AWESOME!!! Oh, and I totally agree with you about Marcello! :D

  4. Haha, I just loved reading your review. I can see that you got the "River Fever" in this book. I agree--it was amazing!! I just can't seem to get enough of this series. I hope you've been able to read the others -- Torrent, Bourne, Tributary. Each one was just as awesome!! I can't seem to pick a favorite one...but I think it might be Torrent...because I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lord Greco!!!!!! :-D

  5. YESYESYESYESSSSSSS!!!!!!  Another Greco lover!!  He's my favorite of all the men, seriously my favorite!! I love him to death - wow...he just...omg. :D  I get a bit giddy every time I think about him. hahaha! ;)

    Thanks for your comment - and yes, I've read Torrent, but I haven't gotten to the novellas yet.  Soon, though!  I need to very very soon! :D

  6. Ummmmmm did someone say Lord Greco? I LOVE HIM SO MUCH NATALIA!!!! I'm
    absolutely dying for a story that focuses entirely on him, especially
    after Torrent.