Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time #3)

Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren (River of Time #3)
Pages:  388
Release Date:  September 1st, 2011
Date Read:  2011, October 2nd - 5th
Received:  Own
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  13+

My reviews for the other books -

This review contains spoilers for the 1st and 2nd books.  If you haven't read them, I suggest you do, for I highly recommend them to everyone!!

Gabi and Lia have just done something unimaginable.  They went into the future (or rather, the past), saved their dad before he died, and managed to talk him into going back to the past with them.  Now they are reunited with Marcello, Luca, the Nine, and the Forelli household in Siena.  Castello Forelli is still under the command of Paratore and Firenze - and Fortino, Marcello's brother, is still in their possession, being beaten within an inch of his life.

It is up to the She-Wolves and their men to get him back and to save Castello Forelli.  What will they be willing to sacrifice to rescue Fortino and the Castello?  Marcello wants Gabi to marry him, but is she ready?  And will her family toss aside any future plans to give Gabi the lifestyle she so desires?  There is only one way to gain Fortino's freedom and one so dangerous that none of the Betarinni's may come out of this plan alive.  It will take every ounce of courage and love they have, and the help of a mighty God, to see this battle to the end.

Oh my gosh, I don't even know what to say.  (And now watch me write a lengthy review.)  I had no stinking clue the conclusion would be...this.  No way.  It's flipping intense.  There were times when I almost cried.  Then I would laugh out of sheer joy.  And then I would get so pissed at some dude or another (there were some seriously annoying dudes here...)  And then, guess what?  I would laugh.  And almost cry.  And then be so happy I thought I'd burst.  There was so much adrenaline pulsing through me that I felt it long after the book had finished.  It was nearly 400 pages of non-freaking-stop.  I can't even stand the awesomeness.  I need to read the series over again - or Tribituary needs to come out TOMORROW.  Or both.  Preferably both.

I just can't believe how perfect this book was.  It fit the series to the exact - giving me what I was expecting and yet totally shocking me with every movie.  I mean, it was craziness!  And I had no idea that Gabi's and Marcello's love would be so sorely tested...

Gabi is amazing.  She is not only a fantastic daughter and sister, but also a fierce warrior and passionate, faithful lover.  And, most importantly, she grows to be a wonderful woman of God.  I respect her even more than a lot of my most respected heroines because of this.  And if you combine that with everything else, you get...amazing.  Even with her faults, she's just the best.  Anyone would want her as a friend.

Marcello...and Rodolfo.  Where to begin with those two?  In the last book, Cascade, I felt like Marcello was more...real.  And I was fascinated by Greco.  This time, Marcello was only in half of the book.  The rest of it, Gabi was with Greco.  And I totally fell for Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome.  All. The. Way.  I understand why Gabi didn't, of course (she and Marcello - totally and completely!), but if I were Gabi and I hadn't already pledged my heart, making a decision between the two would have been hard.  By the end of the book, I definitely (finally!) fell completely for Marcello, but I still love Greco.  A LOT.  I want more of his story!!  I think the two men tie...or, well...Oh I don't know!

Before moving on:  I loved Marcello's growling.  OMG (fanning myself)!  You'll only know if you read the book, so hurry up already!  Marcello definitely had me blushing often...  Such a MAN!

Lia, Mom and Dad are great characters - kicking butt and saving the day.  I loved seeing the girls with a father figure, and watching "Lord Betarrini" observe Marcello was hilarious!

The only person who didn't seem extremely real to me was Luca.  :(  He felt flat.  He said some funny things, helped out a bit, but he was never truly there.  Or at least not for me.

Like I said before - Non-freaking-stop.  Front to back, top to bottom.  The ink markings between the covers of this book contain an adventure totally of its own originality and spark and element.  I mean, just, wow.  And wow again.  So many twists and turns in the story - no end to the madness.  I got to the point where I found myself asking, "Could this get any worse?!"  I doubt it could have.  Dang.  I had no idea what the turnout would be.

And yet it was perfect.  Any different would have  Ohmygosh I was just so happy with those last four or five chapters that tied everything into a giant bow of beautifulness.  (And still left room for the story to take off again!)

Lisa does an amazing job describing events.  There were quite a few scenes that were so dang powerful - either because of the dialogue or the descriptions.  Either way there was just enough of everything to give the story the perfect touch, one that, in turn, has affected the lives of many (seriously, I view these books as life-alteringly cool) and will do so for more, I am sure.

I loved the awesome faith questions asked in here.  Gabi struggles, asking herself, and others, questions about God's existence, His sovereignty, and it was incredible to see those questions answered and to see how they affected Gabi and everyone else.

Powerful.  In every way, this book had me grasping the book for dear life.  And when I set it down I found I was pumped and ready to live.  I love books that make me want to jump up and climb a mountain, or bike cross-country, or swim and ocean.  Or write a book.  Books that inspire are always my favorite - and that is exactly what Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent are.  Inspirational.  Favorites.

Some kissing, passionate but only a few details.  Two of the characters get married, and only detail-less kissing beforehand on their first night together.  So clean - and a beautiful example of healthy, faithful, passionate love.  Recommended 13+

Read my INTERVIEW with LISA!


  1. Oh, hurray! I'm so glad you liked the end of the trilogy!! TRIBUTARY is on hold for a while, but I'm writing a couple of e-novellas that continue the story...and give you much more on what transpires for our River Tribe. Thanks for being such a passionate reader!

  2. Thank you so much for the comment and for the info about the e-novellas!  I (and I'm sure many other readers) will be sure to check them out! :D  And thank YOU for being a passionate writer!

  3. Yes, yes, yes! I totally echo everything you said here! Oh my gosh, the action was so INTENSE! I had a death grip on the pages and I couldn't read them fast enough.

    I felt the same way about Marcello and Greco. I'm so, well, torn isn't the right word at all. I love both of them for different reasons, but I'm SO happy Gabi made the decision she did. I could not have accepted anything different. I love Greco, but I think he needs to take his journey with someone else.

    I LOVED the incorporation of family and Gabi's personal growth. Those are the things that really stand out for me in this series. That and really all of the relationship dynamics. They're so different from most YA books out there. I'm having a hard time thinking of many books that have so thoroughly commanded my respect and aligned with my personal values.

  4. Yes!! :D  I'm so glad we agree on this. ;)  I know - I respect these books, and Lisa for writing them, in a way I that doesn't relate to a lot of other YA books I've read. :D  I can't wait to read them again! :D