Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Review: CASCADE by Lisa T. Bergren

CascadeCascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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CASCADE SUMMARY:
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 Fiorentini 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.
My Review:

I recently finished 'Waterfall' (which was the first book I've read by Lisa T Bergren) and I loved it so much that I was eagerly anticipating the next addition in 'The River of Times' series.

'Cascade' picks up where 'Waterfall' left off. Gabi and Lia return from their trip through time, but Gabi wants to return because the man she loves is there - Marcello.

Gabi and Lia return pretty much right away - with their mother this time - and learn that months have passed in Marcello's world. This time they must battle the Plague as well as wars and imprisonment.

I love how the story continued. The relationship between Gabi and Marcello is so sweet and I am rooting that everything works out for them.

In 'Cascade' we see a lot more of Gabi's mother than we did in 'Waterfall', which I liked.  They didn't really connect with her much in their time because she was mostly too busy, but in the 14th Century they spent more time together, and became closer.

'Cascade' also showed hints of romance between Lia and Luca, which makes me more eager to read 'Torrent'. I did not like a couple of slang phrases that were used.  That aside, I really, really, really loved 'Cascade'.  I am therefore giving it 5 stars!!!!!

I highly recommend 'Cascade' if you enjoy YA or romance/suspense books, but I would suggest you read 'Waterfall' first.


*Many thanks to David C. Cook for providing me with a complimentary copy of 'Cascade' for my review.*
AUTHOR BIO:
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over thirty books that have sold more than two million copies combined. She’s written fiction of all sorts (romance, historical, contemporary, suspense, YA), nonfiction and children’s books. She divides her time between writing, editing, traveling and co-parenting her three children (16, 13, and 8) with her husband, Tim. The Bergrens reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

WHY I WROTE THE RIVER OF TIME SERIES:
My daughter was a reluctant reader. I tried book after book, but could not get her to willingly sit down and read a book to save my life—which is especially irritating when you’re an author! It wasn’t until I brought home Twilight that Olivia was hooked, reading way past bedtime, thinking about the characters all day, and eagerly returning home so she could read some more!
I read the series with her and we discussed them. But mostly I encouraged her to stay engaged…I was so glad to see her break through that fiction barrier and finally see what a good story was like. When we went to the first movie together, I looked around at all those girls who were so excited to be there, to see the tale turned into film, and I thought, “Man, I’d love to write for this audience too. Give them all the romance, and all the suspense, but skip the vampires.”
And that’s how the River of Time was born.
What surprised me most was how much fun I had writing them—I hope I get to keep writing for young adults. I love their enthusiasm and fresh perspective.
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1 comments:

  1. So glad you liked CASCADE too! I really appreciate the review and all you posted about the series, Melanie. Thank you!

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