Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren

PhotobucketTorrent (River of Time #3) 
by Lisa T. Bergren

Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Format: eGalley
Source: Publicist/Author
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon

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. (Goodreads)

Torrent is the third book in the River of Time series. If you haven’t read this series yet, you should check out my reviews of Waterfall and Cascade. Torrent picks up right where Cascade left off; and I was immediately captivated and happy to be back with these characters!

It’s evident in Torrent how much Gabi and Lia have grown over the series. You really see how they’ve been changed from their life and death experiences in 14th century Italy. Gabi is brave and strong, but she isn’t perfect and she makes mistakes. Which makes me love her as a heroine even more. Gabi is forced to make difficult decisions and I really liked seeing how she worked through them.

I loved the romance between Marcello and Gabi, but I also loved the conflict with Lord Greco. I really like him as a character… he’s complicated, charming, and tall, dark, and handsome. Sigh… yeah… Greco kind of stole the show for me! I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more of Luca and Lia (not as much as Cascade), but I realize if I got my wish that Torrent would have been forever long!

Torrent is little less intense than Cascade but is full of action scenes that keep you glued to the page. My only complaint with this installment is that some elements were a little too convenient, and the story ties up a little too neatly in the end. However, Bergren’s writing made it easy for me to just go with it and enjoy the story.

Torrent was a wonderful conclusion to the series … but I’m ecstatic that Lisa Bergren wants to continue to write installments! An e-novella, BOURNE, is being released on 2/28/12 and picks up right after Torrent! I really, really hope that Bergren is able to write more installments in the future. The River of Time series is truly an adventure back in time – full of romance, action, family, and history. I highly recommend this series to adults and young adults alike, it does not disappoint!

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