Monday, September 12, 2011

Torrent {River of Time No.3} by Lisa T. Bergren

Title: Torrent (River of Time No. 3)
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Pages: 388
Published: September 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook
Synopsis: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. (From
What a rush.

A rush of excitement. A rush of intensity. A rush of exhilaration. Torrent, the third book in the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren, was the perfect ending to a story that has captured our hearts and minds, eliciting a fervor from us that we never expected when we picked up Waterfall, the first in the series. The final book in a series is always the most delicate. It must be well crafted and live up to those beginning books that so captured our interest, while closing out the story and giving us any missing pieces of the puzzle. The development and pacing must be sure footed, making us glad that we followed along for as long as we have.

Ms.Bergren hits it center-faced with Torrent, and after the electrifying words of Cascade, it was all I could hope for from the third installment. Each book begins where the previous left off and we can't help but be grateful to Ms. Bergren for leaving nothing out in this regard, allowing us as readers to take in the full, tempestuous feelings flowing through each of the characters.

Torrent holds surprise after surprise, with Gabi at the lead, growing and developing in ways we weren't sure she would ever be able to reach. She has a strength we would like to see in ourselves and her ability to move and develop in spite of her weaknesses gives us hope to, one day, do the same. The endearing nature of Gabi toward her family gives us the impression of solidarity and is a refreshing change from the bad parental/broken sibling stories we see more often than not.

Through to this point, we've seen the story progress through trials and heartache, seeing and feeling the pain and deaths of those we had grown to care for. Each of our amazing characters has had to push their way through these hardships, all the while growing and feeling. With the added development of the relationship between Marcello and Gabi and Luca and Lia, Ms. Bergren plays on our heartstrings in Torrent and we commend her for making us feel so attached to these characters. Furthermore, Marcello who we have loved for so long has felt the most loss of all, with most of his family gone and his people suffering we can't help but want to hold his hand and wrap our arms around his beautiful neck and comfort him in anyway possible.

However, Ms. Bergren, the amazing sneaky author that she is has given us something else to think about and while we want nothing more than to hold and comfort Marcello and see him succeed in all his wants and loves, we also want to molest Lord Rodolfo Greco. I spoke of him in my review of Cascade and the feelings of not quite knowing who he is or what his purpose is. Only knowing that he was important in some way. In Torrent, we finally deduce the meaning of Lord Greco and while we still ascertain deep feelings for all the characters, we cannot help but love and adore Lord Greco for all he is and all he presents to us. The conflicting emotions surrounding his character and his feelings only serves to further our feelings toward him and we want nothing more than to take him for our own and never let him go. {I'd definitely throw him up against a wall *licks lips}

Overall, the torrential downpour of feverish emotions and the awe-inspiring characters who have grown from something small to something bigger than time, makes Torrent a read that will warm the soul and brighten the heart. I give the River of Time series a strong 5 out of 5 and highly recommend the River of Time series to all those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Time Travel and books about Italy.

**Now, for all those who haven't jumped into this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! It really is amazing. For all those who have jumped into this series, you know what I'm talking about. Lisa T. Bergren has started on book 4, but hasn't signed on for it yet. They need to see how her other 3 books do, so GO buy the books, read them, they are amazing.

And for you curious readers, here is A GLIMPSE OF BOOK 4, Tributary. *squee* It's epically exciting!

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  1. Nice to know the series gets better and better...*Anachronist is sharpening her knife in a corner*

  2. "the amazing sneaky author that she is has given us something else to think about and while we want nothing more than to hold and comfort Marcello and see him succeed in all his wants and loves, we also want to molest Lord Rodolfo Greco."

    Um. Yes. I do very much want to do inappropriate-for-YA things to Lord Greco. I need his book immediately! I love this series so much, so glad you loved it too Jen!

  3. You summed up my feelings on Torrent perfectly. It was a rush of excitement and emotions. ;)

    Excellent review. It reminded me of why I love this series!

  4. It seems hard to find a series where any of the books are a 5. It looks like this one may be amazing to receive such high scores from you.

    *rubs gloved hands together* Perhaps I need to search out this series. Hopefully it comes in ebook form. :)

    Mad Scientist

  5. @Anachronist - Don't forget to wet that stone you're sharpening your knife with! ;D

    @Jenny - He is quite yummy! I was like...I'll wear a toga for you any day Lord Greco!

    @Missie - Thanks! I do love this series! *big sigh*

    @Mad - Yes you do! It does come in ebook form. I know Amazon has all the Kindle books available as of now. As for Nook...I just checked and B&N is still dragging their feet and do not have it up.

  6. LOVE your review! Love, love, love! It's so bubbly and happy and captures the series so well. Ah, and poor Marcello. I really fell for him in Torrent. But then Greco! Ohh I want more of him! And Luca still has my heart with his loyalty and humor. And Gabi! That girl is fierce! She grew so much across the series, but she still feels like Gabi, which is the perfect kind of character growth, I think. Ook, ok, I'm going to stop now before I babble anymore about all of the other characters and reasons I love this series :P

  7. @Small - Thank you! I loved the River of Time series so much. It was just like this crazy race to the end and I was just holding on for dear life. And no worries, I LOVE babbling. I ramble and babble my good share, it's nice to find others who do too! :D

  8. OMG! What are all you doing to me? These men sound delicious!! NOM! To end up wanting to throw the Lord up against the wall.

    M'Lady! I never knew you had such strength! This ain't nothin' M'Lord! *sigh* All that just from your review! ;)

  9. Everyone is talking about this series! I MUST have it immediately!

  10. Oh Jen!! You silly silly girl...dont you know Lord Greco is MINE!!!

    LOL- no but seriously lovely well written review blog friend...;)

  11. Mmm, Jen, thanks SO much for your continued, sweet support...I'm so grateful for readers and reviewers like you who GET my River Tribe because you could BE one of them. Thank you, thank you, thank you...


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