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review 2019-07-04 19:20
Review: Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren
Torrent - Lisa Tawn Bergren

Title: Torrent
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: River of Time, 3
Format: ebook
Length: 748 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Would you sacrifice your future ... for an uncertain past?

Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are just two normal American teenagers. Normal--except for the fact that they time travel to fourteenth-century Italy, where they've lived in castles, become swept up in historic battles, and fallen in love with handsome knights willing to do anything to keep them alive.

They've returned with their mother to the present to save their father before his tragic death, and now the family travels back to the place that holds the girls' hearts: medieval Italy. But remaining there means facing great risk as the battle for territory wages on and the Black Plague looms. Will the Betarrinis truly be willing to risk it all? Or in facing death head-on, will they discover life as it was always meant to be lived?

 

Favourite character: Luca
Least favourite character: Paratore

 

Mini-review: This is not my favourite book of this series. Maybe it's because it doesn't feel like they're believably in love, it feels more like they can't keep their hands off each other. Like Gabi's thought process in this feels like "I love him so I'm not going to rip his clothes off" rather than "I love him so I'll let myself get stabbed for him." She does zero selfless acts for Marcello and it's hard to believe the romance.

 

Fan Cast:

Gabriella "Gabi" Betarrini - Emma Dumont

Evangelia "Lia" Betarrini - Elle Fanning

Marcello Forelli - Matthew Daddario

Luca Forelli - Brenton Thwaites

Adri Betarrini - Cate Blanchett

Benedetto "Ben" Betarrini - Pierfrancesco Favino

Rodolfo Greco - Nicholas Hoult

Father Tomas - Joseph Mazzello

Cosmo Paratore - Luke Treadaway

Fortino Forelli - Michael Trevino

Lord Barbato - Dominic Monaghan

Captain Albertus Ruiso - Armie Hammer

Georgii - Cole Sprouse

Lutterius - Dylan Sprouse

Conte Lerici - Anthony Boyle

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review 2019-06-04 22:19
Review: Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
Cascade - Lisa Tawn Bergren

Title: Cascade
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: River of Time, 2
Format: ebook
Length: 730 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”

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 Florentines 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.

 

Favourite character: Luca
Least favourite character: Paratore

 

Mini-review: I forgot how much I love this series. Warrior chicks from the modern age are thrust into medieval Italy? Sign. Me. Up. I forgot though that this was the book with the cage. I didn't realize it happened that fast. And this book introduces Rodlfo Greco who I hate to love and love to hate. 

 

Fan Cast:

Gabriella "Gabi" Betarrini - Emma Dumont
Evangelia "Lia" Betarrini - Elle Fanning
Adri Betarrini - Cate Blanchett
Marcello Forelli - Matthew Daddario
Luca Forelli - Brenton Thwaites
Fortino Forelli - Michael Trevino
Romana Rossi - Elizabeth Gillies
Rodlfo Greco - Nicholas Hoult
Cosmo Paratore - Luke Treadaway
Lord Rossi - Stanley Tucci
Captain Orlando Rossi - Christian Cooke
Lord Foraboschi - Adrien Brody
Ben Betarrini - Pierfrancesco Favino

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review 2019-06-04 21:51
Review: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Waterfall - Lisa Tawn Bergren

Title: Waterfall
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: River of Time, 1
Format: ebook
Length: 702 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis:
What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

 

Favourite character: Luca Forelli
Least favourite character: Cosmo Paratore, Lord Vannucci

 

Mini-review:
This was a such a good book. And I finished it just in time to start with a blank slate for Booklikes-opoly tomorrow. (Which is less than hour from now.)
I love books like this. Most times when I get annoyed with historical fiction it's because the main chick doesn't do much except embroidery or proving to men that she's not weak, but not actually doing anything. This has action, two warrior princess, as Gabi and Lia are deemed, are in the thick of battle. And so much other stuff. It's so jam packed full of drama, it's just... AND IT'S SET IN ITALY. I've always wanted to go to Italy.

 

Fan Cast:

Gabriella "Gabi" Betarrini - Emma Dumont
Evangelia "Lia" Betarrini - Elle Fanning
Marcello Forelli - Matthew Daddario
Luca Forelli - Brenton Thwaites
Romana Rossi - Elizabeth Gillies
Lorenzo Forelli - Vincent D'Onofrio
Fortino Forelli - Michael Trevino
Lord Foraboschi - Adrien Brody
Lord Rossi - Stanley Tucci
Lord Vanucci - Alesandro Nivola
Cosmo Paratore - Luke Treadaway
Dr. Adri Betarrini - Cate Blanchett

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text 2019-06-04 16:07
Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
Cascade - Lisa Tawn Bergren

Gabriella "Gabi" Betarrini - Emma Dumont

Evangelia "Lia" Betarrini - Elle Fanning

Adri Betarrini - Cate Blanchett

Marcello Forelli - Matthew Daddario

Luca Forelli - Brenton Thwaites

Fortino Forelli - Michael Trevino

Romana Rossi - Elizabeth Gillies

Rodlfo Greco - Nicholas Hoult

Cosmo Paratore - Luke Treadaway

Lord Rossi - Stanley Tucci

Captain Orlando Rossi - Christian Cooke

Lord Foraboschi - Adrien Brody

Lord Barbato - Dominic Monaghan

Ben Betarrini - Pierfrancesco Favino

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text 2019-06-02 04:44
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Waterfall - Lisa Tawn Bergren

Gabriella "Gabi" Betarrini - Emma Dumont

Evangelia "Lia" Betarrini - Elle Fanning

Marcello Forelli - Matthew Daddario

Luca Forelli - Brenton Thwaites

Romana Rossi - Elizabeth Gillies

Lorenzo Forelli - Vincent D'Onofrio

Fortino Forelli - Michael Trevino

Lord Foraboschi - Adrien Brody

Lord Rossi - Stanley Tucci

Lord Vanucci - Alesandro Nivola

Cosmo Paratore - Luke Treadaway

Dr. Adri Betarrini - Cate Blanchett

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