Cascade by Lisa T Bergren

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Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series)

By: Lisa T. Bergren

Published by: David C. Cook
Released On: 2011-06-01

ISBN: 1434764311

Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 416

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Recommendable for people who:
action, adventure, ya, romance, series

Synopsis (from Amazon):
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.


My Thoughts:

OMGOSH!  Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) is book 2 in the River of Time series.  (see my review of book 1, WATERFALL, here).  I have to say after waiting on this book to arrive for nearly two months, I was NOT disappointed!!!

All the main characters (that I loved) from book 1 are back in this one.  Gabi, Lia, Marcello, Luca, and now Gabi & Lia’s mom!  OMGOSH! haha.  You know, when I saw that in this one they were going to be taking their mom back with them, I was worried.  I was really afraid that having their mom would tone down the action scenes a lot, or somehow make the girls “needy” and not the strong characters they were in the first book.  I’m so glad I was worried for nothing!  Momma She-Wolf turned out to be a little on the bad a$$ side herself.  Complete with joining in the battle and saving a few men’s butts!  hoorah!

This was a two day read for me.  (and it killed me having to take that break in the afternoon… but I had LIFE to deal with. bluh.)

Of course, I LOVED IT {proof –> my reading updates}

In CASCADE, Gabi and Lia go back in time again and this time they take their mom along for the ride.  They want her to see what she, as an archeologist, has been working on/for for so long. 

So much crazy stuff happens in this one.  There are tons of “battle” scenes.  Someone gets captured.  Several someone’s actually – the one made me freakin CRY! ugh!  Look, I’m tearing up just thinking about it! Oh and someone valiantly DIES and that TOO made me CRY It’s not spoiling if I don’t say WHO!

In CASCADE, we aren’t just fighting the battle, we’re racing time against the plague.  There are a few “new” bad guys in this one, and a few new allies.  Tons of heart wrenching moments, and quite a few “warm hugs”.   You know I wont go into detail because I refuse to spoil the book for you. 

I can’t tell you how much I love this series.  I read CASCADE last night.  Finished it around 3am, and am sitting here waiting for my kids to go to bed tonight so I can dive into TORRENT.  Two books in a row, Lisa T Bergren’s River of Time has kept me up past 3am reading!  Here’s hoping I am still up moping pre-dawn with Torrent!!!




NOTES TO PARENTS: this is considered Christian Young Adult. There is NO cussing, no sexual content (a few kisses), minimal violence (battle scenes and general war type activities)

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