Book Review: Cascade (River of Time #2) by Lisa Bergren

Title: Cascade (River of Time #2)
Author: Lisa Bergren
Details: Paperback, 352 pgs.
Published: June 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook
isbn: 1434764311 (ISBN13: 9781434764317)
Reading Level: Young Adult
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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.

I thought the first book in the series, Waterfall, was amazing!  It was romantic and intense and beautiful.  So did book two live up to the first one?  Why yes it did!   Lisa has a way of balancing everything out so perfectly.  The characters are amazing, the romance is perfect, the action keeps us on our toes, the adventure is fun, and it’s such a good time reading these books!  

I really, truly love the characters that Lisa creates.  The main characters, the side characters, they all are so real, and so amazing, and so easy to picture and imagine.  

The romance is some of the best I’ve ever read in young adult.  I mean these men are seriously *swoony*!  This is the kind of romance that really reminds me of being a teen and that intense love I felt when I thought I was in love.  It’s the kind of romance that I dream about in my dreams.  It’s perfect how it all plays out.  There’s realistic obstacles in their path, but it’s not all back and forth about whether they deserve eachother, which is very good in my opinion.   They have very sweet moments where you can really feel the connection, and I love that.  

I love time travel and I love the time period they travel to.  I find it all fascinating.  I also have to point out that Lisa doesn’t sway from the realistic aspects of the time period.  There are battles, it’s dangerous everywhere they go, everything they do.  And people die.  We see all of that and it makes things more intense and kept me turning the pages even faster!  Just remember that it’s young adult so it’s not as heavy on the descriptions but I think that makes it even better.  I read this book in a day because I really couldn’t put it down!  

I cannot WAIT for the next book in the series!  

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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  1. I think middle books in trilogies always make me nervous…it’s tough sustaining the romance and the tension without ending things, and yet giving readers enough of a reprieve that they can take a breath and say, “Okay, I can wait until book #3 to see how it all turns out.” Thanks for making me feel better about this one! I, too, love watching their tale unfold…

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