Book Review (that you won’t want to miss!): River of Time (and more specifically, Torrent) by Lisa Bergren

Title: Torrent (River of Time #3)
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Details: Paperback, 352 pgs.
Published: Sept. 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook

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.

This review is spoiler free for any of the River of Time books.

If you haven’t yet started reading the River of Time series (first one is Waterfall) then you are most certainly missing out on what has quickly become a favorite of mine.  The series seems to be taking over the blogosphere and I only hope it’s spreading outside of it because the entire world needs to read this series!  There’s not one single thing I would change in it.
Lisa has pulled me into Gabby’s world completely.  So much so I’m dreaming of Marcello (and even Luca) myself.  I can’t believe how much I feel like a teenager when I read these books!  Seriously, remember that fluttery feeling when you had a crush on a boy?  Well, I’m feeling it… yep, definitely feeling the flutter.
It’s not only the guys that have stolen my heart though.  It’s all the characters.  Their bravery, compassion and sense of right.  It’s the setting.  The gorgeous Italian country side, the villas, the castello’s, the ancient cities… so gorgeous!  It’s everything in these books that has stolen my heart and I will be recommending them for years to come.  
These books might be romantic and beautiful but they are packed with danger and action.  Gabby nearly dies several times (in each book!) and each time barely escapes with her life.  But yet instead of becoming more afraid she only gets braver!  She knows who she loves and cares about and she’ll do anything to protect them.  Her entire family is that way!  You’d never guess that people from modern day could ever do the things they do, but they do it, they do everything they possibly can to help and to save others.  
This is a time travel series and most of it takes place in medieval Italy.  So I know a few haven’t read the books because they aren’t into ‘historical fiction’.  Let me try to ease your fears.  First of all, these are modern day girls so you’ll still hear slang and pop culture references.  They also think like modern day girls even though they slip into the medieval ways incredibly well, at least in appearances.  Some historical fiction books are weighed down with description or historical facts.  These books aren’t.  We get a clear picture of everything, but yet the entire things flows very fast, and very smooth.  So somehow Lisa has slipped in enough descriptions for us to see it, but hasn’t even made us aware.   I think even people who aren’t fans of historical fiction will enjoy these books.  At least I hope I’m not wrong there….
More specific details on this book...
don’t read this portion if you haven’t yet read Waterfall and Cascade.
I was so anxious to see how things worked out for this one!  If you’ll recall in Cascade they recovered her father in the future and brought him back in time. This book picks up immediately where the last one left off and is immediately packed with action.  This book may have had more action than the other two!  But it had some very unexpected twists and turns.  By now we know that things are not going to be easy, but sometimes it’s hard on us, the readers, as well.  And I have to say, I did a bit of crying in this one.  So keep some kleenex near.  
The romance… I’m afraid to say to anything because I don’t want to give anything away.  Lets just say that things get complicated.  Then they get amazing.  I was definitely satisfied.  And I can say there’s one more hottie to add to my list of hotties.  And I really hope that Lisa writes more about that certain hottie.  He needs his own set of books, that’s for sure!
I couldn’t put this stinking book down!  I read it continuously until I couldn’t keep my eyes open and then the second I woke up I started reading until I finished it.  It was freaking fantastic and I’m just sad it’s over.
Final thoughts…
If you haven’t read the books, read them!  Get everyone you know to read them!  We need Lisa to continue the series with Luca and Lia’s story and then write a few more with Lord Greco’s story cause I really think he needs his own as well.
Love, love, love this series!  Thank you Lisa for writing such an amazing series of books.  One I can share with my mother and sisters without blushing.  Pretty freaking awesome.
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Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book free of charge for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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Comments

  1. Oh, I’m so happy, Candace! You were one of the FIRST bloggers to give WATERFALL a go, and I’ll be forever grateful to you for that…and for the lovely praise that has followed.

    Love, Lisa

    P.S. Check out “River of Time Series” on Facebook–there are Team Marcello, Team Luca and Team Lord Greco buttons! It cracks me up…and no, I don’t think we’ve heard the last of LG…

  2. WOW Candace. I have seen this series around the blogosphere a lot but it wasn’t until your review that I truly wanted to dive into it!! You have me convinced that this will be a fantastic series. *runs to amazon to order*

  3. I’m so happy to hear that Torrent was great. I loved the first two in the series and can’t wait to read this one. I agree with you about it being nice to have a book to share with family, minus the blushing. My son is currently reading Waterfall. :)

  4. Yes, I agree. I felt like a love struck teenager too. This series was full of heart and action and HOTTIES, and has quickly become one of my favorites. *le sigh* Like you said, definitely satisfying.

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