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Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Gr 9 Up-In this action-packed sequel (2011) to Waterfall (2011, both David C. Cook), Gabi and Lia Bettarini return to 14th-century Italy with their mother, only to discover that months have passed since their departure. In their absence, the stories of the She-Wolves and their heroism have grown, making them beloved amongst the Sienese and detested by the neighboring Florentines. As tensions mount and battles between the two cities continue to erupt, Gabi's relationship with the noble Marcello deepens, prompting her to consider whether to remain forever in Italy's past or to return to the 21st century. Lisa T. Bergren expertly weaves elements of historical fiction, romance, Christian fiction, and time travel into a cohesive story. Her knowledge of medieval Italian history, politics, and culture is detailed, from the political intrigue and treachery that marked the time period to the customs to which society adhered. In direct opposition to 14th-century expectations is Bergren's depiction of the Bettarini women, who are confident, resourceful, and courageous. Whether deftly wielding swords and daggers or using the bow and arrow with deadly accuracy, Gabi and Lia are formidable warriors who fight side-by-side with the men of Sienna. Although strong character development and non-stop action move the story line forward, it's the swoon-worthy romance, based on sacrifice and faith, between Gabi and Marcello that truly serves as the backbone of the book. Pam Turlow's reading is exhilarating.-Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This book starts off right were the last one ended. I was a little surprised by that, and for some odd reason I did have a little bit of a hard time getting into this one. However, once I had the chance to really sit down and read I was totally hooked. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. Gabi is a great heroine. She is easy to relate to and very easy to like. I like that her toughness is believable, I like her courage and loyalty. When everything seems overwhelming and futile, she is still brave and speaks her mind. She uses her wits and I just loved being along for the ride. Her sister Lia is equally cool. I liked that they were together a lot during this book. Marcello and Luca were awesome as usual. Both are very dreamy, and all-male. Their individual relationships were fun to read. Lia and Luca have a fun banter between them. I also liked our bad guy Lord Greco. He's very mysterious and I'm very curious to see what happens with him in the next book. I hope there is more of him.
While I totally loved this book, I think I liked Waterfall a touch more. It's still an awesome book though and definitely holds its own. I have no idea what's coming in the last book, but I can't wait to find out!