Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Torrent (ARC)

Torrent (River of Time, #3)Torrent

Series: River of Time, #3
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA fantasy, historical fic
Features: Time travel
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Source: Author's publicist for review
*Note: The text featured in this post is from an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC). Changes may have been made in the final proof.
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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.  
Wow. I'm sad. Because this series is over. Do you know how fast I devoured it? I read Waterfall one night, Cascade the next... was pining for Torrent's ARC release... Which I finished within one night, too, when I finally got it.


**Spoiler alert: Do not read this review if you have not read this series and are afraid of reading any spoilers. I highly recommend you simply close this page, and open those of Waterfall, Book 1.


And that's partly why this installment of the series appealed less to me. It seemed too fast. In fact, the whole series seemed a little rushed. The ending was very predictable, but really, I wanted no other ending, so I was happy with it. But other than the immediate issues of life and death when there were bad guys attacking, the Betarrini girls didn't really have many problems. Marcello seemed to always be conveniently up for rescuing his lady love whenever needed. Not that the She-Wolves of Siena didn't have trouble. Boy, it seemed like they were attacked everywhere they went. There was no lack of action in this novel, in this entire series, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Clean, and perfect for all ages. Almost a little too clean. For instance, their dad. He died. He was gone. And then they just went back in time and got him. That feels a little... intrusive. On the whole world. And without even knowing the consequences of their actions, they jump back into their little paradise in 14th century Italy. Too easy.


There were a few issues that I felt were not addressed. For one, Rodolfo. Frankly, I kind of fell in love with him a bit, too. But he just kind of appeared out of no where, proclaiming his love for Gabi. I wish we got to know him a bit more, before he just disappeared altogether.


Also, the plague. The fearsome Black Plague seems to be a major conflict in novel. At least, according to the blurb. But then you read the book, and it's barely addressed. There's more of it in the second book than this one. It seems that the Betarrinis were, once again, let off a bit easy.


I ate up this book, and finished it so quickly I had to flip back and forth with the last page to make sure it was all done. I felt... nothing. It was just gone. I'm really sad that this series has come to an end, because I want more. Everything was tied up nicely, but there's nothing stopping Ms. Bergren from untying the wrappings.


Since it's the final book, I have to give a final tribute to Luca. He's great, guys. Hilarious and charming, with the blond-haired good looks. I loved Marcello, too. Oh, heck, I loved all the guys in this series. It's a must read for fans of fantasy. I couldn't put down the books at all, and I'm sure you won't be able to, either. Thank you, Ms. Bergren, for this amazing historical adventure. I absolutely can't wait for more from you.

Beginning Excerpt:

We'd shaked the dust from the gowns the guys had left the three of us and slipped on our "medieval disguise," as I called it, but there wasn't a whole lot we could do for Dad.
     "Yeah, that's not gonna work out so great," Lia said, staring up at Dad's T-shirt.
     I looked him over, still not quite believing he was with us, alive. We'd buried him, laid flowers on his grave, and mourned for him for seven-no, eight months now-and yet here he was, hands on hips, ready to take the lead in our family again. Like we'd never been gone. Which, for him, we hadn't been.

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