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Cascade: A Novel (Volume 2) (River of Time) Audio CD – Unabridged, May 1, 2012
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What if you not only fell back through time... but fell in love, too? 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, months have passed, and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while their enemies will go to great lengths to see them dead. Even in the midst of the battles, Gabi’s heart is increasingly drawn to Marcello, just as Lia’s is to Luca. In medieval Italy, the sisters discover things inside themselves that they couldn’t seem to find in the present—connection with their mom, courage within, and the understanding that a life well lived often means encountering sacrifice. But in a world long past, many things still keep Gabi from giving Marcello her heart forever… and one thing in particular calls all three of the Betarrinis home.
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- Publisher : Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 9 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613751761
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613751763
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,055,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But I know that I would have sooner or later.
As I was telling a friend the other day, Waterfall , as well as the rest of The River of Time series, has everything that I love in a good book. One, it's part of a series. Which means that, yay, I don't have to say goodbye to these characters anytime soon! The fun continues!
Two, it has an amazing looking cover. I mean, really, who doesn't want to have that beautiful picture beckoning from their nightstand.
Third, Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent each combine all of my favorite genres. Historical. Romance. Fantasy.
Now since this review is technically of Cascade and I've so far raved about The River of Time series as a whole, let me tell you about why I liked Cascade.
What I Loved
The first reason is that I loved Waterfall sooooo much. I had no sooner read The End in that fabulous beginning to the Bettarrini's story when I went on Amazon.com and pre-ordered Cascade and Torrent. I can honestly say I've never been that eager to know that a book was on its way before.
The second reason I loved Cascade is that it could stand on its own. Have you ever read a trilogy and been so disappointed with the second book, like it only seemed like a bridge, the author's way of getting you from Book A to Book C?
Cascade is NOT like that.
Full of roaring adventure, sweet romance, keep-you-turning-the-pages-late-into-the-night conflict, Cascade is the PERFECT sequal to Waterfall.
And I don't call a book Perfect with a capital P lightly, ya'll.
So in a nutshell, this is what happens in Cascade:
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.
Now, go out and buy it. Seriously. You'll thank me later.
What I Didn't Love as Much
The only thing that I can possibly say that I didn't like about Cascade was that it ended with a fabulous, thrilling, heart-stopping, leave-me-gasping cliff-hanger. Entirely appropriate, but, oh, how tortuous! Thankfully, I knew that a copy of Torrent was already making its way to my eager hands. Unfortunately, I had to wait a couple more months for its release (but Amazon.com was generous to send it earler than I expected. I saw the box when I came home work and squealed.
Why I Recommend This Book
Cascade is unlike other YA fiction I've read (though I confess, I haven't read much contemporary YA fiction. Like I said above, I'm more of a historical kind of gal.) There is a faith element threaded through this book that I would have liked to seen explored more, but I think that the author did a beautiful job of allowing us to see Gabi's inner struggle with believing, while not beating us over the head with the fact. Honestly, I'd rather a book err on the side of caution than be out-and-out preachy.
Faith comes through strongest in the rocking story as you're transported from modern-day to 14th century Italia. Bonus: you see medieval Italia through the eyes of a 21st century teenage girl. How cool does that sound?
My advice: don't start reading until you have all three and a long weekend. :)
My thoughts -
OMGEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I kind of liked this book a lot...like, a ton...I loved it!!! To be completely honest...I mean, seriously! This book held so much more than the first book. I came in with lower expectations than I had with the first - and suddenly I was shocked! Cascade became a favorite about half-way through. The battle scenes, the escapes, the characters - they were much more real and memorable. I look back at my favorite scenes and I realize that they amount to pretty much the entire book. And now I'm thinking the release of Torrent can't come fast enough!
Character notes -
Oh, Gabi. She inspires me. Lia, too, and Mom. But Gabi is by far one of my favorite heroines. Humor, strength, and courage. Beauty - inside and out. And love. So much genuine love for everyone. Her growing relationship wiht God totally inspired me - her small prayers that meant so much.
And Marcello - phew! Someone get me a fan and a fainting couch! That man became so much clearer to me in Cascade. His face, his personality. He gave me chills most the time...Gabi is one heck of a blessed girl! He's the ultimate stronghold, the kind of man any girl would want to spend forever with. The way he loves Gabi is gut-wrenching. It's not a summer fling - on either side. It's a forever kind of love.
But those are the good guys. What about the bad? The wicked men in this book are...wicked. Super wicked. They gave me chills...different kind of chills than Marcello, of course. Chills, like I want to cower in fear and hide from them. New enemies are formed, raising the old, already high stakes a level or two or three higher. No kidding.
And Lord Greco...who ARE you?
Story notes -
YES YES YES YES! With action, fast and furious, danger, escape, and a love story that will melt your heart - there is no reason why you should not pick up this book this very second. Begin our journey into a world of old, where battles are fought with a sword and bow, feuds are extremely common, almost getting killed is a common pastime, and true love really comes in the form of a knight in shining armor. The escapes will have you dying to turn the page; the battles will have your blood pumping; the sweet, stolen moments between Gabi and her man (and Lia and hers...?) will sweep you off your feet. Oh, yes. This is epic story-telling at its finest. And the way it was written... I mean, must I still go on? ;)
Summing it up -
Memorable, from first word to last. I want to relive it over and over again, like a good song. Let it play, again and again...
For the parents -
A few kisses. Nothing inappropriate. Good for young teens. :)
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I don't even know where to begin. It's just the whole 'feel' of it. The time period and location that the Betarinni sisters travel back to again is so rich and active and exciting and sooo completely different to current time that it makes it so easy to escape into and never want to come back up for air! Its really hard to put into words what is so compelling about these books. If you've read them you know.
This second book contains just as big an adventure as the first one, except this time the girls bring their mother back in time with them. I wasn't sure how this would work at first but it really does. She's not a major character so she doesn't get in the way of the girl's antics but she certainly adds something extra.
The handsome Forelli men are back too (obviously) and are very heavily involved in the advertures of the girls fights and escapes, and their interactions and relationships are just so well written. The whole 'romance' aspect is great in these books because obviously back then you married at a very young age and so the sisters (Gabi in particular) are faced with difficult choices to make.
The other thing I love about these books, and the second one in particular, is that the author isn't scared to put her characters through some really rough times. I mean, what happens to Gabi in this one made me shudder... and what almost happened to her made me shudder even more! Its YA but borderline adult in some places and I really like that about these stories. Because otherwise they wouldn't feel realistic. In those days, awful things happened to people and just because the story is YA, it should not ignore that fact. So I applaud the author for taking the story to those shudder inducing moments!
The ending was fantastic. Not a horrific cliff hanger but a fist pumping moment that ended so brilliantly that I immeeidatly downloaded the next book because there was no way I was gonna read ANYTHING else until I read the third book right?