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Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren


Cover art: Torrent Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Torrent - 3rd in the River of Time series
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN-13: 978-1-4347-6429-4
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational/Historical Adventure
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
Year/Setting: Late 13th/Early 14th Century/Tuscany (Italy)
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle (Historical Romance)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense (Knights, Medieval, etc.)
Lisa's Website/Blog: www.lisatawnbergren.com

Dear Readers:

This is one of those authors - and there are hardly any left in the literary world - who had this reviewer at, "Hello." The River of Time series has been adventurous, fun, beguiling, romantic, and…way cool! (Just to speak the language of all you YA’ers out there.) It was beyond jubilant for me to receive Ms. Bergren’s collection which began a while back, especially as I was in the midst of reviewing and critiquing nine hundred thousand vampire books. All of a sudden this medieval story came along about two sisters who were in present-day Italy with their mother (an archaeologist), who happened to enter an Etruscan tomb and find themselves thrown back in time to Italy (Toscany and the surrounding areas) where they found themselves in the midst of a medieval battle.

Gabriella and Lia brought their present-day knowledge, honor, and strength to the small Italian countryside war, and soon became known as the "She-Wolves," seeing as that they risked it all - including their own necks time and time again - to help Siena beat Firenze.

At the conclusion of the last novel, Cascade, the girls had time-traveled away from this ‘party’ of men to find their father. They wanted nothing more than to reach him before he was in the accident that eventually claimed his life in present-day. The upside? They found Dad alive and brought him back to Siena with them. The downside? When they returned, the Firenze flag was flying over the Siena castle and Gabriella and Lia were desperate to find the men they loved who they’d left behind. The escape scenes, fight scenes, and the "She-Wolves’" plans of action are truly amazing and a whole lot of fun to read. And the romance between Gabri and Marcello is very deep and moving (far more than old Edward and Bella, trust me on that one). And having their father back in the picture - who not only has no clue what’s going on or how he got there, but also has to find a way to deal with the fact that both of his teenagers are in love - is absolutely hysterical.

Bergren has done it again! My advice? Begin with Waterfall and Cascade, so you don’t miss a minute of this exciting series!

Until next time,

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