Cascade (River of Time, #2)

Cascade (River of Time, #2)

First Lines: Mom freaked out when she saw us, of course.

Ok, so after reading the first book in this series, I immediately tried to get my hands on the second. I had to know what happened next. It’s not often I find a time travel series that I really enjoy (except Outlander) and I am here for this.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Even though sisters Gabi and Lia just returned to the twenty-first century from the dangers of the fourteenth century, Gabi needs to go back. She left her love, Marcello, behind. And the only way Gabi gets back is if she convinces Lia to go as well. When they return to the past, months have gone by and all of Siena wants to honor the She-Wolves who protected them against Florence. And their enemies will do anything to see them die. Even between battles, Gabi is more drawn to Marcello than ever before–just as Lia is to Luca. Life here isn’t easy, but the girls will discover things about themselves they didn’t in the present–the connection with their mom, courage, and understanding how important sacrifices can be.

I was not disappointed by this.

Admittedly, I still have issues with the romance between Gabi and Marcello. Again, I love both characters individually–I just don’t feel much of a spark between the two of them, although it’s better this time around than it was in the first book. And I adore the minor characters–Lia, Luca, Mom. All such strong characters in their own ways.

What actually draws me into these stories every. single. time. is the writing. I started this book thinking it was going a bit slow and that I just wasn’t sure it was going to be as good as the last one, but I was wrong. There is constant action in the story, constant conflict that gets your heart pounding and sitting on the edge of your seat. Then, when just when you get a moment to catch your breath, something else comes up and it starts over. I love it. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy action series with strong female leads.

And by “strong” I want to explain that it’s not necessarily physical strength. Sure, Gabi wields a sword and Lia has her bow, but it’s more than that. Gabi gets herself into a really bad scrape in this book and she cracks emotionally, but never breaks in ways she shouldn’t. Like, if she didn’t start crying through some of this, I would have been worried she was a psychopath. It’s the way she’s written and the way Lia is written that draws me in over and over. They’re so good and their sisterly bond so strong that I almost don’t even care about the romance.

I also want to give a shoutout to the first person limited POV in this story for sticking strongly to it. There are times Gabi is separated from certain parts of the action and the story never wavers from Gabi’s perspective. The lack of knowledge builds suspense and it’s so fantastic. So good.

I mentioned with the last book I didn’t understand why it won some Christian lit award because religion really wasn’t a part of the story. Ironically, I thought this book was far more religious and yet I don’t think it’s recognized as Christian lit at all. Granted, it still wasn’t super religious, but Gabi does buy into God and prayer more than she did previously. It shows up more often. She’s also fitting in more with the culture of 14th century Italy, so that’s why.

I loved this. I cannot wait to see what shenanigans they get into next.

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