24 February 2012

Favorite Friday: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (5/5 stars)

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

Published February 1st 2011 by Cook, David C.

Description courtesy of Goodreads.

I'm pretty sure the only reason I first downloaded this book onto my Kindle a while back is because it was ridiculously cheap, perhaps even free. I'd never even heard of this series. But, I'm pretty sure it was Divine intervention that lead me to this book, because I fell in LOVE!!!

I fell in love with the main characters (Gabi and Lia), I fell in love with Marcello and Luca(swoon!), I even fell in love with the "side" characters that may not always be front-burning. I fell in love with Italy, (Oh, did I fall in love with Italy!), and I totally fell in love with Lisa T. Bergren's writing.

The story starts out strong for me when we meet, teenage sisters, Gabriella & Evangelia Betarrini. They've recently lost their father and are now with their mother, who while a little distant, due to being broken over her husband's death, really loves her girls.

The sisters invetibly get into some mischief, which ultimately takes them to 14th-century Italy where they are separated and immediately thrown into danger and romance. There's war, intrigue, and we're thrown into the harsh reality of what life was like in this time. But, Ms. Bergren softens all of this up with a romance that totally left me breathless and wanting more. Both sisters must face hard choices and make sacrifices. In just this first installment, alone, I can see the growth of both sisters, as they take their inner fierceness, and wield it into a toughness that is essential to their survival.

There are no slow moments in this book. It was one of those reads where I had to MAKE myself put it down...At three in the morning. After finishing just one. More. Chapter.

I more than recommend this book. I tell you right now, go out and BUY this book. Tell your friends. Your sisters. Your aunts. EVERYBODY! And I promise you, you'll want to buy the next two, immediately.

My rating: 5/5 stars!

To purcahse this book on Amazon, click here.

Next week, check back here for my Favorite Friday review of Cascade (Book 2 of the River of Time series) by Lisa T. Bergren.

20 February 2012

"Favorite Friday", coming THIS Friday!

I've decided that in addition to the reviews of newer books, I'm going to be reviewing some of my "old" favorites on here every Friday. This will be my new "Favorite Friday" post.

I'm really excited about this because while there are SO many wonderful new reads out there, I have my favorites (just like anyone else) that I want to share with you. Some of these will go waayyy back to when I first started my love of reading. Some of these aren't really that old at all. :)

Starting this Friday, and continuing on for a few weeks, I'll be reviewing the RIVER OF TIME Series by Lisa T. Bergren: WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT. These books are an awesome example of my favorite reads that aren't really that old. In fact, I'm starting with the RIVER OF TIME series because Ms. Bergren is going to be releasing a new installment to this series very soon entitled, BOURNE. To say that I'm anxious to read this book is an understatement. So, check in back here on Friday, and also, click on the picture above to check out these books for yourself!

19 February 2012

Cover Reveal for Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller


INBETWEEN (Kissed by Death, #1) by Tara Fuller
Available August 7, 2012

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s
life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving
“accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so
Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling
in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who
makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate
has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him
hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before,
and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves
from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the
only thing he has left…his soul.

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