I’m not sure what I can say about this series that hasn’t already been said. I think Nic of Irresistible Reads described it best by saying it’s one that’s filled with “pulse pounding moments” at every turn of the page. And it’s a wondrous thing to behold because as you read about Gabi’s time traveling adventures, you are not merely an observer of her journey, you become part of the story itself, as if you too are transported to medieval Italia, facing one life threatening situation after another.
I’ll be honest and say at first, I didn’t care much for the heroine and protagonist of the series, Gabriella. Despite her witty musings, she was too Mary Sue for my taste, knowing just enough about everything to really feel genuine. But I’m happy to say that my initial impression of her change dramatically as the series continued. What I discovered about Gabi was that she is a very rich character, flawed in many ways, her aggressive stubbornness probably the most notable, but that very trait also made her dynamic; enhancing the fierceness of her loyalty to those she loves and to herself. If anything, I never imagined myself adoring her, especially after having to endure her make decisions I didn’t agree with or partake in actions that made me want to punch a baby, but now I consider her one of my most beloved characters ever. *nerd alert* In fact, she turned out to be so fascinating to me, I found myself wishing there was a YA English Lit class I could take that would allow me to do a character analysis on her.
The secondary characters are just as remarkable. And though my delight in unraveling Gabi made me wish I could have done the same with those she held dearest, I could understand why they seemed so infallible. That was simply the way she viewed them. I’m sure they aren’t as perfect as they initially seem either, but try telling Gabi that and consider yourself lucky if you live to see another day. In any case, many of the secondary characters left me wanting to know them more intimately, and I really hope that their stories will be told.
It didn’t take long for the heart-stopping action scenes in the series to become a kind of a comfort, being as constant as they were. Every moment had me desperate to get to the next, wild with the need to know that all would be well…somehow.
Each book ends rather abruptly, making your mind scream in anguished excitement, but ever ready to race off to the next book to once again be swept into Gabi’s world of epic adventure, delicious romance, and unapologetic faith.
I believe that this series is one that will not only capture many hearts but also stand the test of time with the many ways it shocks yet enchants readers. I dare you to read it and not want to try your hand at medieval speak as I have done this week, much to the extreme dismay of my family, who have continuously bestowed upon me curious glaces…much the same as you are doing now. LOL!
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