RELEASE DATE: April 08, 2016
AUTHOR: Lisa Tawn Bergren
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Time-Travel, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Bergren Creative Group, Inc
SUMMARY: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. BECAUSE YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT.
Zara Ruiz is a normal California girl on the verge of graduating high school and thinking about her dawning future. But when dusk brings a shattering loss—and she discovers a priceless object in the shallows of a tide pool—she is thrust a hundred-and-eighty years into the past. There she meets handsome ranchero Javier de la Ventura—who has big dreams and bigger secrets—along with his enchanting family, in a land that is at once familiar, and yet utterly foreign.
Between cattle rustlers, pirates and a growing call for statehood, it is not a peaceful time to be a Mexican settler in young Alta California. But it is in that time and place that Zara must decide if she can find what she longs for most in the past, or if her heart’s THREE WISHES can only be resolved in the present.
I absolutely loved Lisa Tawn Bergren’s first River of Time series which is also one of my favorite series and when I heard that Lisa is going to be writing another Time-Travel series with new characters and different place, I can’t say how much I felt excited about it. Last time it was 14th century Italy and now we’ve got to explore 18th century California. If you haven’t checked out her previous river of time series then I highly recommend you to read it because it was totally amazing. I really don’t want to compare this with her old series but I really had to because It wasn’t as exciting and as adventurous as her last series but I did enjoyed reading this. I liked Zara and Javier but the chemistry between them needs more work. I want more world building because I’m not satisfied with the one in this book and I’m hoping the next book going to be much better with more new places to explore.
Zara Ruiz is a 20th century Hispanic California girl who is grown up with her grandmother, the only person she cares about in this world. She works at a restaurant owned by her grandmother and looking forward to attend college. Before dying, her grandmother’s last words to Zara were “what’s her three wishes in life?” she says Adventure, love and family. In grief with her grandma’s death, Zara visits the beach where she finds a mysterious golden lamp which makes her travel back in hundred and eighty years past. When Zara learns that she has actually time traveled to the past in 18th century, she desperately wants to travel back to her time and place she’s familiar with. In this unfamiliar land, the first person she meets is the handsome ranchero Javier de la Ventura who suspects her for a spy and wants to take her in custody which ends up in a dispute between them and her escaping by stealing his horse. Their paths crosses once again because it seems he’s the only one who can help her out. After meeting Javier’s loving family and learning more about him, her attraction towards him grows with time. Zara suppresses her feelings because she knew their relationship will never work out and someday she had to leave this place but why does she feel she belongs here more than at 20th century Alta California where she has no one to go back to.
Zara is a pretty likable character and I really admire her for her brave, independent and strong personality. Although she might be vulnerable sometimes, she is very determined person who has kickass fighting skills that surprises Javier at the first meet. Javier is quite dashing and charming character that I liked knowing. He is very caring and protective towards his family. Though I liked the sweet relationship between Zara and Javier, Gabi and Marcello would always be my favorite couple. At the beginning, Zara and Javier doesn’t fully trust each other but their’s always this invisible pull that draws them towards each other. The chemistry between between them is good but It lacked passion and I felt something missing in their relationship so I’ll look forward to know how it develops further in the sequel. Captain John Worthington is another character that I really liked. He is a total gentleman and it’s a bit sad that he didn’t have much part in this book but I’m quite interested to know more about him.
The plot is definitely intriguing but it does lacked a bit in adventure and action which is my major issue. The story moved in a fast pace and I really liked how the plot was developed with few twists and turns. The world building is pretty nice and it seems Miss Bergren has done a great amount of research in writing this book and I’m looking forward to explore more of this world. The writing is beautiful and simple enough to understand without any struggle. This book only has Zara’s POV but I really wish there’s also Javier’s POV because I really want to know what’s really going on in his mind.
Overall, it was a nice start for a new series. Despite some issues, I enjoyed it and I’ll definitely look forward to the sequel.
Three Wishes is the first installment in a new YA time-travel series from Lisa T. Bergren filled with adventure, drama and romance. I highly recommended it to the people who love time travel romance.
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