Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Verona Trilogy Book Review

Book Title: The Verona Trilogy by Lory S. Kaufman
Category: YA fiction
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, Time Travel, Historical
Publisher: Sands of Time Publishing
Published: 2011 to 2013
Available in: Print and e-book formats
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates:  May 1 to June 30, 2014
Content Rating: PG  *Scroll down to bottom of email to see what this rating means.
#1 of The Verona Trilogy:
It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradation. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.
My Review:

I really got into this first book because it was so different and it was so foreign that I could read it and not be affected by it because it happens so far into the future and then so far in the past, that I could just enjoy the story without running any parallels with my life. That is why I read Fantasy type books, to escape my life and I sure don't want to read something that will remind me of what I face every single day. And I love that it has no real harsh language and no glaring sexual scenes. It's a nice clean romance story for all ages.

Book #2 of the Verona Trilogy
What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th-century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected – situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Giulietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone. Do they have a future in this past?
My Review:

Well, the whole thing was too good to be true and as things are with life, people have a tendency to interfere in things that don't concern them. But, they have all grown from what they were when they first came to live with the shoemaker and the whole experience has made them grow up and take on life under their own terms.

Yes, they go through some rough patches but considering that they went from a future where everything was done for them to having to make everything or do without, they actually have stepped up to the plate.

Now, if we can just get the royals to stay out of everything, it might all work out!

The LOVED and the LOST
Book #3 of The Verona Trilogy
A quest for lost love. An adventure of many lifetimes.

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln are three 24th-century time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona and reclaim their medieval family’s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and their worlds. For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their unborn child is the prize to be won – or lost forever.

In this, the final book of The Verona Trilogy, our three time travelers go on the boldest adventure of their lives. They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they couldn't have imagined – all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely grip of an unforgiving past.
My Review:

I really enjoyed this last book also so don't take this the wrong way, but I was utterly confused in the ending. It left me not sure of what happened to our main character. I don't understand how he could be left but the person he loved was not. I don't want to say too much but I really didn't get the ending so I was left with a great sadness because I felt like I really didn't get closure. I tried reading the last chapter over and over to figure out if I missed something, but I must not understand, so hopefully, someone else can clue me in. Otherwise, it's an awesome story until the very end when I am not sure what happened.

Praise for The Verona Trilogy: 

"I was beyond impressed with The Lens and the Looker. Kaufman did a wonderful job setting up the world of his story and creating dynamic characters... The Loved and the Lost is a perfect end to an achingly beautiful story. Kaufman's writing is stellar, as is his imagination. He brings readers into his story with such ease and makes reading a gratifying experience. Readers cannot help but laugh and cry along with Hansum, Lincoln, and Shamira as their journey comes to a close. -- Geek on the Brink

"Lory Kaufman did such a wonderful job with this novel and I really recommend this to anyone who is even remotely interested in history, time travel, post-dystopian or just a really good book! I am excited for the next in this series!"
About the Author: 
"I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. The books of THE VERONA TRILOGY are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” - Lory Kaufman
On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.