Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Genre: Young Adult – Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st 2011
Publisher: David C. Cook
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages:  352
Date Scoot Read: July 2011
: Paperback

Scoot's Rating: 9-  Great read! Couldn’t put it down.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
: Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

Scoot’s Review:
When Gabi realizes that another summer is going to be spent on an archaeology site she isn’t too happy about it.  Looking for a little excitement before the boredom truly sets in Gabi convinces her sister to break the cardinal rule; to touch the ancient tomb walls.  Gabi’s life is severely thrown off course when she travels through time straight into fourteenth century Italy.   Standing out like a sore thumb in her skinny jeans and unsure of where her sister is, Gabi struggles to survive, find her sister and find her way back to the twenty-first century.  This was a fun and adventurous read.  I always seem to enjoy time travel element in stories.  There is something about taking a modern person and throwing them into the past that I find intriguing and Waterfall definitely did not disappoint.  The story was quickly paced with Gabi falling literally into a battle and it just kept going from there.  The historical elements of the story and world building around Castelo Forelli seemed realistic and accurate for the time that was being portrayed.  I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of how life was like in that time.  In addition, the character development throughout the story was good.  Gabi was a great lead character; I enjoyed her strong personality and her level head.  She was a person I could easily put my support behind and that makes a huge difference for me.   All of the characters were distinct and you wanted a chance to get to know them better; like Marcello with his serious personality and Luca with his lighthearted one.  The plot was solid and there were definitely a few moments where I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.  The romantic elements were sweet, felt natural and were not in the shape of a triangle – yay!  Waterfall has plenty of adventure, suspense, romance and conflict to keep the reader absorbed and I highly recommend it.  


1 comment:

Bookworm1858 said...

This is a really good book and Gabi is quite a good heroine; she's not TSTL but is bold and brave. I'm super excited for Torrent!


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