Google+ Reading Teen: Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa T. Bergren

Monday, August 15, 2011

Waterfall (River of Time #1) by Lisa T. Bergren


Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (February 1, 2011)
Buy the book:  Amazon

Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved…
and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know…and love itself.

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological 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.

And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Ok, I'm going to admit that I didn't expect to love this book.  I thought it would be ok, but I thought that since it wasn't a major publishing company, that it wouldn't be anything fantastic.  I was really wrong.  I feel so bad for even having preconceived notions!!  I'm sorry book world!!  I loved this one!

There was so much that was just awesome about this book.  I loved the time travel element!  And the fact that they were in Italy was fabulous.  I loved traveling back to medieval times, reading about sword fights, (gorgeous) knights, battles, horses, and castles.  And the great thing about the time travel element (one of them, anyway) was that the heroine was modern.  She was strong and feisty, and not at all ready to act like a "proper lady" and let the boys do all the fighting.  Gabi was a very strong character.  Sometimes a little too strong, getting herself into all sorts of trouble....but that's what made it such an interesting read.  But she was also kind, and compassionate, and thoughtful.  I really enjoyed her as a character.

Even though this could be considered historical fiction, it didn't really have that feel to it.  It wasn't bogged down with a lot of boring historical facts.  It was fast-paced, and adventurous.  And if all the fighting, adventure, mystery and time travel wasn't enough, Waterfall has a perfectly frustrating, but absolutely sigh-worthy romance.  Talk about TENSION!!  The tension between Gabi and Marcello was so thick you could swim in it!  I think I was every bit as tormented as Gabi was.

One of the most impressive things about this book is that I feel like it transcends the ages.  I feel like a thirteen year old could pick this up and love it, a sixty year old could do the same (and everyone in-between).  I also feel like it transcends genres.  If you don't like historical fiction, you'd probably still like this book.  If you don't like time travel, you'll probably still like this book.  Waterfall is just a really good story with fantastic characters, a beautiful setting, a whole lot of action, and a romance that keeps you wanting more.

Sexual Content:  Mild*
Profanity:  None
Violence:  Moderate
Other Notables:  None
For more details check out Waterfall on Parental Book Reviews.

30 comments:

  1. I am glad you enjoyed the book! I loved it too. Great review!

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  2. I've been seeing this book everywhere and I am so glad I got it free for my nook last week! Great review, I can't wait to read it.

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  3. I didn't think this sounded very good, but this is just one of the many great reviews I've read for Waterfall. I will definitely be trying to find a copy of this.

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  4. I just got this book and I can't wait to read it. Historical fiction is one of my favs. Love your review too.

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  5. I loved this book as well! The rest of the trilogy is amazing. I posted my review of Torrent (the third in the trilogy) on our blog today. SO, so good!
    -Britney

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  6. I loved this book too!! I was so surprised that it was one of Nook's free selections! Now I just need to read the others...

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  7. I really enjoyed the book. I'm starting to like historical fictions now. :)

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  8. This book sounds great! Thanks for the review!

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  9. I need to add this book to my to-read list. It looks really good=)

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  10. this book looks awesome i have seen it everywhere it looks to be very popular indeed


    melissa

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  11. I've always loved time travel! This sounds really good! I'd love to read it!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  12. I'm really glad you loved this book! I just got it on Amazon and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for an awesome review :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  14. A whole lot of action and romance that makes you keep wanting more!! sounds like my kind of book, great review Andye, I think I must say this on most of your reviews I still have to read this book! It's a series too so can't wait!!

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  15. It sounds nice but can I say that I don't like this cover?!

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  16. Hi sounds like some un believable story in todays time,But hey why not i believe anything can happen In real or fantasty. I have the book but waiting to read.I have a couple ahead of this one then she is next. Thanks Joannie jscddmj at aol dot com

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  17. I love reading about time travels, so I might read this one too, although I usually prefer more science-fiction-y approach to time travels, and I suspect this book is more focused on the history and romance. But then I love historical novels, too:)

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  18. I have been wanting to read this one for awhile.. now I'm realling going to have to! Nice review!

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  19. I've heard gret things about this book! Hope to read it soon!

    sydneymeve@yahoo.com

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  20. This is on my wishlist! It looks really good! I think I missed it on the freebies though, I only just got a kindle yesterday Boo hoo!

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  21. I just finished Waterfall and I loved it. I'm about to start Cascade. I really want to visit Italy now...LOL

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  22. This sounds awesome! I'm going to look into it. Great review:)

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  23. I've been wanting to read this for some time. It's just sitting on my shelf. I have a feeling I'm going to be upset that I didn't read it sooner. Sounds really fantastic!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  24. spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/129258-second-hand-saturday-63

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  25. Wow that sounds like a really good book. Haha my to-read list just got even longer XD. Great review though, I really enjoyed it.

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  26. Wow that sounds like a really good book. Haha my to-read list just got even longer XD. Great review though, I really enjoyed it.

    (forgot my email and my google account is finally working, so I used that instead of my AIM that uses that weird name for some reason)
    melocin94@aol.com

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  27. This book sounds so good! I'll have to add it to my long list of books to read :)

    brookea_2006@yahoo.com

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  28. I only hear good things about this book (as well as the sequel). Can't wait to see what this awesomeness is all about.

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  29. Andye, just found your review on WATERFALL. Belated thanks for posting it and telling your readers about the series. Love your honesty...and that you still gave it a shot. So glad you were pleasantly surprised!

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