Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: David C. Cook
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. - Goodreads.com
I love the middle ages, I love romance, I love time travel. Putting all three of those together and you get an extraordinary mix that spells AWESOME. Lisa T. Bergren has created such a unique new world in Waterfall. Gabi travels back in time to medieval Italy, meets a beautiful knight in shining armor, well, more than one actually, and gets to see the things her mom researches as an archeologist first hand.
The story was well-plotted, interesting, entertaining and kept me turning pages. The romance between Gaby and one of the guys whose name I won't mention was Soooooo fun to watch. It was so romantic. I'm a sucker for knights in shining armor, chivalry, the whole nine. So this was right up my alley.
One thing I really loved about the time travel aspect was that this author didn't spend half the book having Gaby keep denying that she'd time traveled. I've read so may TT books where the author has the protoganist spend a huge chunk of the book still going, "when will I wake up from this dream? Perhaps I hit my head and I'm hallucinating? Did someone drug me?" That gets so annoying after a while. But no, Bergren credited Gaby with the intelligence she obviously has and had her realize almost immediately, "ok, I've time traveled. Got it." I loved that!
The really great news is that this story has a sequel. Yay!! I'm so looking forward to seeing what's coming next, as there was one aspect of the story that was most definitely not tied up all nice and neat. I can't WAIT to see what happens next. It's going to be horrible waiting. Awesome debut!!
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