Book: Waterfall by Lisa Bergren
Published by David C. Cook Publishing
Purchased for my Nook- 277 pages
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction- Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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 Book One, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in sixteenth-century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties.
Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archeologist 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 in the sixteenth-century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.
Waterfall…I liked it, especially because it’s historical fiction, and I don’t read a lot of YA historical fiction.
I love the setting- and I want to know more about 16th century Italy. It seems so beautiful, and it’s a shame we don’t get to spend more time there. Actually, considering the fact that Gabby spends a lot of time in a castle, I couldn’t tell you anything about it.
The whole book felt very modern, and given Gabby goes back in time, I get why she acts a lot differently than everyone around her. But I would have like more of a contrast between her and the world in which she traveled to. Things were a little too convenient at times (like this horrible injury that miraculously heals when she goes forward in time) but overall, I thought it worked enough to get the point across.
As for the characters, I thought Gabby was just okay. I thought Luca and Fortino were the most interesting characters in the book, and I wish they had more appearances in the book. As for Marcello, he was okay. Come to think of it, a lot of the characters were bland. Maybe it’s because they didn’t seem to fit into the time period.
I’m not sure why it’s titled Waterfall, considering there is nothing to do with water in the entire book.
Despite all the things that I didn’t like, it was an adventure and pretty entertaining. Plus, it is an interesting idea.
It gets a 3 out of 5. I liked it, but not enough to continue the series.