From 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.
Bought for Myself
Read as part of the Waterfall Read-a-Long
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 3.50
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Note: This is a book that I am sure on my own, without prodding, I probably would have never picked up. I am glad that I read it though and will be reading Cascade and Torrent. I honestly believe I will end up loving the series as a whole!
What I Loved: The following elements kept me fascinated from beginning to end: Historical Elements, Time-Travel adaption by the characters, intrigue, and the war elements. I have to admit that I am not usually a person who “loves” fighting but there were a couple of “battle” scenes that I was completely loving. The fact that it was hand-to-hand and life-or-death by characters (Lia and Gabi) that had not been part of that world before made it even more on the edge! The historical accuracy that the author tried to maintain through out the whole story was also very well done! Overall Bravo to Lisa T Bergren to weaving an intriguing story with historical elements in a very believable way!
What I Liked: At the end of Waterfall, I can say that I liked all the main characters involved. It took awhile for me to warm up to Gabi and Marcello. However, I wanted more of Lia and Luca. I just liked their characters more. They were all written well and I believe as the series progresses I will like them all more!
Complaints: I am still only at the point of liking Gabi and that took about 3/4 of the book. I have heard that she will grow on me even more as the series progresses.
Why I gave it a 3.75: This was a very good opening to a series. I am excited to continue reading a-long.