Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Review of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Waterfall was a very enjoyable book. I loved how Lisa T. Bergren combined a series of interesting genres and themes, including two eras of historical fiction (plus an intro in the modern world) — Etruscan and Medieval Italy — along with time travel, romance, and lots of silly humor. 

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Series: River of Time, Book 1

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Time Travel, Romance (Christian Fiction)

Format: Audiobook, narrated by Pam Turlow

Rating: 4 stars

Description:

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological 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.
Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

Review:

It has taken me forever to finally review this book! I’ve been on a short hiatus recently over break with college touring going on, but I should be back with some more reviews soon.

Waterfall was a very enjoyable book. I loved how Lisa T. Bergren combined a series of interesting genres and themes, including two eras of historical fiction (plus an intro in the modern world) — Etruscan and Medieval Italy — along with time travel, romance, and lots of silly humor.

The story starts off a bit slow, but the plot soon picks up and gets much better. Various events and problems are woven together to create a more suspenseful, thrilling, and engaging tale.

However, the cover and title of this book is a little bit misleading. There is absolutely no mention of any waterfalls (actual or time based), and this book is much more of a cheesy romance than anything else.

This quote illustrates the romance that takes place in this book well:

We froze. Neither of us moving, simply staring at each other if the other was going to move first.
“You are,” he whispered, “uncommonly stirring.”
He closed his eyes then, as if he had to in order to break the bond between us, then lifted me to the saddle and stare at the ground as he guided my feet into the stirrups.

Marcello is supposedly a hot Italian boy. However, I had some trouble picturing this personally since I am aquatinted with a boy named Marcello whose only similarity may be an Italian background. Thus, it was hard for me to take all of Gabi’s swoonings seriously.

Additionally, all their “fated romance” seems to be a teenage form of love at first sight instead. I never feel for Marcello in the same way Gabi seemed to, and it was difficult for me to sympathize or understand her romantic feelings towards him. But again, this may simply stem from personal experiences.

Waterfall reminds me of the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier in many ways. The humor and mood of the two books are very similar. Both are very casual, humorous, and teenage-like in their writing styles and dialogue, while both dealing with time travel and historical fiction simultaneously. I would have appreciated a different audiobook narrator for Waterfall, since Pam Turlow is very clearly not a teenager and it made the book sound sillier than it had to be.

Yes, this book can be categorized as Christian Fiction, but more in the way Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume is religious. Gabi does not preach the religion at all, merely finds herself questioning it frequently and trying to come to terms with her own beliefs. I am not a religious person in the least and did not find this quality harmful to my overall impression of Waterfall.

I recently learned more about Etruscan history through my online class on the Glory of Ancient Rome, and thinking back to my experience reading this book, some things do make more sense now. However, this in no way means that any background knowledge is necessary in order to enjoy this book. Instead, Waterfall is a fantastic quick, light, and humorous read for any “love at first sight” romance lovers.

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