Waterfall (River of Time #1)
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, Ga...more
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DNF. This has to go down as one of the silliest, if not the silliest novel ever written in the history of YA fiction! Our 17 year old heroine finds herself in midst of a medieval battle after travelling back in time and what does she do?? She falls crazy in LUST with the first guy she sets eyes on. "I was in the middle of a real battle. Men were wounded or dying. I glanced left and saw that one wasn't battling any longer; instead he stared at me as if I were a female Lazarus. I wanted to look a...more
My Favourite Quote: 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.
AWESOME! I am not usually a fan of anything that slightly resembles historical fict...more
It had everything a reader could want in a medieval adventure: battles, sword fights, balls, adventure, peril, humor, suspense, mystery, romance...everything! To put it simply--I was completely wowed by this book. The River of Time series ranks right up there wi...more
Waterfall is probably one of the most misguided books to have ever been marketed. The title Waterfall implies that there will be at least a mention of a waterfall throughout the book. Let me tell you now, there isn’t! The cover of this book is gorgeously deceptive and seems to portray a girl going through a gateway of some kind. I’ll spoil something for you again: there’s no gateway. The synopsis of Waterfall will tell you that this is an adventure novel about time-travel – wr...more
The story is about two sisters who travel to Italy every summer due to their mom and late father's love of archeology. The Betarrini sisters search a tomb in which they were not supposed to enter and find handprints on the wall. As they both place...more
Ok so it's been a little while since I read this, but I'm finally posting my review!
WOW! What a great book! Honestly this has to be one of my favorite stories ever. I'm normally not into the whole time travel thing, but my sister told me it was really good so I figured I'd give it try. And am I glad I did! This book literally has it all, romance, intrigue, battles, humor, and not least of all great heroes and heroines.
Okay, I admit it. I don't like writing reviews. It's kind of like homework. I'm still in school, so having homework on top of homework kind of turns me away. However, it doesn't stop me from reading or blogging. That being said, I think this was the first time I've ever been excited to write a review. Why? Because I want to spread the word about how wonderful this book was, and tell all of you to read it.
I was instantly hooked right after the first...more
Just finished reading this again, and oh man! This book is so good! The entire series is good! I wish I could find more books like this.
July 2, 2012
Sighhhhhh. What can I say? This book has got to be one of the best books I've read this year. Full of adventure, suspense, and of course, romance... I couldn't put it down. I am eagerly awaiting til I have the second book, Cascade, in my hands!
If you’re a fan of historical fiction and romance, then this is a must read! Lisa’s debut YA novel is fantastic. I was quickly sucked into the story and became lost in the pages to the point that I forgot I was reading. Well, you know what I mean, right? I’d look up from the book and be shocked that HOURS had passed!
There is so much to love about Waterfall – strong capable heroines, honorable knights, sword fights, and time travel! The story is...more
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
Wow! What a great adventure this book was. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything more adventurous than traveling through time, to a time period and world you have only read about, be it on purpose or by accident. In the case of Gabi and Lia Betarrini, it was completely accidental.
Their accidental adventure begins early on in the book. Problem is, Gabi and Lia get separated in their atte...more
Here is an example (and there are many sprinkled all through the book) of how poorly written it is:
"Please," I said, tears dripping down my face. Lia did not cry.....
I looked to Lia. "I'll be back for you," I promised. She nodded, trying to be brave, but there were still tears run...more
The main character, Gabi, is no damsel in distress and knows how to wield a sword and...more
Number one - I'm not a big fan of Youth Fiction
Number two - I rarely like or enjoy stories written in first person.
I think I'm going to have to stop saying that after reading this novel. The writing was absolutely AMAZING. Bergren really knows how to draw her reader in.
I had heard...more
Although time travel is considered a staple of the science-fiction genre, I would really classify this novel as more of a science fantasy, since it doesn't go into...more
What I liked:
*The main character Gabi is a modern day 17 year old whose parents are archeologists. Thus, she has spent the majority of her young life traipsing to numerous archeological digs. This gives her an education in 14th century life which p...more
Gabi and her sister Lia find them selves in Italy for the summer whil...more
This book was not completely awful. Though I did not like it, I understand why others might. Some of the more believable plot elements are interesting, I just couldn't get past the bad writing, awful romance, stick-figure characters, and overall poor quality.
I'm not saying that no one should read it, I just wouldn't recommend it.
Here are some of my biggest complaints:
Many of the plot elem...more
I love time travel books. Really really love them. Basically, I think that time travel is the coolest thing ever. And Lisa T. Bergen does an excellent job with these time travel books. Waterfall is one of those books that is just fun. Time travel books are hard, because the actual act of time traveling can either be over or under explained. Some become too science-fiction-y and then they are boring, whereas others are more of a dream-like state. I loved that thi...more
The book follows Gabriella Bettarini as she time travels through an Etruscan tomb to 14th century Italy where she finds herself caught in the middle of a war between Siena and Florence and two families that suppor...more
Since Gabi and Lia spend every summer in Italy, they find themselves bored at yet another archaeologist site. But when Gabi and her sister place their hand on a set of hand prints in an ancient tomb Gabi finds herself transported to another time...Literally! Fourteenth-century Italy during a battle between knights.
Gabi finds herself having to adjust to this strange and dated way of li...more
*Genre* YA Fantasy
Waterfall is the first novel in the River of Time trilogy. Gabriella (Gabi) Betarrini is a 17 year old American who spends her summers in Italy along with her sister Evangelia (Lia), and her mother Dr. Adri Betrarrini who is a world famous archaeologist.
As with most teenagers, Gabi and Lia get bored and decide to explore after their mother Dr. Betarrini believes she has found the lost civilization of Etruscans in the northern part of Italy known as today’s...more
I totally fell in love this book: I didn't want to stop reading it! Gabi is a seriously strong character. She's intelligent and brave, and she faces her fears in order to save her sister and protect those she cares about. I'm not sure what I would do if I were sent back in time, but hopefully I could be like Gabi, who really tries to deal with the situation while also making the most of it. Gabi isn't the only awesome character in the book, though. Pretty much every main character is fu...more
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 35 books, with more than 2 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called River of Time (WATERFALL, CASCADE and TORRENT) and soon will release a follow-up e-novella called BOURNE. She's currently writing a New Adult series called The Grand Tour, and the first release is GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS (June 2012).