Every so often there comes a book that surprises you in a way few books have ever done. Indeed I expected it to be good, but... I'm at a loss for word...moreEvery so often there comes a book that surprises you in a way few books have ever done. Indeed I expected it to be good, but... I'm at a loss for words here. This was beyond any expectations. It is absolutely fantastic. There's not a single word I would change and if I could I would force everyone to read it. Everything you might want in a book, you'll find it here. Sword fights, a swoon-worthy knight, humor, friendship, royalty, betrayal, time-travel... This book has serious 'classic' potential. When you give me heart-racing adventure with strong female leader, and you mix it with some delicious romance, you're bound to have a very fan-girly me.
It doesn't even feel like historical at all because the author weaves it in so seamlessly you barely notice. Since Gabi is the narrator and she remembers little of her history, you get to explore and learn with her. Which was really fitting since my knowledge of Italian history is completely null. Gabi's voice was fresh and so easy to relate.
The story captured me from beginning to end and I'm quite certain Waterfall has quickly become one of my favorite books ever. I'm still a bit puzzled as to why it's titled Waterfall though, but I'll let that detail go for now. If you love historical fiction this is a MUST READ for you, and if you don't like historical or have never been able to get into it, or maybe you have just never tried it, I dare you to read this and NOT love it. (less)
Such a fun book! It starts off in a The Hangover-like way when April is jolted awake by her police siren ringtone (her dad's) to find a guy (who is no...moreSuch a fun book! It starts off in a The Hangover-like way when April is jolted awake by her police siren ringtone (her dad's) to find a guy (who is not her boyfriend) laying next to her, and a mess of a house (beer cans and chips everywhere) and two barely dressed guys (one wearing a tiara) sprawled and snoring on the couch. And her dad calls to say he's fifteen minutes away as a birthday surprise. Can you tell I was hooked from there? Because I could barely blink.
The writing was easy going and the characters were very likable and fun. I was slightly flinching throughout the whole book from how real everything seemed. I was not a huge fan of the time-hoping bits. April went back and forth between time-frames and it felt a bit disorienting from time to time, but it did fit with the plot quite well, I just felt transitions could have been slightly smother and clearer. But it worked.
It was unbelievably fun to read. I would laugh out loud from time to time and slap my hand on my forehead on other times too. April made so many understandably stupid decisions, that you just want to reach out and shake her, while knowing you might have done that same thing. Sarah Mlynowski is a genius on realistic teenage portrayal.
Overall, a very sassy tale of things we shouldn't do that ironically make our lives that much enjoyable and cool. A book you should not miss if you love fun contemporary YA.(less)
I have absolutely no idea how anyone could have come up with such a twisted, unbelievably freakish and brilliantly awesome concept, so my respects to...moreI have absolutely no idea how anyone could have come up with such a twisted, unbelievably freakish and brilliantly awesome concept, so my respects to the author. This is the most unusual dystopia I've ever read, and that's saying something, since most dystopian books are pretty out there.
I totally see how this has gotten such mixed reviews because I was skeptical during the first half of the novel because the jargon or slang used and all the weird technologies are never even explained. The story just launches forward from the first page, never even stopping to explain anything, letting the reader just figure things out. But what with the tiny little chapters and the switching between twins and the whole alluring freakishness of it all, I was physically unable to put down the book.
It was hard for me to take it seriously at first because, come on, Johndoe? Sixteen and pregnant? Long lost twins? And the way they talked! Ha. I swear it was a crazy experience: being so hooked to the book while secretly laughing and shaking my head at the whole thing. But it works. It is brilliant! It has so many concepts and so many messages and so many spot-on complaints of the way the world works. Though yes, it wont be a book for everyone. The obvious highlight of the book is the premise and world built for the story. The characters were okay, but one obviously stood out and for me it was Zen. Loved him!
It has sex language and explicit biological-sexual-related words of course, so it might best suited for older teens. But overall my verdict is that this is seriously (for seriously! lol) one of the most memorable books you will ever read. (less)