Title: "Waterfall" Series: The River of Time Series Book 1 Author: Lisa T. Bergren Publisher: David C. Cook Publication Date: 1/15/2011 Pages: 352
Book Description (PBS):
Maybe most American teens would love a Mediterranean vacation, but the Bentarrini sisters are stuck in Italy every summer with their archaeologist parents! Young Gabi is bored out of her mind . . . until she's swept into the 16th century and a whole new world filled with knights, horses, armor, swords, and great-looking Italian guys!
My Overall Feeling of the Book:
This book is the first in the River of Time Series and I've been impatiently waiting to get my hands on it. I finally made it to first in line to get it from paperbackswap.com . And quickly snagged it up.
I read this book as part of the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon that ended Sunday night. It was 10pm on Sunday and I had the entire book to read in order to meet my RAT goal. I didn't have to get up early on Monday so I got my pj's on and snuggled in bed for a long night of reading. I might have technically finished it in the wee hours of Monday morning but I'm counting it! To me it was still Sunday night :)
I had no problem whatsoever staying awake to read this book. It kept me captivated from beginning to end. I absolutely loved it!
My Favorite Character:
This is a hard book to decide my favorite character because there were so many that I really liked. I guess I'll have to go with Gabi, the heroine. She had such spirit and determination. She makes tough choices because she puts others ahead of herself. Very uncommon for a typical 17 year old. She seemed mature beyond her age.
My Favorite Scene:
Just one of my many favorite scenes, is when Gabi is transported back in time and climbs out of the tomb into the middle of a fierce battle. At first she thinks it is a reinactment of sorts until she see the very graphic death taking place before her eyes. Talk about a shock!
My Favorite Sentence(s)/ Paragraph:
Staring at the water below made me realize how badly I had to go to the bathroom. I'd avoided it as much as I could at Castello Forelli, but there, as here, I could do nothing other than what the reset did--go to the pot. I rose and winced--half from the pain in my thigh and half from worrying that I'd never find Lia. Then, raising my skirts, I squatted over the bucket and did my business, dragging a piece of wood across the top when I was done to contain the smell. "My kingdom for a flush toilet," I muttered. For all our whining, Lia and I really had to idea how good we had it, even in an apartment decorated in seventies favorites.
Gabriela Betarrini, page 178
It Woud Have Been Better If:
I had Book 2 in my hands right NOW!
Also, nothing major but, I have no idea where the title "Waterfall" came from. I don't remember there being a waterfall anywhere in the book at all. Just curious.
I Would Recommend This Book To:
YA, time-travel, and history lovers. Those who have a sister or a single parent. Anyone who has been drug as around as a kid by their parents on trips. (I spent many a Saturday at the historical society while my Mom worked on geneology.) Those who speak English, Italian and Latin. And anyone who wants to be captivated by a book you can't put down.