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Published: February 2011
David C. Cook
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.
I like time-travel books. I like them A LOT. So when you toss time-travel and a hot Italian man into the same book, it's pretty much a sure bet for me.
Waterfall was no exception. I was hooked from the very first page. I thought that the book was very well-written and SO easy to get lost in. The characters were real and believable, which is important to me, as I like to relate to the people I'm reading about. The plot was fast paced, but not dizzying.
I liked that Gabi was a strong character. I liked that she didn't go all damsel in distress on us, though that does have its place in literature at times. I just don't like it when they do it all the time. Gabi tried to work out her own solutions, even when it was pretty obvious that she wouldn't be able to. She was awesome. Plus, I liked that she was a tall, strong girl who kind of confounded the medieval men.
And Marcello. SA-WOON. Holy swoonage. He's SO worthy of being a book boyfriend. I'm telling you, the man has it all. Smarts, hots, charisma...yumm-o.
I do love it when a book comes together for me like this one did. Fabulous writing, fabulous story...now if only my book buying budget wasn't ZERO! I have to wait for the second book to come in at the library and the people ahead of me are taking their time. I kind of wish I knew who they were so I could *ahem* encourage them to read faster. :P I'll definitely own copies when I'm able to buy books again.
To be completely honest, there wasn't a single thing that I *didn't* like about this book. I liked it all.
(And as a side note, the author, Lisa T. Bergren? She's one of the NICEST human beings on the planet. When a friend & I were talking on Twitter about how badly I wanted signed copies of these books, Lisa got in touch with me & sent me signed bookmarks. She is FAB.)
Waterfall gets a 'Pick Me' rating for being one of my favorite time-travel books!