I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Monday, May 30, 2011

Waterfall Review

Lisa T. Bergren
River of Time Book One
Paperback: 384 pages
Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 978-1-43476-433-1
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Overall Rating: 5/5

Gabi is an American girl who spends her summers in Italy with her family and she’s always bored out of her mind. Instead of seeing the sites or meeting cute Italian boys the Betarrini sister spend their time on the site of archaeological digs, with their parents. That is until while exploring an ancient tomb the sisters place their hands in a set of handprints they find in the tombs and that’s when things get crazy. They find themselves in the Fourteenth Century, separated, confused, lost, in the middle of a war and no idea how to get home.

Usually I tend to stay away from books about time-travel but I received this book for review, so I told myself I would read the whole thing through. I was hooked from chapter one, and I couldn’t put it down. I read fast I can finish a book in a few hours if I really like it and this was one of those books. I loved everything about it. Gabi was a fun and awesome character to read about, she was smart, strong, fearless, gentle, sweet, brave, and not without weakness. Even when she was scared and had no idea what to do she still pushed on and faced those fears head-on.

This book was great, it had a strong female lead, handsome men, swords fights, a love triangle (though sometimes I hate those), mystery, and bit of unexplained magic. The guys in this book were awesome Prince Marcello, his cousin, sir Luca (a knight), and even Marcello’s sick older brother Prince Fortino. What I loved most about Waterfall was the fact that I believed what I was reading. The words made you believe what you were reading was real. I loved that the character were believable, they felt happiness, felt sadness, felt pain, they were scared and unsure, at times they were hurt, and they didn’t always win the fight. The character were really human and I believe that’s something really important in a story. The adventure in this book was amazing and had me holding my breath the whole time, waiting to see how Gabi and Lia were ever going to get home.

One thing I absolutely hated about this book was the fact that it ended. When I turned the page and realized it was over I sat there and looked at the book for a moment. Thinking maybe if I stared at it long enough more pages would appear but as you can guess that didn’t happen. The only thing that made up for the fact that book was over so was that I know there will be a second book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, I NEED to know what happens next.

I recommend this book to anyone no matter what kind of books they read. This is one you don’t want to miss.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

To learn more about Lisa T. Bergren and her books please visit her website.


  1. Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that you dared to read something that you haven't really enjoyed in the past. I appreciate it!

  2. Great review hon. Another author I haven't heard of that I should be reading. I like stuff abot time-travel, but I understand how people stray from them. This book sounds pretty amazing especially because of what you said you hated about it LOL! Really want this. Thank you for the great review hon :)