Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren: A Review

Remember when I told you that I was reading a really fabulous book? And then I totally left you hanging and posted about completely unrelated items?

Yeah, that was kind of mean. I thought I’d try to make that up to you. Those of you that aren’t readers, you can skip this post. For those of you that ARE readers, I should probably let you in on a few facts:

1. Among other genres in the book-field, I like to read YA. YA, for those you that don’t speak “publishing”, stands for Young Adult books. Basically, books geared for teenagers. I like them because they are generally clean books that have coming-of-age heroines/heroes and tend to be a light, easy, entertaining read.

But mostly, just because they are AWESOME. 🙂

2. With the exception of The Charlatan’s Boy, I don’t really have any high expectations for YA Christian fantasy fiction. Which is what I thought Waterfall was. (For the record, I don’t think it actually is categorized that way…)

3. Have I mentioned that I love books??

Okay. Enough of that. Let’s dive in.

A quick summary of the book from the back cover:

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 Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds… until Gabi places her hand atop a hand print 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.
And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.
What kept me turning pages when I should have been sleeping:
1. The Facts. Like I mentioned, I though this was a fantasy fiction book. I don’t really know why I thought that except that it had a really dark adventurous looking cover…so, my bad! Instead, it reads more like a historical novel with a contemporary flair. Them be the facts.
2. The Pacing. The plot kept drawing me further in…kind of like gamblers into a casino*. There was just enough intrigue and well-placed information to keep me wondering as I turned the pages. I honestly wasn’t sure how the story would end. I like that in a book. 🙂
3. The Characters (especially Gabi).  I like that Gabi is just the sort of girl to time-travel and then gather her wits about her. Enough so that she not only survives the experience but also confounds most everyone in her path along the way. A modern 21st century girl in medieval times? The cultures are so wildly different that Gabi constantly finds herself stepping outside the bounds of the demure and expected norm. And you can completely identify because, hey! You can put yourself in her shoes.
4. The Relationships. Gabi and Lia’s travels to the past come with a price…they’re seperated en route. Gabi’s devotion to finding her sister in a foreign time with very little resources at her disposal endeared her to me from the very beginning. And her love interest, Marcello, is everything he should be. Handsome, powerful, chivalrous, and caring–even in the face of Gabi’s pretty odd behavior. The author does a great job of creating such a bond between them that you really believe that Gabi belongs in the past, simply because Marcello is there.
So, there you have it. If you like this type of a book, I’d highly recommend that you pick it up! And then, tell me what you think. Anyone out there reading anything that you would recommend? Leave it for me in the comments. I love me some books. Or have I already mentioned that?

*Not me, Mom. Don’t worry!

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3 thoughts on “Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren: A Review

  1. Kate W says:

    Amy…I’ll look forward to checking out Waterfall…is it a series? I’m just starting the Mark of the Lion series, and I’m enjoying it so far. I love reading your posts. 😉

  2. Lisa Bergren says:

    Hi, just discovered your review of WATERFALL! Thanks for telling your readers about it. I think it’s considered fantasy because our heroines time travel back…and then it’s kind of a fantasy world they’ve fallen into, even if I’d agree it feels a lot like contemporary characters lost in a historical novel! Hope you get a chance to read CASCADE and TORRENT too. And Kate, Mark of the Lion is still a top 10 read for me too! Love, Lisa, in Colorado Springs

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