A lot of the books I have read lately have been amazing, and Waterfall was one of those amazing books! I really like reading books about time travel because I think the concept of it is just so cool. Waterfall is the first book in the River of Time series, and it was a great start to the series.
Gabi is a character who is transported back in time to Renaissance Italy with her sister. Once there, they are immediately thrust into a whole new type of society with a lot of war and women being outranked by men. Gabi also arrives by herself, leaving her to wonder what happened to her sister.
I’m going to start with the negative because although this book was really good, there were a few things that I found issues with. First, I feel that the fact that when Gaby gets to Renaissance Italy, the men are so accepting of her wanting to fight with the men, after a while doesn't make much sense. The thing was, back then, it took years of training to effectively fight in a battle. She just picks up a sword and is like “let’s fight!” and does not do that bad. Also, I felt that her character was kind of flat and we did not see that many depths to her emotion. To get onto the positive though, (there was a lot of that :)
Waterfall is a great story. It is fast-paced and a great historical fiction read. It is cool to read about how life was so different in Renaissance Italy. I always really like a good mystery in a book, as long as it’s not dragged on forever. Waterfall had one, with secrets, and betrayals, and other really great such things. Their also was some romance in the book. Gabi (the main character) starts to fall in love with one of the soldiers, Marcello. The only problem is the fact that he’s already engaged- to a beautiful but horrible person. The whole country is also relying on his marriage to the girl to unite the kingdoms as well. As Gabi starts to find her place in her new life, you are drawn into an amazing setting with non-stop romance and amazing action. It’s a Christian fiction book, and the book handles that aspect really well. There is just enough of it, and it does not end up over preaching it. This book is one of my new favorites.
I’d definitely read this book. I already ordered the second book in the series; and I definitely hope it arrives here soon. I gave it four out of five stars.
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.