Mini Review: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

first book in the River of Time series
by Lisa T. Bergren

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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.
Spotting the word 'archaeology' in a blurb guarantees the fact that I would consider buying the book. As was said in the previous post - I love archaeology, therefore this book was destined for my bookshelf. But, alas! Six months passed and it slowly trickled to the back of my mind and only when I was considering what to read for this week's TBR Intervention Challenge did it pop to me again.

The 'archaeological' part of the story is but a tiny bit of the whole narrative - it was only to explain why in God's name they were there in Toscano. But I trudged on and continued to read because it  captured and wouldn't let me go till I read the whole book.

I must praise Gabi here for being quick-witted (though weaving a lie will get you tangled within its webs sooner or later) and for being strong and courageous. I do love butt-kicking heroines. Although, in my opinion, knowing how to fence before going to a past full of swordfights is a little too convenient. But I shouldn't say that since Jill (from Carrie Vaughn's Steel -see my review) also conveniently knows how to fence and was conveniently dropped among pirates. Meh, who cares? I will not complain at all even if Gabi was close to being a Mary Sue.

It was well-paced and nicely developed where all characters have their award-winning moments. Who knew all that could happen in little less than a month? Which of course would bring me to the romance. I want to say that it was a case of 'instant-love' but this was a period of adversity and I sometimes believe that shared danger does make people become closer. *refuses to make sarcastic comment about some scenes* Although, I see the word hot everywhere when Marcello was on the scene.

The little baggies under my eyes just got heavier since I didn't go to sleep till five in the morning. As of this writing, my head is still foggy and I might just cruise through my DVD collection tonight and would just start reading the second book of this series tomorrow.



  1. Oooh... Archeological and historical books are great! However, one of my pet peeves is when the author bends the real details to fit the story - without the story needing any bending to make it interesting! I wonder where does this series stand?

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, anyway, and I think it sure sounds interesting. Might have to check it out!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  2. Yay! Thanks for picking my book out of your TBR pile...and for sacrificing sleep to keep up with the She Wolves...and for sharing your thoughts with your readers. Hope you soon get to CASCADE!


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