Sunday, 7 April 2013

Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Waterfall (River of Time, #1)
Blurb (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.

Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Gabi and her sister Lia are stuck in Italy for the summer with their mother who is an archaeologist.
One day whilst their mother is distracted by an official, Gabi and Lia sneak into one of the crypts their mother is excavating, and find some ancient hand prints on the wall.
Placing their hands on the hand prints, even though they know their mother will kill them for it, Gabi and Lia find themselves transported through time back to the fourteenth century.

Unfortunately they get separated, and Gabi finds herself in the middle of a battle. Now it’s up to Gabi to find her sister, and find a way back to her own time; and all with the distraction of the handsome Marcello.
Can Gabi find and rescue her sister? Can they make it back to their own time? And can a love that spends centuries ever survive?

This book was so infuriating, it literally drove me nuts.

Gabi goes back in time, loses her sister, finds herself in the middle of a sword fight, and what does she comment on? ‘That guy over there is gorgeous!’ I mean what? Think you’ve got more important things to be worrying about love.
Gabi does seem to fit in incredibly well in whatever time she has ended up in though, and does very quickly assimilate. She doesn’t even push their rules regarding women all that much, and spends a hell of a lot of time riding side saddle.

I found it a little unlikely how much Gabi knew with regards to riding a horse, and fighting with a sword, and even living in the fourteenth century. I know that her parents were archaeologists and taught her a bit of history, but how many people would really be prepared to live in the fourteenth century?
In my opinion Gabi was also far too preoccupied with what was going on in the fourteenth century than finding her sister and getting back to her own time! So many things took precedence over her real mission that it was ridiculous! And what did she really expect to achieve by flirting with Marcello anyway? They live in different times! She really did seem to spend a lot of time doing stuff other than finding her sister, which to me was a little strange, and the romance was just doomed from the start!

Other parts of this book just annoyed me because of how unnecessary and boring they were. I really can’t say I was interesting in reading pages and pages about how she tried to cure some guy of his asthma, or her plans regarding going to a dance.
Another thing that annoyed me was that she wasn’t worried about changing history! Surely if you go back in time, you’d be worried about causing a paradox and never being able to go home. She never considered that trying to cure some bloke of his asthma could be a really bad idea. What if he was supposed to die from his asthma? And dating someone? What if he was supposed to marry that other girl and she’s just changed history?! There seriously wasn’t a thought given to this which was just ridiculous!

Overall; this book just drove me nuts, Gabi was just annoying and so easily distracted, and I couldn’t believe how little thought was given to the possibility that Gabi might change the past with her meddling! For me, time travel is a very dicey subject, and this author has not pulled it off with this book. I will not be continuing with this series.
4 out of 10.


  1. Ugh, I hate when characters don't act appropriate for their situations. And when they conveniently know too much.