Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Labels : Fiction / General / YA
Publisher: David C. Cook
Buy It: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★
Blurb: Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bantarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscian 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 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.
And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcus 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. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in different world?
I'm always hesitant to buy books, especially online where I can't really flip through or read a couple random pages in the middle to decide whether it's worth getting or not. I hate spending money without knowing for sure and certain I'll like what I'm getting. With that in mind, I took a bit of a "risk" when I bought this book, from Amazon, not really knowing what I was getting into, despite the fact I had read another of Bergren's book, Mercy Come Morning, and liked it. So you can probably imagine my hesitation.
Not anymore. Since it's arrival, Waterfall has jumped to one of my favorite books, if not the favorite. Okay sure, I'm a sucker for romance - not the sappy sort, mind you. But mix in American teenagers stuck centuries before their own time (oh the wonders of time travel), Italian sword-wielding guys, and all manner of medieval stakes including life or death situations? What's not to love?
I loved Gabriella's narration voice. Even stuck living with lords and knights, she maintained the voice (at least, in her actions and head; she did manage to learn to talk in a fairly decent medieval like way...most the time) of a seventeen-year old girl, with the same interests and thought process.
The plot was amazing, filled with adventures around every corner. The conflict in Gabi over what she wants to do - steal the super amazing guy from his betrothed...who he doesn't even love...- and what she needs to do - save her sister, get home, not mess everything up for everyone else on her way out - was realistic and relatable.
Well, I've said it once already, and I'm going to say it again. Best. Book. Ever. It's safe to say it's my favorite. I'll be buying the next book in the trilogy, Cascade, as soon as my cash supply allows. This book highly recommended!!