Friday, 6 July 2012

Review: Waterfall

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.

I didn't really know what to expect from this time-travelling story. The beginning of Waterfall is not very gripping, leaving you wondering if this book is worth reading at all. However as I got past the first 50 pages, I was trapped inside the beauty of the world that Lisa T. Bergren created.

Waterfall is set in Italy, 700 years in the past. Gabi arrives in the past and finds herself in the middle of a battle between two opposing forces. She is saved by one of the leading knights, Marcello, and is taken to his castle. Bergren created characters that were chivalrous young men that charmed their way into your hearts. I must admit that I had little love for Marcello, instead my heart was captured by the sweet Fortino and charming Lucas.

Bregren's writing was a little boring to read at first but it is clear that she researched the history of Italy well and made the story more interesting and captivating. The challenges that she set Gabi to face were not what a person who wishes to go back to the past would think of to face. I really enjoyed the danger and humour in this story, from Gabi welding a sword to her having to ride side-saddle. I really enjoyed going through Gabi's journey with her and seeing the choices she makes, I would recommend this book to those that like historical romance with some handsome knights and a lot of danger.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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