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Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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The premise of the series is that Gabi and Lia are daughters of archaeologists that are more intense about their work than their parenting skills. Tired of spending summer breaks following their parents around to dig sites, Gabi and Lia wander off to explore the latest find. In an Etruscan tomb, they find two handprints that match theirs exactly. When they place their hands on the prints at the same time, they find themselves transported back to 14th century Tuscany, in the middle of battles between Florence and Siena. Gabi and Lia must decide who to turn to for help, figure out life in the middle ages and decide, do they want to go home?
This first book shows that it is her first time writing a book strictly for teens though. Her attempt to let Gabi talk in teen slang and use phrases that will soon be out dated is unfortunate. I think what makes books like "Twilight", "Divergent" and "Hunger Games" appealing to adults as well as teens is the fact that we sometimes forget they are teens due to the responsibilities and tasks they take on. I think just letting Gabi talk, or think, without trying to be a teen would have made this book easier to get into. But, don't let it distract you, eventually, the teen slang is let go and the action and fun begin!
The love story between Gabi and Marcello is well-done and beautiful (especially in book 2-Cascade) and I, of course, fell in love with both Marcello and Luca. The action scenes are intense and even though it stretches the imagination that Gabi can take on medieval knights sword-fighting skills it's so well done, you are willing to believe it.
I also enjoy the themes promoted in the book through the advice Gabi remembers from her father. Live your life, don't watch it happen. Courage, and honor.
The ending leaves you racing for book 2.
Others have complained that there is quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. Well... obviously. It's a time travel novel, not a nonfiction novel. It was clear from the get-go that this would be a lighthearted read, not to be taken too seriously. Since I knew that from the beginning, I was able to adopt that mindset and enjoy the read.
I adored so many of the characters too. I think one of my favorite things was how Romana was written. I loved that it was made clear that she wasn't a villain; she was simply making do with the hand dealt to all ladies of that time. I'm so tired of books making every woman except the heroine out to be some evil psycho. It's not realistic, and it's juvenile. I'm glad that wasn't the case here. Hopefully it will continue to be that way in future books. I loved the main characters, but I also really loved Fortino.
Some reviews complain that it's too convenient that our heroine spoke the appropriate languages. Well, it's not so shocking given her upbringing. I didn't find it far-fetched at all.
Another thing I liked is that the problems of the past weren't ignored. Smelly underarms? Yep, she noticed. Crappy bed? Yep! I was waiting for her to start her period and freak out about no tampons (which I would have LOVED to read about and die laughing, I'm sure).
The Christian/religious parts flow with the story. I'm actually Christian myself, but I avoid religious novels because they are SO. AWKWARD. AND. PREACHY. This wasn't though. It was very natural.
All in all, this is a fun read, and I recommend it.
The story is about two sister's who get transported to Medieval Tuscany when they touch hand prints at an archaeological dig in Italy. They get separated and now need to try to survive the foreign land and foreign time and find each other again. There's knights and castles and battles and above at the centre of it all is faith and love.
The characters are well developed, there's romance and adventure intertwined with this Christian novel that made it impossible to put down.
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