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No spoilers in this rapid review of Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I give it 3.5 stars.

I love time travel so when I saw this book on a friend’s Goodreads shelf, I decided to give it a try. I love it when a character is displaced so far out of their norm that they are forced to fake their way through an impossible journey. Waterfall didn’t disappoint in that regard.

While spending her summer vacation with her archeologist mom, Gabi is thrust back to fourteenth century Italy after entering a tomb where she knew she wasn’t supposed to be. She is alone and completely disoriented and when she emerges from the tomb she finds herself in the middle of a fierce battle between sword wielding knights.

Gabi believes that her sister Lia may have traveled in time with her though they didn’t end up at the same location at the same time. Gabi is taken in by Marcello (*swoon*) and his knights. She is forced to make up a plausible story for why a young woman would be traveling alone across the Italian countryside–and wearing skinny jeans no less. Luckily, her history obsessed mother taught her a thing or two over the years. She must now search for her sister while navigating the treacherous waters of the politics and social niceties of the day.

I give it 3.5 stars overall.
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While I didn’t find that everything that Gabi did or got away with while in Italy entirely believable, this was still a fun, easy YA read. I recommend it for fans of YA romance or time travel. It is the first in a series of four books called the River of Time Series. All books are published so feel free to binge.

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