Friday, September 4, 2015

"Waterfall" by Lisa T. Bergren

**Note to younger readers: This book nor this series is recommend for girls under the age of 14. This review has Sexual hints and mentions from this book. So in other words, don’t read this review, due to it not being clean.**

About this book:

  “Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one.
Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved … and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know—and love itself.
  Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … 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 she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello 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 a different world?”

Series: Book #1 (of five) in the “River of Time” series. {I have read this book twice, but have never reviewed it on here.}

Spiritual Content- The story of Daniel gets mentioned; Many Prayers; Talks about B.C., being blessed, the Lord’s intention & God; Thoughts about heaven & going to it; Many “Go with God”s, a couple “Saints in heaven”, “God be with you”, and a “God help me” are all said; Gabi says that her family went to church on Christmas and on Easter, but that her parents “treated it as more of a nod to culture and tradition than any personal profession of faith” but her grandmother “had been big into the religion thing.”;
*Note: Thoughts about Hades, Hell, and a place being “hotter than Hades”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘dang’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘flippin’’, a ‘freakin’’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘witch’, two forms of ‘heck’, two ‘oh my gosh’s, six ‘idiot’s, seven ‘stupid’s; Sarcasm; Gabi calls items cursed eleven times; Lots and lots of battle scenes with lots of blood (nearly all are detailed); Staking, shooting, stabbing, burring, killing and torture are all major parts of this story and up to very-detailed in describing the actions; Slitting throats are mentioned (not-detailed); Dead & dying people; Poison & Morphine; Killing an animal is mentioned (not-detailed); Lots of drinking wine; Acting drunk.

Sexual Content- an almost kiss, many not-detailed kisses, many barley-above-not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses and a detailed kiss; Gabi wants Marcello to kiss her; Flirtatious smiles; a ‘randy’, a ‘trampy’, a ‘wench’, five forms of ‘hot’; Gabi gets called a ‘bird’ but shrugs it off as a 14th century version of ‘chick’; Men scan women’s bodies (it happens four times to Gabi); A mention of giving a men fodder for his dreams about a girl; two hints about a woman “eager to lift her skirts” (said about Gabi “So that’s what they thought…? That I was into sleeping around or something? Oh brother.” ); A man says he has “plenty of women” to warm his bed; A talk about finding a husband and being of an age to start a family; When Gabi wears her hair down there’s a mention of “hair being as a maid’s on her wedding day”; A man pins Gabi down and starts untying his trousers (nothing happens); A jerk says that he’ll maybe put a girl “up in the corner of the courtyard. Give the men something fine to play with and admire.”; Love falling in love, & the emotions;
              *Notes: a mention of being ‘all that’; Gabi says she has a “curvaceous figure”; a mention of peeing her pants.  

-Gabriella Betarrini, age 17
                                       1st person P.O.V. of Gabi
                                              Time Travel to the 14th century (Medieval)
                                                        369 pages

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My personal Rating-
Like I said in the Series part, this is my second time reading this book. (And to tell you the truth, this newer review has been waiting to be typed up over a year…ooops!) Lisa T. Bergren is a great author, she can keep to on the edge of your seat while reading this book; but the problem is that as this series goes on it gets very, very sexual in marital acts. I can't in good conscience recommend the series because of the Sexual Content in the first book all the way to the fifth and final one. Needless to say, I’m very iffy on her books. :/

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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