Wednesday 7 September 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays read-along Discussion #2

Waterfall Wednesdays Read-Along Event

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Discussion 2- Chapters 7-11

This weeks questions hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader

Gabi's search for her sister is made increasingly difficult by the fight for territory between Castello Forelli and Castello Paratore. At this point, do you think the rivalry is warranted? Why or why not?

A lot of the politics and rivalries is going over my head at the moment I'll be honest. I get that they are against each other and there is a fight for land and power. It kind of reminds me of the battles between the houses of Capulet and Montague in Romeo and Juliet. There is no higher law to come and arrest them, no-one to say where legally the property boundaries are. If they see each other they will fight to the death- with no consequences.

Gabi aids Fortino by having his sickroom cleaned out and using steam to loosen the phlegm inside his lungs so he could breathe better. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that required you to rely on home remedies to aid yourself or another? What are some of your favorite home remedies?

Sometimes the old remedies are the best! Like using steam when you're blocked up with a cold. My favourite home remedy is to use lavender or lavender oil when I've got a headache.
I felt really sorry for Fortino. It was almost as if in the minds of everyone in the castle he had been written off and just left in his room in the castle. Gabi's ideas to help him were really simple yet practical, and showed that just by moving some of the things in his room, or bringing him food that was easier for him to eat, she could actually start to make a huge difference- without modern medicines.

Marcello and his men don't hide their surprise when they learn that Gabi is skilled with a sword. What did you think of this development? Has your initial impression of Gabi changed? Do you have any secret skills?

I love that Gabi can use a sword! This just makes her even more of a kick-ass character! I think her ability to constantly shock the men with her modern ways makes this story so great.
I have no secret skills. At all. If I landed in fourteenth century Italy I'd be dead by now!

"Our lips were so close, I could feel the heat of his breath on my skin." Gabi and Marcello's feelings for one another are beginning to stir. What do you think of Marcello as a romantic interest thus far? What do you think of his intended?

I like Marcello- a lot! He seems like a good guy and very protective of Gabi, and very determined to do right and help her. He is shocked by some of the things she comes up with (like riding a horse like a man, and the sword fighting) but I also think is secretly impressed by this and a little in awe of her.
At first I couldn't stand Lady Rossi. She was the epitome of high-school cheerleader bitchiness in the packaging of a wealthy fourteenth century lady. She made constant snide remarks or sarcastic comments about Gabi, about the way she dressed, how she behaved, and was always trying to pick apart her story and expose Gabi as a liar. After the incidents with the bandits in the woods though I warmed up to her a little. She was very grateful to Gabi, and really starts to be nicer to her.
Marcello and Luca take turns teaching Gabi the dances of Toscana. Would you have liked to attend a ball like the one Gabi was practicing for? Do you like to dance? Do you know any cool dance moves? Extra (not really) points if you YouTube yourself dancing and share the video. Come on, it will be fun! :)

I would love to attend a ball- just for the clothes and the chance to dress up! There is a shop near my house that sells ball gowns, evening dresses, prom dresses etc. and I always gaze in the windows wishing I went to more places where I need to wear a pretty evening dress! I cannot dance at all though- I'm too self-conscious and have no co-ordination whatsoever! Maybe dances like Gabi's ball where I know the steps wouldn't be too bad, I think it's when you have to make it up yourself that I struggle. Missie, I am NOT posting a video of me dancing, trust me, I look too silly- this is just a representation of how ridiculous I'd look!

I am loving this book so far! I can't wait to find out if Gabi finds her sister and if something is going to happen between her and Marcello.


  1. OMGOSH!! I love the angel dance video!!

    And I have no secret skills either besides cooking so I would be dead with you...unless I could make some mean stew and stuff them all to death...:)

  2. That video is awesome. I'm sure you'd be the life of the party with those moves.

    I also use lavender but I put it under my pillows to help me sleep and drive away the bad dreams.

  3. I was thinking about poor Fortino when my husband gave my daughter a hit of his inhaler because she was having difficulty breathing yesterday. Thank goodness for modern medicine.

    I should have put a video clip of Elaine dancing for me.
    Amy @

  4. I love lavender relaxing...though I find the scent can be too strong when I have a headache!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  5. I would so be dead too! I am also looking forward to the rest of the book!

  6. haha, yes! I loved Gabi's (and later, Lia's) kick-butt abilities! The advantage of surprise was almost always on there side. :-)

    Btw, I love the title of your blog! Haha, that's the best place to get lost!!

  7. Sally! LMAO!!!! I love ANGEL! You totally made my day with that video. *runs back up to watch again*

    Okay. Where was I? Oh yeah, if I landed in fourteenth century Italy... I'd be dead faster than you. Poor us. :(

    You're right about Gabi's remedies being simple yet practical. I doubt I would have had the ability to even think that much up.

    Thanks for your answers this week. I had so much fun watching that video. *hits replay*

  8. I would be dead it I time traveled back to this time period as well!

  9. Okay you all have seen this actor as Angel, but I never watched Buffy. I know him as Booth in the TV show Bones and he has long been nice eye-candy for me! To see him dancing in this video totally cracked me up! And kinda gave me a little heart palpitation!

    I can't believe that you haven't read the entire book? How can you set a book aside like that and wait for next week?

  10. I loved the video, it's a real blast from the past!

  11. Sweet vid! And your comment about being dead if you went back in time is totally me too--I just live vicariously through my characters. :-) Thanks so much for taking part in this week's WW! See you next week!

  12. I would love to dress up in a ball gown too and attend a ball. I also agree knowing the steps and having a partner would make dancing easier :)

  13. I agree that sometimes the old remedies are the best. Even modern medicine goes back to it at times.

    I love that video of Angel dancing!! Hilarious.

    I was a little confused about politics too because I've never heard of Siena, but it hasn't gotten in the way of my love of the book. I just figure it's a city that is fighting another city.



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