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    Giveaway: Signed River of Time Series

    I recently won a blogger contest on author Lisa T. Bergren’s website in which one of the prizes was a signed set of her amazing books. As I already own the eBook versions of all three books, the author and I thought it would be great if I’d give the signed copies away on the blog.

    Yep. Even though I love signed and personalized books, I decided not to keep these all to myself. I’m all about sharing the bookish love I have for this amazing series. I’m not even going to keep a signed bookmark. All three books and bookmarks will be given away here to one winner.

    As I mentioned in my Reading Pile post, the back corner of the cover to Cascade got a bit bent thanks to the USPS, but all other books are perfectly perfect.

    If you haven’t heard of this series, be sure to check out Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent on Goodreads. This is such an amazing series and one I really hope to re-read soon.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A signed paperback set of all three books in the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren – Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent – plus signed bookmarks.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Books will be sent via U.S. mail.

    5. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. on October 17th. Winner will be chosen by and announced on Tuesday, October 18th.

    6. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    And if you’d like to stalk the author on Twitter, here’s where you can make that happen… @LisaTBergren.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone who entered. The contest is now closed. I’ll be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the winner here in this post. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Kai! You’re the winner for the signed set of books and swag. I’ve sent you an email and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much to everyone who entered. This is such an amazing series and although you didn’t win, I really hope you get a chance to read these awesome books from author Lisa T. Bergren.


    Review: Waterfall

    Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren is the first book in The River of Time Series and is the author’s young adult debut. It was released on February 1, 2011 in the U.S and is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

    Published by David C. Cook, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Waterfall is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    Goodreads description:

    Lisa Tawn Bergren’s new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn’t have to fear a vampire’s bite but must still fight for her life.

    In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties.

    Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds… until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.


    Falling in love is never without complication. But falling in love with someone from a different century, a different lifetime, than yours is the ultimate test. And it is even more of a challenge when that someone is promised to another.

    Gabriella Betarrini was never that excited about being dragged to Italy every summer while her parents sought to discover ancient treasures on their archaeological expeditions. And after her father’s death, being back in Italy, with her mother and sister, while her mom practically ignored them, was even worse.

    It was not as if she was a part of anything remotely interesting. She and her sister were really nothing more than gofers and laborers. But when she and Lia make a discovery inside one of the tombs, her summer takes an unexpected turn.

    Being transported nearly seven hundred years into the past, separated from her sister, and with no idea how to return home, Gabi must quickly adapt to her surroundings or risk being captured or even killed for being seen as a spy or witch.

    But, there are worse places or times where she could have ended up instead of Italy in the fourteenth century. And being taken to a castle and placed under the protection of Sir Marcello Forelli, the handsome future lord of Castello Forelli, was not exactly torture.

    All she needed was to find her sister and figure out how to get back to where she belonged. And all that was standing in her way were a few minor obstacles – sword-wielding enemies guarding the passage back, traitors looking to destroy the Forelli’s and anyone who sided with them, and Marcello and his knights who were hell-bent on ensuring her safety.

    And one major one – walking away from the only boy she’s ever loved and leaving her heart in the past.


    Waterfall is an exciting adventure and enchanting love story that is completely irresistible. It takes readers on a journey back in time to a world where honor and nobility go hand-in-hand with cruelty and violence. A time when men were the protectors, where danger lurked around every corner and friends could just as easily turn out to be enemies.

    It is to this world that Gabriella Betarrini is transported one afternoon. Coming from modern day Italy to a past that is nearly seven centuries old isn’t the shock she thinks it should be. Somehow this time, this place, feel so familiar to her.

    And when she meets Marcello, the younger son of Lord Forelli, she is immediately drawn to him. And he to her. But as future lord of the Castello, his responsibilities are to his family and to his people. And his commitment to the Lady Rossi cannot be broken. Even if it means breaking Gabriella’s heart.

    Author Lisa Bergren has written an absolutely captivating, magical story of time travel, adventure and romance. Waterfall will keep readers on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next. The story is action-packed, filled with sword battles and constant threats to Gabriella and the Forelli’s, and the tension between Gabi and Marcello is nail-biting.

    Gabriella is smart, brave, loyal and ever so resourceful. She is quick to jump in to defend those she cares about and does not give up when things are difficult or scary. It is her bravery that earns her the respect of the people during a time when it could have just as easily earned their mistrust. And it is her strength and compassion that attract Marcello to her.

    Waterfall is absolute must-read for readers who enjoy a love story that will also take them on an adventure to another time and place.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    This book was so totally enchanting. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure what to expect having read the description. I knew there would be time travel and knights and battles, which are always awesome, but I thought perhaps it would read more like one of those middle grade time travel stories, which are sweet and lovable, but are more about the adventure than the characters.

    Not even close. This story didn’t neglect the characters at all. They actually made this story amazing.

    I adored Gabriella and loved how easily she fit into fourteenth century Italy but still retained who she was, enough so to catch the eye of Marcello Forelli. And that although she adapted with ease to the manner of speaking, she was still put out by the lack of modern conveniences like hair conditioner and indoor plumbing.

    And I don’t think any girl could read this story without falling for Marcello Forelli. Handsome, brave, honorable, noble and confident, but daring enough to be captivated by the head-strong Gabriella. And not only was he taken with her, he was amazed by her. How hot is that?

    Luca was a total charmer. I always love stories that include a character like him. He’s the guy that is always there to help, breaks up the tension, adds humor and is one you hope finds his own love story. And Lady Rossi was the perfect two-faced and untrustworthy competition for Marcello’s affections.

    Stories about time travel can often come across as somewhat unbelievable, but I was completely taken back in time with Gabi, caught up in the both the beauty of the time and its cruelty. Not for a moment was I pulled out of the story or the era by something that just didn’t ring true.

    Although I fell in love with fourteenth century Italy, with its knights and castles, my favorite part was the love story. It gave me butterflies. Gabriella and Marcello’s love may have been pure and chaste, but it was so intense.

    I love when an author can build that tension into the story with just a look or a touch. Every single time Gabi and Marcello exchanged glances, or when he moved that lock of hair behind her ear, I think I swooned a bit.

    I got so caught up in the story that I read it in one sitting. And was so glad that I had the second book on hand, or that ending might have completely devastated me. It wasn’t a completely evil cliffhanger, as a few things were answered, but I think I would have died a little bit not knowing what happened next if I had to wait four months for Cascade.

    How I “discovered” this book:

    Waterfall is a “Just Discovered” just got a chance to read book.

    I discovered this book back in January when checking out the 2011 Debut Author Challenge list. The story appealed to me as it involved time travel, knights, sword battles and a love story. And as I hadn’t read too many historical fiction novels, but wanted to, this one seemed a perfect fit.

    Of course, as it always seems to happen these days, time passed, deadlines loomed, and I did not get a chance to read this right away. But I was recently contacted by the author to see if I’d be interested in reviewing the second book in the series, Cascade. And of course I jumped at the chance, as I already had Cascade on my list of pre-orders and planned to read both books this summer.

    So, I moved Waterfall to the top of the pile in order to get caught up on the story prior to reading Cascade.


    Book trailer for Waterfall:


    My Reading Pile #9

    So, I finally read all of the books shown in my previous reading pile photos. Just kidding… Now that was wishful thinking. I decided to only show the new books added to the huge heap this week.

    I am still working on tackling this scary, toppling pile of books, but I only seem to be getting through my eBooks. Hmm… Anyway…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (May 15-May 21, 2011)


    First up is Mercy by Rebecca Lim. I received an eARC from Disney/ Hyperion courtesy of NetGalley and I am so excited to read it. I am, however confused about the release date for this book. It seems it may have previously been published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in 2010 and is now being released by Hyperion on May 17th. It might not have been a U.S. release, but it was available to purchase at Amazon at least since January, so I’m not certain.

    I will have this sorted out when I actually write up the review, as I do research each book as much as I can, but as of the time of this post I haven’t yet done that work.

    I love books about fallen angels and immortality. I also love books with a bit of a mystery to solve. So I can’t wait to find out more. And I like that the author named her character Mercy. It’s not an unusual name, but one that’s not often used and it definitely fits in a book about heavenly beings.

    The second and third books in this series are called Exile and Muse and I hope to be able to check them out soon.

    I received an eARC of The Girl in the Steel Corset from the publisher, Harlequin TEEN, through NetGalley. But I also received a print copy in the mail through a trade with another blogger. I haven’t decided which version I will read – maybe a little bit from both.

    I cannot wait to read this book and I love this cover. As I’m not a huge fan of romance novels, I love when these gorgeous covers appear on books in other genres so I can have these amazing covers for my collection.

    This is the first book in The Steampunk Chronicles and it will be my very first true steampunk series, so I’m totally curious about this sub-genre. Although I’ve read Clockwork Angel the book only touched upon the steampunk aspect in the story. I have a feeling that in this book I’ll learn a lot more about what steampunk is, and what the appeal is. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it.

    I’ve actually started reading the short novella and I already like the author’s voice, so I am excited to see where it goes and plan on reading the full-length book in the next few days.

    I purchased a copy of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren when it was released in paperback format in February. Before I had a chance to read it in print format, the eBook came out. So I bought that one, too.

    However, by the time I could have read it, it was so far beyond release date that my review would have gotten lost in the shuffle. And so I decided to take a more seasoned blogger’s advice and read it closer to release of the sequel.

    As Cascade, the second book in the series will be coming out in a couple of weeks I wanted to add it to my pile this week to give me time to read it without having to do another back-to-back read. As much as I enjoy reading books back-to-back, I find writing the reviews a lot harder.

    Another reason this got moved to the top of the pile was because I just read Die for Me and I’m looking for another book with a touch of romance, set in a foreign country. Italy is definitely one of those romantic foreign countries. And a book that involves time travel to the fourteenth century with knights and sword fights sounds like a great escape.


    Yep, just the three books this week. I’m keeping it small because May 31st and June 1st are going to be huge for releases. I am hoping to read one more book that’s releasing on the 23rd, but I refuse to make that commitment. And looking ahead into June is super scary.

    I also am hoping to receive Jennifer Armentrout’s Half-Blood which I finally won in an auction. You don’t know the stress it caused. After reading Daimon, I was even more desperate to get my hands on a copy. I believe I’m on a list to get an eARC from the publisher, but I just couldn’t wait. This is one book I will not wait to read.

    Ah how I envy you summer readers. I wish I was back in school and had those long, leisurely vacation days to get lost in a book and where time doesn’t really matter from June through August. But for me, my summer reading will be just like any other time of the year – whenever and wherever I can, I will.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    I really want to read Graveminder this week. It comes out on the 17th and I’m dying to read it. But because it’s not one of the books I’ve agreed to review, but rather one that I want to review, I may not be able to read it this week. Though this may be one of those books that becomes more than a wishful thinking read just because I say so.

    I also want to read Hourglass. But as the release date is now in June, I will have to wait for a bit. But this is one of those books that has received a lot of buzz and the cover is just so cool that I have got to find out what’s between those pages.

    Those left behind:

    I did not get a chance to read Flawless or Dreamland Social Club, two of the three books I picked, but I hope to squeeze one – or both – of those into my schedule between now and the end of the month. I am still not caught up with writing my reviews, but I’m happy to say that I finally finished reading and reviewing a book that had been on my pile for way too long.

    This week was a completely terrible week for reading. I’m not sure what happened. I can blame Thursday on The Vampire Diaries season finale, but other than that, I have no excuse. I managed to read a couple books that weren’t on last week’s pile, but I also ended up reading a book that wasn’t on any pile so I really shouldn’t have spent the time. But sometimes you just have to read what you want, regardless of deadlines or schedules.

    And if you aren’t one of those who check out my Facebook page, I uploaded proof that I really don’t own a bookshelf and my poor advance review books are simply stacked haphazardly on a small television table. Perhaps next week I’ll show you the sad story with my signed books.

    But I am truly a girl without a bookshelf and one with way too many books left to review.


    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?


    Quickie Giveaway: Waterfall by Lisa Bergren

    Contest has ended and has spoken. The winner is:


    Ashelynn, I will contact you and you’ll have 10 hours to send me your information otherwise I’ll go to the 2nd place finisher.

    Thank you everyone for entering! As I attempt to clear my bookshelf I will have a few more of these quickie giveaways.

    I was happily browsing on Amazon today when I noticed that Waterfall is now available as an eBook. (I may have known this at some point but can’t believe I hadn’t acted sooner.) So of course I bought it – it is my preferred medium after all – so I have this unread paperback edition up for grabs.

    As I’m heading to the post office tomorrow to mail off a bunch of books I thought I’d offer this book up in a Quickie Giveaway. This is not a signed book, but it is unread.

    If you haven’t heard of this book, check out Waterfall on Goodreads for a description. It’s the first book in the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. The second book comes out in June.


    1. You must be 13 or older.

    2. You must leave a comment (not doing the whole Google docs thing for this) that you want it and a way to get in touch with you – email, blog name, twitter name, etc.

    3. This one is for blog followers only. There have to be perks for being a follower. This is one of the things I do – give away my books.

    –No need to Tweet, spread the word, etc. I’m not looking for tons of requests here just looking to clear one book off my bookshelf.

    –Contest ends at 9 p.m. Pacific time and book will go out tomorrow by U.S. mail. If I don’t hear back from the winner before I head to the post office tomorrow, I’ll go to the next person on the list.

    –Winner will be chosen by

    UPDATE: Yes, it’s international where allowed by law.

    UPDATE: Contest is closed. Thanks everyone for entering!


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #5

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    I am posting this a day earlier than usual as I have a couple reviews that I will be posting on Monday and also there are so many books this week to choose from that you may need an extra day to shop!

    As is the case each week, these are all books I’ve either got on pre-order or plan on buying when released.

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is a debut novel by author Jana Oliver. It will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 368 pages. In the U.K., released on January 7, 2011, the book is titled Forsaken.

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I had the good fortune to win an ARC of this book from Goodreads and read and reviewed it back in December. I gave away the ARC copy to another reviewer and immediately pre-ordered the eBook for my Kindle. I’ve also pre-ordered a copy for comparison for my Nook.

    This is a such a great book. It’s gritty, edgy and very original. No sexy demons in this one, but a great heroine who is not afraid of a little demon slime.

    To learn more about the book, visit the book’s website.

    A short prequel story, Retro Demonology, is still available for free from Amazon in Kindle format. If you’d like to read my quickie review, click here.

    Delirium is the first book in a new trilogy by Lauren Oliver. It will also be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 and is available for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The print edition, published by HarperTeen, is 448 pages.

    This was another book that I had the opportunity to read in advance of release. I received an electronic ARC courtesy of NetGalley and HarperTeen and read and reviewed it back in December. If you’d like to check out my review, click here.

    This is a dystopian novel you will not want to miss. Author Lauren Oliver is an exquisite writer. She has such a magical way of creating a world with her words. I have this book on pre-order for my Kindle so I can own the final copy and plan on re-reading this closer to the release of the second book in the series.

    To read an excerpt from HarperTeen click here.

    Haunted by Joy Preble is second book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. It too will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011. It is currently available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook and paperback formats. Published by Sourcebooks Fire the paperback is 304 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book solely based on the beautiful cover. (Although there are some similarities to the face in the background that remind me of the cover of Brightly Woven.) Only when creating this post did I realize this is the second book of the series. So, I’ve just downloaded the first book in the series, Dreaming Anastasia. The cover on that first book is just as beautiful.

    But books about magic and love are subjects I’m always happy to read and with author Cynthia Leitich Smith calling it, “Spooky, sassy, sinister, and sexy!” I am sold.

    If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, click here to read an excerpt of Dreaming Anastasia from Scribd.

    Here Lies Bridget is the debut novel for author Paige Harbison. It was released in paperback format on January 18, 2011 but the eBook format will be releasing this week on February 1, 2011. The print edition is available now and the eBook is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Published by HarlequinTEEN the print edition is 224 pages.

    Here Lies Bridget is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    This is a story of a mean girl looking for redemption before it’s too late. I received a copy of this as an electronic ARC from NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN just over a week ago and my review will post on Monday. I have purchased the eBook version for my Kindle so I can have the final copy for my collection.

    The screen rights to Here Lies Bridget were acquired so we may end up seeing this made into a movie in the near (or not so near) future.

    Waterfall is the debut YA novel for best-selling and award-winning author Lisa T. Bergren. It is the first book in the River of Time series. It is releasing in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 and is currently available for pre-order in paperback only from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Published by David C. Cook, the paperback edition is 384 pages.

    Waterfall is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I’ve decided to bite the bullet and order this one in paperback format. Time travel, lost cities, knights and castles make this one sound like a magical adventure and I don’t want to have to wait for the eBook’s release.

    To read the prologue and first chapter at Scribd, click here.

    For those interested in a great contest, click here for details on the author’s website.

    The second book in the series, Cascade, is available for pre-order also and will be released on June 1, 2011.

    Because I really liked this one, here is the trailer for Waterfall:



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