Waterfall Wednesdays is hosted by Tina at Tinasbookreviews, Joy & Serena at Edgy Inspirational Romance, Nic atIrresistible Reads, Jenny at Supernatural Snark, and Missy at The Unread Reader.This weeks questions are by Joy & Serena at Edgy Inspirational Romance.
Waterfall Wednesdays is a Read- Along of Waterfall (River of Time) by Lisa Bergren. This is an absolutely fabulous series that I encourage everyone to read!
I’m not actually rereading the book because I’m backed up on review books but I wanted to participate just cause I love them so much.
Discussion Questions for Chapters 12-17
1. In Siena, on her way to the ball at Palazzo Pubblico, Gabi likened her experience to being on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the goal being “to see and be seen”. If you were a peasant, watching from the crowd, what would you be thinking as this procession passed by?
I’d probably be thinking all sorts of fangirly things like I do when I meet authors and other well-known people. I’d feel this flutter in my chest and just imagine how awesome they are. I’d think it was pretty cool that I got so close to them!
2. Though quite nervous about dancing at the ball, Gabi discovers a strange feeling of connection to the time, the people, and the society through the unified beauty of the dance. Have you ever been in a position where you felt out of your element, but, in one, pinpointed moment, became a part of or connected to something bigger than your fear?
I don’t think so… well, maybe… no, I don’t think I can think of anything specific. I know that feeling, but yet I don’t recall a time when I felt it.
3. The kiss. Oh, the kiss. When Marcello finally kisses Gabi, he believes the experience to be proof that they are meant to be together. What did you think about his assumption? Were you surprised at Gabi’s reaction to it? Have you ever experienced a kiss that seemed to be prophetic in a similar (or opposite) way?
I’m not sure what I felt about his assumption but I was kind of proud of Gabi because she seemed more concerned about him. She wasn’t all out of her mind and senses (like I would have been, lol).
No prophetic kisses for me!
4. Many go through their teen years with a subdued sense of immortality. Do you think Gabi has a sense of this teen feeling? And did you think Gabi’s converse observation, “Sometimes death came hunting and there was no way to cut it off at the pass.” was informed more by the experience of losing her father, her self-admitted closet hypochondria, or the forced maturation of being transported to a different time? How does this observation show Gabi’s growth as a character?
I don’t think Gabi has that feeling of a sense of immortality. I think that a combination of all those things made her more aware of what can happen and she kind of just accepts it. She knows she could die anytime, but yet she still lives her life and takes risks because she knows its the right thing to do. Maybe that sort of went off subject…
5. In the span of a few moments, Gabi goes from sword-wielding teen beauty to man- killing warrior. Did you think her realization of the finality of death — and her justification for its necessity– was realistic? And, in her slippers, could you have done the same?
I can’t say if I would do the same. I really have no idea what sort of person I would be in that situation. I don’t know that I could be strong, but I certainly wouldn’t be as strong as Gabi. I think that Gabi is able to accept the facts better then most teens and isn’t in denial like the average person may be.
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