Just my rambling, plus whatever book I've recently read!
Young Adult, Fantasy
All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it's impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest--a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water--she'll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she'll not only have to confront Samuel's unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.
In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.
THE WATERFALL TRAVELER is the first book in The Waterfall Traveler series although I can't actually find the second book. This tells the story of Ri, an outcast in her village who loves and cares for Samuel, an elderly man suffering from The Sickness. She meets mysterious men in the Dark Woods and ends up being taken to a completely different place where all she wants to do is return home.
There are a handful of characters who assist her along the way - Bryce (the Waterfall Traveler), Carter (his future-telling friend), Katie (Carter's sister who has healing powers over plants), and Baxter (a guard in the valley they all come from). Carter was a character I didn't care for much to begin with but he grew on me and left me broken-hearted. Katie is a character who has the possibility to be strong but we don't really see much of her. Which leaves us with Bryce and Baxter and the love triangle you just know is going to happen before it does. There are a couple of twists at the end that you may or may not see coming.
Overall, this was a good read that was a tad slow in places, but then the pace picked up and it became enthralling once more. If you like young adult fantasy with a love triangle, then this just might be the one for you so long as you can ignore the sort of cliffhanger ending with no second book in sight.