Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ruby Red
by Kerstin Gier

Book synopsis from Goodreads: 
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

I've had this book for soo long but haven't had the chance to read it until a couple days ago and I was hooked!  I gave this book five stars on goodreads. The plot was so fascinating and I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Like any story dealing with time travel, there were some plot holes. I guess it depends on how Gier defines time travel, because the whole situation where we find out Charlotte is not the gene carrier, could have been avoided. Couldn't whoever she met in the past just inform those in the future (in the Annals?) of who the 12th time traveler was or at least give a description of what she looked like? Maybe it's a rule or something but I do hope its addressed; maybe I'm just thinking too much into it. What I LOVED about the book were the characters. Gwen is so funny and adorable! Gwen's BFF Lesley was great! She reminded me of myself the most, because the girl Googles everything just like me! I also love how understanding and supportive of Gwen. Apart from these two, my other favorite characters are the ghosts and Mr. George. Oh yeah, and the whole ghost thing. WHY WON'T SHE TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS?! She calls herself ordinary to the circle of rude time travelers (whatever they're called) but she isn't! This ability has got to be related to the "raven powers" she is supposed to have but she won't tell anyone about it! Surely, if these people can believe that a gene can cause you to travel in time, then talking to ghosts really shouldn't be that big a deal. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it was extremely predictable but that doesn't even matter because the book was FANTASTIC!

What I look Forward to in Sapphire Blue: Gideon better get his crap together and stop sending mixed signals to Gwen! I get that he's been brainwashed somehow but I'm hoping this gets fixed early on in the next book! The demon at the end! I kind of spoiled myself and saw that he was going to have a larger role in the series. Though barely introduced to him in Ruby Red, I already can't wait for more of him! Thirdly, I would like the whole doppleganger thing to be explained, which I'm sure it will, don't think I've forgotten about this Kerstin Gier! Oh yes! Last thing I can think of: Gwen NEEDS to find out that Gideon can read minds because its sooooo obvious!

Let me know what your favorite parts/scenes/character/etc. and this was my first book review so if anyone has any tips, I'd be more than glad to hear them! :)

1 comment:

  1. I've wanted to read Ruby Red for the longest time. Time travel? Yes please! But they don't have it at my library, well, I don't think they do. I believe the third one is Emerald Green (?) but I'm not sure, and I think they have Sapphire Blue at my library. Eeee, I want to read that series so badly!

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