Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red (original title: Rubinrot) (written in Germany)

Series: Ruby Red Trilogy (or Gem Trilogy) #1--#3

Author: Kerstin Gier

Publisher: Arena Verlag (German), Henry Holt and Co. (English)

Genre: YA fiction, fantasy, romance, supernatural

Age Range: 14+


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 read these three books in a week. I couldn't put them down. The flap was interesting without giving much of the story away, the covers were absolutely beautiful, and the writing was easy to read.

I loved Gideon DeVilliers. First of all, his name is French and it sounds so amazing. Secondly, he was one of those sarcastic bad boys that you're supposed to hate. Over all three books he becomes more real and more human. He starts of being a huge jerk to Gwyneth, and that really makes you want to hate him, but hen he starts acting really nice to her at sometimes. He becomes sort of bipolar--kissing her one minute and then hating her then next. By the middle of Emerald Green though, you fell free to love him entirely, and he stops being a jerk, revealing himself to muscly sweetheart.

Gwyneth got on my nerves. Her prose was incredibly girly and more importantly, teenage girly. Hormones shone brightly in her prose, but most of the time, she was straight-forward. She was a normal girl and I loved that about her. She had regrets, dreams, hopes, she made mistakes, and she was very human. I don't like how quickly she fell for Gideon though. Sure, he was an incredibly attractive guy, but he was jerk to her, and she fell in love with him in the time span of about two days. She was just rather naïve.

Leslie was Gwyneth's best friend, and I loved her. She embodied everything that a best friend should be, and executed it all to perfection. Raphael, Gideon's brother, also was pretty perfect. He was sweet, and slight puppy dog-ish falling for Leslie and trying to impress her without being obvious. I loved the sub-plot romance of these two and let me just say, I ship it.

Count Saint-German was a creepy villain. He was aloof, elusive, tricky, cold, and just evil. He was rather scary. I loved the plot line behind him and who he really was. I never guessed who he really was and when I found out I was incredibly surprised. He was a perfect villain, however, I do wish that we had learned more about him and his story.

Each book takes the time span of about three days. In normal books a year can pass, but in these books, realistic time passed making it only a couple of days, I really liked that. If the book shad taken place over a longer time span, I think that we might have been able to answer some unanswered questions however.

The ending was very satisfactory. It was answered mostly all of the questions that we had and left very few loose ends. I feel like Emerald Green, the final book, could've been longer though, to help us tie it all in. However, it answered everything for the most part, and still left a little for our imagination.

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