Wed, September 10, 2014

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Review

Ruby Red book cover

Ruby Red book cover

Ruby Red
By Kerstin Gier
Publication date: May 10, 2011
Henry Holt, 336 pages
Source: Purchased

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier has been sitting on my shelf for almost four years now, unread. Thanks to your recommendations, I gave it a go and I’m glad I did.

Did I love it? No. It isn’t even my favorite time travel book (that would be Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone). But it was still a quick, easy, enjoyable read.

Gwyneth and her best friend Leslie are delightful — the comic relief they provided came at just the right moments.

I was a bit nervous about the writing when I heard this was translated from its original German, but it was great. The descriptions of the costumes, the buildings and Gwyneth’s trips back in time popped off the pages.

I wish there was a love story (as always)…but crossing my fingers that one comes in the next book in the series. Maybe Gideon? He’s obnoxious right now, but I see promise!

I’ll definitely read more.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    I was really torn about this book. While I thought the action picked up toward the end of the story and it was a relatively quick read overall with a creative concept, I found the writing really juvenile, particularly the dialogue. Maybe something was lost in translation but it didn’t work very well for me, which made me sad as the series seems to be quite popular amongst most bloggers. I think it also suffers in comparison to other time travel-related stories I’ve read and adored, like Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series. That said, I have only read the first book in the series, although I do own copies of the second and third books as well so I’ll likely continue on because I hate to leave things unfinished. Fingers crossed it improves over time!

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  2. Emilie said:

    Hi Anna! I love that series, well maybe not loved but really really liked. The third one was a bit of a let down after how the second one ended (no spoilers;) )but you should def give the second one a go, alot of fun things happen in that one, love finds it way to this series as well 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    Ooooh you scare me with the mention of the third book 😉

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  3. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said:

    This is one of those series that I can’t decide about starting! Sometimes I think YES I WILL and other times I give it the side-eye. Love the covers, though! Hate that there is no romance!!

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  4. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I actually really enjoyed this series, it was so much fun. Definitely light and fluffy time travel, but there’s nothing wrong with that. My only complaint is that it’s really just one big story divided into three, but since you don’t have to wait, that’s not as big a deal. And yes, there is romance in the future!!

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  5. Lisa is Busy Nerding said:

    Oh man, you do such a great job with your conscise reviews! I loved this one but can definitely see it not being a fit for everyone!

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    Anna Reply:

    Thank you, ma’am. *bows*

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  6. elin said:

    I love this series 🙂 One of my favorite. Not perfect, but sweet and charming.

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    Anna Reply:

    Excited to keep reading on with book two! But people are scaring me about the third one!

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  7. JB said:

    I really enjoyed this trilogy and binged it one week! The first book wasn’t my favorite, but book two is better because you meet Xemerius. I have NO idea why he wasn’t in the first book because he’s my favorite character! I’d recommend at least giving it a shot!

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