Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy, #1)

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Book One of the Edelstein Trilogie
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publciation Date: March 10, 2011
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Public library

Summary (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.

What I Liked:

I LOVED this book so much!!!! I read it back in like, Spring 2011, but I read it so many times, I can still remember most everything! I usually hate time-travel books, or really dislike them, but this book is amazing!

I love Gwyneth! She is so cute and brave at the same time! I love her ability to adjust and adapt, even with her foul cousin hanging around. Gwyneth is brave, but inside, she is completely terrified of what is put in front of her. It could not have been easy to understand and go through all of that time-traveling drama, especially with the snobby members of the Society and Charlotte acting high and mighty, but Gwyneth handled herself so well throughout this book.

This book is very light, with plenty of fun humor, but it is also very complex. When Gwyneth finds out about time-travel, she is thrown into the world of the gifted families and the prophecies relating to each gem (Gwyneth is a ruby, Gideon is a diamond, etc.). Also, almost immediately, the Society realizes that there have been strange activity going on with time-travel, all relating to Gwyneth's cousin Lucy, and Gideon's relative Paul. It gets twisted everyone! Very complex! But in a good, non-confusing way. I love it.

THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!!! Kind of. I do not count Charlotte for anything. She sucks. And I rather like Gideon with Gwyneth (I do not think that is a spoiler).

What I Did Not Like:

There is not much I can say here. I adore this book.

Would I Recommend It:

YES!!! To time-travel and non-time-travel fans alike! Trust me, this book is not hard to follow and understand, though things get complicated fast. I LOVE IT!!!


5 stars (this was one of my favorites of 2011! But I did not have a blog back then)

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  1. Light, complex and full of humor sounds great, and so does Gwen.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Hmm.. I haven't heard of this book before, but your review definitely caught my eye! I think I'll give it a shot! Thanks for reviewing this so I can find new books to read!

    1. You should! It's a great one - don't miss it! And my pleasure, Kara :)

  3. I really liked this one, too, but I also read it a couple of years ago and don't remember all the details. It did make it into my Keeper shelves, though, so I know it was good! I've got Sapphire Blue in my wishlist (excellent review for that one, too), but I think I'll wait to read it until closer to the US Emerald Green release date and I'll definitely re-read Ruby Red before continuing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this series. It's good to see a less mainstream book/series getting attention and recommendations. Everyone should read it! :)

    1. YAY! That's great to hear! And I know what you mean about waiting for Emerald Green - I'm DYING here. I sent a review request, and I hope they get back to me soon. I agree, Megan! :D

  4. wow...that's make me want to read ruby red..
    i always love reading about time travel..
    thx u for ur recomendation :)

  5. I can't agree with you more. I just recently read this book in one sitting because I loved it so much.
    Great review! :)

    1. YES! Woohoo! I'm so glad to hear that, Verena. Thank you!

  6. Awww Awesome review Alyssa I have not read a time-travel book yet but this one looks and sounds like a light fun read and I am very interested to learn about the prophecies relating to each gem it sound very intriguing thanks for sharing Alyssa!

    1. DEFINITELY start with this book, if you are looking to begin reading time-travel novels. This is one of my favorites series of all time! You can't go wrong with Kerstin Gier ;)

  7. Oh! I read this book last year if I am not mistaking! I liked it but I didn't get the chance to appreciate it fully, because if the exams...

    1. Ooo, exams are so annoying, right?! I know exactly what you mean. Re-read it! :D

  8. I've heard about this book before but I never got the chance to spot it in a public library or a bookstore. Still searching. Wish me luck! xx

    1. I hope you do get a copy sometime! It's such a great book (and series)!


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