{Effie Reviews} Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Posted October 18, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red

by Kerstin Gier
Series: Precious Stone Trilogy #1
Published on May 22nd, 2012
by Henry Holt & Co.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green

Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I'd have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I'd seen on my last journey back in time.

Or more precisely, the one who'd kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors' peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries," and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She's totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He's obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she's seen in any centrury . . . .

4 Stars

Wow … okay, I think I need a breather right now, because I’ve just been a bit mind-boggled after reading Ruby Red and damnit what is this thing with authors ending their books in constant cliffhangers?

Now Ruby Red was definitely quite an enjoyable read and I did love it. I’m intrigued by all the mysteries and secrets in this book. And the best part: the book keeps you guessing! 😀 I think I have a faint idea of what exactly the big “secret” is when the Circle of Twelve is closed, but at the same time I’m not entirely sure. I’m hoping to get some more clarity in Sapphire Blue and I do hope it’ll be as exciting and as addicting as Ruby Red was. Also can I say, I love the little moments of humor, Gier, weaved into her story. It kept things fresh and interesting and just amusing. So, yes, the story itself was really good and I enjoyed it quite a bit and it was the main reason for it receiving such a high rating.

Now let’s talk characters…

Is it bad of me to say that while I loved the story, I’m not all that sure about the characters? Because I’m not. I mean yeah sure, they were all entertaining and essential to the story, but I don’t know. I’m still not feeling much of a click with any of them, except maybe Gwenyth and that’s mostly because almost the entire book is written in her POV. I usually feel a click with at least one of the characters, and right now I didn’t, eventhough I found them all entertaining.

Except for the Count, he’s a big a-hole and he’s definitely up to something, because he’s just drooling evil all over the place when we meet him in the book, not to mention that condescending tone he speaks with. Goddes, I just want to wring his neck! As for our main character Gwenyth, she’s actually a nice girl, who’s a bit to naive to my liking, but then again when your family keeps secrets like hers does, it’s no wonder she’s so naive at times. I also like the fact that’s she’s the way she is, she’s quite relatable if you ask me and that’s why I like her, but that’s about where my connection to her ends. She’s highly entertaining but that’s about it. And don’t even get me started on Gideon. He’s annoying me, -_- end of discussion. And I’m sincerely hoping that will chance in the 2nd book. As for the other characters, like I already said, all very entertaining and all fit their roles perfectly, making the story great, but that’s about it.

All in all, I’m definitely looking forward to reading Sapphire Blue and I am hoping that I will get spark I always get with the characters, to make the books even more interesting that they already are.


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