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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

I've seen this book around for a while, picked it up a few times, and put it back down because of the size of my reading stack. But during December, when there were fewer releases on that list, I had some time to check on a few books I'd been considering but hadn't had the time to read. So of course, Ruby Red came up. I picked up the paperback, which has a different cover than the hardback, and sank in.

Here's the 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: 1) I was surprised to discover a few pages in that this was a translation. Clearly I hadn't been paying attention when I picked it up. But Kerstin Gier is a German author, so the book was naturally translated from German to English for publication here in the US. I figured it out, by the way because of some interesting phrasing during the dialogue. It felt a little unnatural at first, but once I got into the story, I thought it lent an air of authenticity to the story. Kind of refreshing. 2) Gwen. I liked Gwen a lot. She was funny, she was nice, curious, and eager to learn. All excellent traits for a main character. Personable, which is my favorite way to describe good characters. Like someone I would be friends with, were she a real person. I am always able to get into stories when I feel like I've become friends with them. I care more about what happens. 3) Gideon. Love him or hate him, I'm not really sure. Gideon remains pretty mysterious throughout the whole thing. The pretty boy that you really want to trust, but still have a little prickle of doubt every time he enters the scene. I love the depth that all of the characters seem to have. 4) The time travel aspect. It wasn't until I read Julie Cross's Tempest that I started to really enjoy time travel as a subgenre. But like Tempest, this one has a unique slant to the purpose and cause of time travel, and I thought it was very interesting and very fun.

What I Didn't Like: It moved just a tad slow for me, but other than that I thought it was very fun.

Overall Thoughts: Great plot, personable characters, and time travel, the all add up to a really awesome book. Don't hesitate if you aren't one for time travel, because there is a lot more to the story than that. It's kind of...background. I mean, it's an important part of the story, but the relationships and how they are developed are written so well that it's easy to get wrapped up in that. I had a little problem with the pacing, but it didn't mess with me too terribly much. If you haven't had a chance to check out this series from Germany, give it a shot!

My Rating: 4 shots


  1. This book was published in German first? I had no idea! But it does sound awesome and time travel books are always great. Great review :)

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  2. This sounds so interesting, I'll add this to be reading pile very soon :)

    Sincerely, Steph

  3. I liked the original cover better. :( Anyways, this sounds really good. I am on the waiting list for the audiobook on my library's digital site. I can't wait to get it.


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