Book Review: Ruby Red

Posted March 28, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

Book Review: Ruby RedRuby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
Published by Henry Holt on May 10th 2011
Genres: young adult, science fiction, romance
Pages: 324
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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five-stars

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.

OMG THIS BOOK IS FREAKING FANTASTIC. Okay, confession time: I fell in love with the covers. Like, all three of them. I mean, they are all really amazing. And the names actually matched the cover. LOOK AT THEM.

They are so very pretty, I swear. I mean, have you ever seen a more unique cover? So, yes, of course I fell in love with the covers. But then, when I read the blurb, my eyes widened, because it’s about time-travelling. And if you haven’t realized it yet, I am freaking obsessed with time-travelling. I’ve read tons of time-travelling books this year, and was honestly really excited to finally get to read this series.

Okay, let’s talk about this book.

As I said, this book is just so darn good. I mean, imagine if your whole life, the special time-traveler is your pretty-as-heck cousin, and you had to watch at the sidelines while the whole family fussed over her, prepping her for when her time comes. Then, out of nowhere, you are the one with the gene, and not her. HA, to her pretty face, but also to yourself, because DAMN IT, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. Yup, that happened to the main character of this book, Gwen.

Gwen, was by far, the best thing that happened to this book. I felt that without her, Ruby Red would not be as awesome as it is right now. She was pretty much a typical school girl, with her best friend, but she had that right amount of sarcasm embed in her. She’s not always sarcastic and doesn’t always stand her ground, but she did know when to use them at the appropriate timings. Plus, she’s stubborn as hell, and I definitely love stubborn people, because they are the best at keeping you on your toes.

The time-travelling part was also what made me squeal about this book. I don’t know how much I could reveal that would count as spoilers, so I’ll just say a little bit about it. The way that the author introduced time-travelling in this book was pretty unique, as it does not exactly focus on the specific timing and location that the time-traveler arrived in, like how most of the other books do. Instead, it focused on the people and surroundings found in that time. And I found this really different, because for once, it does not feel like a history lesson, and instead, it focused on the aspect of family trees.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I already have the second book because I found it at a book sale for such a cheap price. And you can betcha ass that I’m going to be reading that soon.

MaryamSig_Purple

2 responses to “Book Review: Ruby Red

  1. Okay so I have owned this book for years and have yet to crack the cover. I love the premise and the covers but my first try with this author was not a successful one. Howeveeeerrrrr…. I had no idea this was a time travelling series. I am such a sucker for those — probably because it mixes two of my favorite but very disparate genres of hist fic and contemporary! Anyway.

    I like that the focus of the plot is narrower in scope. I feel like most time travelling stories about about people honing in on big events, which yeah I can see why but also I would want to see my own family!

    I may have to bump this one higher up on the reading queue 🙂 Let me know if book two is just as good hahah
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