Release Date: May 10, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
Oh how I adored Ruby Red! Really, it’s been awhile since I had this much fun while reading something. I wasn’t completely sure what to expect when I opened these page. I knew that it’s a international bestseller and I knew it was about time travel, but that was about it. So I was pleasantly with complexity of the story and the fun characters.
Gwyneth was the kind of character I absolutely love. She was funny and she certainly didn’t take herself too seriously. Her voice was so clear and believable that it was impossible to not get sucked into the story right away. All the side characters and especially Lesley were fantastic. I also loved that almost everyone in Gwen’s family had something special about them and they all lived in this big house together. It gave the book even more personality. I can’t wait to find out more about them and see what roles they play in the grand scheme of things.
There’s not much romance in Ruby Red, and that was kind of a breath of fresh air for me. But the banter between Gwen and Gideon was a lot of fun. I’m trying to think of a way to say this without giving it away for everyone…I’m very anxious to see how things play out between those two, given the details that we the readers are privy to and they are not….
The time traveling aspect was so much fun! Kerstin Gier definitely put a lot of thought into the details. The only reason this book isn’t getting a full five stars is because no questions are really answered, but I kind of don’t even care. I was just having too much fun.
I don’t know of a better way to say it than, Ruby Red was a utterly delightful book. I giggled, I sat on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed every second of it. I will be waiting very anxiously to devour Sapphire Blue when it is released. I highly recommend this one!
Check out my review for book two: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier