I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sapphire Blue by Kersten Gier
on October 30, 2012
Series: Precious Stone #2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
Last year when I read Ruby Red I was swept off my feet by how unexpectedly fun it was. Hilarious characters, time travel, and secret societies? Yes, please! Obviously I’ve been anxiously awaiting Sapphire Blue, the second book in the series. I’m thrilled to say it was just as fun!
Sapphire Blue picks up right where the last book left off. You are swept right back into the story. Even though it had been a year, I found it super easy to catch back up on the details of the last book. Usually I’m really confused for the first 100 pages of a sequel, but Kersten Gier did a fabulous job of telling us what we need to remember.
Gwen was up to the same funny antics as she was in the first one. This time around she has a gargoyle demon ghost following her around. I loved Xemerius! He always had a witty comment about everything, and his banter with Gwen was so great. The only complaint I have about Gwen is that she needs to stand up for herself. The way everyone treats her is infuriating. I have a feeling she will get the better of them eventually, though.
The romance in Sapphire Blue is frustrating–in a good way. Sometimes Gideon is a complete jerk and other times he’s very swoon-worthy. I’m anxious to find out the reasons behind that. I’m sure they’re good ones. I must also mention the mystery, it’s good. I honestly have no idea which direction the story is going in or how all the pieces fit together. I often figure out key plot points early in stories, but this one is definitely a puzzle.
If you’re in the mood for something fun and lighthearted, but not fluffy, I definitely recommend these books. They are unique and so refreshing.