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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Ruby Red

Title: Ruby Red
Series: Ruby Red # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Book: Finished copy sent by 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."

So as I began this book,  I was little confused as to what is going on. It took me a while to get into and really see the big picture. But never fear. It didn't take me that long to get into it but it take take me by surprise of how much I really liked this book. It did, however remind of The Time Travelers Wife but with the elements of teenagers as well as a magic society that has been around for centuries.

First off the plot line is amazingly good. I loved how they time traveled back to the past and be in historical times. I LOVE IT! I loved reading things as they were in that time, then flying back to the present. Another element in this story that really captured me is the society that protects these time travelers. I love the history of the soctiey, the way it is incorporated with birthstones, and what they do. This society right here brought so much more to the story that it made me giddy. I love when an author can give me not only a great book but great history on it as well. It answers questions but also proposes a great story line that is easy to dive into

The love interest in this story didn't really grab me as much as I wanted it to. As much as I enjoyed watching the two work together and time travel, I really didn't feel the love. I like that they flirted, and spent time together, but I felt that they sparked that they need just wasn't there. At least not for me.

Ruby Red is a great book that I loved. It had a great history on it that made you dive deeper into the story becoming a time traveler. You saw the world, through a whole another set of eyes and the reader is in awe.
If you love time travelers stories with a twist, read this book. I can assure you that you will travel to places that you never been before!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. This sounds great. It's too bad the romance didn't work as well, but I love the plot concept. Sounds like the author did a great job with the time traveling.

  2. YES! I have won this book and I can't wait to get it. Now, I'm more excited! Thanks!

  3. I won this one in a book giveaway, counting down the days for it to arrive. It sounds awesome.

  4. Great review again Savy. The plot sounds really intriguing and I am really enjoying time travel books lately :)


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