Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Review: "Ruby Red" by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)


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.


Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults.

Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy has been a massive hit overseas and now has finally come to the United States with and English translation by Anthea Bell. The subsequent two books in the series, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green have already been released internationally and hopefully are due to be translated soon.

***UPDATE!!! Emerald Green has a US release date of October 8th, 2013!!! Finally!***

“You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you."

"Yes, but it's my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I'd hurt its feelings if I didn't stop and talk to it.”


“If we were in a film, the villain would turn out to be the least-expected person. But as we aren't in a film, I'd go for the character who tried to strangle you.”

Book Trailer

Interview with Kerstin Geir

Let me start by saying that after I saw the beautiful cover for Ruby Red (and featuring it for Shelf Candy Saturday), I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP!

Yes, dear friends, I can be that superficial. This book could have been horrible, but I just wanted to have its prettiness to display on my already loaded bookshelves.

As it turns out, my money was not spent in vain on my magpie-like obsession with all things shiny. Ruby Red turned out to be a great book and a wonderful start to a series. (More pretty covers! Yay!)

So, the scoop is, our heroine Gwen belongs to a family with a long lineage of heroic time travelers. As we begin our tale, Gwen is not thought to have this time traveling gene and couldn't be happier. Her cousin Charlotte is being prepped for the prestigious gig and has to go to special classes, secret meetings and is constantly under pressure to manifest her assumed talents.

Alas, friends, you already know how this part of the tale is going to go. Gwen, completely unprepared and unwilling, starts skipping through worm holes and meeting shady characters. Gwen's time traveling partner is an obstinate boy (natch), Gideon, who annoys her while simultaneously giving her heart palpitations.

Gier's world-building is great and her frantic pace had me whipping through the pages. The characters and their back stories are well developed. Secrets are revealed and the mystery is an enjoyable journey. The details of preparing to go back in time are interesting and  I particularly enjoyed Gwen's annoyance with the details of time-traveling, from the wardrobe to the lack of modern conveniences.

Sexy? Yes. Comfy? No!

Ruby Red does end in a cliffhanger, but the story is wrapped up fairly well despite it. Geir has created a compelling world. I wish I could future time travel just to pick up the sequels!

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  1. I love the book covers! The whole jewel theme is gorgeous.

    Great review :) This book series sounds really good. Gwen seems like a really-likable character.

  2. Great covers and it sounds like a great series as well. I'm in.

  3. Great review! <3 I just bought it lol! The story sounds awesome - funny girl & time traveling - Yay! I love the covers too!

    1. Lol, Kerstin is so cute & funny in that video.

  4. I love this cover and was drawn into the post from the cover! It is beautiful. I love that the book is fast paced and the writing is good. I had no idea that this was a series. I look forward to checking it out. Great review!



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