Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)


I have been a huge fan of Kerstin Gier since I devoured Ruby Red (the first novel in her Ruby Red Trilogy). I have been waiting patiently (sort of) for book two of the series Sapphire Blue and hoping that it would be just as amazing as Ruby Red. Well, I can tell you, dear readers, I wasn't disappointed!

*** UPDATE: Emerald Green (the third installment to this series) has a US release date of October 8th!! Can't wait!***

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.

Goodreads Page ~ Website (in German) ~ McMillan Author Page
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 final book in the series, Emerald Green, has already been released in Germany and is slated for a 2013 US release.

So, when we last left our heroine, Gwen, she had just learned that she could time travel, just met the frustrating-yet-hot Gideon, been introduced to an international time-traveling mystery that spans centuries and been implicated in a mystery for a betrayal she has yet to commit. And this all happens to her over the course of just a few days in the second half of Ruby Red!
Well, Sapphire Blue picks up right where Ruby Red left off, Gideon is still maddeningly enigmatic (and hot), the Guardians still are wary of fully including Gwen into their inner circle and Gwen's cousin, Charlotte, is still condescending and rude to her. Sapphire Blue introduces a few new characters though, including the hilarious Xemerius (a gargoyle/demon that only Gwen can see). I want Xemerius to be my friend he is wickedly funny and can sneak through walls to discover secrets and check on questionable love interests!
Our heroes dive further into the mystery of closing the Circle of Twelve, learn more about the shady Count Saint-Germain, travel in time, fight bad guys and each other and wear stuffy clothing, wigs and hats! The pace is frantic and the clues (and quips!) come at a rapid-fire pace. Gier's tone with her characters is easy and fun. The strength in this series lies in the cleverness of Gwen and Co. Gwen is always ready with a clever remark and comes into her own a bit more in this installment. I think by the time we get to Emerald Green, she will have developed some kick-ass time-traveling skills!
Sapphire Blue does not solve all of the mysteries the Ruby Red started, but gets us one step closer to discovering the answers.





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