THE RUBY RED TRILOGY (VOLUMES 1 & 2)

by Kerstin Gier
14
NOV, 2017
  • Title: RUBY RED & SAPPHIRE BLUE
  • Author: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
  • Series: The Ruby Read Trilogy
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Release Date: 05/22/2012 & 05/28/2013
  • ISBN-10: 9780312551513 & 9781250034168

I’m on a kick to finish my TBR pile, and I’m telling you – it’s going back years now. This one is a pile from 2011, but the cool thing is —the series is out and I can finish it in one sitting. I haven’t made it to the final book, but that’s only because I had to stop at the 2nd book and evaluate my take on it, so I might as well review them. Not that it matters, does a review of an “old” book matter? I’m going for it.

The premise of this book is about time travel. There is a time travel gene that is aided by some kind of Victorian age machine, so you can go back in time. The gene is passed from one generation to another, and the dates of the birth of the time travelers were prophesized, so the families are prepared to teach them how to control their powers, and blend into the past seamlessly, from birth.

The main character, Gwyneth, was not prepared to be a time traveler. She’s watched as her cousin was prepped to be the perfect time traveler, as her cousin was touted as the perfect example of the family name… until Gwyneth time travels instead of her cousin. Now Gwyneth is wrapped up in a mystery as to why she has the gene and not her cousin, and  why her mother kept it from her.

It’s a compelling story, with a good idea as it’s foundation, but it will not stand up to a logical dissection. I liked the world building and the mystery behind the characters, but I did think there were a lot of plot holes, and a bit of “don’t look behind the curtain” type of plausibility scrubbing. This often really aggravates me in Young Adult books, but it didn’t bother me as much as usual with this one. Time travel can get rather complicated when over-analyzed – so I was okay with the “dumbing it down” for the younger target audience. If you over-think it though, it will fall apart. If you want to enjoy these novels, take it for what it is.

I also liked the characters, Gwyneth is a rather inane sort of character, a bit immature and self-centered, I liked that she wasn’t similar to the usual YA heroine, she wasn’t all self-less and clumsy, with an inner voice that sounds like an introspective 40-year-old that’s been through twenty-years of self-analysis. She was more, silly teenager, that says silly things – but happens to have a superpower.

Overall, both books were good, they were entertaining and they sucked me in. One of my biggest issues with the books, was the fact that they ended quickly, with no real build-up or climax, I didn’t realize it was over until I turned the page and there was nothing there. The trilogy is set-up as one arc, and not as 3 individual arcs with a culmination at the end. I’m not too sure about this set-up, I like to have a bit of satisfactoin at the end of a book. 

If you are looking for a good YA read, with a time travel twist, you might want to check these out. I’m not gushing over them, but there was nothing that bothered me about them.

“’Whenever he looks at me with those big brown eyes, I feel like giving him a nut,’ she said.”

Ruby Red & Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell

Published by Square Fish on October 31st 2012
ISBN: 1250034167
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 354
Source: Publisher
4 Stars
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.



Ruby Red & Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell

Published by Square Fish on October 31st 2012
ISBN: 1250034167
Pages: 354
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.


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