The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Historical, Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Paranormal
Publication House: Henry Holt
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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.

Ruby Red

Rating: 5/5

Damn these Germans can write, first Cornelia and now Kerstin.

I don’t think I’ve read a time travel book this good. Mostly you would come across time travel romances but this book isn’t about the romance, it’s about the mystery and time travel.

Everything is so well developed. From the relationships to the plot to the ending. The ending is good but the epilogue is worth dying for. Plus there isn’t a cliff hanger although the epilogue does leave you rather excited (dying) for the sequel.

The only problem I had was Gideon. I kind of dislike him. He is the pretty boy, the boy who thinks it’s alright to act like a jerk and treat people like shit, sure there are good sides to him and he has his own sob story (well it isn’t that sad but you get the point) but I hate it when guys be jerks for no real reason.

Time travel, secret societies, lies, evil mind readers, a sarcastic main character, what else can a girl want?

Sapphire Blue

Rating: 5/5

After finishing Ruby Red I was dying to get my hands on Sapphire Blue and it did not disappoint. It did not suffer from the second book syndrome.

The mystery intensified in this one and a lot of questions still remain to be answered. The plot however was still strong. This book was addicting and I tried not to devour it. I really did but that’s what ended up happening anyway.

You cannot help but become addicted to the series. Gwen is a fun main character who can be annoying but is still really fun to read about. She is such a teenager. Overly dramatic, judging people and can sometimes be self centered. Now that does sound like a bad thing but it works with her. Kerstin manages to pull it off.

I still don’t like Gideon at this point and don’t understand his appeal. He runs too hot and cold and is rather fishy (although I WAS right about the fishy part). I don’t understand why anyone would fall ‘in love’ with him. Sure he’s hot but that isn’t really going to change the fact that he is also a douchebag.

Unlike it’s predecessor however, this book does end on a cliffhanger of sorts. A dreadful one really. Makes you eager to get your hands on the last book.

Emerald Green

Rating: 3/5

I had high hopes for Emerald Green but most of those hopes remain unrealized.

My favorite thing about this series is the time travel plot and that was basically the best thing about Emerald Green but the thing was that there were too many loop holes, too many questions that weren’t answered and to many convenient occurrences. The ending left a bad taste in my mouth. This series did not get the ending I had imagined it would which broke my heart. It was too good to be true. Too perfect. Too convenient.

Ruby remains her feisty awesome self and I love her voice. One of the things that did change in this book were my feelings towards Gideon. For the past two books he has done nothing for me but this time around I started warming up to him some. I will probably never love him and the romance between the two of them did nothing for me because of it’s instaness but even I have to admit that the two of them could sometimes be adorable.

This book concluded what could have been one of my favorite series had the ending been pulled off and had things not been so goddamn convenient.


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    • Rashika says

      Series endings and I don’t share a very loving relationship. I am almost always disappointed for one reason or another. :/

      Thanks Mel! :)

  1. says

    I also love this series!!
    Actually my favorite one is Emerald Green, I love more Xemerius XD I read Ruby Red with no expectation, but after I finished it I got book hangover you know why.

    I also don’t really like Gideon, I don’t hate him either. But I really enjoy his relationship with Gwen, they were kinda funny!
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    • Rashika says

      Xemerius was the BEST character ever! I love him the most. The first and second books left me with major hangovers. Actually the first one left me jumping around the house like I was high on sugar and then I ordered a copy of Sapphire Blue which had just come out. :P

      YAY! I am glad I am not the only one not swooning over him :P

  2. Aimee says

    I’m super excited about this series! If the romance is subtle and doesn’t override the entire plot, count me in! I’m just waiting for my mom to let me buy the hardcover. ;)

    • Rashika says

      Get the hardcover. The paperbacks are comparatively ugly :P The hardcovers are swoonworthy (I have a weakness for covers… .-.)
      The romance isn’t subtle. She spends quite a bit of time swooning over the guy buttt the plot is strong in the first two.

      • Aimee says

        I adore the hardbound covers. They look really elegant compared to the messy paperback ones. I usually don’t read books without romance, so this one sounds really interesting. I love it when the romance is balanced out well and doesn’t overtake the main story.

    • Rashika says

      The third book wasn’t bad enough to ruin the whole series for me and for that I am glad. The concept is still amazing enough that I would recommend this in spite of the nightmare of an ending.
      Thanks Jeann! :D

  3. Thomas says

    Ruby Red is just an amazing book. I’m looking forward in reading Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green this summer.

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