Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)“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.”

NON-SPOILERY REVIEW

I really enjoyed reading Ruby Red. It was a quick read full of quirky characters, misogynistic mofos and awesome time travelling! I thought it was obvious from the beginning that it would be Gwyneth who would do the time travelling so yay! She was a really interesting narrator who brought something special to a great story and her best friend Lesley was a great help in giving the reader extra information. My only criticism it tat it was too short! I felt like the story was just beginning and then the book ended! The structure was different to most stories as it didn’t have a clear climbing or falling action and there were multiple climaxes and I am left thirsty for Sapphire Blue! I haven’t read a time-travel book in a long time and it was so great! I advise everyone to read it as it is just a fun light read and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the trilogy will bring!

SPOILER TIME!

I really loved this book!! I don’t know were to begin!

Firstly, I think Aunt Maddie is the coolest and that her prophecies are legit and the meaning will be unearthed soon! Secondly, the De Villiers’ are all assholes but I’ll come to that later and thirdly, how can a teacher look like a squirrel????

So yeah, the De Villiers are such sexist pigs! No, we don’t allow females in our super secret club! mwahahah! It all seemed very Clockwork Princes on that front and this is set in present day! Gideon De Villliers seemed a lot like Gabriel Lightwood in Clockwork Prince so I’m hoping that he will redeem himself by the end of the trilogy because there is some sweetness in him. Also, he needs to break up with Charlotte! She is such a snooty cow! My goodness she got on my nerves with her whole high and mighty act! I know that she has been spoiled ad told she was made for greater things from a young age but still, that’s no excuse! If this had happened to Gwyneth, I doubt she would have reacted in the same way! It’s like in Harry Potter, when Dumbledore left Harry with the Dursleys so that the fame wouldn’t go to his head, except you know, different.

The count was soo creepy! I spent the rest of the book wishing a fiery death upon him but I don’t know how that situation is going to resolve itself because to stop him, like, killing Gwyneth or something then she doesn’t need to visit him again right? problem solved!

I got really annoyed in the beginning when Gwyneth traveled back and hen just didn’t tell her mum! ugh it was so frustrating! I thought that she was going to travel back and get put in jail or something and nobody would know!

The ghost thing was an interesting addition to the plot! I’m hoping it will get Dr White to warm up to her a bit because she can communicate between him and his son. I also really want to see if she will meet James in the past because that would be really cool!

Madame Rossini reminded me of my French teacher, not just because they speak the same way but because they both act the same way, quirky, fun and a tad eccentric! I really loved those seen and I really hope this book gets translated into film because I want to see it come to life!

 

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