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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Book Review

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.

I think I expected better from this book. Ruby Red has an awesome premise with time travellers and what not, so I thought it would be pretty good. Sadly, this book didn't quite fit my tastes.

Being the first book of this series, Ruby Red didn't really go deep into the time traveller explaination. It scratched the surface of what the whole background story really is, but I felt like it wasn't really enough. Half the book was just her questioning everything with nothing explained by her family. The other half was travelling through eras with her hot time-travelling counterpart, Gideon.

I don't really like Gideon either. There's absolutely no chemistry. It's all just her thinking he's absolutely dashing but trying to hate on him because of his jerk tendencies. She's still really attracted to him anyways for no reason other than the fact that he's hot. Nope, I just can't read (and like) any insta-love.

As I said before, the time travelling part wasn't really explained. I feel like I don't have enough information for the first book about why her mom distrusts the society so that made me dock some marks. In my opinion, either don't talk about it at all until the second book or at least give more information. This could change in book 2 though, so I'm hoping that everything gets explained more (if I actually pick up the second book).

Overall, I think Ruby Red is a book with great potentials but unfortunately, it didn't meet my standards. I think the second can redeem the series by making the plot better and give more background on the whole time-traveller society (hopefully).

My name's Ariella and I'm a 15 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!


  1. I totally agree with you! I only picked this book up because it's a really big deal her in Germany (the author is german, so...) and I was so disappointed! The second book gets just a little bit better and the third book is the best book in this series - just in my opinion, of course... ;)

  2. Sorry this was such a disappointment. It's hard to enjoy a book when you can't summon an ounce of empathy for any of the characters.

  3. Ack! Sorry this disappointed so much. I hate it when you can't connect to the characters, it really is crucial to have that connection to them, even a little bit.

  4. I actually really liked this one, although I do agree that it's very insta lovey (something that didn't bother me until book 3 when I realized the timeframe of the trilogy). I think Ruby Red is a good book, but more of a set up novel for Sapphire Blue which I loved. Also liked Emerald Green, but had several issues with it.


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