Book Review- Emerald Green


Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
(Translated from German by Anthea Bell)
Published by Henry Holt on October 8, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 451
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Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

I read the Ruby Red trilogy in record time. Seriously. It took me 2 days.

Emerald Green was just as good as Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. The stakes are high, and Gwyneth is running out of time; both in the present and the past.

One of the really fun things about the book is you see events from the first and second books from a different perspective. For example, you get the full story of what happened when Gwen travelled back for the third time and saw herself.

The book definitely had a lot of unexpected twists, and left me with a warm happy feeling when I finished. Some characters really do surprise you.

My only complaint about the book is it’s the last one. Now I’m stuck with that sad feeling you get when you finish a series.

I’m going to give Emerald Green five out of five hearts.

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It was an amazing book, and a fun, fast read!


Book Review- Sapphire Blue


Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
(Translated from German by Anthea Bell)
Published by Henry Holt on October 30, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 357
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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.

After finishing Ruby Red, I immediately began reading Sapphire Blue. I couldn’t wait!

It picks up right where Ruby Red ends; with *spoiler alert* Gideon and Gwyneth kissing. Somehow, between all the time traveling, Kerstin Gier manages to throw in a great deal of relationship drama (not that I’m complaining).

Usually I’m not a big fan of relationship drama, but in this case it really helped to drive the story along. Also, I can’t help but love Gideon. For all his faults, he is pretty swoon worthy (there I go again falling for fictional characters… oops!).

In the beginning of the book, when Xemerius the gargoyle is introduced, I wasn’t sure of his role. He just seemed like an overeager commentator. But as the book went on, he turned out to have quite a bit of importance. He was also pretty entertaining and made me laugh quite a few times.

The end of the book almost broke my heart. It really would have if not for the epilogue. When I turned the last page (or whatever the equivalent on a kindle is), I was so excited to see what happens next that I went ahead and got Emerald Green, the last book in the trilogy.

I’m going to give Sapphire Blue four out of five hearts.

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I’m very happy to report that unlike many sequels, this one did not disappoint!


Book Review- Ruby Red


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
(translated from German by Anthea Bell)
Published by Henry Holt on May 10, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 324
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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 puts a new twist on time travel. Not only is the ability to travel carried in a gene, but the travelers are all predetermined by their date of birth and a poem. As weird as it sounds, the book does a great job of explaining it.

The tone of the book is very entertaining. There is a lightness about it that makes it a very quick read, without feeling too short. Every character in the book is unique and interesting; even the background characters.

Gwyneth, along with having the time travel gene, has the ability to see ghosts. She regularly talks to a ghost in her school from the 18th century and Dr. White’s (the doctor in the time travel secret society) son who drown in a pool when he was 7. At first I didn’t see the point of her having these abilities. Was it just so the other characters would think she was weird?

Then her great-aunt Maddie starts having a vision of Gwyn on a clock tower, and a raven hatching from a sapphire egg. At that point I had no idea what was going on. Was it a book about time travel or not? But when the prophesy is introduced, you see that these are not just random events. Gwyn is prophesized to have the magic of the raven, which I assume is her ability to see ghosts.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. So much so that I bought the second one as soon as I finished. It’s sitting in my kindle library right now waiting to be read.

I’m going to give Ruby Red four out of five hearts.

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I definitely recommend reading this book.