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
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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!