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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized11 Comments

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 10 May 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  0805092528
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 324
Kerstin Gier – Official Site (German)
Kerstin Gier – Blog
Kerstin Gier – Twitter
Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (various time periods)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Prologue: As she fell to her knees and burst into tears, he looked all around the park.
Related Posts: Fragment Friday
Ruby Red Series Order
Book 1: Ruby Red
Book 2: Sapphire Blue (Spring 2012)
Book 3: Emerald Green (Spring 2013)

Ruby Red is a book that I fell in love with the moment I heard it was about time travel. This is a plot device that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of and one that can be so very very good or a tragic horrible read. Thankfully, Ruby Red falls into the very very good category. Words can not describe just how much I loved this book. Once I started it I could not put it down and simply flew through the pages. I fell in love with Gwen and her crazy family, her snarky best friend and the ghost at her school that only Gwen can see and who doesn’t realize he’s dead. I empathized with Gwen in living in a family that kept secrets from her and for when she was thrust into this world where she travels through time and has to quickly try and make sense of it all. 
The story is fast paced and filled with adventures. There is mystery, danger, intrigue and yes, even some romance in the form of darkly handsome Gideon. But there is just a hint of what could happen between Gwen and Gideon in this book…praise be there is no instant love…but instead there is a mutual initial dislike which then leads to grudging admiration and then finally to the seeds that will (hopefully) build into something more.  
Ruby Red is set in modern day London with a few trips to the past and all the glorious costuming that comes along with it. Well, there is once it is known that Gwen has the traveling gene and not her cousin Caroline as everyone thought. Gwen’s first couple of trips through time are less than perfect filled with strange men hiding in cupboards, chases through houses in the dead of night and appearing in the middle of the street. Although her scheduled trips, also have their share of adventure and fighting and lots of edge of your seat moments.
This is one of those books that I am baffled at when people look at me with that blank look as they’ve never heard of it. Its just filled with so much goodness that I don’t see how its not talked about by everyone. Ruby Red is a book that gets me so excited when I talk to people about it that I am practically bouncing. Its so well written…well…translated…I can only assume that it was well written in German since I can’t read the language, but a translator can’t make magic out of nothing right? I also really really wish that I read German so that I could get the other two books in the series and read them NOW. I don’t want to wait to see what happens. I want to know all of this stories secrets but at the same time I love have all this book anticipation. 
Like many of my fellow book lovers I am suffering from series fatigue and I have been known to let out a groan when I find a book is a series. But that isn’t the case with Kerstin Gier’s books where I am so glad its a series as there is so much going on that one book couldn’t do the plot justice. And unlike many books that are series these days there aren’t any wasted words in Ruby Red. The writing is tight and there is no filler just to fill a gap to get from point A to B. Everything has a purpose. This book was such a fun read that I really can’t recommend it enough. Gwen is a character that is sure to delight everyone she meets. Gideon is one that people will swoon over. Gwen’s grandmother is a patriarch of the most snobbish sort and there are times you just want to smack her. While her aunt just makes you chuckle with her out there ways and visions. Ruby Red is easily my top pick for May 2011 and I urge everyone to go out and read this remarkable hidden gem of a book. Plus, have you seen that cover? Its ZOMG gorgeous!! The cover alone is worth buying this book alone. Thankfully the story inside lives up to the pretty.

11 Responses to “Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier”

  1. bermudaonion

    I don’t think I’ve read many books with time travel. Your enthusiasm for this book makes me want to read it.

  2. Water Filter

    I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

  3. QNPoohBear

    I saw this one on the shelf at the Brown Bookstore and added it to my “to be read” pile. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m not really into time travel but it sounded good.

  4. Irish

    QNPoohbear – this isn’t your typical time travel book where the person in question goes back in time and stays there. This one is mostly set in present day with trips back to different time periods. No one stays and its just filled with lots of witty lines and fun.

  5. Michelle

    As you know, I picked this one up at Books of Wonder while in NYC for BEA. I started it but then put it aside because, you know, it was BEA. I did read the first couple chapters though and it totally drew me in so I know I’ll be going back to it sooner than later. 🙂

  6. Tiffany Schmidt

    You and I chatted this for hours the other day – but I’ll say here what I said there – it’s driving me INSANE to know that if I could read German then I could finish the rest of the series NOW.

    Um… except it would take me much longer to learn to read German than to wait for the sequel.


  7. Me

    Hello everybody! I had read this book, and only that I can say – that book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! You must read this. I have already read this book many times, also Sapphire Blue and Esmerald Green 🙂 (sorry for my english :))

  8. Me

    Hello everybody! I had read this book, and only that I can say – that book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! You must read this. I have already read this book many times, also Sapphire Blue and Esmerald Green 🙂 (sorry for my english :))