Title: Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: May 10th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Read: January 10th 2013
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.
What I thought:
When I saw that this was about time travel I knew I had to read it! I was enjoying it so much that next thing I knew it was done, and luckily I have the next book so I can go right to it.
There were so many things I liked about this book, especially the interesting characters. The Guardians and their order were so mysterious and you can tell they were hiding many secrets, it was hard to tell who was trustable and not and I loved it. You don’t find out everything in the first book, but I liked not having it all revealed, just means more for the next books!
The Count Saint-Germain was another powerful character, he seemed old and frail when you first meet him but he’s definitely creepy and strong at the same time, and I’m excited to see how he ties into the rest of the series since he’s from the past. Gwyneth was the main character, and although she hasn’t been raised to be a time traveler I think she stands up pretty well. She’s definitely got some strength in her, and quite an opinion, and I can’t wait to see her spread out even more in the next books.
The time travel was awesome of course, not only the historical places and outfits they got to wear, but how it worked and was set up was cool. Like for instance there are 12 time travelers over the ages, and they are all linked by names of gems, but they all play a bigger role that we find out later.
If you’re looking for some time travelling fun with some romance and historical settings then this book is for you!