Book Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red (#1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Details: Hardcover, 324 pgs.
Published: May 10th, 2011 by Henry Holt
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Zietghost Media and Henry Holt *for 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.

This book was adorable!  That may be a funny thing to say about a book that’s not an actual childrens book, but it fits for this one.  It’s full of characters that are just full of quirkiness and life.  Each one is memorable because of their strong personality traits but it took me a couple chapters to have them all straight.  I think that was because there were a few C names that were too similar when I wasn’t yet familiar with them.  But it didn’t last long.  And Gwyneth was awesome!  She had a personality I could immediately connect with.  Gideon was a bit mysterious because he was kind of a jerk in the beginning but was becoming quite different towards the end.  I like him, but I feel like I just don’t quite know him yet.
The story starts out strong and stayed strong through the entire thing.  I never once had the urge to set the book down.  It thoroughly sucked me in and didn’t spit me out until the end.  And even then I just wanted it to keep going!  The mystery of things was pretty intense and we’d get thrown some hints so I was busy trying to figure it out as I read as fast as I could.
The setting of the story is brilliant.  I love that it’s in London and it’s full of the London charm.  I think most books I’ve read that take place in London are historical so it was awesome to see it currently, and in the past as it IS a time travel… so some history is included.  
The time travel aspect was unique to me.  I think the author was very creative in how it all worked.  And I’m very anxious for much MORE time travel!  I loved the parts in current time (which was most of the book) and the little bits in the past as well.
Overall this was an extremely well done story.  It’s like the pieces were fit together perfectly.  Characters that I loved, a setting I could visualize clearly (even though I’ve never been there) and a plot that is unique and done well.  I think the only issue in the whole book was that the end was a bit anti climatic.  It was brief and fairly mild.  But really, it wasn’t a big deal to me.  I really cannot wait for the next one!

Disclosure: I received a copy free of charge for review and the opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Had to skim the review since I’m still waiting on a copy of this that I won from it’s multi blog tour thingy! Hoping it comes soon, but know that sometimes it takes publishers awhile. They don’t seem to understand how fanatic we book readers are!!

    I’ve read a few time travel books so I’m anxious to read this one! Marianne Curley wrote a good set of time travel books. They’re a bit old now. Old Magic was her stand alone that I ate up about a dozen times! She also had a trilogy, the Guardians of Time–all her books were YA. They were all pretty good! The trilogy had a lapse in its final release due to the author getting ill. Which I had no idea at the time when I was anxiously waiting and finally emailed her. Was devastated to hear.

    Hoping she writes more somewhere down the line. I enjoyed her!

    Great review! Can’t wait to read this one myself!

  2. I looked at this book that other day I almost picked it up because I wanted to wait until I saw some reviews about it…lol…

    Needless to say, I am putting it on my list of books to get…:)

  3. I really want to read this one! I have started compiling a list of German YAs that I need to read because I’ve decided to start taking German classes and although it’ll take me a while to learn I thought it’d be fun and interesting to read books that are in another langauge. So really can’t wait to read this one. Especially since I’ve heard such awesome things about it. Thanks for the review!

  4. Oh I’m so glad you liked it too!! I read the first review from Jenny at Supernatural Snark and now you too love it. I saw the hardcover in a IMM and it looks so shiny! I need one for myself :)

  5. Ooooh this sounds like something that would suit me. I love finding books with a lot of life and quirky characters. I love how time travel plays in this too. I am very interested on how that works in this book. Man I can’t wait to get my hands on this. Thank you for the review hon :)

  6. I’ve been seeing a lot of great things about this book and it kind of makes me want to read it. The trailer is awesome too!

    You know that historical anything really isn’t my thing, but since this one is a time-traveling kind of historical I think I’ll give it a shot. I’ve seen it in stores too and I love how it’s so compact. If I didn’t want to read it, I’d want it just for it’s cute size.

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