Ruby Red: 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.
Sapphire Blue: 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.
Emerald Green: 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. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate
You can find the full synopses here.
So can we just talk about the pretty covers??? I mean, covers nowadays don’t really give a lot of information about the books they cover, but the filigree design certainly gives these an old-timey vibe that fits in brilliantly with the plot and looks gorgeous, and I have to say it was one of the things that drew me to read them
*receives glares for judging books by their covers* No? Okay…I’m going to go stand in a corner now…
Anyhow, the books were brilliantly written, full of excitement – there wasn’t a part where I could sit and watch on without being at least 95% emotionally involved in whatever was happening, and that percentage only rose as the trilogy progressed. There was so much going on and not a single boring moment – that and the fact that it was generally a light read really helped me recover from a rather large reading slump I went through after encountering several books which I struggled to finish so they were a nice change.
I would say that they were aimed at a slightly younger audience than my usual reading material, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying them in the slightest as the story flowed considerably better than in some other Young Adult books I’ve read targeted at a similar age group.
The second book was much better than the first, mainly because the character of Xemerius was introduced, (yes, I love the animal/supernatural sidekicks in stories more than the main characters in some cases, and this is definitely one of them) I just found him funny, and possibly the most wise in some situations as sometimes Gwen struck me as slightly silly and naive, especially when she made the possibly world-changing decision at one of the parties she had attended in the past (but the details of that situation I will leave out for the future readers of the trilogy). There was a few times when Xemerius’ lines made me burst out laughing, or smile with several confused onlookers staring at me in during my more serious classes…
However, there was a few times I was mad at the characters, certainly at Gideon, and Gwenny because of Gideon (especially in the third novel of which she spent a good part whinging) at several points along the way, and now having read the blurbs (because I don’t really tend to unless browsing for new books and then promptly forget them even if I do) I should have probably expected it… but I didn’t… and it was irritating to say the least.
I also think that Gier left a few mysteries which I would have loved to have known the answers to unresolved, one to do with Dr. White in particular, I guess I will just have to live with the contents of my imagination to solve these plot holes. Needless to say, I would certainly love for there to be whole entire new book in the series as per usual when reading an otherwise good story which I did not want to end.
I would definitely recommend this trilogy to fans of science-fictiony romance novels based on time-travel and adventure, with an air of mystery about them.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
“Hearts can’t be broken because they’re made of marzipan”
-“from the Wit and Wisdom of Lesley Hay”