Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: Ruby Red

Ruby Red (Edelstein-Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier (translated by Anthea Bell)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. 
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 324
Source: Zeitghost Media/Publisher 
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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.

Ruby Red is absolutely fantastic!! I kept putting it off because, usually, I’m not a fan of books involving time travel. I. WAS. SO. WRONG! I devoured this book. Ruby Red alone has changed how I view the time travel genre!

What really surprised me is that there is so little romance, but this book still demanded my attention. I feel that sometimes I rely on the romantic side of a book to get me through a mediocre plot; but definitely not in this case!  In my mind, that is the sign of a truly special book. I definitely foresee a budding romance in Sapphire Blue, the next in the series. I’m super excited to see how that plays out!

Kerstin Gier manages to weave history, time travel, and secret societies together seamlessly. Ruby Red felt so authentic! She included excerpts of secret writings, letters, and maps that give readers a deeper look into the secret society that plays such a large role in this book. Throughout the Ruby Red I couldn’t help but feel that there was much more going on behind the scenes with that society. The air of mystery was ever-present. Not much of the mystery is actually revealed in this book. Ruby Red left me craving for more!

On another note: I’m amazed at how beautifully this book flows. Anthea bell did a really great job with this one; the translation was perfect! With consistent characters and a wonderful, gripping, and mysterious plot, Ruby Red delivers!!  My only problem now is that I have to wait to get Sapphire Blue! I NEED it!


  1. I *loved* this book! Glad you did too! I have a similar issue when reading - a lot of times I rely on romance being there and sometimes I'll be disappointed if it isn't - and I often can get through a book with a bad plot if the romance is good enough to keep me interested. This book was so good though that the lack of romance throughout most of the book didn't bother me at all.

    Great review!

  2. This book sounds great! And luckily the library has it :)