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Praise for Ruby Red:
“Gier succeeds on her own terms, keeping the reader moving along, forward and backward in time, and ending with a revelation and a cliffhanger. Both will leave readers anticipating the publication of the next installment, ‘Sapphire Blue.’” —The New York Times Book Review
“Humorous, romantic and suspenseful, the plot is fast-paced and impossible to put down. . . . The final romantic cliffhanger will leave you thirsty for the next book in this ‘jewel’ of a series.” —Justine magazine
“What makes this such a standout is the intriguingly drawn cast, stars and supporting players both, beginning with Gwen, whose key feature is her utter normality. Adventure, humor, and mystery all have satisfying roles here.” —Booklist, starred review
“Gier’s characters and plotting are first-rate, creating an adventure that should leave readers eager for the rest of the trilogy.” —Publishers Weekly
“Riveting.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The characters in Kerstin Gier’s stellar story come fully to life, and veteran translator Anthea Bell (who translated Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart books) preserves the book’s abundant humor. . . . There’s something here for everyone.” —Shelf Awareness
Posted December 6, 2012
I really, really, really love the plot of this book. I love the characters.
Do I want to smack Gideon in the face for being a self involved narcissistic prick? Yeah, I do. But that's the point of his character, isn't it? So I can't fault him for being what he's supposed to be.
But I spent so much time wanting to smack him that it took a little bit of the book away from me. I found him annoying. But that doesn't make the book any less awesome in the long run.
The best part about this entire series, without a doubt, is the friendship Gwen and Lesley have. It rings true throughout the entire book and reminds me of some of my closest friends -- two girls who love each other like sisters and are willing to help each other and trust what the other says. Gwen can time travel, is involved in a secret society and can see the dead? Lesley's got her back.
The other side characters -- Xemerius in particular -- are equally awesome or annoying or silly, but all are fleshed out and actually interesting. I want to punch half of them in the face, but again, you're supposed to want to punch half of them in the face.
I thought the line that Gier walks in keeping Gwen a human rather than a turning her into a Mary Sue heroine is really interesting and something that could be noted by other authors. She still gets distracted by Gideon, but not to the extreme of forgetting everything she wants to do; she has a best friend who actually aids her in what she wants instead of getting jealous; she has a family that mostly loves her and sometimes annoy her.
The only thing that might trip some readers up is the time travel aspect -- there's a lot of jumping around, and I suggest watching some Doctor Who as mental mind prep to keep up with it all. That's the only way I'm able to keep track of anything. (Though I don't think that they use the same time travel laws that Who does. Hmmm...)
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Posted October 30, 2012
Posted December 9, 2012
I love this book and stll have questions about gwinny and gidion (spoiler)i mean was him telling her he loved ber real and had nothing to do with the count or was the count right and he didnt love her but the small voise in my head is telling me that he really does love her dont y'all?but the count is a sadistic monster that can control people using their feelings toward people and is just sck it is a good thig he is dead already xause if he was still alive the world would stop moving.and if y'll think that he loves her please tell because i want to know if im not the only one thats thinks this
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Posted November 12, 2012
I LOVED THIS BOOK, I READ THE FIRST ONE AND I WAS HOOKED, THIS BOOK WAS SOO SUSPENSFUL- DOES HE LOVE HER OR DOES HE NOT? I CANT WAIT TO FIND OUT. I HOPE THEY SEE LUCY AND PAUL AGAIN.
I CANT WAIT FOR THE LAST ONE TO COME OUT IN THE FALL OF 2013.
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Posted December 4, 2012
This series should be on everyone's keeper shelf
After reading Ruby Red I was bowled over. Not since reading Jennifer Erin Valent’s Fireflies in
December had I encountered such a balanced, exciting and fulfilling book. I waited impatiently for
Sapphire Blue all the while thinking, “What if I’m disappointed?”
It’s impossible to describe the joy that pierced me when I opened the pages of Sapphire Blue and
stepped back into the world of Gwyneth and Gideon. Nothing had changed. Of course the story
moved forward, but the underlying elements that made the first book so appealing were most
assuredly holding this book together as well.
The varied characters could be people in my life, they are so real. The story is mysterious, thrilling
and heartbreaking. The plot unfolds at a perfect pace. The setting(s) and atmosphere are palpable.
I laughed out loud. I cried. I felt joy, aggravation and pain. After the final words were read and reality
demanded I leave this world once again, I felt bereft.
It’s hard to believe this series isn’t on everyone’s radar. I recommend you grab your copy of both
Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue. If after reading them you aren’t anxious for Emerald Green to be
released you can safely say we have wildly different ideas of what makes a book good.
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Posted December 25, 2012
This book was so awesome i just want to keep reading over and over. My favorate character is giddieon he sounds and acts like the purfect man for me
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Posted December 1, 2012
I bought this book for my 13 year old because she read the first book in the series (Ruby Red) and loved li. She read this in two days and loved it. She was upset because Emerald Green (the last book in the series) won't be out for another year.
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Posted November 4, 2012
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Posted October 16, 2014
It sounds like a really good book but i dont know if i want to buy it or just LET IT GO,LET IT GO, CANT HOLD IT BACK ANYMORE, LET IT GO,LET IT GO, TURN AWAY AND SLAM THE DOOR, AND I DONT CARE WHAT THEY ARE GONIG TO SAY,LET THE STORM RAGE ON, YET THE COLD NEVER BOTHERED ME ANYWAY.
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Posted October 6, 2014
it is the most amazing book in the history of books thats how great it is and i would read it over and over again foreverWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Name: Rubykit/ Sapphirekit<p>Gender: Rubykit is &male<br>Sapphirekit is &female<p>Age: Both are 3 moons<p>Rank: Both are kits<p>Appearance: Rubykit is a golden tom-kit with ruby red eyes.<br>Sapphirekit is a silver she-kit with sapphire blue eyes.<p>History: Mother di<_>ed when they were 2 moons. They learned to take care of themselves and survived on thier own for a moon. Both have a fair knowledge of herbs.<p>Personality: Rubykit- arrogant, confident, a big show-off, short-tempered, independent, friendly<br>Sapphirekit- Intelligent, calm, not too big for her br<_>itches, independent, a little shy<br>Personalities will change as they grow up.<p>Family: Only each other. And they're not interested in a foster family.<p>Other: Ask.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2014
good plot, fun characters, but the thing with middle books in trilogies, they seem to be fillers while the opening book sets up the story and the last book has the action that comes with a conclusion, the middle book helps the story along. not bad though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2013
Posted December 16, 2013
#2 in the time-traveling Ruby Red Trilogy - 4 1/2 STARS
Review Tally - based out of 5
OVERALL: 4 1/2 STARS
Story/Plot: 4 - This is the second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy continuing the adventures of Gwen and Gideon as they travel through time.
Re-read Value: 3 - 50/50, but if I am honest, there is a really good chance I will re-read it if and when a movie is released based on this series. This always happens to me with movies I watch in the theaters (and sometimes on DVD/TV) - if I have not read the book it's based on, I HAVE to read it before seeing it. If I have read the series, take for example any of the movies based on the Harry Potter series, I go home and EVEN knowing how the series begins, continues and ends, I pull out the books and re-read them. I hope I am not the only one this happens to, but . . .
Continue Series: 5 - *scoff* I held off reading this book, Sapphire Blue for one reason and one reason only after I read Ruby Red - Emerald Green had not been released here in the States yet. As so as I finish this lovely review/note, I am pulling Emerald Green on my Nook and start reading!
Characters: 5 - I do love the characters in Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red world. I think I have it all figured out - the truth of everything that has been hinted at/alluded to. I suspected strongly while reading Ruby Red and having JUST finished Sapphire Blue I am pretty strong of the mind I was right all along. I cannot wait to dive into Emerald Green and seeing if I am right. I cannot wait to see what will happen to these characters that I have come to care about as I read this series. My only fear is what if something bad happens & I am left crying uncontrollably like I did when they killed Anakin Solo or Sirius Black? I know people think it's a joke when I tell them but I felt like I really lost an important person in my life - on the Anakin Solo, I still having trouble reading Star Wars series although I so love that universe.
Cover: 5 - Oh come on! You knew this was going to be high. Do you see this cover?! It's beautiful and amazing!
Genre Fulfillment: 5 - So many genres and sub-genres this book fulfills. There's time travel, romance, mystery and suspense, adventure - and sword fights, gargoyles, ghosts, conniving back stabbing cousins, and it's geared toward young adults. By the way, did I miss something?
Personal Involvement: 5 - If you lasted this long through my note/review, you know I am deeply involved and highly enjoy this series. Part of me doesn't want the series to end, a huge part of me is yelling at myself for wasting time on this review when I could be reading Emerald Green and another part is screaming "Don't read it, because you know it might end in tragedy and you'll having people looking at you like nut because your eyes are red and your nose is all blotchy. Trust me!
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