Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

ruby redRuby Red by Kerstin Gier
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy #1
First Published by: Henry Holt on May 10th 2011
Genre: Time Travel, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased- Hardcover


My Rating: 3.5 stars

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.

my thoughts 2

I had a little trouble in the beginning. I had a hard time with building the world and imagining this type of world. When Gwen starting time traveling I troubled with when she went back in time and when she was back in the present. The transition between the 2 time periods threw me off.

I really did enjoy the concept of the story, but I think the story had already taken off and was far ahead of me before I started to understand what exactly was happening in the book. This story is very complex and Kerstin Gier manages to squeeze the entire storyline into this 300 page book.

Gwen was never supposed to be the heir to time travel. It was always said to be her cousin, Charlotte. One day Gwen finds herself time traveling and has no idea or clue as to what she’s supposed to be doing or how to get back to the present. Within that day she has time traveled 3 times. But time traveling done incorrectly could be very dangerous. Now Gwen is to time travel with Gideon (whom has been trained and has been time traveling for a while now), they have to do something their elders want them to do that is supposed to be completed now that the 12th time traveler has arrived.

I also had a little trouble trying to imagine what these characters looked like. The idea of this trilogy is very interesting and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things so hopefully the next 2 books will be worth it! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

favorite quotes

“Not if it was a clean wound. But eighteenth-century surgery can’t really be compared with an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.”– page 248


“You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you.”

“Yes, but it’s my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I’d hurt its feelings if I didn’t stop and talk to it.” ― Kerstin Gier, Ruby Red


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