Thursday, 2 August 2012

Book Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kierstin Gier
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3 gorgeous lipsticks!


     "Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for travelling 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 traveller 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


     Before I got this book, I had never heard anything about it. I was walking down the aisle that housed the books, might I add there were tons of them (the books), when this one popped out at me. What was it that caught my attention? I would have to say the cover. It's absolutely stunning, come on, you have to agree with me. (The cover that I'm talking about is the American/Canadian one, the German one is the one featured above. Although, both of the covers are gorgeous.)
     Anyways, I really did love this book.
     Gwen's cousin, Charolette, has spent her entire life training to be the time traveller. And it's in the first few chapters of the books that you realised just how much this time traveller gene means to everyone in that family. You also learn how much Charolette had to give up as a child to train to be the time traveller.
     I guess that's why you connected with the family when they realised that Charolette had given up her childhood for nothing- because it was really Gwyneth who has the time traveller gene, not Charolette, after all.
     So Gwen finds herself travelling through time with a hottie named Gideon. And here's when I found myself with a frown, I didn't like the relationship between these two, it was very rushed and forced. It seemed that they were meeting each one day and the next they were making out- in a another century! I don't know if Gier wanted the reader to feel like that, perhaps it's all apart of the plot? There is two more books in this series after all.
     But that's the only down side that I could find to this book. Everything else I loved! The overall plot was amazing, so was the execution. And I just love Gier's writing style. Her writing makes it incredibly easy to relate to the characters and feel like you are there with them- not matter what century they're in. The sentences are crisp and well placed. There were none that sounded like they really shouldn't belong there, or like Gier just wanted to up her word count and added them for no reason.
     This was a book that I found myself staying up till twelve at night to finish, I guarantee you'll end up reading the entire thing in one sitting. Craving for more afterwards! It's quick and light read, that won't leave you confused or saying 'huh?!' at any point!

Recommend for those who like: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White or Heist Society by Ally Carter
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