Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
Series: Precious Stone Trilogy #1
Published by Henry Holt on 10 May 2011
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Owned eBook, Owned Book
Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I'd have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I'd seen on my last journey back in time.
Or more precisely, the one who'd kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.
Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors' peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries," and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She's totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He's obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she's seen in any century...
Good Afternoon lovlies!
So I recently stumbled upon a new addictive trilogy that I just had to share. I was actually scrolling through IMDB looking for a new movie to watch when I came across a German title called Rubinrot. Once I did a little googling I found out it was based on the first book of the Edelstein trilogy by Kerstin Gier. Luckily the first two books (with the third coming out this fall) were translated into English (by Anthea Bell). I’m hoping the books will be picked up for a film in English because it would be a great story to watch.
Now here’s the Likes, Dislikes, and Gotta Know Info!
I wasn’t exactly sure how much I would end up loving this story when I decided to read it. Time-traveling stories never really piqued let alone kept my interest. However what kept me reading with Ruby Red was the mystery and the main character. Most time-traveling stories have some puzzle that needs solving, but this mystery was in the middle of a wonderfully believable world that Geir created.
Set in London, England, Gwen is a somewhat regular girl growing up trying to bare her family’s oddities. They have a secret gene passed down to certain females in the family that allows them to time travel. This isn’t by a device that’s created, but an ability in their blood. The hard-part: they can’t control when they time travel without a device. What’s more weird is that there is a prophecy along with it all. Cue in Gideon the second half of this puzzle. His family has a connection with Gwen’s over multiple generations. Both families have learned to deal with this gene and have tried to some how complete the prophecy.
But Gwen wasn’t supposed to be the last time-traveler, her cousin Charlotte was. Unprepared and confused, Gwen is quickly thrust into her family’s secrets and past worlds. Soon she finds her self falling for Gideon, trying to survive surprise attacks in the past and wondering how to keep her ability to see ghosts a secret. Luckily her best friend Lesley is right alongside her trying to make sense of it all and helping her figure out who to trust and who is actually dangerous.
Clearly, this story could become cliche real fast. However, Geir’s writing was superb. She made this time traveling world come alive–allowing me to believe a lot of research when into writing it. When there’s reach involved, it shows the author really cared in making this story as accurate and as real as possible which keeps me as a reader interested and thankful. So many stories lack accuracy which can kill the believable factor for a reader.
Aside from the setting, Gier also created an interesting villain. Gier sets up two possible evils, but the reader gets a somewhat clear idea of who the real villain is of this story by the end of the first book. What is left a mystery is how many people are helping the real villain and just like Gwen, readers are left questioning who to trust.
A small problem that I had was how quickly Gideon turned his attention to Gwen. I’m always a realist when it comes to how quickly characters fall-in-love with each other. However, by the second book their relationship develops on a more realistic level and certain things are explained to help make their relationship for me more believable.
The end of the first book left me craving more and I instantly got my hands on book two. If this story gains more popularity, I can see it being as hot off the shelves as The Mortal Instruments or even The Hunger Games. If you’re in the mood for a story filled with adventure, some humor, romance, and a little mystery than pick up this story right away. It’s a definite recommend from me!
The Final Grades:
My Grade: A
Kindle Rating: 4.3/5 stars (152 reviewers)
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Stay tuned for my review of Sapphire Blue, Book 2 of the series!!