Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier | Book Review #49


‘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.’

I found Ruby Red to be highly entertaining. I found myself smiling a lot of the time; which doesn’t happen often when I’m reading books, and the main character, Gwen, is very relatable (aside from the obvious).

The characters in this book are seriously amazing. Lesley; Gwen’s best friend, is so supporting of Gwen. Its crazy. Lesley is always there for Gwen. She believes Gwen; even when Gwen tells a crazy story. They have a beautiful friendship.

Gwen herself, I feel, doesn’t really take any shit from anyone outside her family. And we see a lot of growth in Gwen as the book progresses. I mean, Gwen is practically a different person by the end of the book.

Secrets surround Gwen, and we aren’t told why in this first book. We’re only given a smidgen of why there are secrets following Gwen. And, frankly, the “big reveal” in this book I had already predicted, along with other small things. There’s still one thing (that wasn’t revealed in this book) that I have a hunch about, but I guess I’ll find out in the next book? Hopefully.

A frustrating thing about Ruby Red is that you aren’t told very much about Gwen’s world. You’re literally just thrown in head first and expected to come up with you’re own conclusions. Its very frustrating to read something that happened and you have no idea why it happened in the first place.

Ruby Red is such a light read. I finished the book within a day or two, and it helps a lot, that the story is fast paced. Ruby Red just sweeps you up in the story and it doesn’t let you go until the very end (that ending!!).

If you’re interested, you can find Ruby Red on GoodReads here.

Have you read Ruby Red before?? I’m actually very intrigued and excited about the next book, Sapphire Blue!

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

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