Review: Ruby Red (The whole Ruby Red Trilogy)

Ruby Red:

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.

”And although I’d have given anything to see Nicole Kidman suddenly come around the corner, this was not, unfortunately, the set of a film from a Henry James novel.
I knew exactly what had happened. I simply knew. And I also knew that there must be some mistake.
I’d landed in another time.”

Author: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translation)

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Ruby Red: Amazon Goodreads

Published in English: May 10, 2011

Sapphire Blue: Amazon Goodreads

Published in English: May 10, 2011

Emerald Green: Amazon Goodreads

Published in English: October 8, 2013

I’m going to review the whole trilogy as one, as I read all three of the books back-to-back on one sitting. I felt like nothing really happened in the first book and just when the action was starting the book ended. If all the pointless parts were taken away the trilogy would’ve been better as one book.

I liked Gwyneth… to a point. She was funny and didn’t just wait around for the hero to rescue her, she actually took some action. But she was also imamture as hell even for a sixteen-year-old and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. They were in a middle of an important mission and she began panicking because she thought she was bad kisser. I mean c’mon, really?

There were some good characters, like the ghosts, especially in the second and the third book. Some of the characters were a bit one-dimentional, the evil ones were evil just because, they had no background and some of the adults were quite absurd. There was no way actual adults would behave that way. And Gideon was just like every other YA hero, which wasn’t neccessarily a bad thing considering the context but he had a potential to be great character but for me he too seemed a bit flat.

Oh, and the whole trilogy covered a couple of weeks, so Gwyneth and Gideon first got ”together” when they’d known each other for about a week. And in the end of the final book when they had known each other shy of three weeks, they were declaring how they couldn’t live with out each other. Gwyneth is sixteen. *Eye-roll*. I blame Twilight.

Time travel books have a potential to be wonderful stories but this one didn’t quite make it. In the end with all the traveling and plotting I couldn’t keep up and I just skipped some of the sections because it was all so complicated. There were some things that were a bit predictable but there were some things that came as genuine surprise as well.

So the trilogy was interesting enough that I read all the three books but just for a warning, I think it’s written for a younger audience. I probably would’ve loved these books six or seven years ago. And the books are originally written in German so these are translations but I didn’t even notice it until I began searching the second book. I’m used to reading translated literary so maybe it’s just me.

Well, now that I got everything off my chest… I recommend this series as some light reading which can be fun to read if you remember that it’s for a younger audience and don’t take it too seriously!