Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
the first book in the Ruby Red Trilogy
published on January 6th 2009 by Henry Holt
fantasy | time travel | romance
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’m in a state of disarray when I think about this book. A part of me loves it, but another part of me absolutely loathes it!
But anyway, let’s start with the good stuff.
I love time travel books! The growth that the characters undergo is so much more evident in them. Anyway, the plot of Ruby Red was well thought out, free of plot holes, and leaves you wanting more.
The romance was okay, I guess. Even if there was a bit of instalove on Gwyneth’s part, I love the lingering glances, and the “Oh, fuck it!” kiss they shared! Is it weird that I find it endearing?
The book, although slightly boring, was well written. With the slow pace, if the writing was boring as well, I might’ve just given up and DNFed this! Good thing the beautiful writing kept me going.
There are things about Ruby Red I would like to rant about as well. Like around the first half or so, there this something that was so annoying about this book! (I can’t pinpoint what it is, though.) And speaking of the first part… Dear God, the first half or so was so boring! Things only started picking up around three quarters into the book!
The characters, aside from Gwyneth, were underdeveloped. Although, I think it was more because of the POV choicethan the actual writing…