I know I’ve already posted a review up today but since i already had this one typed up, I thought I might as well get it up and live on the blog. I’ve been MIA for a while so I really want to get going again with my posting schedule. Juggling work, an 11 month old, daily life and a blog is no mean feat currently. I love reading and blogging though so am determined to find a good balance. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. As always I want to thank you all to everyone that reads and/or follows my blog. Without you guys reading and enjoying the posts I’d have no reason to keep posting so THANK YOU!!! 🙂 On with the review, happy reading.
Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Series
Published by: Square Fish
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance
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.
I first heard of Ruby Red when it popped up in my Amazon recommended list. Reading the description and positive reviews about it, I went ahead and purchased a copy. That was four weeks ago now and I’ve only just finished reading it. Its safe to say I didn’t enjoy this book at all really. Reading it has been a drag for me and I’ve really had to push myself to keep going back to it and carry on reading. I am disappointed because it sounded like a good plot line.
The majority of the book almost feels like a constant build up to an event that never seems to materialise. To say its a book about time travel……well lets just say that’s pushing it a wee bit. Sure there is time travel in it, but for me there wasn’t enough. The scenes that were of time travelling didn’t last that long and were over pretty quickly. A lot more detail and description would have made the adventures better and more lively.
The majority of the plot lines, I think I was able to figure out fairly early on in the book. Thus near the end I was actually skipping chunks of writing safe in the knowledge that I wasn’t really going to miss anything vital. Skipping chunks is something I never normally do but I was so eager to get it finished.
The characters themselves aren’t awe inspiring. I found them to be fairly wooden and flat. They didn’t have any get up and go about them. I don’t know about you but if I was suddenly told that I could time travel then I would be raring to go and seek adventures back in the past. Gwen is our main protagonist of the story. All her life she has been led to believe that she is not the time traveller of the family but instead it is her cousin Charlotte that carries the gene. However, yep you guessed it, it is in fact Gwen who is the gene carrier. The other main character and fellow time traveller is Gideon, a show off and know it all. Gwen and Gideon have a typical love/hate relationship. This is one relationship though where I didn’t care if they got together or not. Charlotte, Gwens cousin is a total snob and is not very supportive of her cousin when their roles are reversed. Lesley, Gwens best friend is more on hand to help her. There’s a whole host of other quirky characters that don’t really help the plot along. Some have little if not anything to do with the plot at all.
The time travel aspect has to be one of the most boring ones I’ve read. We are told that there is a machine where the twelve time travellers blood is read into it (this part yes interested me). These chosen ones then can travel through time safely. The bit that confused me is when Gwen is told that no one is allowed to change history yet later on we find out that one family member that some of the twelve go back to meet are telling him to invest here and there. They also give him details of winners of Wimbledon from 1950 onwards!! If that’s not chafing time, then I don’t know what is.
Overall Ruby Red wasn’t the book for me. It pains me to say that, as I really hoped it was going to be something good that I could recommend. There are another two books in the series, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. I’m not too sure whether I’m going to go ahead and read the others. Perhaps if I’m ever to stumble across them, then I might give them a go. I must say the end of Ruby Red did leave the reader hanging on a bot of a cliffhanger but it wasn’t enough to make me rush out and purchase the next one.
To sum up I’m going to give Ruby Red one bookworm out of five. I’m purely giving one as at the start it did have some potential but then sadly went downhill from there.