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  • 271 pages
  • Rubinrot
  • Kerstin Gier
  • Portuguese
  • 23 February 2016
  • 9789896660864

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Rubinrot”Ready for the next adventure Princess”“Ready when you are” she said softlyIt’s no secret that I’m a huge Kerstin Gier fan and to be honest my main motivation to reread this book was to make sure that people become aware of it At the beginning of the year I made 2020 my “German speaking Authors Year” and decided to give a special shout out to rather unknown GermanAustrian authors that write great books Well Kerstin Gier certainly is one of them ; I’ve read many of her books already but I’ve to admit that this series has a special place in my heart I just love everything about it I mean we have a strong heroine an arrogant love interest a super interesting time travel element An inherited time travel gene Give it to me lol mystery suspense action LONDON and a misogynistic horrible antagonist I really want to kick in his – let’s keep this child friendly – private parts ; P Plus the friendship between Gwen and Leslie is so relatable that you can easily find yourself and your bestie in them Admittedly the pacing in this first book is pretty slow but if you ask me that’s mostly due to the fact that Gier tried to build up her world characters and ideas first before she decided to dive into the main story line Which truth be told isn’t a bad thing uite the contrary if anything it makes everything even better Still there was one thing that irked me big time and I just couldn’t ignore it I don’t know why they did it but they changed the MCs first name from Gwendolyn to Gwyneth and that’s not only ridiculous but also makes absolutely no sense Especially because they left all the other names exactly like they were in the German version We still have her mom Grace and her grandma Lady Arista and all the other original names but they changed Gwendolyn to Gwyneth yet they also insist on using her nickname Gwen Oo Don’t get me wrong Gwyneth is a beautiful name but when you’re used to Gwendolyn it’s kinda weird that they felt a need to change it Anyway enough of my pet peeve and back to my review The characters This is the moment when we’ll use your blood in order to read it into the chronograph From now on you might have safe passage through the centuries but you’ll also be spoiled like crazy So think twice before you take that step You’ve been warned ; Gwendolyn AND NOT GWYNETH ”Why couldn’t I remember when Jack the Ripper had prowled the streets of London And where Surely not the elegant surroundings of Mayfair I hoped”Haha Gwen is such an amazing character and definitely one of the pioneers when it comes to strong heroines I remember reading this book 11 years ago and how much I loved her for being so strong willed and unimpressed by all those misogynistic men of the lodge She was completely taken by surprise when her time travel gene kicked in but that certainly didn’t stop her from being true to herself Unlike Charlotte she never allowed them to use her as a tool and I lived and breathed for her defiance Yes she’s scared and has no idea what is happening to her this however still didn’t stop her from going her own way Plus she gave Gideon hell for being such an arrogant prejudiced snob and this alone was worth reading XD ”Oh so it’ll pass” I made myself speak very slowly and distinctly although I really felt like screeching “And so if I’ve just killed a man will that pass too My entire life has been turned upside down today – will that pass Will the fact that an arrogant long haired violin playing creep in silk stockings can’t think of anything better to do than order me about even though I’ve just saved his stupid life will that disappear as well If you ask me it’s not surprising that I feel like puking And just in case you’re wondering you make me want to throw up too”Gideon ”The young guy had dark curly hair that fell almost to his shoulders and such bright green eyes that I thought he must be wearing colored lenses”Haha Okay I admit it Gideon might be nice to look at and a welcome sight for sore eyes but in this first book he’s really obnoxious The funny thing is that he’s completely different when he’s around Charlotte and their interactions help to see the true person behind all his insufferable behaviour His heart is in the right place but all the men in his family and at the lodge had a huge impact on the way he was raised and as it seems he needed a girl like Gwen to reprimand him for his demeanour Thankfully she’s than just ready to take up this particular kind of challenge lol I feel that despite him being the future love interest I actually can’t say a lot about him His role was that of a side character but I’m really looking forward to the second book when we get to know him a little bit better ”Anyway there’s no need” said Gideon “I can do it all far better on my own”Charlotte Charolotte’s eyes had sparkled with fury as she looked at me “It’s not a stupid gene it’s a gift Something very special And it’s simply wasted on someone like you But you’re too childish to even understand that”I don’t like Charlotte and I think that will never change Yes she gets nicer as the series proceeds; this still doesn’t mean that she’s a great character though I never warmed up to her and I think that’s mostly due to her being insufferable lol I can understand why she’s so pissed that Gwen is the carrier of the time travel gene but it’s not like she took it away from her uite the contrary I’m pretty sure if given the chance Gwen would hand it to her in a heartbeat So instead of snapping at her cousin she should try to understand how horrible it must be for Gwen to be involved in all this mess Especially without being prepared the way she was for years Nope I’m definitely no Charlotte fan Charlotte sighed “We had fun didn’t we”“Yes but think of all the new opportunities open to you Charlotte I envy you that You’re free now You can do anything you like”“I never wanted anything but this”Count Saint Germain ”I’d say the female blood is considerably sluggish than ours Just as the female mind is inferior to the masculine intellect Would you not agree with me girl”Male chauvinist pig I was thinking as I kept my eyes cast down stupid pompous boring old chatterboxYES GWEN Give him a piece of your mind lol Gosh how I hate that man Seriously Count Saint Germain is such a horrible person I can’t even He’s not only a totally misogynistic a but also never misses a chance to point out how weak the fair sex is In his opinion women are just decoration and nice to look at but serve no other purpose than to bear children and to obey their men Which makes me so damn furious ARGH I just can’t with this douchebag Let’s get rid of him and move on XDThe relationships shipsGwen Gideon ”I’d call that an entirely superfluous warning Uncle Falk” said Gideon crossing his arms “She’s definitely not my type”Teasing is a sign of affection And those two are teasing each other like crazy lol Come to think of it they might even be the reason why I’ve become such a huge fan of the “enemies to lovers” trope It’s pretty obvious that they don’t like each other at the beginning of the book and except of being attractive there’s nothing else Gideon seems to have going for him Still despite their initial animosity there’s a lot of chemistry between those two and it’s a pleasure to witness it whenever it occurs ; P I loved how Gideon remarked on Gwen’s classmate being able to touch her while she was busy watching him with Charlotte I mean the fact alone that Gideon knew he had touched her even though he was talking to Charlotte at that time should have told her everything but lol of course Gwen didn’t notice the implication of that statement shakes head I can’t wait to read “Sapphire Blue” because I know this is going to get better and better 333 ”Didn’t I tell you to wait in the coach” I didn’t react so Gideon took my arm and pulled me to my feet His face was completely drained of color “That was incredibly reckless and dreadfully dangerous and ” He swallowed hard and stared at me “And dammit all rather brave of you” ”So if he’s not your boyfriend how come he can touch you”“He can’t To be honest I hadn’t noticed he was doing it” I hadn’t noticed because I was fully occupied watching Gideon exchanging sweet nothings with CharlotteGwen Leslie ”Where are you now”“Oh Lesley still in Duke Street I’m walking as fast as I can”“Okay we’ll stay on the phone until you get to your front door and the moment you’re home you have to talk to your mum”This conversation sounded so much like something my bestie and I would say lol I’m sure she would have been worried sick as well and would have told me exactly the same thing It’s adorable how much Leslie cares about Gwen and their friendship warms my heart Leslie is the best friend ever I mean she investigates everything and tries to help Gwen as best as she can She might not be able to time travel herself but I’m pretty sure that Gwen would have been lost without her infos XD What can go wrong if you have a bestie who’s got your back like that 333 Exactly Nothing ; ConclusionThis might have been the second time I read this book but I still loved it as much as the first time around 3 Great characters an amazing time travel element historical London and an awesome “enemies to lovers trope” made “Ruby Red” an irresistible temptation for me I hope after reading this you’ll be tempted to give it a try too ; Happy reading There are plenty of good reasons to start with “Ruby Red” today1 It’s Valentine’s Day Happy Valentine to you all and this is the perfect time to start with a teen romance 3332 “Ruby Red” has a time travel element and since those are rare in fantasy books I read them whenever I get a chance3 This is the first book I’ll read for my “German speaking Authors Year” and since it’s already February it’s about time I get my groove on From January – March it’s Romances and Science Fiction and this falls in both categories So it’s the perfect book XD4 As it happens “Ruby Red” is also on My Book List 20205 I love Gwendolyn and Gideon Those two give me life And yes this is a reread because people need to know about this series It’s too amazing to stay unnoticed ; 6 I can’t think of a sixth reason but for now five should suffice right lol Pertencer a uma família cheia de segredos não é fácil ou pelo menos é o ue pensa Gwendolyn Sheperd de 16 anos Até ue um dia se vê em Londres do final do século passado e se apercebe de ue ela própria é o maior segredo da família Do ue Gwendolyn não se apercebera é ue apaixonar se uando se está presa num tempo diferente não é nada boa ideia Tudo se pode complicar Review to come It's 242am THIS DARNED GREAT BOOK MADE ME STAY UP SO LATEOkay So it's the 27th now and I'm ready to write my review The first thing that should be apparent is that I loved this book I gave it 55 stars and it kept me up into the ridiculous hours of the night on both of the days that I read it I recommend it to allNow let's break it upFirstly plot One of the main reasons I loved this book was because it was constantly exciting The plot kept up at a great pace and it NEVER lulled I never found myself thinking I wish this would speed up Obviously because this is the first book there is a fair bit of information dropping to set up the whole world concept but the author did this in entertaining ways by weaving it into conversations and other moments Also the whole concept of this world is so cool that I didn't mind slowing down for a while to know about it Plot gets top marks for constantly keeping me intrigued Also I need to add that this book was at times HILARIOUS Like I have honestly not laughed out loud at a book for what feels like a year and this book had me bursting out at laughter with tears in my eyes like five timesSecondly characters I love characters in books They are the vessel through which the plot and world impact us You can have a fantastic world but terrible characters and the book will be ruined I was so lucky in this book that not only did I have a thrilling plot but I also sad home of the best characters I've read in a while One of the reasons that I don't like supernatural books and this does have some supernaturalish aspects is because the characters are usually so fake They are in the world for maybe 2 days and BAM They totally get it fear nothing understand all Not here though The main character grows up around this world but she's never really in the know about it And when she IS thrust into it she reacts in exactly the same way I would actually believe a person to act She's scared and frustrated and excited She acts kind of dorky about it because it's so new to her I thought it was so refreshing to have a character that admits that she doesn't understand her surroundings but that she's willing to give it a shot She also had some really great moments where she took chances and was brave and I really liked it The other characters although less developed were also great Her mother has a big role which I love in YA novels because parents do exist She also has a best friend who I really really loved She isn't in on this time travelling world but helps the main character as much as she can They spend a lot of time looking things up on Google which I truly appreciated how many times has a character in a book been confused and you know it could all be solved if they just went to the internet and she's supportive like telling Gwenyth to tell her mom about her situation and making sure that Gwenyth is okay Overall characters were fantasticFinally I want to talk about theme Because honestly there wasn't one I think themes and lessons are important in books and a lot of the time if they aren't there I don't want to give a book 55 stars because it's missing such an important aspect However in this book it just didn't need it There are obviously some small ideas being brave and taking chances but that was okay I enjoyed this book for the thrill ride that it was It was an honest exciting fun book that kept me up until way past when I should have been asleepTranslation Note This is the first book I've read where I knew that it was translated I have probably read other books that are translated but I didn't know that while reading While I was reading I kept it in the back of my mind but honestly I didn't really notice anything There were a couple times admittedly where some words were a bit too highbrow to seem natural as if I doubted that the author had actually chosen THAT stuffy word and that the translator had not been able to find an easier translation and had had to use the proper word Like there was a moment when someone asked something mundane and the person answered My day was outstanding it just didn't feel natural However this only happened like four times and it was never distracting or unsettling It was just a thingI LIKED THIS BOOK IT WAS GREAT I RECOMMEND YOU PICK IT UP I'll be getting my hands on the second book Sapphire Blue as soon as possible and I hope it lives up to Ruby Red DNF 25%Consider checking out Tatiana's review before reading this book as I should have done Because there's nothing terribly wrong with Ruby Red other than the fact that it feels very young and immature I think I would have loved this about 10 years ago but now the silliness and mental age of the narrator is off puttingThe characters are in their mid to late teens but all of them feel like middle school kids Take these two early scenes Mr Whitman took Gordon's test back from him turned a page and read out Elizabeth I was so ugly that she couldn't get a husband So everyone called her the Ugly VirginThe class giggledAnd Lesley thinks it may be a good thing that James died young With a name like Pympoole Bothame how would he ever have found a wife I said after making sure James was out of hearing distance I mean who'd marry a man with a name that sounds like Pimple BottomThe dialogue was all a bit inane “If we were in a film the villain would turn out to be the least expected person But as we aren’t in a film I’d go for the character who tried to strangle you”I just love this trilogy It's funny it's witty it's super surprising and clever If I need something to cheer me up I just know that the Precious Stone trilogy is the right thing to read I just flip through the pages and hours go by unnoticed Which is why it's one of my favourites The plot is so light and fast paced this is easily one of the most entertaining booksbook series ever Kerstin Gier's humour is laugh out loud material her characters are exciting cute brave and often very adorable It never once gets boring with themI've read and listenend to these books multiple times and I will do it again and again in future Find of my books on Instagram DNF 177THE REVIEW IS POSTEDBefore I start reviewing this book I just wanted to say sorry for not replying the comments earlier because college has been pretty hectic and I'm kind of in stressful situation right now and I AM CURRENTLY SUFFERING FROM READING SLUMP and I think it's because of this book So I wanted to tell you guys that maybe I won't be as active as I used to I usually checked Goodreads like 3 or 4 times in a day but since I've been pretty busy with college and assignments maybe I'll just check it once or twice at the most in a day and I promise to reply the comments or the messages as soon as possible Now Let's talk about this book Actually this book has everything that I like to read Time Travel ✔️Science Fiction ✔️Romance ✔️Fantasy ✔️But none of them worked for me This book failed me To be honest it's confusing and the plot was boring look I have read the book until page 177 and THEY KEPT TALKING AND TALKING AND I EXPECTED ACTIONS SCENES I started to feet bored reading it when I read around 50 pages but I kept reading and the only reason I did that because I was waiting for the problem or something to happen and when I reached page 177 I honestly did not have any patience any The characters talked too much and I kind of understood the story but then I kind of did not at the same time It was confusing and I also lost my interest in reading it AND GWYNETH AND GIDEON WERE SO FREAKING FLAT I could not connect to Gwyneth AT ALL and Gideon pissed me off I hate the way he talked to Gwyneth I got the impression that he underestimated her or thought she was stupidif I were Gwyneth I would not let him talk to me that way Who the fuck does he think he is and I would certainly snap at him every time he acted like an arrogant jerkand now about Gwyneth I could not connect to her at all She was flat and boring Oh there is this scene that I don't like at all it happens on page 182 in my copy I did not finish this book at page 177 but while I was flipping through the pages I came across this scene and I did not like it I still don't like it She's definitely notmy type By she he meant me It was a second or maybe twobefore the insult sank in My first instinct was to say some thing like Well thank God for that I'm not too keen on arrogant show offs myself But I kept uiet I SWEAR IF I WERE HER I WOULD SAY THAT OUT LOUD IN FRONT OF HIS FACE WHO THE FUCK DOES HE THINK HE IS GOD THAT GUY ANNOYS ME SO MUCH I FEEL THE URGE TO PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE I just cannot agree with Gwyneth by keeping uiet while he acted like that In real life I'm sure Gwyneth and me would never be friends and I hope I will never meet a guy like Gideon Ugh No thank you thank you for reading and liking this review I really appreciate all the likes and I hope you all have a fabulous day and happy reading to you all ❤️❤️ Why did this happen to me again😭😭😭Review to come soon I have wanted to read this book since years ago and now I'm reading it The synopsis sounds pretty intriguing and I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION AND TIME TRAVEL I mean it's so cool isn't it But I don't want to get too excited because I don't know whether I'll enjoy reading it or not I hope this book doesn't disappoint me cross fingers 4 SOLID STARS Full review to come I knew Ruby Red wouldn't be uite my type of YA lit after reading first couple of pages of it Even though the main character Gwyneth is 16 going on 17 she sounds about 12 Naturally a uick decision maker that I am I made up my mind to drop it right after finishing chapter 1 After finishing chapter 1 I decided to drop it after chapter 2 and so it wentGwyneth is a member of the family of time travelers Every other generation or so her family produces a girl who starts uncontrollably travel into the past and back for short stretches of time at around the age of 16 This generation everyone thinks Gwen's cousin Charlotte is destined to be the next time traveler Only they are mistaken and it is Gwyneth who suddenly finds herself in the past A lot of drama ensues and the girl is thrown into a web of old secrets and conspiracies that up to that point have been hidden from herConsidering the fact it only took me about 4 hours to read Ruby Red in its entirety it's safe to say it is a reasonably entertaining and fast paced novel The plot is moderately original and well organized although it is obvious that this trilogy is of a kind whose books don't really have self contained story arcs but rather are parts of one big story So don't expect a satisfying temporary conclusion hereI am not sure this series has an appeal to adults like some middle grade books do The conflicts and relationships are fairly juvenile The concept of time travel is oversimplified and won't stand up to scrutiny by an adult mind the real affect of time travel and and constant contact of people from different eras on the future is never addressed But for a younger crowd it's not a bad reading choice Ruby Red offers a nice mix of PG rated adventure mystery romance and cursory historical details but nothing Tween girls will love the packaging too Even my ARC is super pretty red and bejeweled I had so much fun reading this book I love the narrator I just posted my booktalkdiscussion D Sometimes I really wonder what young adults see in certain young adult books This series has pretty good ratings but I just don't see it I was so bored for the first eighty percent of the book I felt as if I had no idea who this heroine really was I don't even think it says how old she is until late in the book which left me feeling a little off about her character Since each year makes a big difference when it comes to teens not knowing if she was twelve or seventeen was weird So much of the story was a bunch of old English people sitting around talking to each otherThe story of the guardians and the time travelers is so full of plot holes and so many uestions that I have aren't even alluded to Or if they are answered it's basically with a big ole uestion mark As if the author didn't really know how to explain why there is an apparent time travel gene She just allows the characters to say Well we're not really sure Why one male one female No clue It just is What's the point of the time traveling if it's only for a few minutes to a couple of hours It seems so pointless There's no fantasy here just an odd secretive political intrigue about a secret society of once a generation time travelers who go back into time towhat talk to other time travelers I just don't see the point They're not doing anything meaningful just hopping back and forth and arguing about it I may continue the series if I get a wild hair all of a sudden The last twenty percent was actually fairly fast paced and interesting finally The romance peeks out for half a second there's some blood and guns and swords and chasing And then it ends extremely abruptly So abruptly in fact that I thought that my audiobook had failed to finish transferring to my phone I actually went and checked the library's website and my Overdrive account to see if the entire last part downloaded It was weird And frustrating

About the Author: Kerstin Gier

Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy as well as several popular novels for adults