Oh my god! These books are amazing! I read the first one ages ago, and bought both books before Thanksgiving break. I do NOT regret it. The plot is amazing. I couldn't stop flipping pages. I finished Sapphire Blue in only hours. Again, they're amazing.
The main character is Gwyneth (Gwen) Shepherd. She is a very interesting character. I enjoy reading from her point of view. It's a very new idea for a YA book. Gwen and Gideon de Villiers (more on him in a moment) can both travel back in time. Gwen is the ruby and Gideon is the diamond. Now, onto Gideon. He is the male protagonist of the story, though sometimes it's doubtable. He can act like a jerk at times, especially to Gwen. But he also has his soft side.
I have one major problem with the story. There is a huge plot reveal that has not happened yet, but I figured it out in the first book. I won't tell you what it is, so it won't be spoiled for you. But other than that, the story is amazing! I love the books the tremendously. Oh, and the final book Emerald Green comes out next year. It has to be translated from German, so it may be a while. I'm putting up pictures of all three book covers. Anyway, I give it a solid five.Synopsis:
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.
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
Title(s): Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue
Author: Kerstin Gier
Release: May 10, 2011; October 30, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Series: Ruby Red
Pages: 336, 368