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Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier — August 30, 2018

Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier

thSixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well- prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.

This book was very well-written but Gwyneth was way too stupid. According to the author, she forgets everything instantly and didn’t do anything useful until she started time-traveling (and then she had a big panic attack and made a fool of herself. The plot and setting were okay, it was just that infuriating Gwyneth. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.

Most of the characters were very well written. Some of them weren’t. I enjoyed the fact that they all developed over the course of the book. I also really liked the way that they all talked, they sounded like they knew more than you until you proved them wrong, that is. I also enjoyed laughing at the jokes they made, without knowing. All of them were very unique, sometimes it was good and sometimes it was bad. Gwyneth was the worst character, which was good, because if she was the best then this would have been one of the few books that I DNFed.

The best character in the book was probably Gideon. He was realistic, funny, and actually pretty interesting. So, basically, whatever Gwyneth was not. He cared for Gwyneth (somehow) and treated her like his equal. He was also a tremendous flirt. I enjoyed his charm and quick wit. He was very unique, in a good way, and it was easy to see why Charlotte and Gwyneth fell in love with him. I would like to see where his journey takes him in the next book, but I’m not sure that I’m going to pick it up.

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The plot was very well-written and intriguing. It kept me interested in the book when Gwyneth got especially annoying. The writing style was quite unique and beautiful. I would never have guessed at the plot twists and the ending. I really loved the way that the story was told, in beautiful prose. The prologue and the epilogue were probably my favorite parts of the book, just because they gave me a big breath of fresh air. I also really enjoyed the way that the information was revealed. It was what kept me hooked on the book.

The setting was very well-written and descriptive. I could easily imagine myself adventuring with the characters, talking to them, and correcting all of their mistakes. The mythology and backstory was not that well-written. I wanted to be engrossed in the book and interested in everything. That didn’t happen. I wish it did. I probably won’t be picking up the sequel.

I had high hopes for this book and they were not fulfilled. I honestly can’t recommend it to anyone. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (52)