Review: Ruby Red (Ruby Red #1) by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy, #1) Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 10, 2011
Series: #1 (Ruby Red)
Length: 322 pages
Source: bought (at Amazon)

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 not a fan of historical books (it all started out with Clockwork Angel.. didn’t like that book much) so I was hesitant to pick this book up at first, but it has been recommended to me and it was on sale so why not try it? I am SO happy that I did, and I loved it! The characters were witty and the book was filled with descriptions that will not bore you, but will make you curious and wanting to read more. The writing style is GORGEOUS and perfect. I really like the plot and there’s a lot of family line stuff which I was kind of confused & I forgot if the character was an aunt, a mom, or a grandma, but you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

This book is basically about 2 families who have this special gene that enables some of the people in their family to time travel to the past. I really love how there was already a plot twist at the beginning of the book. The book is told from Gwyneth’s perspective and yeah.. I’ll just leave it to that because if I go any deeper into her character it would be a major spoiler. I really like her personality; she’s funny, sarcastic, and adventurous. She can talk to ghosts which I thought was pretty cool, plus, the ghost is hilarious because he always side comments.

Overall I highly recommend this book to you. The only thing that I didn’t like was the romance. I thought it could have been better. There was also a lot of questions left unanswered so I think the next book will be much better. If you love ya historical books or time traveling, then this is definitely for you.

4 of 5

6 Responses to “Review: Ruby Red (Ruby Red #1) by Kerstin Gier”

  1. 1 readerswonderland July 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I’ve been meaning to read this series. I LOVE historical YA. The concept that time travel is passed down through genetics is so original and it sounds amazing!

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

  2. 3 Charlotte July 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    So glad you liked it! I’ve got my eye on it, well at first because of the gorgeous cover but then I found out it had time-traveling and just WOAH. I’m also really excited that you mentioned the writing style is gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜€ Great review!

  3. 5 Molli July 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Gorgeous writing and a plot twist at the beginning? Man, I have GOT to read this one. I have it in e-book. Maybe I need to charge my Nook! Hehe. So happy you liked it, Leigh. Enjoy whatever you read next, chica!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

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