Friday, June 10, 2011
Ruby Red is such a fun, suspenseful, and well-written book! It translates into English wonderfully, and Gwen's character is so charming and likable. She's very witty, a tad sarcastic, and just self-deprecating enough to be realistic. She takes everything in stride isn’t dramatic at all, the polar opposite of most of her family—exactly the sort of character you'd want to be your best friend in real life. The concept of time travelling as an ability that is genetic is very fascinating, and it opens the book up to a lot of family drama as Gier explores Gwyneth's parentage, her relationship with her cousin Charlotte, and her cousin Lucy’s actions that have caused so much tumult. The secret society in this book is very mysterious, and despite what they'd have Gwen to believe, there is a hint of danger in their actions and secrets. Gideon is not the average hero of the story—despite being charming and good-looking, he does look down on Gwen until he gets to know her a bit, which she doesn't take to very well. Their dynamics are fun, and it will be interesting to see where their relationship goes in the next two books. Gier creates a complicated, intriguing web of mysteries in Ruby Red, and unfortunately many questions are left unanswered, which will leave readers desperate for the sequel, Sapphire Blue. With a strong, unique voice this absorbing, unique book is seriously hard to put down!
Cover Comments: I really like the design and look of this cover--it has a classic, fantastical feel to it that I just adore! The only thing I do not like is the photo of the girl--not AT ALL how I imagined Gwen! But, that's just a personal thing. Otherwise, fantastic cover!
Kindle copy purchased.