Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Title: Sapphire Blue
Author: Kerstin Gier
Narrator: Marisa Calin
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy, book #2
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Source: purchased audio
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

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.

The Ruby Red Trilogy combines two of my favorite subgenres in YA literature:  historical fiction and science fiction, by way of time travel.  And it doesn't hurt that the main character is a plucky little thing who doesn't think twice about speaking her mind.  But my favorite aspect of this series?  That cheeky little Xemerius. Who knew gargoyle spirits could be so much fun?

But that's the thing...these books are fun.  Most time travel books take themselves a little too seriously, and while sometimes time travel warrants that type of gravity, I rather like books like this that add a little levity to the situation.  I mean, if I were time traveling myself, I'd be having a blast!  Even so, there are more serious games afoot in Sapphire Blue.

First and foremost, creepy villain is even creepier. I didn't like him from his initial meeting with Gwen, and I've grown to love him even less with each interaction I've witnessed.  The sad thing is, he almost had me tricked into thinking there was more to him.  Even knowing what he'd already done...and assuming what else he has planned. I just love a sneaky evil-doer!

Gwen and Gideon continue to travel back to the past.  And as they continue on the task set before them, they grow closer, despite how little time they've actually spent together as themselves.  I believe Gideon even makes note of how they've actually only known each other for a week...right before professing his feelings. Okay, kids...I realize you've been through some traumatic events in your week together, but let's take it a little slower. Especially considering you don't even fully trust each other yet.

I read Ruby Red last year, but I think continuing the story in Sapphire Blue was a lot more enjoyable via audiobook, especially considering the English accent of the narrator.  (The books are set in England, after all.) It wasn't an outstanding production, but it was fun and kept me engaged as well as the first book did. I'd definitely consider listening to Emerald Green when it's released later this fall.  Regardless, I will need to know how this story ends.

Rating:  photo 3-1.png 1/2

About the author:

Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults.  This series was translated by Anthea Bell into English.

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  1. Great review! I agree that these books are fun. I absolutely adore this series.

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  2. I read the first book in this series and NEED to catch up! This sounds great, I'm glad it continues to be good :) And I agree about how serious people tend to be in time traveling. HELLO YOU GET TO TIME TRAVEL, ENJOY IT. Although I'm glad it does have some serious elements because it makes my feet stay on the ground. And ha! Good he pointed the short time span out, but I'll still read it and think like you and wanna yell, "Sloooow down!" It just all sounds great! Great review, Jen :)


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