Book Review: Ruby Red Trilogy

T&TBookRevRuby Red

by
Kerstin Gier

interpreted by
Anthea Bell

This young adult novel is about a girl who discovers she has a time-travel gene, and it is a sort of coming of age book as Gwyneth (the heroine) learns more about who she is and discovering her purpose.  There is a lot of history and mystery about the details surrounding her family and why her mother lied about her birthday to “protect” her from being known as the child with the gene.  The time travel part is written in a very non-sci-fi sort of way, so I thought it was handled well.

I really wanted to like this book.  In fact, I did enjoy reading it.  I liked the characters a lot.  Especially the ghosts, who Gwyneth can see but others can’t.  The whole book just felt like a long intro, though, and I never felt like I got “into” the story.  I kept waiting.  The further and further I got, I’d think, “Ah, here we’re going to find out so-and-so” but it never happened.  The “romance” seemed a bit forced too, like it came out of nowhere right at the end.  Well, maybe not nowhere, but it definitely sped way up from the little bits that led up to it.  I don’t know if that’s maybe because some of the book was lost in translation, or if that’s just how it was.

So, again, I’m finding that I don’t like the whole “trilogy” format to book writing.  I must, of course, now read the other two books immediately, and I have a long list of books I already would like to read, so these are going to throw me off.  I gave the book 3.5 out of 5 stars, just because on its own, it’s not very good.  It just stops in the middle of the story.  If I’m at least going to read a trilogy (or longer series), I at least would like each book to have some kind of mini-resolution, even if there is a longer storyline carried through the books.

Sapphire Blue

I liked this sequel to Ruby Red better than its predecessor.  I would give it 4 of 5 stars.  For one, I feel like it finally got into the “story” of the books.  There is still that unfinished feel, though, that I lamented with the first book.  I like for a book to satisfy me on its own… so I don’t know.  I’m still not in love with the trilogy format.  The plot picked up in this book, and things are beginning to pull together.  I felt like the author was still true to the characters, and I found myself smiling at some of the situations the protagonist finds herself in.  I loved the addition of the gargoyle Xemerius to the mix.  I found him adorable.  I also liked having the author add a little more depth to Mr. George’s character.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out in the last book.

Emerald Green

Finally!  Resolution!  I loved how this book finally took everything and wrapped it in a neat little bow.  This one was full of surprises and I must say I was happy with which Guardian the author chose to make the traitor.  Come to think of it, I had been comparing him a bit to Severus Snape throughout the series, so maybe it was set up better than I had paid attention to.  (I won’t say more than that, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise).  The only thing I didn’t care for was the bit of cursing that was more prevalent in this book.  There was a bit in the second one as well.  Call me prude, but especially where young adult books are concerned, I just don’t see that the story is made any better by having the characters curse.  For this reason, I rated it 4 of 5 stars.  Overall, I enjoyed the series, although it seems to me that she could have just made it one long book instead of three, because that’s essentially what they are.

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