Title: Ruby Read
Series: Precious Stone #1
Author: Kerstin Gier
Published in German: 2009
Dansk titel: Rubinrød
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2015
Finished Reading: June 2019
Genre: Fantasy, YA & Science Fiction
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I’d have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I’d seen on my last journey back in time.
Or more precisely, the one who’d kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.
Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century.
I liked this book. It wasn’t something I expected to read anytime soon. The only reason why this doesn’t deserve five stars is the writing. I’ve never been this confused in my life with grammatical issues such as comma usage and dot problems. Besides this, it was a cool read.
This is the first book in a series of three – and that will leave many unanswered questions that you’ll end up being answered in the second and third book, so I didn’t mind the lack of information so much, but I can’t wait to get some thrilling news.
I like our main character; she’s very down to earth and relatable. She’s just another dumb teenage girl who likes to watch series, movies and hang out with her best friend. In a way very generic, she doesn’t really develop a lot during the book, but somehow she’s just very earthy and not striving to achieve popularity or power. Gideon, our male lead isn’t a loveable character, I have a bad feeling about him, but overall, some interesting characters with background stories that are just waiting to explode in your face.
I wouldn’t recommend this book for the mature audience; this is clearly to be enjoyed by the younger readers. The main character is sixteen years of age and she acts that way, I get why she’s calling immature multiple times in the book.
Despite this, I still think plot wise it has a lot of potential. I’m definitely going to continue the series to find out what happens to our jewel.
My initial though when I first bought these books was: They look like the Selection books, but I’m afraid that, the only similarities these two series share, is the dresses on the covers. Speaking of the cover, amazing! Fabulous. A beautiful cover will lure you in, and with this gorgeous one, I was mesmerized.