Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

4 Finally a time travel book I enjoy!!


This book had some plot flaws but all in all it was a really good book.  I was surprised as it has mixed reviews on Goodreads I also have not found a time travel book I like. This book follows a 16 year old girl named Gwen, she seems like the average 16 year old girl.  She hangs out with friends makes fun of teachers and helps her family.  Gwen’s family is unique they are time travelers.  Well not her exactly but they are grooming his cousin for this role as it has been foretold. Except nothing every goes according to plan… I really enjoyed Gwen’s character she has real backbone.  While her predicament may not be ideal she does what needs to be done.   Her witty comebacks and thinking on her toes made me adore her.  I like it when she tells off Gideon, you go girl!! Don’t take his crap.

There are some serious laugh out loud moments in this book. I really enjoyed the banter between the family.  Gwen’s friend is the best she takes everything as is and is always there for her no matter what. Gideon’s character is a little more complex as Gwen is taught to trust no one.  Can we trust Gideon it’s only book one so I’m not sure. .. This book was translated to English, I had no idea while reading it that it was translated.  Whoever translated it did an awesome job….

Overall this book has a great premise and the plot flaws may have been due to translation but I didn’t care.  I just really enjoyed this book through and through.  I actually cared for the characters and the flow was fast paced.  There wasn’t much down time between things happening. I definitely recommend this book!

Goodreads link here.

Book blurb…

Hardcover, US Edition, 324 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Henry Holt (first published January 6th 2009)
Original Title Rubinrot
ISBN 0805092528 (ISBN13: 9780805092523)

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.


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