Kim’s Review of Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier

rrFriends. I have a confession to make. I totally judged a book by its cover.  I saw the cover for Ruby Red and immediately HAD to have it.   Turns out it was a great judgement, because the book was AWESOME.  Ruby Red is the first book in Kerstin Gier’s Edelstein Trilogie, which was originally published in Germany.  

As the plot is a bit complex (time traveling!!), I’ll let Goodreads guide you through it:

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.

I am honestly so surprised that I haven’t come across more people who have read this series.  This book hooked me from start to finish. It had time-traveling, secret societies, intrigue, visions of the dead, secret signet rings, mystery, sword fights and so much more.  There is an incredible amount of story packed into this book.  The time traveling element allowed for great variety of time periods to be visited, which helped set a fast pace.  Since Gwen was never prepared to be a time traveler, her quick lessons in how to time travel, as well as the history of The Guardians society (the secret society helping the time travelers), led to some great comedic moments.  There were times where I felt these moments felt stilted, which I think is mainly due to the translation (the books were originally published in German).  Other than that I think the translation is excellently done.  Gwen’s voice totally draws you in to the story and describes the woes of her life as a teenage time traveler perfectly.

Ruby Red definitely sets up what is sure to be a phenomenal trilogy.  I’m interested in seeing how Gwen and Gideon grow from here.  They’re both in their teens, yet thrust into extraordinary circumstances far beyond what 16 and 17 year-olds should have to deal with.  We’re not given too much depth with their characters, but I’d expect that to change as we travel through time with them in the second and third books.  I know that I keep talking about the future of the series and I’ll explain why.  Having already read book two, Sapphire Blue, I know it picks up quite literally after the last sentence of Ruby Red.  I think when Emerald Green (book three) comes out it’ll be more apparent that the story is one long story split up through three books.  The development of the characters will happen gradually throughout the three books since it’s one massive conflict that is trying to be resolved.  I’m usually not a fan of series’ written like this, but surprisingly the good outweighs the bad here.  Ruby Red was just too damn fun! Gwen and Gideon are, to put it simply, hilarious.

My goal before Emerald Green is released in October is to get the word out about this series.  It’s seriously one you don’t want to miss.  I hope that those of you who choose to read it out there decide to share it with your friends! This is a series that definitely needs to be shared more.

4 out of 5 Stars

This is my fourth completed review for the Color Coded Challenge

This is my second completed review for the Book to Movie Challenge

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co (2011)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN: 9780805092523

Advertisements

23 thoughts on “Kim’s Review of Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier

  1. That really is a beautiful cover… You definitely have me tempted, even though I’m naturally wary of both time travel books and young adult books… I’ll be looking out for your review of Sapphire Blue… 🙂

  2. Wow, I didn’t even know that it was being published/ translated in/into English. But that’s great! I read the books in German (several times actually) and thought they were perfect for young as well as adult readers. Interestingly enough they just made a movie called ‘Ruby Red’ which covers Book one and two – if you ever happen to stumble across you should watch it 😉

  3. I checked Ruby Red out from the library just on the cover and LOVED it! Unfortunately, when I tried to tell my friends about it they just ignored me cause like most normal teenagers they had better things to do than hear me talk about books all day.
    Sadly, I haven’t been able to find the rest of the trilogy in English. 😦
    Help anyone?

  4. I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve also been coveting it based on the cover! The reviews I’ve read have all been good too, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon 🙂

  5. Pingback: Kim’s Review of Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier | cabbitcorner

  6. Pingback: Kim’s Review of Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogie #2) by Kerstin Gier | Reflections of a Book Addict

  7. Pingback: Emerald Green (Edelstein Trilogie #3) by Kerstin Gier | Reflections of a Book Addict

  8. Pingback: 2013 – A Year In Review | Reflections of a Book Addict

  9. Pingback: Book Review: “Ruby Red” | The Cheap Reader

We'd love to discuss this post with you. Drop us a line!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s