REVIEW: ‘Ruby Red’ by Kerstin Gier

Book One in the Ruby Red Trilogy

Hard Cover: 330 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt

Release Date: 10. May 2011

Setting: London, England

Series: Ruby Red Trilogy


The young guy had dark, curly hair that fell almost to his shoulders, and such bright green eyes that I thought he must be wearing colored lenses. 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 doppelgänger 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, watching movies and talking about boys. It comes as an unwelcome surprise then 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…

My thoughts:

I was curious about this book, because living in Germany, I kept hearing about it. All my paranormal romance loving friends kept telling me how good this book was so I went out and bought it. It’s been translated into 17 languages, which is quite staggering, and makes me hope that my book can also be published.

Returning to the book, I actually quite enjoyed it. The idea is new and has potential of becoming interesting in the next two books. I haven’t read the other two, but I’m definitely planning on buying them. Kerstin Gier is a very talented author, who is able to really envision all the details she describes so beautifully. I could picture every single scene and laughed at the ridiculous costumes poor Gwen had to put on. It’s addictive and once you get into the story, you won’t be able to leave the book until you finish it. The lines are delivered in a witty manner at times, making me enjoy the book even more. There’s also a romantic tension between Gwen and Gideon, which actually, made me want to smack Gideon several times. Anyways, the book is a great mix of suspense, fantasy, romance and science fiction. It’s a definite must-read, especially if you’re into time-traveling.

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ – 4 hearts!