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Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy) Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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“A great recommendation for readers looking for adventure, romance, and historical trivia.” ―School Library Journal
“Gier succeeds on her own terms, keeping the reader moving along, forward and backward in time, and ending with a revelation and a cliffhanger. Both will leave readers anticipating the publication of the next installment, ‘Sapphire Blue.'” ―The New York Times Book Review on Ruby Red
“Humorous, romantic and suspenseful, the plot is fast-paced and impossible to put down. . . . The final romantic cliffhanger will leave you thirsty for the next book in this ‘jewel' of a series.” ―Justine magazine on Ruby Red
“What makes this such a standout is the intriguingly drawn cast, stars and supporting players both, beginning with Gwen, whose key feature is her utter normality. Adventure, humor, and mystery all have satisfying roles here.” ―Booklist, starred review on Ruby Red
“Gier's characters and plotting are first-rate, creating an adventure that should leave readers eager for the rest of the trilogy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Ruby Red
“Riveting.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Ruby Red
“The characters in Kerstin Gier's stellar story come fully to life, and veteran translator Anthea Bell (who translated Cornelia Funke's Inkheart books) preserves the book's abundant humor. . . . There's something here for everyone.” ―Shelf Awareness on Ruby Red
More About the Author
Kerstin Gier, born in 1966, now works full-time as a freelance writer in a village near Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, where she lives with her husband, son, two cats, and three chickens.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gwen is trying to figure out all this time-traveling stuff and unravel some of the secrets behind the Circle of Twelve. Her partner in time-travel is the very hot and cold Gideon. Will Gwen be able to balance her school, time traveling, and social life without getting killed by the mystery surrounding the Circle of Twelve?
I love Gwen as a character, she is very down to earth. Gwen is trying her best to learn everything she needs to learn to blend into historical settings, but she is constantly being compared to Charlotte (her cousin who already had 15+ years of time traveling training). Gwen takes a pretty good attitude towards everything and I enjoyed reading about her.
Gideon drove me nuts, if I were Gwen I would have smacked him numerous times. He is so hot and cold about Gwen, that I was never really sure where their relationship was going. A lot of page space is given to the back and forths of their "relationship". This isn't all bad because these scenes are very well done.
The mystery unravels in a very deliberate way and I enjoyed the way new tidbits of information were slowly dealt out to the reader. I shared in Gwen's frustration of not knowing what was going on. The way the mystery is slowly being unraveled is absolutely engrossing and makes for a super engaging read.
My only complaint is that I wish we had seen more time travel in the story.Read more ›
I love Gwen because she's such a real character who puts up with a lot of nonsense from those who should be most supportive. She's tough and she doesn't play by the rules, but her weakness is obviously the hard to read Gideon. He was quite irritating throughout this book, never giving clear vibes as to his intentions and what he knows about the Circle. The real surprise for me was that I liked the appearance of Xemerius, a ghost demon only seen by Gwen; usually these types of characters make me lose interest in a story because they seem silly, but Xemerius is actually funny and helpful in ways almost none of the humans are. In general, I'm pretty irritated by the secrecy and arrogance of the adults and Gideon, and will be glad to see if Gwen can take them all down a few pegs as she solves the mystery.
Sometimes a middle book in a series suffers from lack of action and the addition of non-essential information, but Sapphire Blue seems to have transcended those issues and gives a good story that furthers the overall plot well. I love Gwen and can't wait to see where all this time traveling ends up...but it looks like I've got a year to wait until the final book comes out.
"Gwen's life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve..."
In book one of the series, Ruby Red, Gwen discovered that she, not her cousin Charlotte, was the anticipated member of the family to carry the time-traveling gene. But in contrast to her cousin who has spent her whole life in training for time traveling, Gwen had no training, no preparation and little desire to be the Ruby.
In Sapphire Blue, Gwen moves deeper into the mystery of time travel, family secrets and complicated relationships. This is a middle book and absolutely nothing is resolved. There are more secrets, more questions and more speculation, but no answers. Furthermore, the darker prophecies leave you wondering if Gwen will survive this maze of mysteries.
Still, even though there was no resolution, the story kept my attention. There were laugh out loud funny moments as well as some surprises. I genuinely like Gwen and Lesley is a great addition to the cast of characters. I'd have liked to have seen more time traveling, but overall the story was well done.
Storyline - 5 stars for creativity.
Overall, the characters are interesting and the plot is intriguing. While this book is full of drama it is actually very light, quick reading.
These books were translated from German. The translation is excellent and if you weren't told you might not even realize that these books weren't originally written in English. The European mindset, however, is noticeably present in the story.
This series is clearly written for teens. They are not for young readers due to content regarding sexual conduct and drinking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sapphire Blue is a thrilling sequel to Ruby Red. The story picks up where it leaves off in Ruby Red and takes the reader back into the universe. Read morePublished 23 days ago by CH1411
First of all I think that the Ruby Red trilogy is a fantastic book, which is filled with problem solving mystery and fantasy that goes beyond your imagination. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grace
I loved this series! So we'll written and tastefully done!Published 2 months ago by wendy hurlimann
cAgain we get our spunky protagonist, Gwyneth. Gwyneth is still adjusting to the realization that she, not Charlotte, possesses the time travel gene. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda Marie
Sapphire Blue continues where Ruby Red left off. Gwen is still trying to figure out all of this time travel business. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather Brown
This is the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy. Gwen is continuing to learn in order to perform her role as a time traveler. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Gwen is back in this sequel to Ruby Red. The book takes place immediately where the first book stops, and is even more interesting than the first book. Read more
Sapphire Blue wasn't disappointing at all! I actually finished it in less than 24 hours. It's probably one of my favorites of the trilogy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by terihick