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Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy) Hardcover – October 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092660
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-11-In this volume, Gwyneth Shepherd, 16, is trying to reconcile her role as the Ruby, the final member in the Circle of Twelve, a secret time-travel society, with being a normal London teen. Complicating matters are her feelings for handsome Gideon de Villiers, a fellow time traveler who gives Gwyneth mixed signals (he wavers between kissing her and ignoring her), and the secrecy surrounding the Circle, whose distrust of Gwyneth is both unfair and frustrating. And yet, through it all, Gwyneth is adaptable and engaging. As she makes secret trips through time to conspire with her much younger (and living) grandfather or asks a delightful gargoyle ghost to spy for her, Gwyneth uses her intuition and ingenuity to circumvent the Guardians, the controllers of time travel. After all, they're supposed to be looking out for her, but their intentions are murky at best. As Gideon points out to Gwyneth, their lives are dictated by their supernatural genes; they will never be free from the confines of their birth, forced to stay local, so as not to be in constant danger. Hilarious and delightful, this latest entry explores new mysteries and raises new questions-just don't expect any answers yet. A great recommendation for readers looking for adventure, romance, and historical trivia.-Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A great recommendation for readers looking for adventure, romance, and historical trivia." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Ruby Red:
 
“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
 
“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
“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
 
“Gier’s characters and plotting are first-rate, creating an adventure that should leave readers eager for the rest of the trilogy.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Riveting.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“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

More About the Author

Kerstin Gier started writing women's novels in 1995 when she found herself with a fresh teaching diploma in hand but without steady work. She is best known in the United States for her Ruby Red Trilogy, and her first book, Männer und andere Katastrophen (Men and Other Disasters), was recently made into a movie starring actress and singer Heike Makatsch. Her subsequent books have enjoyed great popularity in Germany as well. Her novel Das unmoralische Sonderangebot (The Immoral Deal) won the 2005 Best German-Language Romance Novel Prize from the Association of German-Language Romance Writers (DeLiA).

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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Customer Reviews

It is a really good story with great characters.
Natasha Roberson
Book #73 Read in 2012 Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier This is the sequel to Ruby Red and picks up pretty much where the first book left off.
Melissa A. Palmer
I love Gwen as a character, she is very down to earth.
K. Eckert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on October 3, 2012
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This is the second book in the Edelstein Trilogy by Gier. The third book is scheduled for a 2013 release. I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. It was a wonderful read; Gwen learns more about her time traveling gene and we get to learn more about the Guardians as a whole.

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.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Sperling VINE VOICE on October 15, 2012
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Storyline ---

"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.

Writing ---

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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Sapphire Blue picks up where Ruby Red left off--Gwen and her time traveling partner Gideon are making regular trips back in time to meet with Count Saint Germain and others to work out the mystery of why they are the last time travelers and why their distant cousins Lucy and Paul have stolen the other chronograph to keep the Circle from closing. Gwen is seen as a poor replacement for her cousin Charlotte and Gideon keeps giving her mixed signals. Despite all this, Gwen begins investigating on her own, running into a young version of her beloved grandfather who decides to help her. Danger lurks; Gwen suffers humiliation; people aren't who they seem to be. This middle book sets the stage nicely for the final book, Emerald Green.

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.
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