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Ruby Blue (Volume 1) Paperback – March 5, 2012
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Cassar's Ruby Blue is a page turner! She not only keeps you coming back for more she knows how to make her characters real. They are people that you know or, like me, remind you of yourself. Ruby Blue is spectacular and does not disappoint. My only complaint is that I don't know when they next one is coming out!
This is definitely a must read! Enjoy! I know I did!
I will not rehash the plot summary as several other reviewers have done just that. What I will say is that this was a fabulous YA paranormal adventure, that didn't feel all that YA. The writing was fabulous. First, the characters are extremely well developed and felt like old friends. I felt like I new these characters and was invested in them. Second, the plot itself cruised right along. The story never dragged and kept me engaged to end. I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know (right away) what was going to happen next. Finally, I really enjoyed the fact that the story reached a satisfying ending, but still leaves room from another book to continue Ruby's story.
This was a great book and encourage anyone to pick up this book by an extremely talented author.
Meet Ruby, a seventeen year-old who has been able to see fairies since she was five. She, her parents and younger brother Leo live in a lakeside resort town in northern Michigan and are on summer break. Ruby spends much of her free time with Anya, Brennan, Jeremy, and Leo when she must. When the "hottest" boy in town finally asks her for a date, Ruby, who seldom lacks for words, is struggling to talk to him.
Ruby has the typical teenage issues with her younger brother being a pain and frequently annoying. Her responses to her parents reminding her to do chores come across annoyed or frustrated by the reminder. You get all the internal melodrama over a developing relationship with the hot guy who works in the local pizza restaurant. Of course the girls go crazy over what Ruby will wear for her first date with "Mr. Hotness" as you might expect any teenage girl to when she first gets with someone.
Elements of a fairytale are woven into a story about the everyday life of a teenage girl, Ruby learns a few things about Anya and Brennan that surprise her. Oh, and a dragon has come through a portal from Fey during the most recent blue moon. Now that he's in our world, he's causing havoc starting fires and upsetting boats in the marina. Research turns up the solution, but the kids will need all their courage to go through with it.
Although gay relationships are not the focus of this story, it is addressed and handled with a tact and frankness that I don't often see. If this is a problem for you, then you probably shouldn't read this book. Although this was a good book, I am definitely in the wrong age group to truly find enjoyment in this story. My personal opinion is that the age group that will get the most enjoyment out of this book will be junior high and high school age.
I found the story to be well written, nearly perfect in editing with characters that will be engaging to the right age group. I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ruby Blue is written in a very conversational tone. You can hear the voice of Ruby and most any 17 year-old girl as you read this captivating novel. Ruby, however, is no ordinary girl. Since the age of five, Ruby has been able to see fairies.
Something is not quite right in the small lake town Ruby lives in. Strange things have been happening. With each knew occurrence, Ruby's fairy friends become more concerned. Considering fairies are usually happy go lucky kind of creatures, this leaves Ruby searching for answers.
While the truth is hidden from the humans, the incredible story unfolds bit by bit. Among all the chaos is a hidden gem. Ruby finally spends time with the boy of her dreams, Mr. Hotness.
Ruby Blue is the perfect book for a teenage girl... love, fairies, paranormal twist. There are a few kissing scenes and one scene has skinning dipping, but nothing detailed or over the top.