Title: Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Format: Hardback US edition (Henry Holt | Borrowed)
Find it on: Goodreads here and Book Depository here
Summary: 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. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I was first drawn to this book by its summary. Time travelling and only those who has the time travelling gene. Sounds interesting. For those of you who watches Korean Drama, the time travelling genre is rather prominent in 2012. When I saw the summary, I immediately added it to my tbr shelf. And I wanted to give it a shot. This book didn’t disappoint me and the female protagonist Gwyneth is pretty relatable. And she has this good friend that helps along but researching on the people that Gwyneth heard her elders talked about. And there is Madame Rossiani (I think) i can’t remember. I’m bad with names. She is the one who designs clothes for Gwyneth ohhh *faints*. I want to be in those dresses. And there’s the rococo period where they have huge skirts and extravagant hats. I can’t get enough of this book and I find it rather short. I hope it can be longer. Can’t wait to read the next book Sapphire Blue.
1. Charlotte. I can’t blame her for being so stuck up. She’s literally a clone of her mother as she was brainwashed since young. Aunt Glenda (Charlotte’s mom) she seems like one of those traditional mothers. When I was reading this book it reminded me of Link’s mother in Beautiful Creatures. I’m not sure if anyone also had that feeling that the two of them really resembles one another in terms of personality. She’s like a stuck up kid who looks down on Gwyneth since she’s learn all sorts of languages, horse-back riding and fencing. I mean in what way is Gwyneth more inferior that you. Doesn’t mean that she is less knowledgeable than you means she’s inferior. I’m so glad that Gwyneth has a strong personality and couldn’t be bothered about the time-travelling stuff like her mom.
2. Gwyneth’s mom. She’s so protective of her daughter. And even before Gwyneth was born, she dosen’t like the idea of her daughter becoming a time-traveller and hoping that Charlotte gets it as everyone thinks. She even got to the lengths of paying off the midwife to not let out her daughter’s true birth date and on Gwyneth’s birth certificate her D.O.B was a day after. Its just so touching and that stupid Aunt Glenda blames her for committing dirty tricks so that Gwyneth will be the time-traveller and not her oh-so special Charlotte. I can’t even imagine they are sisters. One so immature and think that the world revolves around her daughter. Hello.
Two of my favourite book-tubers have done a review of it, do check them out:
Kat at Katytastic
Christine at polandbananasBOOKS