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Ruby Red

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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.

Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red is young adult novel full of fantasy and romance.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 135 x 218 x 29mm | 404g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805092528
  • 9780805092523
  • 18,309

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"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
"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
""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." -Starred, "Booklist
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"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." -"
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About Kerstin Gier

Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults. She lives in Germany.

Anthea Bell is the foremost translator of German literature in the world. And she thinks Ruby Red is just "charming"!
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Rating details

98,636 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 41% (40,040)
4 37% (36,347)
3 17% (17,240)
2 4% (3,722)
1 1% (1,287)

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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. (source: goodreads) Review I simply fell in love with that story. Rather late, I know. But it took me quite some time to get on this novel. I wasn’t intrigued by the german cover at all so it needed the american cover to make me read it. Anyhow I love the storyline. Time-traveling sounds so exciting and interesting to me and with likable and interesting characters this only could be good. As for the plot: marvelous. It’s imaginative, suspenseful and even multilayered. There are secrets which are only gonna be revealed later in the sequel which keeps the reader mentally active. Furthermore time-traveling issues and an approaching conflict of the different motives of the time-travelers and people who are involved and initiated. It makes you wanna be a time-traveler yourself to visit times you always wanted to be in for at least a day. Like: ” Uh let’s spend one day in 1920, wear a cool dress and go on a Gatsby-like party!” It’s a fantastic topic. Actually it’s a whole lot of secrets and apparent impossibilities which keeps the story constantly vivid. Let alone the sweet romance between Gwyneth and lovely Gideon. Speaking of characters I have to say that I really like Gwyneth. Even though she is the more homely one of the two cousins she’s simply the more sympathetic one. But that was intended of course. Anyway, I think it’s a great achievement to make people like/love/dislike/hate characters, such as the aunt or the doctor. The aunt for example is super distressing and annoying and you wanna kick her in her face and that’s awesome! I like it when authors are capable of turning you emotional about characters, either in a positive or negative way. Reading a book, you’re emotionally involved with, is always more fun and intense. Besides Gwyneth’s best friend seems to be the best girlfriend a girl can have. Caring, supporting, understanding and funny. Give it to me! And last but not least Gideon. He has the perfect mix of sarcasm and charisma. He does seem smooth, however with a mind of his own. I like the way he flirts. Shortly to the writing. Nothing I can criticize. I like how Kerstin Gier expresses herself, her choice of words. For me it was a fast pacing read not least because of the writing style. Simple but not trivial. I really really liked Ruby Red. It was an awesome read with epic as well as fantastic lines. Recommending it to everyone! It’s just lovely!!! ★★★★☆ 4 of 5 starsshow more
by Isabel Lazarovici
Gwyneth "Gwenny" can see ghosts. She's always been able to see them; in fact, the Honorable James Augustus Peregrin Pympoole-Bothame, better known as James, at her school gets downright insulted when she doesn't say hi to him. That's not the only way she's different from your average 1912 Hyde Park teenager, however. You see, her family has a time-travel gene that is only present in one girl of each generation, and only comes out in teen years. In Gwyneth's family, that person was always thought to be her cousin Charlotte, who has been groomed and trained for future time travel adventures her whole life. Next to blond-haired, feminine Charlotte, Gwyneth feels almost ignored by her grandmother, Lady Arista, and her aunt, Charlotte's mother Glenda. Time travel is first presaged by a slight dizzy spell, and Charlotte has been feigning them for a little while. When Gwyneth starts to have a dizzy spell here and there, she doesn't tell her family, even though they worry her just a little bit, but on her way to the store for her Great-Aunt Maddy (who is a wonderful character), she suddenly slips to another time. Gwenny's best friend Lesley insists that she needs to tell her family, and when she does, the adventure begins. She meets the other present time traveler, Gideon de Villiers, whose family also has the gene, and together, they are tasked with going to past travelers to collect a tiny bit of their blood to put in a chronograph, the original having been stolen by Paul de Villiers and Lucy, Gwyneth's "cousin". This is a colorful adventure, filled with all of the elements that make for a good middle reader/young YA book. You have a hot, aloof guy, an unconventional heroine who was not aware of her abilities, a wonderfully supportive bestie, a mysterious old Count who may or may not be able to read minds, and quite a bit of mystery that begins to be peeled away. This is the first in a trilogy, and while the adult reader may find it a bit formulaic (there were times when I also felt that it was a bit slow), I think that the targeted age group would find it fun. I like Gwyneth's voice; she was irreverent and funny. The series is a big hit overseas, and I can see why. Parents: No parental advisories on this one; it's a good, clean read. QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in final copy): "You're not so bad as a friend yourself," said Lesley. "I mean, you'll soon be able to bring me back cool stuff from the past. What other friend can do that? And next time we have a history test, you can research the whole thing on the spot." Poor Robert. But at least he didn't look like a drowned body. Some ghosts thought it was fun to go around looking the way the did when they'd just died. Luckily I'd never yet met one with a hatchet in his head. Or without a head at all. "Nick and I think it's a good thing you have the gene instead of Charlotte, even if Aunt Glenda says you have a pea-sized brain and two left feet. She's so rude." Writing: 3.5 out of 5 stars Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars Characters: 4 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 3.5 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 3.6 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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