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Sapphire Blue

by Kerstin Gier
Translated by Anthea Bell

Square Fish | May 28, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Sapphire Blue is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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 between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
 
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
 
Sapphire Blue is the second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy from Kerstin Gier.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.17 × 5.43 × 1.07 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250034167

ISBN - 13: 9781250034168

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Sparkling Sapphire Stars!!! Gwyneth Shepherd was just your average sixteen year old girl just trying to make it through her teen years and finish high school until she is suddenly thrust back in time. She knew her family was just a little bit different but this? This was not supposed to be her destiny. Gwen finds herself a member of one of the world’s most secret societies. As one in a Circle of Twelve time-travelers comprised of six men and six women whose history dates back to the mid-1500s, Gwen must quickly learn all she can about the past. Tasked with “closing the circle” by collecting the blood of her forebears, Gwen and her traveling partner, Gideon de Villiers, are sent back in time throughout the ages in search of members of the Circle of Twelve to help fulfill the prophecies and reveal an age old “Secret”. With help from the Guardians, her best friend Lesley, and assorted Gargoyles and lost spirits, Gwen must navigate enemies in both the past and the present and try to make sense of it all. I absolutely LOVE this series!! Originally published in German, the translation is flawless. Oftentimes when a book has been translated it can lose a little something. That is not the case here. Kerstin Gier’s characters are beautifully created with more than a few antagonists that I would really love to see receive their just desserts. The lead characters and their supporting cast are likeable, believable, and interesting. There is always a reason to keep the pages turning. These books are unputdownable and should not be missed!!!
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was really good It was really good!
Date published: 2013-02-26

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Sapphire Blue

by Kerstin Gier
Translated by Anthea Bell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.17 × 5.43 × 1.07 in

Published: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250034167

ISBN - 13: 9781250034168

About the Book

Sixteen-year-old Gwen, the newest and final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve, searches through history for the other time-travelers, aided by friend Lesley, James the ghost, Xemerius the gargoyle demon, and Gideon, the Diamond, whose fate seems bound with hers.

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ONE   “YOUNG PEOPLE, this is a church! No kissing allowed here!” Startled, I opened my eyes and hastily sat up straight, expecting to see some old-fashioned priest hurrying indignantly toward me with his cassock billowing, all set to deliver a stern lecture. But it wasn’t the priest of this parish church who had disturbed our kiss. It wasn’t a human being at all. The speaker was a small gargoyle crouching in the pew right next to the confessional, as surprised to see me as I was to see him. Although that was hardly possible. Because basically my state of mind couldn’t be called mere surprise. To be honest, my powers of thought had switched off entirely. It had all begun with that kiss. Gideon de Villiers had kissed me—me, Gwyneth Shepherd. Of course I should have wondered why the idea came into his head so suddenly—in a confessional in a church somewhere in Belgravia in the year 1912—just after we’d been running full tilt in headlong flight, and my close-fitting, ankle-length dress with its silly sailor collar kept getting in the way. I could have made analytical comparisons with kisses I’d had from other boys, trying to work out just why Gideon did it so much better. I might also have stopped to remember that there was a wall between us, and a confessional window through which Gideon had squeezed his head and arms, and these were not the ideal conditions for kissing. Quite apart from the fact that I could do wi
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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 between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
 
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
 
Sapphire Blue is the second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy from Kerstin Gier.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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.” 
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