Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red

byKerstin Gier, Anthea Bell

Kobo ebook | May 10, 2011

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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.

Title:Ruby RedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 10, 2011Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1429921218

ISBN - 13:9781429921213


Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is truly an amazing book This is one of my all-time favourite books and I have re-read this series many times. The main character is well developed and the storyline is one that will make you never want to put the book down! The time travel adds such an interesting dimension that other young adult novels don't have. My only regret about this book is that I wasn't able to purchase the hardcover version because it has a beautiful cover.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! The book is easy to read and such a blast to fall into. I read the series in 2 days!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting! This book had VERY long chapters and yet I wasn't extremely annoyed at them. Some chapters honestly did seem a bit useless to the overall story but all in all it was a great book that I would definitely read again.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Interesting concept, but boring book
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It's a good series with great characters and a moving plot, the whole story seems to be lacking something that could turn it from a good book to a great one
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good The concept was interesting, but it was boring
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book came with an interesting premise. A Time travel story that actually talks and acts on the consequences of those traveling
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice! this is a pretty well written time travel story. pretty good, easy read. better than most time travel books ive read
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING amazing book slow at first but builds i feel like the first and second could have been one book though
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel I read this book a few years ago I liked it so much. It was a easy to read and it kept me entertained the whole time! The characters were fun and lovable and so was the story!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book ! I bought this for a trip away and was so into it I read the whole thing on my flight! I loved it so much that the first thing I did was go buy the second book, which I recommend as well.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay book Simply put, not the best book I've ever read nor is it the worst #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great One of the best time travel books/alchemy books I've ever read
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good! A good book with lots of action and lovable characters, it felt to be missing something though
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read Red I liked this book. Quite a bit, one of the staff at the store recommended it one day. I enjoy random recommendations and this was a good one. In fact, since taking German in school, I've read them in their original language as well as English. Enjoyed it both times, along with the sequels.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting and fun Ruby Red Trilogy is probably in my top three favourite trilogies. Ruby Red (and its other books) is a quick captivating and fun story to read about time travel. it was originally written in german and i feel it was translated very well
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read Enjoyed the book thoroughly and also the adaption of the movie.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ruby Red This was brutal. Dumb, selfish characters who can't be bothered to notice the world around them and think they're more important than they actually are, a plot with more holes than a strainer and a story that is boring and predictable. I didn't enjoy this.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A fun new series, I enjoyed it and the movie based on it.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This is the first book in The Ruby Red Trilogy. The time-traveling in this story is amazing and well thought out. It is a gripping tale that you won’t want to miss out on.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool This was a cool book about time travel, family and typical teenage problems. Over all I enjoyed it the time travel aspect was done well, even though a little confusing at times (but that usual with any kind of time travel book) It has an interesting cast of characters and an interesting system of magic (well not really magic more like inherited time travel abilities) oh and of course drama!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too shabby First of all, all of this kind of happen during a span of like a week or two and everything is kind of unbelievable, like no way all of this can happen during a short period of time. The love interest is kind of a douchebag and is mostly interested in himself, but he's cute and he genuinely tries to be a good guy so he's not bad. I like this book but it's not really one of my favourites.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I thought this book was amazing. The characters were great especially Gwenyth because she was really sarcastic and funny and just amusing to read about. There's definitely mystery going on in this story and I don't know who I'm supposed to believe anymore so I guess I'll just wait and see what happens in the next books. I liked how it wasn't difficult to understand in which era they were and not get the two worlds mixed up together. I found it hard to imagine Gwen and the other characters living in the modern time because the time travel aspect of the book made me think of England as it was in the past and not the present. Overall, this book was a terrific read and I'm super excited to see how the story turns out. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Attention to detail makes the story believable Time travel books are one of my favourite genre. I particularly enjoy reading how the travellers copes with his or her alternate time periods. In this novel, Gwyneth Shepherd has known about such travel all her life, but had expected that her cousin Charlotte would be the traveller. Author Kerstin Gier well conveyed Gwyn's confusion and displeasure when she realised that she would be the traveller instead. Joining her in her travels is Gideon; he has been training his entire life for these adventures. Unlike him, Gwyn will have to use her instincts to guide her through the different time periods that she visits. She also has a unique gift that should prove helpful. Gwyn and Gideon make an interesting pair. He wants to do this travelling and Gwyn is as of yet ambivalent about it. He has been trained in skills such as fencing and period dance while she hasn't. Time will tell whether Gwyn's lack of training will be a hindrance or an asset in their future. I can't decide whether I like Gideon or not. He is very self assured, almost smug in his superiority over Gwyn. I supposed that he would need that assurance when travelling into different time periods and unknown situations. Like Gwyn, he has to decide who is telling the truth and what that means for them. Will he be able to stand up and make his decision or will he blindly follow what he has been told by the privileged old men controlling them. I love the descriptions of the clothing that has been carefully crafted for the two of them. What good would a time travel story be without such wonderful outfits. It helps to set the mood by understanding the challenges of 'fitting in' in the past. I listened to the unabridged audio book read by Marisa Calin. 8 hours 50 minutes. Ms. Calin helped bring life to the characters. She particularly brought out the venom of Charlotte's mother and the neglect of Gwyn's grandmother. I felt that the book ended too soon. There was so much time spent building the characters and the settings, then a few short events and it was over. Fortunately the story continues in Sapphire Blue.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting! I loved this book so much! Had a feeling I would too! I especially loved the allusions to many historical figures being a complete history fanatic. All the characters in this book were so well developed; most books lack that aspect. I'm so glad it's written in first person because Gwen is such a hilarious character. I actually laughed out loud quite a lot throughout the book because of her. The plot itself is really intriguing: 12 time travellers each with their own gem and special power; it's really original and fun to read about! The concept of time travel can get very confusing but the plot is very carefully planned out and having read the last book I can say that everything ties together very well. In other words the confusing aspects of this first book will all be resolved in the end. The epilogue will have you running to the next book!
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series. Great translation. I'm a sucker for a little adventure and romance. The characters are hilarious and über witty with their one-liners. Definitely a must read for the entire series. Sad to see it end.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruby Red is worth all 5 Blazing Red Stars! With the release of the third and final book of the Ruby Red series due out tomorrow (October 8, 2013), I decided to give Ruby Red a read. Am I ever glad that I took this book off my shelf! It's the wonderfully crafted tale of Gwyneth, a girl whose family is not so average. Some of the women carry a special gene that allows them to travel back in time. This story was a pleasure to read and, in my opinion, a unique concept that didn't disappoint. Many times authors have the best ideas and intentions for their stories but somehow fall flat. Kerstin Gier created believable and interesting characters in a multidimensional world that was fun to visit. I'm looking forward to diving straight into Sapphire Blue today! Must read!
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I first read this book, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. It kept me on me wanting to read more and I finished within 2 days. An amazing read!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great!
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new find! This book was a delightful surprise! Sometimes you take a chance on a new author and you realize that you've been missing out! What I liked most about this is the fact that Kerstin manages to keep it feeling 'real' and almost plausible with a story about time travel. For me, it was reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon! I hope Emerald Green becomes available soon... :S
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Such potential... ***SPOILERS*** I was really enjoying this book, it is an interesting idea and wonderfully executed. And then I got to the last couple of pages and lost all interest in reading the next one. All of these wonderful ideas and great setups for conflict and a good cliffhanger, and what does the author go with, but a kiss. I would have loved for Lucy and Paul to reveal something extraordinary, the role they play in the story, then I would have gone out and picked up the next one in a heartbeat. Or may something is revealed about the Count, or Gideon starts to question the Guardians, but no, the last few pages are all about the flutter of kisses; I thought I mixed up the last few pages and was now reading Twilight. Yes the epilogue hints and intrigue, but not something so surprising that it wasn't hinted at in the story. I may pick up the next one, I may not. I fear the next one will be all about their "romance" instead of all of the wonderful story ideas introduced in this book.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting. Magical. Full of excitement. When Gwyneth finds out that she can time travel, and her cousin can not, her life becomes an adventure from there on. It's a humorous, fantasy romance. A wonderful balance. Written extremely well. Sapphire Blue comes out on October 30th and I can't wait. A must read.
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great for tweens! Decent book - great for tweens, not so much for adults who like Y.A. novels ... its just a little young. It was a fast-paced and entertaining novel - it only took me a few hours to get through it. Good ideas, love the idea of time travel and secret societies. My one major problem with the book was the main character Gwen who is supposed to be 16 going on 17 but she acts like she's 12 going on 13 . . . The other thing ... if you want a novel with a satisfying ending, you won't get it here, the story stops abruptly and leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions. Hopefully they will be answered in the sequel(s) however it is really irritiating that I have to now wait . . .
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intregue, Suspense & Time Travel I really enjoyed reading this book, it kept me reading and was fairly quick, but also had a good amount of suspense, mystery and intrigue. In fact, each chapter was written to keep the reader wanting more. Even the cover is quite beautiful and drew me in. The story is told in the first person and takes place in present day London, with time traveling to Victorian London. Gwyneth has just learned that she has inherited the family gene for time traveling. Everyone thought her cousin Charlotte was the one who had inherited the gene, so Gwen has not been prepared while Charlotte has been. This sets up a rivalry between Gwen and Charlotte when they realize that the table have been turned, and I anticipate some interesting things in the rest of the series. I can totally picture the whole family dynamics that took place, right down to the matriarch grandmother and the snobby aunt. Gwyneth is an interesting character, but at the same time can be quite mindless and forgetful. Most of the time this makes her endearing and funny, but occasionally this does get annoying. She also shows some good growth during the book with the potential for a lot more in the next books. I love her enthusiasm and the way that she jumps right in when she realizes that she is a time traveler, but also her trepidation in telling her mother is also real and understandable coming from a teen aged girl. Gwen's best friend, Lesley is great and is a nice foil for Gwen - she is smart and enthusiastic and the relationship between her and Gwen seems authentic. Then there is the good looking and charming Gideon, who is set up to be the perfect romantic interest. He is a relatively minor character in this book, with the potential to be a great character in the next one. The only thing that bothers me about his character was the ending - I felt that his reactions to what happened at the end were a bit forced. My other frustration with the book was Gwen's mother. I could not understand why she would not sit down with Gwen and tell her what was going on, especially after Gwen started time traveling. However, she probably has her reasons which may come out in the next books. I really enjoyed the story and the time traveling. There is lots of detail and what feels like a good historical accuracy. It certainly leaves the reader wanting to know more and there is foreshadowing of big things to come. I except the second in the series, Sapphire Blue, whose translation is due out next year, to be quite exciting and explosive. At times it felt like this book spent most of its time setting up the bigger story, which left this one a little bit unsatisfying, but I am willing to forgive this because I think it is setting up something great. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in young adult fantasy, especially if they like time traveling.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Traveling Romance and Adventure Ruby Red is a novel that caught my attention immediately. The title, the cover, the synopsis...well heck...even the book trailer had me dying to read it. When Tara from Zeitghost media contacted me about reviewing the novel I agreed...immediately! As if the title taunting me each and every day from the YA table at work wasn't enough. The novel begins off rather slowly. In fact, I found myself rather confused. The prologue in itself is a major spoiler to the reader though I'm more than sure that it was not the author's intention. Gwyneth Shepherd plays the role of the "normal teen" even though she's clearly not all that normal. You see, her family carries the "time traveler gene". However Gwen has been told that the gene lies within Charlotte, who has been relentlessly prepared for the ordeal her entire life. Charlotte has been subject to all sorts of training including learning several languages and history. But of course we then learn that Charlotte is not the one with the gene but that it is indeed Gwen, which is where the story in Ruby Red begins. I have to hand it to Kerstin Gier, she really went out of her way to create intricate graphs and charts that would clearly depict the time traveler gene. It was also interesting to learn about the time traveler "lore". The naming of the travelers with jewels was also interesting, Gwen being a Ruby. At times I felt that the story was a little shaky and some of the characters undeveloped but this might very well be a case of "lost in translation" as Ruby Red was not originally written in English. Towards the end I find myself having one question: "Why did Gideon and Gwen fall for eachother?" The sudden romance was unexpected as I was very sure that Gwen had hated Gideon. It was odd seeing her fall for someone she had disliked so much in the beginning. Gideon, however, I was not surprised about. I'm more than sure that Gideon would have fallen for a door knob had it the ability to travel back in time, as initially he had his sights out on Charlotte, who at the time was thought to have the gene. In the end I found Ruby Red to be an interesting beginning to a new series and a great new edition to the previously released YA time travel novels that I've loved so much. I'm interested in seeing what the sequel, Sapphire Blue, will bring to the story. Readers can expect Sapphire Blue to hit shelves spring 2012.
Date published: 2011-08-06