Series: Precious Stone #1
Published by Macmillan on May 10th 2011
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
I adore science fiction books. This is a statement that I accept the same way a person acknowledges a commonly known fact- the sky is blue, the grass is green and I, with every fiber of my being, love science fiction novels.
In spite of my ardent admiration for this genre however, the number of sci fi novels I’ve devoured in my lifetime thus far is simply not enough. As someone who’s well-acquainted with her reading tastes and has figured out over the years which books I’ll enjoy and add to my personal library from looking at the plot, skimming a few chapters at the bookstore and methodically reading through other people’s reviews, I tend to be picky with books I put on my TBR pile.
I’m proud to say that I don’t regret buying Ruby Red. At all.
What I liked most when I read Ruby Red was how lighthearted it was. I’m not going to lie, if you’re looking for something to read that ticks all the boxes for a sci-fi novel, then this trilogy probably isn’t for you. That said, I’m not saying that Ruby Red was as great as a series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, but it definitely evoked the same sense of sheer fun while I was reading it. I was concerned at first when I started this book because it’s actually the English translation of a German series, but the writing actually flowed pretty well. I’m sure that there were some lines that were lost in translation but if there were any, they weren’t so obvious that it stopped me from enjoying the book.
As for the characters, I found Gwendolyn/Gwyneth ‘Gwen’ (I really don’t understand why her name had to be different in the translation) to be a delight since she was an adorable little spitfire, although I mistook her age to be thirteen until I was about a quarter way through. Her mannerisms just felt incredibly young for what was supposed to be a sixteen year old- although maybe I’m just thinking too much of my own pouty teenage years and the amount of angsty YA I’ve been consuming. Regardless, I really liked Gwen as the main protagonist and her reactions in response to inheriting the time travelling gene in her family was pretty realistic, and I liked how she confided in her friend Lesley about it instead of bottling it up and commencing Angst-Fest 101.
I’m still pretty iffy about Gideon though: her love interest of sorts and fellow time traveller. He was condescending and rude towards Gwen, and I found it rather exasperating when she continued to crush on him when he clearly distrusted her and made no move to help her catch up on the requirements of time travelling when she clearly needed it. I’m hoping his personality gets better later on so I can be more invested in them because right now I’m very ‘meh’ about it all.
Ruby Red was a fun, entertaining read about time travelling and I’m excited to see how the next books play out since there’s still quite a few mysteries to be solved.
Rating: 4 out of 5