Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Review: I Like Fun Sci-Fi and I Cannot Lie

June 15, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Review: I Like Fun Sci-Fi and I Cannot LieRuby Red by Kerstin Gier
Series: Precious Stone #1
Published by Macmillan on May 10th 2011
Source: Purchased
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


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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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31 responses to “Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Review: I Like Fun Sci-Fi and I Cannot Lie

  1. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I have this book! I had no idea it was a translation… Now I really want to read it, not because of the sci-fi but because it sounds so fun! Haha. Awesome review, Kristy 🙂

    • Hopefully you’ll get into it the second time around! It’s such a fun series if you’re looking for something lighthearted. Nice to hear that Rashika loved it! Two people can’t be wrong right? *waggles eyebrows 😀

    • THANKS RASHIKA! <3 And riiight?? It's been so long since I've had this amount of fun reading a series, I swear. Thank god I bought the entire series in one go or else I'd be moping around about how I couldn't read the next one straight away haha.

    • High five straight back at ya. Corny lines will always have a place in my heart and yeah, Ruby Red is definitely on the lighter side of things but it’s worth reading if you have a spare few hours in your day. 🙂

    • The covers really do make it seem like a regency romance, don’t they? It’s not a parallel universe kind of novel – for that I’d recommend A Thousand Pieces of You – but time travelling is definitely the focus of the plot, you’ll adore it!

  2. Lucy

    Great review! I've heard nothing but great things about Ruby Red and I need to add this soon to my physical TBR. It's funny how this trilogy has been high praised in Germany even before English speaking countries even knew of this series. xD It has even a film adaptation (in German) which I've heard also great things about! Can't wait to read it someday!
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    • Right? I rarely read translated works but this one had so much hype I knew I had to get my hands on it! The movies are pretty good too in that Disney early-2000s cable kind of way lol. The guy who plays Gideon is extremely cute in the second movie just like, fyi.

  3. Ooh, a mild science fiction is exactly what I look for in a quick and enjoyable read and this sounds awesome actually. I completely agree about character ages in young adult, I think with the majority of releases, adult authors tend to forget what it was truly like to be a teen, and make most characters far more mature at that age than they should be. Even a mature teen is bound to make mistakes and muck around every now and then. I absolutely love that cover and really curious now to see if you can tell that the storyline has been translated. Wonderful review Kristy, hoping to grab a copy soon <3
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    • Definitely! I was actually super surprised by how Gwen seemed, then realised that it was probably more or less how a real teen would act and that I’ve just read too many books where the main 16-17 year old person was extremely angsty to the ninth degree. Those covers are STUNNINg and honestly, they’re one of my favourites. Tell me how it goes when you pick it up! <3