"Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I'd have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I'd seen on my last journey back in time. Or more precisely, the one who kissed my doppelgänger whule I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief."
Sixteen year old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestor's peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries", and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She's totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes. archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He's obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she's seen in any century.... -excerpt from book.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is about a young girl who discovered she could time travel just like her ancestors. Firstly I went into the book only knowing that time traveling was involved which is one of the topics that intrigued me the most. When this type of topic is touched, the author must be really good at plotting every event down, butterfly effects and how everything links in the end. I really enjoyed this book as the plot is really good, mysterious and much turn of events here and there. I didn't expect anything and I guess that's what made the book good. I also could not predict much of the story. Books that I can predict are not fun to read anymore and it bores me easily.
The characters of the book were so suitable for the story and I think having a female heroine like that made the story even better. The side characters of the book are also perfect for the story, especially the best friend of the heroine. I can't wait to read more about the people around her and their roles in the story itself. The male hero of the book is also full of mystery and hard to predict which makes things interesting.
This was a book that was hard to put down, when I read the prologue my attention was immediately captured. The flow of the book was very good, you can say this is an introductory to the whole trilogy but important events did happen which I'm sure contribute to many other events in the other two books. As a first book to the trilogy, I think it was well written and it definitely is enough to make people want more, The epilogues of the book is one of the major parts that will make people continue to the next book.
I'm totally satisfied with the book and I would highly recommend this book to young adult readers who love a bit of historical setting and also a modern setting. If you love plenty of mystery surrounding time-traveling, this is also a good book for you. I would totally pick up this book again to read sometime in the future. The story was worth every penny you paid. I'm so excited to continue to the second book as I want to know whether those butterfly effects will start to come...