“Didn’t I tell you to wait in the coach?” I didn’t react, so Gideon took my arm and pulled me to my feet. His face was completely drained of color. “That was incredibly reckless and … dreadfully dangerous and…” He swallowed hard and stared at me. “And, dammit all, rather brave of you.”
The first pair Opal and Amber are, Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar, A duet-solutio! - with Aquamarine. Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine. Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine. E major’s the key of the Black Tourmaline, Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen. Then almost at once comes Diamond alone, Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known. Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past. Ruby red is the first and is also the last.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Read The Ruby Red/ Rubinrot Trilogy
1 It’s a story about time travelers in London that was originally written in German. (Even though it’s been translated it’s still beautiful)
2 The love interest is a huge idiot who goes through so much character development and its for the better 100% (all the characters do tbh).
3 There’s some hella rad ghosts, ranging from a little boy to the ghost of a gargoyle demon
4 I personally think the books get better and better it’s not like some book series where the first one is really good but the next two get increasingly bad
5 T I M E T R A V E L
6 Cool mysteries and stuff you can try to figure out. There’s quite a few tbh and they’re are hella rad and interesting.
7 NO LOVE TRIANGLE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER AND TWO BOYS
8 Witty dialogue I genuinely enjoy all of it’s extremely funny.
9 If I could only have one book series for the rest of my life I’d honestly pick this one because I love every part. There’s some book series I love so much but there are parts I skip every time I reread them because I don’t like them. I love every part of all three books.
10 So in short- Character development, time travel, whole series is already out, no love triangle, super funny ghosts, and just altogether great writing.
Summary: Ruby Red is about a teenage girl named Gwyneth(Gwendolyn if you are reading the German version) Shepherd, who unexpectedly travels through time. Her family carries a time traveling gene that only gets passed on to one family member in their family line, with everyone lead to believe it is her perfect cousin Charlotte who will inherit the gene, Gwyneth is left completely unprepared for the dangers that come with traveling through time. Gwendolyn now immersed into this secret society, she must discover the truth about her family. She must do this all while time traveling with insufferable Gideon, a male carrier of the gene from a seperate time traveling family. Their partnership becomes less forced as they both must do their best to discover who they can trust in modern London and 18th century London.
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Gwyneth grew up with no actual knowledge of the time traveling world, it was her cousin Charlotte who was always expected to have the gene, so she was the one who was trained and prepared for the life of a time traveler. My heart goes out to both of them. Gwyneth did not want this and she is so unprepared for it, not only that but she must deal with all these people within the society treating her as if she is going to steal the chronograph the second she gets the chance, all because of something her mother and her aunt Lucy did when they were younger. So not only did they keep her out of the loop that she was so utterly clueless, that she had to find out basically everything by herself. Even her own mother was keeping secrets from her! Charlotte was a typical mean girl, usually I hate when there are cliche characters in books but the author made it work. Charlotte tormented Gwyneth, but you couldn’t help feeling a bit bad for her. I mean, Charlotte trained her whole life for this, she was forced to give up being a normal girl from a young age, and after all of that it was for nothing. To explain, Gideon to you, he was so rude in the beginning of the book that I thought “Seriously? This is supposed to be our other main character?”. He gets better later in the book, especially since him and Gwyneth develop a friendship and later a budding romance. I loved those two together, she never took any of the shit he was throwing at her and you could tell no matter how much that frustrated him, he respected her and liked her more for it. The adventures into the past they went on were so interesting to me, I found the time traveling aspect to the book amazing. I seriously wish I was apart of their world after reading this book. There was a lot of description in this book, because it was the first book in the trilogy and Gier had to set up the storyline, but it was still very fast paced and I felt like there could have been more in this book. Overall, I give this book 4 stars and I loved it. Definitely read this book.
The rococo period is wondrous for the ladies, and hell on the time traveling teenage male. By that I mean the frilly cravat and sleeves are really doing Gideon no favors. It makes swashbuckling later look extra lame too. But hi Gwen! You look super cute!