Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Published by Macmillan on October 30, 2012
Gwen´s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!) she´s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he´s very warm indeed; the next he´s freezing cold. Gwen´s not sure what´s going on there, but she´s pretty much destined to find out.
Sure, during reading I discovered that there are some differences between the book and the movie that brought me to read the trilogy in the first place.
But I think that´s normal.
Gwen´s life has changed completely. Instead of going home after school she now gets picked up by a limousine and driven to the Temple to do her daily controlled time travel into a dark and empty basement within the building but in another time. Her cousin Charlotte is acting even bitchier and the freedom and fun she used to have with her best friend Leslie seems ages ago. Instead, she has to learn all the things her cousin had years to learn and her growing feelings for Gideon don´t help very much either. And the Count Saint-German gives her the creeps.
The story continues almost seamless after the last happenings of book one Ruby Red. Now, Gwen has to do a controlled time travel every day and in addition to that, she needs to go with Gideon on another time travel to meet several people and stay in contact with the past. During those time travels, she gets more and more involved in the dark plans of the Count Saint-German and how she deals with what she discovers, how she gets the answers to all her questions and how she does things her own way is described by the author in a very haunting and entertaining way.
From Gwen´s point of view, the reader gets involved in a lovely story with hilarious scenes, a sometimes very ironic and sarcastic way of how the protagonist sees things, how she feels about everything and what she thinks of everything. And that is, what saves her when things start to go the wrong way, other than planned.
Kerstin Gier writes very light, clear and shows a lot of fantasy throughout her novels. She has a wonderful way describing things so that you can actually really see all those ball gowns Gwen has to wear during some of her time travels.
The Montrose family isn´t like any other family you ever met. Lady Arista was born with a stick down her back. Her rules dominate the entire family and the fact, that she has a gene carrier among her living family members but isn´t allowed to be herself a deciding part of the time-travelling society, is bugging her very much.
Gwen still has a million questions and the time she can spend in the basement during her controlled time travel becomes one of her favorite times of the day. Bit by Bit she discovers what possibilities those time travels give her and she starts to influence things her very own way.
A beautifully written novel with great characters and a wonderful plot. No doubt, the author knows how to catch the reader and how to entertain them. Read.
Kerstin Gier, born in 1966, is working as a freelance writer since 1995, and already had huge success with her first books. Meanwhile, she wrote countless novels for grownups and YA, which are regularly on bestseller lists. Her Ruby Red Trilogy books became world bestsellers and were filmed with famous actors for the big screen. The DeLIA-Award winner lives with her family nearby Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.