Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

In YA Book Reviews on June 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

This is the first in a trilogy, so be forewarned. The story centers on Gwen,a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in London and comes from a family where certain members get the special gene that enables them to time-travel. Everyone is under the impression this gene bypassed Gwen and and was given to her “perfect” cousin Charlotte. That ends up not being the case, and the plot thickens. There is a secret society involved and a lot of mystery going on. The plot really started getting interesting just as the first book ended, so I feel the need to read on. I did like the main character. She had some great lines and she had spunk, as they say, though it was a bit of a stretch to think of her as a 16-year-old. She struck me as acting closer to a 12-year-old. The book was translated from the German and a movie is being made even as we speak. So, it is a very popular book. I thought it was a good read, but not particularly engaging (enough though, that I am interested in the finishing the series). I think this book is likely more appealing to girls. There are few action scenes, so, other than time traveling, there isn’t much to keep boys interested.

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