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Ruby Red (Ruby Red - Trilogy) (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)

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Title:Ruby Red (Ruby Red - Trilogy)
Authors:Kerstin Gier
Other authors:Anthea Bell (Translator)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, 2011 Honorable Mention
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fantasy, time travel, mystery, adventure, romance teen

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (2009)

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Good teen time travel adventure story. ( )
  ddbrown201 | Jan 23, 2016 |
Originally published in Germany in 2009, Ruby Red is the first in a trilogy about a rather odd family whose lineage includes several time travelers. The story centers on Gwyneth, whose cousin Charlotte is the expected final traveler in the family and has been trained almost from birth to assume the role. Unfortunately for Charlotte, Gwyneth’s mother somehow managed to keep the actual date of her birth a secret, which means that Gwyneth is in reality the true time traveler. Unprepared, Gwyneth finds herself facing demanding members of a Time Traveling Society, who expect her to be able to travel back in history alongside her fellow traveler, the handsome and arrogant Gideon. Eventually, though, Gwyneth is attacked and someone ends up dead.

Ruby Red is sometimes a bit confusing. Gwyneth is a typical modern teen, thrust into an unbelievable circumstance, and Gideon admittedly doesn’t make things easy on her when she replaces Charlotte as his partner. The family dynamics are odd to say the least, but Gwyneth’s ability to adjust keeps everything from being too overwhelming.

I read it to fulfill a challenge and I'm not the target audience. Nevertheless it's a fast, absorbing mystery, with innocent romantic interaction, likely to appeal most to the younger end of the young adult spectrum. The next two books in the series are called Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Molto bello. Non speravo tanto, ma è stato un buon acquisto.
Anche se diretto principalmente ad un pubblico giovane, Red (Rubinrot, titolo orig.= Rubino rosso) è una bella ventata di aria fresca, frizzante e divertente…anche per “semi-adulti”. ;)
Un urban fantasy con componente time travel, se vogliamo classificarlo al meglio.
La protagonista è Gwendolyn, un’apparentemente comunissima ragazza di sedici anni e mezzo, che vive in una famiglia che di comune ha poco sin da subito. Dopo la morte del padre, quando aveva otto anni, Gwen sua madre e i suoi due fratellini si sono dovuti trasferire a Londra a casa della nonna, Lady Alisa.
Oltre a loro la vecchia casa nobiliare è abitata dall’acida zia e dalla leggiadra e dotata cugina Charlotte… detentrice dell’attesissimo gene-portatore.
Un gene che, attorno ai sedici anni, permette a chi ne è dotato di viaggiare indietro nel tempo.
Il libro, quindi, si apre proprio nel momento in cui Charlotte dovrebbe compiere il primo incontrollato salto nel tempo….salto che tutta la famiglia attende con grandissima trepidazione. Ma sopratutto Lady Alisa e la zia di Gwen che fin dall’infanzia di Charlotte le ruotano attorno preparandola a questo momento. Tra lezioni di galateo, scherma, equitazione, storia e musica. Per renderla una perfetta damina dell’ottocento…o una composta signora dei primi del novecento, chissà.
Ma a Gwen non importa un gran chè e anzi è enormemente sollevata di non essere lei la sfortunata costretta a tutto questo. Lei ne sarebbe terrorizzata! Preferisce continuare così, con la sua comune vita di studentessa mediocre, la sua amicizia con l’esuberante Leslie…e l’assenza di un qualsiasi ragazzo all’orizzonte. Ok, magari questo no. :P
Ma non pensate che per questo Gwen sia poco interessante, tutt’altro.
Fin da piccolissima, o per lo meno da che ricordi, Gwen vede e parla con i fantasmi.
Anche le gargolle dei doccioni dei palazzi antichi, anche se non è che siano molto simpatiche…e neanche tanto belle!
Finchè…eh, finchè uno strano senso di vertigine non si fa sentire. ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
Scritto molto bene con una storia accattivante. ( )
  Angela.Me | Nov 9, 2015 |
Started August 2nd, 2013. In German, as that is my first language and the language in which the author wrote the book.
As I have the Blu-ray of the film on order, I wanted to read the book (or maybe the whole series) first.
Not bad, but unexpectedly short.
Took too long till the action started and the female heroine felt younger in the beginning, I would have guessed 14, and was surprised that she was supposed to be 16. At least she made her own decision to fight instead of waiting for the fight to end (but even that she could have done easily being 12 or 14).
So far not bad, 3 stars, hoping the following [b:Saphirblau|6919272|Saphirblau (Edelstein Trilogie, #2)|Kerstin Gier|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327251290s/6919272.jpg|7146989] will be better. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
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Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Elk, Dolphin, and Owl, who kept me company while I was writing, and for a little red double-decker bus that made me happy at just the right moment.
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Prologue: As she fell to her knees and burst into tears, he looked all around the park.
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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.
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Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.

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