Title: Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: Time travel? Victorian times? HELL YEAH!
Me before reading this:
Me halfway through:
Me after finishing it:
This is the first book on my reading list for the #ReadThemAllThon, and it’s the Pewter city choice, which means I have earned my Boulder Badge! Whoop!
This book is the first in the Precious Stone trilogy, and it focuses on Gwyneth Shepherd, who finds herself thrust headfirst into a world of time travel, creepy counts, and arrogant time-travellers. The main idea behind it is that there’s only twelve time-travellers with a particular gene that allows them to hop through history, and their blood can power a device called the chronograph.
I absolutely loved almost everything about this book – I read it in just over a day – and I am so eager to post this review and get onto reading the second one in the series.
Actually, I think it’d just make sense to make a list of reasons why you should read this amazing book:
1. It’s about a female time traveller. That’s rare enough as it is. Just think about how many male time travellers there are in the world.
2. Gideon De Villier. He’s the character I love to hate, but also hate to love.
3. It’s fast-paced – one minute you’re with Gwyneth at The Temple, and the next, you’re caught up in a Victorian-era fight in Hyde Park.
4. There’s amazing world-building – it takes the time to explain exactly what this world is and how it works. Even with the secrets, it’s still set up nicely.
5. The villains are written so beautifully that I have mixed feelings about them – a combination of fear and fascination.
There are more reasons, but a lot of them are along the lines of:
If you liked reading ‘The Infernal Devices’ trilogy by Cassandra Clare, or anything to do with time travel, you’ll love this series. I was initially recommended this by Sasha (A Book Utopia) through one of her recommendation videos, and I’ve loved it, so go read if this is something you think you’d like. Also, it’s a movie! Just saying.