Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Apparently I'm on a kick lately---a preternatural mixed with historical fiction kick, and I am in LOVE with this new book. I ran up to my school a couple of weeks ago and ---like a magical Christmas kind of moment--a new Junior Library Guild box was in the mail room. Yippee! I grabbed a couple that caught my eye---and how could this one NOT? Look at the utter gorgeousness that is this book! How lovely! It called to me and begged me to read it first, and so I did.
The first in a trilogy which was originally published in Germany (forthcoming titles are Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green), revolves around 16-year-old Gwen, and her rather eccentric English family whose lineage carries a time-traveling gene. The family has expected cousin Charlotte (also 16) to be the next in line--the final time traveler of the destined twelve, and has gone to great lengths to instruct her in everything from costuming to weaponry to etiquette in given time periods. Gwen, on the other hand, is the ordinary cousin. She has lived practically her entire life in Charlotte's shadow, and now they are just waiting for her first time-shift to occur. Everyone is on pins and needles and expecting it to happen at any moment.
As you might have guessed ---Charlotte is not the chosen one. Gwen is given this gift--one she doesn't particularly want and is in no way prepared to deal with. After trying to hide it, inevitably the truth becomes known and not only does Gwen now have little time to be instructed in the arts of time travel, but she has to deal with the wrath of Charlotte and her mother, neither of whom wants to believe the truth.
And so the dreaded lessons begin---lessons to instruct and prepare her quickly for her new life--and her role in changing history. Enter the villains, enter the maybe-villains, enter the oh-so-handsome Gideon--the dashing and arrogant time traveler she must work with to solve ancient mysteries and locate particular objects, such as the all-important chronograph.
With loads of suspense, a tinge of romance, lovely villainous characters plucked from real history such as the Immortal Count--Comte St. Germain, toss in some sword and highwaymen action, this book is a fantastic adventure.
I adored it. This is absolutely one of my favorite books of the summer, and perfect reading for those *all-too-rare-this-summer* rainy days where one feels like celebrating by curling up with a fantastic book in an over-sized comfy chair, tubby cat purring contentedly beside you, warm cookies in hand, and imagining yourself as part of this grand adventure.
Here's a book trailer I found done by the publisher, Macmillan:
and another that I deduce using my muy mal Espanol is from someone in Spain. I think the style is interesting on this one:
one from Italy, too. I feel so...intercontinental...right about now.
Read on, gentle readers; Read on.