Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (Precious Stone Trilogy #1)

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 Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Time Traveling
Format: Paperback (352 pages)
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date:  May 22, 2012
Rating: 2/5
Source: Bought
Get a Copy at: Chapters | Amazon  | Barnes & Nobles

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

What I Think:

I really don't know how to begin reviewing this story. The prologue was super interesting, yet however, it was not told by main protagonist herself which is strange and made the reader wants to find out why. 

I can see this book, or triology has a good potential, however, it was really disapointing. The whole book seemed like a long, long introduction to the story. There weren't much interesting event that capture my attention. In addition, I felt that it was super slow pace. Nothing was described in detail and the author just switch her point of focus every so often.

There were not much character development and I have no idea what are the motives and purposes behind each character. I felt that there way too many dialogues which act as filler of the story. Normally, in other books, dialogues serve to help reader understand the personalities of the characters, however, I found the characters, including the protagonist are just big whiny brats. 

It was not only till I got through 3/4 of the book, the intriguing feeling came back, unfortunately, it only lasted 2 pages. There was a snippet of the second book which seemed interesting, HOWEVER, I am not sure if I want to continue with the trilogy because there were many moments it gave me some hope that finally, an interesting scene was coming up, but nope.

Before reading this book, there were so many good reviews on it (rated 4.5/5 everywhere - goodreads, amazon, etc). So I decided to give it a try. After reading it, I cannot but help to wonder if all the online reviews are fake. Absolute waste of time.

I really don't know guys.. Should I give the next book a chance????? Sigh


"The first pair Opal and Amber are,
Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar,
A duet-solutio! - with Aquamarine.
Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine.
Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine.
E major's the key of the Black Tourmaline,
Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen.
Then almost at once comes Diamond alone,
Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known.
Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past.
Ruby red is the first and is also the last.”


About Kerstin Gier
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