Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review - Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (Precious Stone Trilogy #3)

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Time Traveling
Format: Paperback (450 pages)
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date:  October 7, 2014
Rating: 3/5
Source: Bought
Get a Copy at: Chapters | Amazon 

Summary from Goodreads: 
Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

What I Think:

Emerald Green is longer than the preceding books: Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue, and I had high hopes that the author would try to tie up most of the loose ends from the previous book. Emerald Green continued where Sapphire Blue has left off – the mini twist in Gwen and Gideon’s relationship. So I combed through pages to see how the two main characters resolved their conflict. However, to my surprise, it was not what I hope. It seems the author has rushed in the conflict solving situation between Gwen and Gideon – I mean, no girl would forgive such guy by merely a simple one sentence explanation/apology.

I felt that the character development was rather rushed and Gideon is still pretty one dimensional and a jerk from book one till now. I don’t know how Gwen can stand that kind of treatment. I just think the relationship built up between the main characters was a disappointment. In addition, the side character that has been introduced does not play much of a role in the main character’s life but more of a nuisance, for example: Charlotte (who is an annoying Ms Little Perfect), Aunt Glenda, etc etc. Moreover, two new characters have been introduced in Sapphire Blue and the author did not mentioned or drop any hint what role they play in Gwenyth’s life (Raphael and Xemerius). Lesley was the only side character that supports the main character throughout the Trilogy.

I guess I only read this trilogy was because the plot was interesting and have potential. There was a big twist in the story that makes me give this book a higher rating than the previous two books. However, how it was accomplished was such a disappointment. The whole thing with Lucy and Paul and their true motives was explained well, but I thought the reunion should be more in-depth, but sadly, the author had cut out the important part and left the reader’s imagination run wild.
I felt that this book have more filler than substance which is a disappointment because it has so many potential. There are MANY instances where the author can elaborate instead of cutting the scenes. It seems like she doesn’t want to write such emotional scenes. 

One thing I don't understand - if they can go back in time to save James, which they didn't go back in time to save Lucas?! Like Priority much?!?!??!

The movie: So I watched Rubinrot (Ruby Red) and Saphirblau (Sapphire Blue) and was surprised at how well the screen adaptations were. In fact they are EVEN BETTER THAN THE NOVELS which was very shocking because normally, the screen adaptation does not do the book justice. Yes, the movies are way different in a sense that they do not follow the book exactly. There are events from the second book that is in the first movie and the MAJOR PLOT TWIST from Emerald Green was portrayed in the second movies. However, I thought that the movie did a good job at tying up everything and made the events to have senses AND each scene have a meaning to it.
Overall, Just watch the movie. I only bought the last two books because I already have the first one on my shelves and I am OCD that my trilogy should not be incomplete on my bookshelf.


About Kerstin Gier
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