Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: May 2011
Summary (taken from Amazon):
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.
Gwen is your normal teenager except that there’s a time travelling gene that runs in her family. Everyone believes that Gwen’s cousin Charlotte is the one who has inherited the gene but it turns out that Gwen is the one who has it. Gwen is a likeable character. She’s fine with not having the time travelling gene so is completely unprepared for this turn of events. Her family has kept the logistics of time travelling a secret from those who do not have the gene so the reader is brought up to date with the history and everything else along with Gwen.
I love Gwen’s best friend Lesley. Gwen tells her everything and she’s willing to help in anyway she can. Many times I’ve seen the so called best friend get jealous but Lesley is not like that at all. There’s a hint of romance with Gideon, Gwen’s time travelling partner. Not much has happened yet but I can see it progressing further in future books.
I initially thought that there would be lots of time travelling to different places and time periods but as it turns out there are certain rules and limitations when it comes to time travelling too. Some of the rules when time travelling do make sense when you think about it and I can’t believe that its something I never thought about before.
Overall, Ruby Red was a fun read. I’m looking forward to lots more time travelling and meeting more of the (past) characters mentioned in this first book.
Rating 4 Stars
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