Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2), by Kerstin Gier
Publish Date: January 5, 2010 (audiobook recorded in October 30, 2012)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 357 (approx. 9 hrs.)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
This one was just as fun and exciting to listen to as the first one! I absolutely love Gwen’s narrative voice, the mysteries are starting to make sense, and the intrigue is still enticing me along. I still had my qualms about Gideon so I did not feel too keen on the romance of the novel, and with what Gwen found out in the end I felt kind of vindicated in my opinion of his motives (although the epilogue also leaves me wondering a bit…). I adore Gwen’s friendship with Lesley and how supportive Lesley is of everything, and all the additional characters were spectacular. I loved hating Giordiano and loved it whenever Xermerius was saying basically anything. He is so gruff and snarky but also seems to genuinely care for Gwen.
This book definitely started answering some more questions, but also brought up some others, and honestly there is so much I still need to know and yet there is only one book left? It feels like so much still needs to happen and that it can’t possibly all happen in one book, even if it is somewhat longer. Looking forward to starting the final one as soon as possible, because this is just so addicting!
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 26/20