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Book Review | EMERALD GREEN, by Kerstin Gier

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Emerald Green (Ruby Red Trilogy #3), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: December 8, 2010 (audiobook recorded in October 8, 2013)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 451 (approx. 12 3/4 hrs)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


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.

My Review:

I had my fears that not everything was going to be able to be wrapped up in this book, because the first two had so much mystery that left me with so many questions, but thankfully it did. I wouldn’t have minded a fourth book, to be sure, but this one was just as fun to listent to as the others (and let me just say, the narrator Marisa Calin, is amazing with all of the different nuances she puts into the character voices). It was a very good conclusion to the trilogy, with intrigue that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat, and answers that were both expected and unknown.

I still think the romance wasn’t to my taste. For one thing, I cringe at the whole “distantly related” part, but more than that, Gideon and Gwen were confessing their love after knowing each other for…what has it been, three weeks? Like, I know they’ve been through a lot, but half the time Gideon was either acting cold to her or making out with her without any pretense. And there were a lot of trust issues on both ends – Gideon constantly complained that Gwen didn’t trust him, but he wasn’t exactly forthcoming to her. Anyway, I just wasn’t on board with the romance mostly because of how short a period of time it supposedly grew in.

I was a little bit annoyed that by this point Gwen was still unable to grasp the meaning of some of the prophecies, even when they were explained to her. I had already figured out half of the twists and revelations that they were all discovering just from some of the lines in the prophecies, but she didn’t even try to make sense of them. I get that it isn’t her cup of tea that sort of thing, but when it’s concerning your very life you might want to take some interest.

And as for those plot twists, since I had figured out most of them already they didn’t come as a surprise to me, more like vindication of being right. I wasn’t disappointed that they were predictable, because the story was just so fun and engaging that I didn’t care, and there was enough in between to keep me on edge and interested anyway. I think the only one I wasn’t sure about was the Count’s identity in the 21st century, because I had my suspicions about several characters (but one of them was right). It was definitely fun to sit and piece together the puzzle along with the characters, even if I had more information than they did at times and could see more than they did. It was just a matter of waiting for them to catch up.

Overall, this was a really fun series to read, with excellent characters and a plot that had me unable to stop listening to the audiobook. The narrator and story swept me away with the intrigue and action and hilarious lines and heartfelt moments. I still think that Gwen’s friendships with Lesley and Xermerius are the best things ever, and that despite the fast-tracked romance, I did enjoy Gwen and Gideon’s interactions as well. This was a great conclusion to a great series and I could easily go for more if it were possible. Luckily, I hear Kerstin Gier has another series out there, so I might just go try that one.

Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 27/20