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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)


Synopsis:

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. Continue reading “Book Review | EMERALD GREEN, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | SAPPHIRE BLUE, by Kerstin Gier

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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)


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

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. Continue reading “Book Review | SAPPHIRE BLUE, by Kerstin Gier”

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Book Review | RUBY RED, by Kerstin Gier

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Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1), by Kerstin Gier

Publish Date: January 6, 2009 (audiobook recorded in November 1, 2011)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 324 (approx. 8 hrs 50 min.)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

This book has been on my TBR for so long, and yet somehow I never got around to buying it. But since I’ve recently started listening to audiobooks, I discovered it on Hoopla and excitedly started listening to it. Not only is the narrator superb (the way she captures Gwyneth’s voice both in dialogue and in her narration of events), but the story captivated me immediately from the start. This book was full of great characters, lots of mystery and intrigue, fun and harrowing time travel incidents, and it kept me captivated the entire time I was listening to it. Continue reading “Book Review | RUBY RED, by Kerstin Gier”