Review & Contest: RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier

This YA time-travel novel has gotten a lot of hype. It was a bestseller in Gier’s native Germany, where it was published in 2009, and was finally released last month here in the U.S. So, how good is it, really? It’s really, really, really good. And, I’ll be giving away an ARC, so read on!

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: 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.
Here are my pet peeves in YA: 1) unhappy teenage girl from dysfunctional family is uprooted to go to new place where she doesn’t know anyone; 2) said unhappy girl starts a new school and feels odd/out of place/self-conscious/unattractive; 3) said unhappy girl does something dorky on first day of school—usually spilling something; 4) said unhappy girl meets a boy (either a misfit himself or wildly popular, who immediately falls for her and thinks she’s the most ravishing thing ever); said boy has a deep dark secret of his own (gasp!); said boy and girl must beat the odds to be together. I like to call it Twilight Syndrome, for obvious reasons.
            Ruby Red has none of those characteristics. Instead, it has Gwyneth. Gwyneth has a mom and siblings and a bitchy aunt and a stuffy grandmother and a nutty great-aunt. She has a best friend. She’s been going to the same school for a while. She and the hunky boy are thrown together by odd circumstances beyond their control—namely, that they both have a gene that makes them travel back in time. She’s likable. She’s believable.
            I kept waiting for the book to take a misstep or hit a wrong note, and it just didn’t. It doesn’t read like an adult novel with teen characters, but it doesn’t read immature or childish, either. The worldbuilding is fascinating, and I can’t wait till the next one comes out. (This is the first of a trilogy.) You want this one.
Want to win a copy of Ruby Red? Please note this is for an ARC, not for a commercially released hardback. You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet.
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

26 thoughts on “Review & Contest: RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier

  1. This sounds intriguing! I love the fact that it was out in Germany 2 years ago, too. I can’t remember what all of the points are for, only that I’ve met them, so +4 for me. 🙂

  2. You’ve convinced me! This one sounds really good, and I’m adding it to my to-read list.

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  3. Oh I have heard such good things about this book. I cannot wait to read it. Thanx for a giveaway.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  4. You listed all my pet peeves but one. Girl that must be rescued and can’t help herself for if and when her life depends on it.

    I am glad you liked Ruby Red, your description makes me want to run out and buy it today. I will wait until the week is over and hope I win your copy instead. 😉

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    Jennifer KJovus
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  5. The publishers have really been pushing this book. I think I must have seen giveaways on about 100 blogs for the book but unfortunately always for US residents only.

    Trust you to come up with one ARC hat all can enter for.

    Thanks very much.
    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  6. I have to admit, I tend to be a sucker for anything with time travel. Would love to give this one a shot.

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  7. Thanks for the review and giveaway! One of those books that’s been on my wishlist for a while…

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    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  8. This book sounds so amazingly interesting! And who wouldn’t drool over that cover??? I love the time travel genre and can’t wait to read this!

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  9. I didn’t need convincing, I love time travel!

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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    Thank you!

  10. I’ve heard of this one before, but I didn’t think much of it… until I read your review. If it’s nothing like Twilight, then I’m sure I’ll like it. LOL
    I’m a follower: cris_mv, twitter follower @mcrism1 and I retweeted.

    cris_mv at hotmail dot com

  11. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance

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