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 thoughts :
First of all, this book is written by a German author but I read a French translation of it. This is a spoiler free review.
I have mixed feelings regarding this book. In fact, I took a very long time to get into the book mostly because I’m so used to reading books in English now and it had been a long time since I’ve read books written in French, so I found the translation quite strange. Kerstin’s writing was pretty good though: I was really interested in the plot and the pages were turning by themselves.
One of the things I loved about this book was that it is set in London. It’s a city I’m really curious about and I’m flying to London in a couple of months with friends, so everything I can read about this place, I read. Besides, I think it’s a nice change: most of the YA books I read are set in the US (not that I don’t like that, but it’s interesting to read a story that happens in a different country...)!
I have to admit that I wasn’t very fond of Gwendolyn’s character at first: I found her a bit childish honestly. But the more I read, the more likeable she became.
Now, let’s talk about my favorite character of Ruby Red: Gideon. He is provocative, kind of harsh sometimes, but very caring and smart. As I love this type of character, I was totally under his spell.
One of the main things that makes this book what it is, is that it deals with time travel. I haven’t read that many books with time travel in them but this must be one of the things I enjoyed the most about Ruby Red: I’ve actually noticed that all my favorites scenes were those which occurred in the past (during a time travel) and those where Gideon was present.
Overall that was a nice read: I had some problems with the translation and the main character but I loved the setting, the time travel theme and Gideon’s character.
My rating :
Plot : ★★★
Plot : ★★★
Characters : ★★★★
Ending : ★★★
Cover : ★★★★Writing : ★★★★