I love that you really don't know what is going on, just like Gwendolyn. I love the concept of time travel and that it is uncontrolled without the chronograph.This has become my favourite teen fiction trilogies. I love that Gwendolyn is so ordinary and that Gideon is so dreamy. The character that steals the show is the gargoyl.
My favourite part is the end where Gideon kisses Gwendolyn.
My favourite character is the gargoyl. I can't remembr how to spell his name.
I laughed and though I didn't cry tears, I cryied out in frustration a few times.
I've read the whole series in German and can't wait for the English version. The movie comes out in fall of 2013 (in German but the trailer looks so cool).
I've finished the whole series and can say that they are all quite fun, well written, and interesting. The author handles time travel in a very intelligent and unique way so you're not spending too much time in your head working out the paradoxes. The rest of the plot isn't groundbreaking, but its sense of humor and well-balanced romance make it a worthwhile listen. It's very British and the romance scenes are fairly chaste so it's a good listen for most ages.
For me personally, the story took too long to get to a point I found interesting. Leslie doesn't seem to do much in this book so I'm not sure what her purpose is. I found the performance to be a bit confusing: all of the malev voices sound so similar I found it difficult to keep characters straight. The ending of this first book, though is what's probably going to make me listen to the rest of the series.
** spoiler alert ** Ruby Red was a fun, quick, easy read. After reading a more serious book (A House in the Sky), I needed something light and silly, and this was up on an Audible sale for the first in a series.
The story is of Gwyneth, the cousin of Charlotte who is the next in the long line of time travellers. The ability to time travel is genetic, a mystery gene passed through two families and connected (in some way) to the carrier's date of birth that becomes active when the carrier is 16. But only when prophesied by the Guardians... I think. Ok, some of the plot is a bit confusing, but the idea of genetic time travel is interesting, especially when all of the sudden you realize Charlotte isn't the actual gene carrier! Instead, with no training or understanding of what is happening, Gwyneth begins jumping back for 20 minute trips to the 18th Century!
After finding out she is actually the time traveller the family has been expecting, this normal school girl must navigate the mysteries of both surviving random trips to the past (if she travels back while in the second floor of a building in the present, will she drop 20 feet in the 1800s?) and discovering the mysteries of the secret society guarding the time travellers and fully ingrained into the family history (and drama). Oh, and did I mention that the time travel can be controlled (or at least regulated) by the chronograph, an ancient device that "runs on" the gene carrier's blood (or uses it to activate the controls) and, when loaded with the blood from all 12 time travellers, will reveal some big secret or power - and that the original chronograph was stolen by Lucy and Paul, two of the previous generation, leaving the two final time travellers (Gwyneth and the slightly older brooding hunk Gideon) to travel back and get everyone's blood to complete the circle and reveal the power with a new chronograph?! Stealing the chronograph means Paul and Lucy are stuck in the past, but also are pitted against Gideon and Gwyneth in a cross-century race to control the destiny of the chronograph. And could Paul and Lucy be Gwyneth's real parents...? This all happens across centuries, but only about three or four days in the present, right after Gwyneth starts travelling.
There is a bit more young adult fiction drama in this book than I'm used to in what I normally read. Oh my goodness, he's sitting close to her and she's blushing, the world is going to end! Haha, but it's fun still fun, and doesn't quite overpower the plot (though can distract from figuring out the mystery when the discussion gets sidelined by intense internal dialogue about his moody eyes and who he likes better). Thinking about the book from a young adult perspective, however, these interjections are not over the top and provide good insight into Gwyneth's sudden change while also being a regular 16 year old girl. Her relationship with her best friend, Leslie, who also becomes her researcher, was an interesting one. I thought they were setting up an actual relationship between them, with some of the word choice, but it seems it remains as best friends by the end of the book.
What isn't made clear in this book is what the mysterious power is that will be revealed by completing the chronograph's blood work. Instead of having its own self-contained resolution, the book ends just as the plot thickens (in the case as Gideon and Gwyneth get ambushed by Paul and Lucy and new revelations are made that may tie into the fact Gwyneth can see ghosts). Means I need to get the next book in the series and keep reading this YA series!
The narrator of this series, Marisa Calin, is great. Her beautiful English and variety of accents is worth listening to alone, but she crafts decent voices together to make the series better. Sometimes her male voices sound a bit like she's trying to speak in whale (long, drawn-out, low, over-pronounced...). I'm shocked to find out she actually trained and lives in New York (though I don't know when she moved from the UK to US). I'd listen to other works she's narrated.
With time travel it's hard to make the timeline for a story make sense and be intriguing. This book balances it so well. I gives you glimpses of what's to come with conversations in the present about people from the future who visited the past. Though it feels a little childish the story was still compelling enough to buy the next book.
I loved the story line of this using a young girl and all the relationships she has with her ancestors past and present. It drew me in and I'm excited to start the next book.