In Kerstin Gier's Emerald Green, 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. This stunning conclusion to The Ruby Red Trilogy picks 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.
©2013 Kerstin Gier (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
I have to admit that this series was a bit of a guilty pleasure - I felt a little ashamed to be listening to a teeny-bopper romance at my age, but I couldn't resist.
Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.
What a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. May contain minor spoilers.
I love how neatly everything about Gwen's family was tied up - it was an excellent decision on Gier's part to head in that direction.
I love that the butler gets in on the adventurous action!
Nothing in the world is going to convince me to get behind Gideon, however, but that's mostly because I'm really bored of the Darcy trope. I get it, he's mean because he loves you. I did like their ending, it was sweet and well-deserved.
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books
I started reading this series mostly because Audible was having a sale on first of a series books. The premise of time travelling seemed appealing and so I went for it. The first installment, Ruby Red, was good enough, I liked the fact that Gwendolyn wasn't just a boy driven character, even though it was obvious that they were going to get together and hence I went for the second one.
The second one, Sapphire Blue, was ok, but I think I fell more for Xemerus than the other characters. I did want to know what the whole mystery was, but the love part felt a bit forced, sadly enough.
So here we are, at the end of the series, and I am giving it a round and final 4, even though I was a bit disappointed at certain points.
Let us start with the things I liked, both in general and in the series.
As I mentioned the premise of time travelling was appealing to me. The whole building of it around a secret society as well as the workings of the chronograph was nice additions, and I would've liked a bit more of background there. We didn't have it, the whole references to the "gene" and the need of blood for the chronograph to work are not explained, but maybe this is a better option than bad science.
The descriptions of the dresses, and hence Madame Rossini, were delightful. If you follow my blog or my reviews, you probably know that I am a sucker for period dressing. If you didn't know that...well now you do.
There were a couple of twists at the end of the series, a couple as in two major ones, at least from my point of view. I will not extend on this point since I do not want to give spoilers, but one of them was pretty obvious, and the other not so much, so I will give it a "meh" on plot twisting. Some people have complained about the ending, and it does feel like suddenly this was more than a trilogy, but then again it could just be that Gier likes her cliff-hangers, no?
Now, the things I didn't like. It is a bit sad when you like the secondary characters more than you do the primary ones, or at least it seems like a lot of energy is invested in characters you never got to care for, and this was the case for me. Give me more Leslie! More Xemerus...Gwendolyn and Gideon felt flat a lot of times and I felt like the story could've been carried almost without them.
As I mentioned their relationship suddenly happened and while this is a bit typical (not that is a good thing) when portraying teen love situations, it makes it even more "blah" since it has been overdone. But it gets point for not pushing on a love triangle.
So I gave it a 4, mostly because as predictable as it was at times, it was enjoyable, it gave me exactly what I was expecting from it, no more and just a little bit less. I would recommend to someone looking for light series with fun secondary characters.
Good job by Marisa Calin!
Listened to all three... very entertaining! (I saw that the German's have made a movie based on the at least the first book... wishing the US had gotten that contract!)
Great plot twists with a theme young and old will enjoy
Really enjoyed listening to this with my 11 year old daughter. She could identify with the youthful characters, and it wasn't racy or inappropriate as some YA can be.
Leaves you spell bound, makes you want to dive more into the story. A wonderful ending to the trilogy!
This is the third in what is really a single work: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green. You can't read just one: they stop basically in the middle of sentences. Well, not really, but in the modern fashion, many book titles are now just lead-ins to the next. However, this series is really good. It's a young adult romance, but I am a LOT past that stage of life and I enjoyed it so much I got all three quickly. The reason it's good is that it is not sappy: our heroine is haunted by a ghost-gargoyle with centuries of experience that follows her around making sarcastic and very funny comments on the romance, which saves the whole scenario.
This is the last of the story and you WILL be surprised. I sure didn't see that coming! But it's a happy ending, of course, being a sort of romance, with time travel.
The series begins very strongly with Ruby Red, in which the acknowledged and heavily trained family beauty is waiting impatiently, with headaches and her mother's upset, for the imminent inborn genetic time travel to occur. But instead, it is the other cousin, untrained and with less cultivated beauty, who finds herself repeatedly thrown back into a house and a London which doesn't seem at all the way she is used to, and then zapped back to her normal time after a couple hours. Eventually she has to stop denying this is happening and tell her mother about it, after which the plot develops rapidly. Charming and recommended, all three of the series.
I enjoyed this book as a whole and liked the idea of the theories and the sense of time loop in this trilogy. But since the beginning of this book, Gwyneth has been quite a bit too much of a drama queen and it has started gotten onto my nerves several times. The instalove she has is also quite dramatic and much and I didn't really buy it here.
It had so much more potential to build up the characters and the plot. But the end was kind of disappointing to me. The solution was really easy and cut short. I wish we get to go more in depth with the supporting characters such as Paul, Lucy, Dr. White and others. I still love how they cut back to Paul and Lucy in the end but it's still not satisfying enough for me. It just..... end.... like..... and so?
Enjoyed the trilogy overall, but not the best it could have been in my opinion :(
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