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Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1 | [Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)]

Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Kerstin Gier, with a translation copyright of 2011 by Anthea Bell (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Humorous, romantic and suspenseful, the plot is fast-paced and impossible to put down.... The final romantic cliffhanger will leave you thirsty for the next book in this ‘jewel’ of a series." (Justine magazine)

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-06-14
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "premise undone by convenient, implausible plot"

    I know that a lot of young adult (especially supernatural young adult - is there any other kind these days?) has questionable logic and behavior, presumably because teens don't think all that much of the motivations and reasoning of grown ups, but this book is extra absurd. Not only the behavior of the protagonist's mother, who irresponsibly endangers the girl, and the lack of sympathy for the poor cousin, who (as it is mentioned before she is mocked) is a real victim of the situation, but the inexplicable actions at the end of the Really Hot Guy. It's like the author didn't want to end the book without checking all the boxes. Disappointing, because this could have been an interesting blend of historical fiction and sci fi/fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-18-14
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    "Great story"

    Great reader. Fun story. Very imaginative. Teen and up would enjoy.
    There are two more books in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Durham, NC, United States 07-30-13
    Kim Durham, NC, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Just the start"
    What did you like best about Ruby Red? What did you like least?

    This is just the beginning... it should have been released as a part of a book rather than a stand alone book. To avoid frustration, wait until you can have all 3 parts.


    Has Ruby Red turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marisa Calin?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 06-21-15
    Amanda 06-21-15
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    "Intrigued and delighted"

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this storyline, it's unlike any I've read before (so much mystery and I have so many questions). I'm also enjoying the narrator- she does a wonderful job. I can't wait to start the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. A. Baldwin Fort Smith, AR USA 05-02-15
    A. A. Baldwin Fort Smith, AR USA 05-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing mix of now and then"

    Time travel. Ghosts. Visions. Telekinesis. Philosopher's stone? Alchemy? Magic? Vampire? It's an interesting mix of everything, in the modern day and in the past. A teenaged girl is forced into a destiny of time-travel and family secrets.

    A fun read or listen! Now I want to read the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAWN DIPIETRO 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"

    Definitely made me want to know what happens next! Fun, intriguing and witty. Getting next book right now actually. Thx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 04-01-15
    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "time traveling fun"
    Would you listen to Ruby Red again? Why?

    Yes I'll probably listen with my daughter so she can read along


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruby Red?

    I liked her glimpse of her future self


    What about Marisa Calin’s performance did you like?

    It was well done & pleasant to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read the whole series & they were all good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 03-12-15
    Ann 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great characters-excellent narrator!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique YA story about time-travel and other abilities that haven't truly been revealed yet. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I dislike a weak/meek heroine...woman who let guys tell them what to do and end of loving them for it-UGH. Gwyneth is a little bit of a wuss, but she's so likeable and so young that you can just tell that she'll grow up over the course of the next few books, so it doesn't bother me as much. She has this Bridget Jones Diary thing going on and it's very endearing and fun. I found a German movie of this book on youtube and it was really pretty good--if you like the book go check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 03-01-15
    James 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"

    Narrator was great and the best moments were with Gwen's best friend, Leslie. Gwen's ghost friend James was annoying but funny in his arrogance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Akane Los Angeles 02-22-15
    Akane Los Angeles 02-22-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I don't understand the hype"
    Would you try another book from Kerstin Gier and Anthea Bell (translator) and/or Marisa Calin?

    I would try another book read by Marisa Calin but not by the author or translator. Perhaps a lot was lost in translation.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but the second book from this series


    Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration and performance was pretty good but the story was so awful that the performance didn't help me stay interested.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was funny at times and the concept was pretty interesting. I tried liking it a lot but it's way too childish for my taste. Yes, it is written for young adults but there are some YA books out there that are far more interesting and entertaining than this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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