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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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    Jeannie 07-07-15
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    "Absolutely drops you in the middle of a sentence."

    I was amazingly disappointed by the abrupt end to the novel. It doesn't even make a pretense of wrapping up a portion of the story. I'm pretty sure the publisher insisted on shorter books, and the author just chopped the novel in thirds.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.


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    Mary Catherine NC 08-01-14
    Mary Catherine NC 08-01-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very pleasant"

    I enjoyed going on the journey with Gwyneth and Gideon, but you have to understand this is a 16 year old girl going through this unexpected adventure. This is school, extreme emotions and first experiences in a fantasy setting. I found the book appealing and I liked the characters. I enjoyed the time travel, the romance, the relationships, the family, and the side characters. The reader and the writer were calm and well matched - an overexcited reader grates on my nerves. I downloaded all three books so I didn't have to wait to hear what happened next. I was drawn into the story - a pleasant getaway.

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    Suzanne 07-30-14
    Suzanne 07-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"

    I love this story and the whole trilogy! The characters are very typical teenagers, complete with those you love to hate. The story is fun, and we lean about time travel right along with the lead character. Got a little lost in the conspiracy, but still, a great book!

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