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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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    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 11-26-11
    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Where's the rest?"

    What other reviewers said is true; Ruby Red is not a novel, just the beginning of one. It's not that it ends in a cliffhanger--it doesn't--or that it sets up a sequel too obviously. It's that nothing happens, there's no arc, just a slow build-up and then a prologue. Imagine the Hunger Games ending before Katniss stepped in the arena or when she's in but only just begun. Imagine Pride and Prejudice ending with Jane's sickness.

    The time travel mystery seems overwrought so far. Gwyneth, a 16-year old time traveler, somes some spirit and intelligence, but needs the assistance and is therefore apparently bound to an organization of a bunch of sinister old men, a few women, and her fellow time-traveller, an older boy. At this point it doesn't seem like she's making many choices. This is not pure time travel. Visions, ghosts, telepathy, and apparently alchemy and magic all play parts in this world.

    The reader's voice and style were metallic and mechanical to my ears, a little grating and not a great choice for a dramatic narration in the voice of a teenaged girl.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 11-11-11
    Robbie Huntingdon, TN, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2010

    I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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    "Not really a stand alone book"

    I'll start by saying I didn't know this was a young adult book until after I started listening to it. I didn't really mind, but thought perhaps the blurb for the book could have been more specific about this. The book had a good premise, was fast paced and interesting, but it was not a stand alone novel. It didn't have an ending, just a stopping point that prepares you for the next book in the series. I always find this an annoying quality in a book, and for that reason I only gave the story 3 stars. I love a good series, but for me, a good series is a series of stand alone novels that all tie together in the end. Marissa Calin's narration was the high point of the book for me. She did a marvelous job with character voices, her accents sounded authentic and she added greatly to building suspense and keeping you engaged in the narrative.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Anna NY, NY 11-18-11
    Anna NY, NY 11-18-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A suspenseful, funny YA with stellar narration!"

    This YA novel is the first in a trilogy about teenagers who time-travel. The audio is nicely paced and engaging and was easy for the whole family (young teens) to listen to. The story itself has a great mix of suspense and humor. The ending is a bit up in the air and therefore a bit disappointing, but oh well, it just makes us want the next one. And the narrator is perfect. She made the characters come alive and her accents were flawless. We loved it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Brampton, Ontario, Canada 12-04-12
    Barbara Brampton, Ontario, Canada 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's one of the best teen fiction I've ever read"
    What did you love best about Ruby Red?

    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.


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

    My favourite part is the end where Gideon kisses Gwendolyn.


    Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favorite?

    My favourite character is the gargoyl. I can't remembr how to spell his name.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and though I didn't cry tears, I cryied out in frustration a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 11-28-12
    Dog Friend Sycamore, IL, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Fun and entertaining!"

    I really enjoyed this story. I didn't notice any of the problems that others found with the narration. The ending did seem a bit rushed, almost like the author forced a segue for the next book. Some parts made me laugh out loud. Overall, I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of the current, popular youth fiction choices out today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 11-20-13
    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Charming series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 06-03-13
    Joki Helsinki 06-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Needs Much More"

    I have to admit, I was so swept away with the great narrator of the audible version that it was only half way through the book that I realized it was rather stupid. What I thought would be more like Gail Carrigers' clever worldbuilding ended up being almost sexist, despite a modern setting.

    Gwynneth (Gwynnie) and her vacuous but eager friend Leslie are drawn into Gwynneth's family's time traveller mysery. Though how it is a myster with everyone and their brother talking about it throughout the book, I don't know.

    In the meanwhile, young Gideon,an experienced time traveller, spends most of the book looking down at the twit...er Gwynnie... and made her mad when he suggested she was one of *those* girls who go to movies, talk bad about others, and go to the bathroom in pairs. And guess what, by the time the book ended, she lived up to all those accusations. Yet we are supposed to believe an intelligent, driven, and dedicated person would fall for an airhead just because he considers her unpredictable. Unpredictable meaning she's so stupid that she just stammers dumb things instead of being 'seen and not heard' docile. Ugh.

    All the female characters were either idiots or mean. There was nothing in-between. None of the women had any backbone. Gwynnie's 'surprising act of bravery' was so implausible and lame that it made me roll my eyes.

    And then the book suddenly ends without anything resolving. As if the author got bored and just stuck an epilogue in there randomly so she could say she completed a book.

    That said, the narrator was awesome and could almost make me have liked the book, if it wasn't so inane and sexist.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ely, nv, United States 01-18-14
    Amazon Customer ely, nv, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012
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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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    Mary Catherine NC 08-01-14
    Mary Catherine NC 08-01-14 Member Since 2007
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Burlington, WA United States 07-30-14
    Suzanne Burlington, WA United States 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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