Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an 18th century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
©2012 Kerstin Gier (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Yes, I got hooked on the series and bought this and the third book as soon as I finished the first one.
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books
Time ain’t nothing, but time. It’s a verse with no rhyme, And it all come down to you
Why I read this book
During an Audible sale I acquired the firt book in this series, Ruby Red. I was pleasantly surprised with the story and hence I decided to continue with the trilogy.
What the book is about
After we left Gwen and Gideon in the last book learning to deal with each other and, in her case, learning about time travelling and its perils, Sapphire Blue opens with a bit more information about Paul and Lucy. While trying to learn more about the cronograph, learn the steps for dancing the minuet and trying to figure Guideon out, Gwen will find herself in the middle of an intrigue that has taken centuries to fully develop. What is it exactly that the Count of Saint Germain did and wants to do with the closing of the circle?
While the prologue was quite a surprise, the first chapters of the book were a bit predictable. I enjoyed the adding of Xemerus, the ghost gargoyle, he was a funny and endearing character. As the book advanced however, I started having tiny surprises, actions and actors I did not expect to be put in place and so once again in the series it started slow to pick up by the end.
This is by no means the best YA series I had ever read, but it is pretty good nonetheless. First we have the fact that it works with time travelling without recurring to forced science (sometimes admitting that you don't know how something works is way better than inventing some ludicrous theory). Second, while there is the token YA relationship it hasn't been (so far) pressed into the "triangle". This second book in the trilogy had a bit more of pop culture references, that sometimes felt a bit forced; however I will say that it was nice that the Gwen didn't t only like songs from High School Musical, but could sing Memories from Cats.
The more I advance in the trilogy the more intrigued I am by the count itself. There is something very dark in all this, and I would really like to know what it is. Another thing that gives extra point is the fashion description, particularly Gwen's dresses.
There are things that annoyed me, particularly the fact that the whole "relationship" between Gwen and Gideon develops in less than a week. Sure, they are spending a lot of time together and sure, they are 16/19 but still. I am not very fond of the way Charlotte treats him, or the way she behaves in general, but I can really blame her seeing the way her mother acts.
While the end tries to finish in a cliff-hanger, is a very subtitle one, at least it was for me. I do want to know how it all develops and finalizes but I didn't get this urgent feeling to go and the Emerald Green immediately.
Marissa Calin continues to do a good job as a narrator.
Ex hoc momento pendet aeternites. (Eternity hangs from this moment)
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
It's official, I am hooked on this series. It's a young adult novel, but has larger appeal. It's is highly addictive. It's imaginative, fun, frustrating, and creative. I was even more invested in the characters in this second book. The large turn is predictable but the twists and turns in getting there are exquisite. Delightful and surprising.
Teacher-Librarian, an a avid audible listener:)
I like the story it is fun and interesting.
Gweneth, because it is her story.
The reader is very sing songy and I hate that! I like readers that read naturally and do not have such a false cadence to there performance.
I am sure the Disney Chanel will pick it up.
Sapphire Blue has an interesting premise: a teenage girl grows up knowing that her snobby cousin is going to be the last in a line of 12 time travelers, only to discover that -she- is the one with the gift. Now she has to learn about history, join a secret society, hide her powers to see ghosts, and decide how she feels about the handsome, charming young man who is the only other time traveler around in her day and age. Meanwhile, all is not what it seems - could there be a traitor? What is the mystery of the 12? And who is trying to kill her?
It was interesting enough to make me listen to this one and then buy the sequel. However, you should be warned: neither this book, nor the sequel 'Ruby Red' have a conclusive ending. You'll need to read the whole trilogy to get closure to the story and find out all the mysteries. That in itself is a problem for me, but not an insurmountable one.
The writing is good, but sometimes it feels like the story is going nowhere. I got the impression that the book was designed for young adults; certainly, listening to the protagonist sorting out her feelings and showing off her ignorance makes me think that. It is, however, not annoying to listen to as an adult.
The reader isn't bad, and has distinct voices for all the main characters, but sometimes secondary characters sound very similar. This can be a problem at times when they are having a conversation - I did occasionally have a little confusion over who was speaking, but it was not a big part of the novel.
All in all, I liked the book and the reader, but can only recommend it with some reservations. Go into it with your eyes open and you'll enjoy it!
I really enjoyed this second book. The characters are believable and entertaining. It was easy to get caught up in the story. I can't wait for Book 3!
I'm glad they fixed the audio problems that plagued the first book in this series. My complaints are few and the story whisks along at a decent clip. I do wish the books could be at least twice as long with more detail and character/story development. These two books together provide just enough for one book.
Our heroine Gwyneth seems to never rise to the occasion and stand up to her cousin, her aunt , her etiquette teacher, or her love interest. Her main weapons seem to be crying and acting baffled. I find myself wanting her to use some of her own advantages to prevent the constant bullying and browbeating she gets from many people.
With the pace of these two, I can't see the story being wrapped up in 3 books. More like 12, one for each of the time travelers. I should've waited for the entire series and read them all together. I wish the author, and publishers would hurry and release them all.
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