Review: Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogie #1) by Kerstin Gier
Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Edelstein Trilogy
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Genre(s): YA, Fiction
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.
Plot: Gwyneth is a completely normal girl who has had to live in the shadow of her perfect cousin. Beautiful, smart, perfect in every way. Not to mention she has "the gene." In her family if you get "the gene" you get the ability and power to travel into time. No one suspected Gwyneth had it of course so when she, and not her cousin, Charlotte, starts showing signs of changing, everyone is shocked. Now Gwyneth, who has no knowledge or practice with this sort of thing, must time travel with Gideon, another time traveler who has no confidence in her.
Character(s): Gwyneth- She is a perfectly average girl with no special abilities or talents. Well other than time travel and the especially weird ability to talk to and see ghosts. Other than that though, she is as normal as you can get. I like how real she is in contrast
to the too-perfect or cliche main characters that I sometimes see. She can be a bit whiny, immature, and stubborn, but I like that about her. She's not perfect and it's nice.
Cover: I actually had never seen the cover until after reading it seeing as I borrowed it from a friend (who took the cover off). I can't say this is why I picked it up and I've never been a fan of showing a person on the cover. But I do actually like he designs, color, and whole theme of it. I didn't notice it at first, but I really like the cool clock on the front that shows how it has to do with time travel.
Closing Thoughts: I seem to be always giving high ratings to books but I just love them all! I'm giving this four nail polish bottles because it has romance, but its actually very unique. The author planed for this to be a trilogy originally so there is a lot of unsolved problems that are getting much more intricate and it keeps you on your toes. You wont believe when the book is over!