Bistro Book Club

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (4 reviews)

Jessica, 16
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Co. 2011

Gier brings the past to life in such a fashion that she leaves the reader panting for more. Honestly, I did not expect to like this book quite as much as I did. Very well done. I loved the story, although certain aspects of the writing were very British while others were more Western. It was . . . inconsistent.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Celia, 15
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Company, LLC 2011

I thought the book was very good. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


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Anqi,    12
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red 
Henry Holt and Co.     2011

           Ruby Red is a thrilling and humor-filled tale that includes time-traveling, romance, and a sassy protagonist in Gwen, a high-school girl who can see ghosts and suddenly is popping back in time-the gift her cousin, Caroline, was supposed to have. Gwen, totally unprepared for this legendary legacy, is suddenly thrown into a world that includes mystery, action, and poofy dresses from the past. There's a big problem to it all, however-she has to deal with Gideon, the only other time-traveler alive, and he's a big jerk, along with being the best looking guy she has 'ever seen in any century'. An absolutely delightful novel, Kerstin Gier, along with the fabulous translator, Anthea Bell, has brought Ruby Red to America. Not only is it good, but its one of my favorites. The suspense and romance kept me flipping through it into the night, and I wasn't ever satisfied until I realized I was at the end, and even then, I was eager for the second. A good and fast read for reader's who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and action-it is absolutely a story that can be enjoyed by many teens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Hope,     15
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Company    2011       

      Sixteen year old Gwen’s family has a reputation of being a little odd; what with her ancient home, the mysterious stranger that never leaves his post across from their door, a great aunt that sees visions, and a butler that never ages. But, slightly more secret, her family is one of very few bloodlines that possess a time-traveling gene. Everyone in her family assumes the next time-traveler will be her cousin Charlotte, so it is a devastating surprise when it turns out to be Gwen. Her unexpected and unprepared trips to the past have thrown her into a centuries-old secret, one that no one seems eager to explain to her. She will have to find out herself exactly what is going on, and what her part is in it. She finds that trusting someone could lead to your undoing, but not trusting someone could be just as deadly.  This novel deals in quick wit, action, a hint of romance, and mystery. The engrossing plot makes it easy to see why it is an international bestseller, but be warned; there is a cliff hanger ending.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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