I actually hadn't heard that much about this book before I picked it up. In fact, it was the captivating cover of Sapphire Blue that initially caught my eye, but upon further investigation I realized that it was a sequel to Ruby Red. Being the type of reader that I am (and the fact that Ruby Red was already out), I decided to pick up the first book so I'd be ready for the sequel. What actually really amazed me is the fact that it took so long for me to see the connection between these two books, primarily because the covers are so different. I just hate it when a publisher changes the cover style part of the way through a series -it can really throw me off.
That aside, I really enjoyed Ruby Red.
Gwyneth's cousin Charlotte has spent a lifetime preparing for a rather unorthodox career: traveling through time as the inheritor of a gene that allows her to travel through time. That is, until Gwyneth finds that her mother lied about her birth date, and she has the time traveling ability as well. Now a time traveler, Gwyneth must dive into her unexplained past and discover the strange truth behind her abilities and the mystery Circle of Twelve that seems to hold the key to everything. Along the way, Gwyneth finds herself lip-locked with Gideon, another time traveler. Together, the pair race through modern and 18th century London to put the pieces of a much large plan together.
What really jumped out at me about Ruby Red was the writing style and the storytelling. Everything about it was just completely solid, easy to understand, comfortable to read and just really crisp and polished. It felt like there weren't any extraneous words at all, and the entire story read very quickly and cleanly. I really enjoyed the quick paced sentences that were very quick, to the point, but still effective and enjoyable to read. This approach also helped to really expand upon the great mythology that author Kerstin Gier is building here. The entire history of the time traveling gene and the mystery Circle of Twelve is unique and compelling, and I constantly found myself wanting to read more about it.
Ruby Red is a quick, fun read that I finished in just one sitting. Though light on some fronts, it hits many of the right buttons.