Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: Girl About Time (Ruby Red)



Title: Girl About Time (Ruby Red)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red #1
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 1st November 2011
Source: Publisher for review

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.

Never did I expect to love this book so much. If you're looking for an entertaining and mysterious read, Girl About Time will be a treat for your taste buds! After Gwyneth travels back in time instead of her cousin, Charlotte, she's shocked when the many secrets surrounding herself and her family begin to unravel. Chase Gwyneth and Gideon, a talented time traveller, through time and prepare to be shocked again and again! Traps? Killers? Runaway fugitives? Corsets? Evil relatives? Lurrve? Oh my... Entertaining doesn't even begin to explain how fun this book is!

In the prologue, we're immediately tricked. Yes, tricked! You'll see for yourself when you read the book but just think about how twist-filled Girl About Time must be! Throughout the book you'll come across many riddles, secrets and partial stories that just don't make sense. While you may attempt to solve them for hours upon hours, you'll fail. Sorry! Gier does a fantastic job of constructing and unfolding the storyline, playing mind games with us all at the same time. If not for anything else, fall in love with the exciting plot. You'll have a blast exploring Gwyneth's history and following her on her adventures! Unlike Charlotte, who's been extensively trained since she was a child to know how to survive in any time period and situation, Gwyneth's learning everything for the first time and it's partly intriguing…partly hilarious.

Putting aside how much I adore the plot, the characters are brilliant. Not only is Gwyneth brave, but she has a great sense of humour, is intelligent, determined and so much more! Gideon's character changes bit by bit and I really enjoyed seeing the transformation. When he first meets Gwyneth, he's stuck up and annoyed by her replacing Charlotte. Oh how that changes! *grins* Even Gwyneth's friends and family are developed really well, each with a unique personality and role! I thought Gideon and Gwyneth had the sweetest almost-romance, with Gier continuously changing their relationship by only a slight amount each time. She'll send you into fits of giggles with the scowling, banter and flirting!

So far, Girl About Time is the only book of the three to be translated to English and published. Why do I suddenly feel tempted to learn German? We're left mid-scene at a gasp-worthy cliffhanger so I need more ASAP! The idea of time travel is explored on a great level but I can't wait to delve even further, as well as find out the conclusions of these mysteries! I apologise for not elaborating much but there's simply too much plot to describe! Just…get the book, okay? I need someone to fangirl with. And to come up with outrageous theories about what will happen next... Overall, a thoroughly mind-boggling adventure you'll love!

*SOBS* I have to wait until October for Sapphire Blue to be published in English? *sniffles* I don't even want to think about Emerald Green!

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