Friday, January 11, 2013

You will be green with envy if you don't get your hands on SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier


Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogie (Ruby Red Trilogy), #2) by Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translator)

5 STARS
Published October 30, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.

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 eighteenth 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.

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The original version is in German but I had to wait for the English version. It was absolutely fantastic! The pacing was much better than Ruby Red (#1) and the emotional pull was incredible. She weaves a intricate plot that leaves your head spinning. 

Talk about messing with your head... Gideon is hot one minute and cold the next. No wonder Gwen couldn't take anything he said seriously. She starts growing up in this installment, learning how to take care of herself. Although she does have a few bumps along the road. 

Being a HUGE time travel fan, I love this series. They get to go back to anytime period they want to and we fortunately get to go along for the ride. Hanging out in the Middle Ages, Victorian Era and even WWII we see an evolving relationship between Gideon and Gwen. There is a huge mystery at headquarters (so what's new) but the stakes seem to be even higher than we thought. Who can be trusted and who is the mole? Read to find out!!

Highly recommend it! Can't wait for the English version of book three, Emerald Green!