Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Love of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier With a Special Book Trailer!

This book is one of my absolute favorites. My namesake, Gwen, is a wonderful main character who is a normal teenager living in London in 2011, besides the fact that she can travel in time and see ghosts.

Special Book Trailer Made by Gwen and Kate:


Series: The Precious Stone (or Ruby Red) Trilogy, Book 1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Humor, Mystery

Rating: 5


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 whom, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.



This book is one of my absolute favorites. My namesake, Gwen, is a wonderful main character who is a normal teenager living in London in 2011, besides the fact that she can travel in time and see ghosts.

Time travel is not my favorite form of fantasy, but the author explained it so well and set such concrete guidelines that there was no confusion or misunderstanding about the rules of this form of time travel. In Ruby Red, there are twelve time travelers that descend from two family lines, the women from the Montroses, and the men from the de Villiers. The people who inherit the time travel gene begin to travel around their sixteenth birthday, and do so at random unless a special device called a chronograph controls their travel. It looks like a large mantelpiece clock with many knobs, flaps, and wheels with miniature carvings and large gemstones to represent each time traveler, and is powered with their blood.

This book focuses on Gwen’s newfound ability to travel in time and the role she plays in the Society of the Guardians at the Secret Lodge of Count Saint-Germain, a secret society founded by a past time traveler. The society’s goal is to close the “Circle” by collecting the blood of all twelve time travelers in a chronograph, which would finally reveal the Secret of the Twelve (a mystery that no one seems to be able to clearly explain to Gwen). However, things are not as black and white as the Guardians see it. The last two time travelers, Lucy and Paul, disappeared into the past with the first of two chronographs, to prevent the closing of the Circle for reasons unknown to Gwen and the Guardians.

Then there is the extremely handsome Gideon de Villiers, the other time traveler in Gwen’s generation, the Diamond. He claims that she is “not his type” and seems extremely rude and arrogant. However, his green eyes are so striking, and the more time she spends with him, the more intriguing he becomes.

This book has everything a teenage girl could ask for: time travel, mysteries, history, a secret society, humor, romance, a modern setting, ghosts, fast-paced adventure, wonderful family and friends. All the characters are extremely well developed and typical and unique at the same time. For example, some of my favorite characters are the family butler who brings the phone in on a silver tray, the French costume designer at the Lodge, and Gwen’s crazy but sweet aunt Maddie. Gwen’s best friend Lesley, who researches time travel on Google and stays up all night on the phone if her friend needs to talk, is the best friend I have always wanted.

The language of this book is pretty simple for a young adult book, so it is a quick and easy read. The book was originally in German, but the translation done by Anthea Bell is very well done. All the jokes based off modern topics are edited so that an American audience would understand them (although since they are based off popular actors and movies someone as clueless as me still doesn’t get half the jokes).

There is nothing I did not enjoy about this book. The first time I read it (I recently read it for the fourth time), I fell in love with Gwen’s house, which is an old mansion with an unused ballroom, music room, a library, various old bathrooms, paintings and secret passages!

I would advise all readers to be prepared with all three books (Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green) before beginning the first because it will take no time at all to gobble it up, and the ending certainly leaves you wanting more!


3 comments on “Gwen’s Love of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier With a Special Book Trailer!

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