Gwen & Kate's Library

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

Gwen’s Praise of Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue has the same steady plot as Ruby Red, but due to its lack of beginning and end, it is clearly a middle book. It concludes Ruby Red and sets up for Emerald Green, but it does reveal a lot of important information and new mysteries that are essential to the series.

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Series: The Precious Stone (or Ruby Red) Trilogy, Book 2

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

Rating: 4.5

Description:

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.

(From Goodreads.com)

Review:

The second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy, Sapphire Blue will not disappoint. It begins immediately after Ruby Red’s cliffhanger ending, and introduces an amazing new character, Xemerius, a little gargoyle demon that only Gwen can see. He is a hilarious, wonderful spy often prone to spewing water when he gets excited, and one of my favorite characters.

Sapphire Blue has the same steady plot as Ruby Red, but due to its lack of beginning and end, it is clearly a middle book. It concludes Ruby Red and sets up for Emerald Green, but it does reveal a lot of important information and new mysteries that are essential to the series.

What I really like about this book is how the romance and romantic tension dramatically increases. Gideon is as confusing as ever, smiling at her one minute then cold as ice the next, but Gwen still can’t control her heartbeat every time she sees him. I also liked that since Gwen knows more about how time travel works at this point, she can finally go on exciting missions in the past.

Because Sapphire Blue is a continuation of Ruby Red, there is not much I can say without giving both books away. If you liked the first book, Sapphire Blue adds a layer of mystery and romance that fans will definitely enjoy, but don’t expect an ending any more satisfying!

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2 comments on “Gwen’s Praise of Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

  1. Pingback: Gwen’s Worship of Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier | Gwen & Kate's Library

  2. Pingback: Book Review: “Sapphire Blue” | The Cheap Reader

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2013 by in Author: Gwen, Favorites, Review, Young Adult and tagged , .
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