Book Review: Ruby Red (Edelstein Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier


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.

Release Date: May 10, 2011
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased

This was a really unique book.  It was not at all what I was expecting!  I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Sapphire Blue (book two in the trilogy) and had to buy book one to catch up on the series.

I really liked Gwyneth.  She was full of contradictions.  At first I thought she was your typical high-school girl, interested in gossip and cute boys.  But then, she kept doing things that surprised me.  Like saving Gideon's life and having some really witty comebacks to his sarcasm.  I liked how she stood up for herself with her family and also the members of The Lodge.

I loved the London setting.  I can just hear the characters' accents as I read, and I love that!

My one complaint is that the love story seemed to move too quickly.  I was surprised at how quickly Gideon goes from contempt to attraction with regards to Gwyneth.  I would have preferred to see their relationship grow more slowly.

Overall, I really liked Ruby Red.  I'm not usually a huge fan of time-traveling books, but this one really stood out in the genre for me. 


  1. I really liked this one too and I can't wait to read book 2. I thought Gwen and Gideon's relationship grew slowly. While there was attraction, I didn't think they liked one another too quickly.

  2. Sounds good. I wonder if this available as an audio.


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