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Sapphire Blue Sneak Preview

Never mind those fifty shades of grey: the hottest color this fall may be Sapphire Blue. Although I certainly had my gripes with Ruby Red, fans have been waiting eagerly for the English-translation sequel to Kerstin Gier’s time-traveling YA romance (part of a trilogy). So where are we in the tale? Sixteen-year-old Gwen’s life has been turned upside down ever since her eccentric, aristocratic English family figured out that she was the Ruby, the last member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. While searching through history for the others in order to get their blood samples (when blood from [...]

August 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Book Trailer Review: Ruby Red

A trend we've been seeing lately is the "book trailer," a short web video advertising an upcoming or just-out book. Here's one I recently watched for Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier (read my review of the book): While a one-minute-long animation can't go into much detail about the story, I think it gets the basic concept across pretty clearly: a teenage English girl suddenly faces the unexpected downsides (and possible romantic perks) of her newfound time-traveling powers. Sure, it sounds cool... but not if you have to learn a bunch of boring history, ditch the makeup and cellphone, and you can't [...]

May 25th, 2012|Tags: , , , , |

Ruby Red

A Jewel of a Book Author: Kerstin Gier and Anthea Bell (translator) Although I make no excuses for reading — and fully enjoying — young-adult fiction in my decrepit thirties, I do like to read with a ghostly specter of my younger self on my shoulder to see what she thinks of the books. Would she find the female protagonists believable and admirable? Would the writing come alive for her, and the stories feel compelling? Would she learn anything or be inspired to do further reading on a related subject? I pondered these questions frequently while reading the international bestseller [...]

January 26th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , |