Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (Mini Book Review)

October 11, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 3 ★★★★

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (Mini Book Review)Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Ruby Red, Emerald Green
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on October 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Pages: 362
Format: eBook
Source: Christmas Present
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4 Stars
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.

I’m so proud of Sapphire Blue for not suffering the second book syndrome! I actually liked this book much more than Ruby Red. It was full of twists and turns and witty banter between characters. There was quite a bit more time traveling, and now that Gwen is getting used to it, the visits to the past have a purpose. I was always excited to see what year she traveled back to, and what she was going to do. She has started to really question this time travel business, and so she’s breaking some rules to do some investigating in the past. She gets into trouble, and meets some new people.

Gwen and Gideon do a lot of traveling together also, and I love their conversations while they sit in a locked room doing homework while they wait to travel back to the present. They also get to go to a soiree in this book, and I loved the descriptions of the gorgeous costumes that they get to wear, and the pretty candlelit rooms. Gwen gets a little drunk on a “secret” punch, and makes a fool out of herself. I loved it!

At the end of Ruby Red, we met a small little gargoyle demon named Xemerius who is very excited that someone can finally see and hear him after so many years of being invisible. I really did not like his constant presence at the beginning of Sapphire Blue. I was annoyed with his interruptions. I grew to really love this little guy, though! He is quite funny, and adds a lot to the story. I looked forward to having him show up.

We learn a lot more about time travel, and what role different characters play in it. We learn more about the past, and why certain things have happened the way they have. Finally, we also get to form a lot of new questions that I’m hoping will be answered in Emerald Green, which I really can’t wait to start! Definitely read Sapphire Blue, even if you were not the biggest fan of Ruby Red. It’s exciting, a little romantic, and full of rich historical elements that will have you dreaming of elaborate balls and poofy dresses.

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3 Responses to “Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (Mini Book Review)”

  1. Karin @ My Life...

    I adored Xemerius! I actually wish to have him as my “pet” (he would be so annoyed by this word ;)). I think the main difference between Ruby Red and Sapphie Blue is that in Ruby Red all characters and the basics of time travel are explained in an entertaining way and in Sapphire Blue the story really picks us.
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  2. Kaley @ Books Etc

    I haven’t read this series yet but I plan on it! I just checked my library and they have Ruby Red so I might start soon! If I can find the time…lol. Good to know that you liked this one more than the first..it can be tough finishing a book that’s part of a series, not loving it as much, and not knowing if you should pick up the next!
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  3. Jaime Lester

    Sapphire Blue is probably one of the best sophomore books that I have ever read. I liked Ruby Red, but I fell in love with this second story and the characters in it with this one. It was truly a great story, full of action and adventure, time-traveling, drama and romance. I can’t wait to see what this fabulous author comes out with next!

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